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Create an edible learning school yard with Agriculture Box

Schools all over the world are implementing gardens which enables hands-on-learning in a variety of educational subjects.

School Gardens are living laboratories where interdisciplinary lessons are drawn from real life experiences, encouraging students to become active participants in the learning process.

Think of the school yard as an open-air classroom for cultivating, learning about and tasting different fruit and vegetables fresh from the soil.

The Benefits of Having a School Garden:

  • Interdisciplinary project 
  • Changes eating habits
  • Improves test scores
  • Connects children to the environment
  • Changes attitudes towards learning
  • Fights childhood obesity
  • Builds relationships
 
   

Important research from the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society UK) shows the positive impact of gardening on childhood development is considerable, so much so that gardening will now be taught in English schools from September 2014 as part of the new addition to the curriculum.

The New National Curriculum in England published in September 2013 states that pupils should have an understanding of how food is grown as part of the Cooking and Nutrition subject in Design & Technology.

In the subject of Science, students should be taught to observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants, find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy as statutory requirements. 

The National Curriculum for England is followed by a large amount of schools here in the UAE. 

Take the curriculum outside the classroom: Agriculture Box is an educational tool for every single area of the curriculum.

 

There are a whole myriad of ways in which the whole curriculum can be delivered through school gardening. Here is just a short list of examples of school gardening activities:

English 
Learning about plant names and spelling them. Communication. Producing a school garden newsletter.

Mathematics 
Counting seeds and plants. Measuring plant heights. Using fractions and percentages of the number of seeds that germinate.

Science
Investigating what plants need in order to grow. Observing the life cycle of a plant. Recording the changes in plants through the seasons. Making weather observations through the seasons. Creating habitats for wildlife and watching the results. Carry out sustainable activities i.e. composting and producing organic fertilizer.

Geography
Studying the water cycle and weather pattern.

Information & Communication Technology 
Making scale drawings of the garden. Imputing data on the computer to produce graphs and charts. Investigating topics on the internet. Uploading gardening news on to the school website.

History
Study of plants and their uses historically for eating, medicine and making dyes etc. Studies of gardening through history i.e. dig for history campaign.

Food Technology
Harvesting food and learning how to cook it. Discovering the different tastes of freshly grown food. Nutrition and food awareness.

 
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