Resource Kit

Embracing the Growing Curriculum

7th May 15, Tanya
Growing will soon be part and parcel of the school curriculum, but although an exciting present not everyone is quite sure what to do with it!

The opportunities to incorporate growing into a whole range of lessons is almost endless. Poems about plants, experiments with soil, Dig for Victory gardens are just some. But for those who are not particularly green-fingered, the changes can be a challenge.

Incredible Edible educator Joanna Hutchison offers practical advice on how schools can take on the growing curriculum in a fun, practical and time-saving way.

A former secondary school teacher Jo, helped launch the BTEC in horticulture at the Incredible Aqua Garden. She also worked with the parents' group at her children's primary school to develop a new hands on, outdoor learning space.

Being able to see things, from an educationalist's and parent's point of view, enables Jo to give practical and down-to-earth advice about the best ways to engage a school and ensure a garden gets from idea stage to reality. Jo also offers tips on how to integrate the garden with the school curriculm and help it to have a long-lasting life with those involved. 

the_growing_curriculum_primary.pdf (59.74 KB)the_growing_curriculum_primary.pdf (59.74 KB)

An overview of the new primary curriculum

example_of_school_seasonal_calendar.pdf (148.71 KB)example_of_school_seasonal_calendar.pdf (148.71 KB)

Ideas for schools throughout the year

example_plan_for_an_edible_garden.pdf (148.71 KB)example_plan_for_an_edible_garden.pdf (148.71 KB)

A plan for an edible school garden

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