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Lower Years Environmental Project

On Thursday 8 June, the Year 1 and Year 2 children went to Hampton Court Palace for the last part of their Global Goals Project. The children worked on Global Goal 15, Life on Land:

“Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.”

We adapted this target to suit the children’s Humanities programme. The aim of the project was to increase their understanding and respect of the environment by learning to grow their own vegetables.

We were welcomed by a great team of gardeners and the children learned which vegetables flower, have leaves, seeds or stalks. They also got to smell and taste different aromatic herbs and guess their names. After this activity, they harvested the vegetables that they planted on the 28 March. It was a great pleasure to see how happy and proud the children were! They got to try the peas and broad beans raw and their favourite by far were the peas that were very sweet and crunchy! Each child went proudly home with a bag full of their crop to share with their family.

The fun wasn’t over yet as the children still had a great activity waiting for them: minibeast hunting with a magnifying glass!

Judging by how much the children enjoyed gardening, learning about vegetables, protecting the environment and the smiles on their faces, this project was a great success! We would like to thank Deborah Hogan, Vicki Cook, Justine Howlett and their team for their participation in this great project. The children will remember this day for a long time.