Gardening in schools is becoming more and more popular and has been proven to really enhance a child’s learning experience. Typically, within early years’ reception classrooms, children have access to both an indoor and outdoor learning environment with free flow between both.
It is often the children who find it hard to concentrate and engage inside classrooms, who really come into their own in outdoor environments.
Contact with the natural world can also be incredibly nurturing for children, as they make connections with the natural environment, learn about life cycles of nature, seasons and begin to find out more about where their food comes from.
Being outside is an incredibly beneficial experience for all children and gardening provides a useful and focused activity which helps children develop a better understanding of the world around them.
There is so much choice with gardening. Children can choose to plant so many different things and it can continue all year round with different species of plants which thrive in different seasons.
You do need to consider school holidays when selecting which plants and vegetables to grow. Who will look after them while school is closed? Are they the type of plant that will survive without much care and attention?