Our School and Local Area

Block D - Gardens

This is a lively and fun topic to teach children fieldwork and observational skills as they study the geography of their schools, the grounds and the key human and physical features of the surrounding environment. We have included a final Block to help children compare their local area knowledge with a small area in Kenya.

Children build upon their knowledge of plants and growing. Learn what plants need to grow, why our natural spaces are important and visit a local garden. Buzz with excitement as you learn about bees, get the chance to grow some bee friendly plants and create your own small world gardens!

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Inspiring spaces

Children will begin these sessions being inspired by the painting Dream of Arcadia. They will learn about conservation and be encouraged to think about natural spaces around their local area.

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02: Through the window

Children will go on a picture journey with the story `Window´ then find out what´s outside their classroom window. They will visit a local garden learning what grows in the local area.

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03: Save the bees!

Children will plant an imaginary seed in their class garden; they will learn why bees are so important and grow some bee friendly plants.

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04: Mary, how does your garden grow?

Children will meet Mary, examine seeds and learn what they need to grow. They will create their own small world gardens and display their work in a class garden centre.