What is Country Trust?
Over the last few years, key stage 2 have been working with Sally from a charity called the Country Trust who have helped us learn all about growing, cooking and even selling food. Sally has helped us to create a vegetable patch in our school grounds and helped years 3,4,5 and 6 learn how to grow crops, use them as an ingredient in cooking and also sell them in a playground market to learn all about profit and loss. Sally has also helped to organise lots of farm trips that showed us how these aspects are used in real life.
Week 1 - Weeding
To start with, we needed to weed our vegetable patches so we could see what crops we had. Sally very kindly came and spent some time helping us to do this. Here are some before and after pictures of our hard work. Have you been helping tidy up your garden at home? If you have, remember to send some pictures of your weeding work to your teacher so we can share your work on this page.
Week 2 - Harvesting
Once our vegetable patch was weeded and we rediscovered our crops, it was time to harvest them. We worked as a small team and used the correct tools such as a fork and a shovel to help us harvest. Can you identify some of the crops we harvested?
Week 3 - Sowing
Now that our vegetable patch has been harvested, it has given us some free space to sow some new crops. We used our knowledge from our lessons with Sally about how to use our fingers to create a trench (or a drill as it is called) for the seeds to go into. We made sure to spread the seeds evenly (in hope lots of them will germinate) and then gently covered them over with dirt and carefully watering each row. Have you been growing any fruits, vegetables or flowers at home? Remember to send your teacher any pictures if you have.
Week 4 - Growing
This week, we've been making sure that the seeds we sowed are well watered (not too much though) and have used the time to also sow a new crop of potatoes by following Sally's latest video diary. We decided to also plant some marigold and dahlia seeds in pots so we can look at the difference between how flowers and vegetables grow. After that, we used the time to weed the beds and freshen up the dirt around the broad beans and onions - we are using our school compost bin to help us dispose of the weeds. Whilst we did this we looked at the difference between how an onion and broad bean grow. Can you see the difference?
Week 5 - Tending
Now all of our crops are busy growing, we have been making sure that we are watering them each day (especially during the hot days) and also carefully making sure the beds are weed free without disturbing the crops. We've also seen some of the seeds we sowed start to germinate too!
Week 6 - Growing
Although the weather hasn't been so sunny this week, it's helped our seeds start to germinate and our crops to carry on growing. We've seen our lettuce and radish seeds germinate as well as the marigold flower seeds too. Our broad beans are doing well and hopefully we'll see some potatoes soon too!
Country Trust @ Home
Alongside all of our fantastic work in school during lockdown, the children at home have been getting involved too!
They have been busy growing different crops at home and on their allotments and have been sending pictures to their class teachers.
Well done everyone on a fantastic team effort!
Week 7 - Harvesting & Tidying
This week we were busy harvesting some of our crops including the onions, broad beans and radish. We'd normally sell it at our playground markets to help us learn about profit and loss but as we are still in lockdown we decided to share it with the parents to help where we can.
We also watered our crops as they are starting to get bigger and also weeded and prepared the empty beds for new seeds next week.
Week 8 - Celebrating Our Success
We Made The Radio!
This week (20th May 2020), Mr Etheridge was interviewed by BBC Radio Suffolk host Lesley Dolphin all about our Country Trust project and how it has helped St Christopher's remain a team during lockdown. They're even going to send us a special BBC certificate!
Listen to the interview below.
BBC Radio Suffolk - St Christopher's Country Trust Project
As we move towards half term, we've spent time harvesting the last of our broad bean crop and making sure our growing beds were clear to let the soil settle over half term, ready for new crops to be sown when we return. When we get back we're going to focus on growing some potatoes and conduct an investigation into whether they grow better in a pot or in the ground. Where do you think the potatoes will grow best?