Chilton Foliat Primary School’s Sow and Grow Club’s garden has blossomed during lockdown and proven to be a welcome distraction from the challenges of the pandemic.
The Sow and Grow Club was created at the beginning of the school year and was initially a weekly school club attended by ten pupils who planned and developed a garden by the school’s new classroom and community clubhouse building. They built a greenhouse, filled tubs with compost and planted potatoes, rhubarb, blueberries and raspberries before lockdown.
During lockdown the children from the school’s Key Worker Club continued their hard work by planting more potatoes, strawberries, tomatoes, carrots, onions, wildflowers, kale and herbs.
Katie Turner, Headteacher, told marlborough.news, “The Key Worker Club children have risen to the challenge and have relished taking responsibility for weeding and watering the plants daily and have also dead-headed the flowers to ensure regrowth throughout the season.
It is the first time that some of the children have experienced gardening of any sort. They have really enjoyed seeing the plants grow and watching the butterflies and bees feed from the garden.
They have also learnt about organic gardening and the benefits of flowers as a more positive solution to pesticides. Everything has grown brilliantly and the children have been particularly amazed by all the colours. The garden really brightens up the greyest of days!
I would like to thank our school community who have donated gardening equipment, plants and seeds to help us establish the Sow and Grow Club. I’m sure it will benefit the school for many years to come.”
The school has been open throughout lockdown for children of key workers with reception, year one and year six children in attendance from the beginning of June in ‘bubbles’ of less than 15. Children from years two, three and four have all been given the opportunity to attend three days of school in the past few weeks and have also been encouraged to maintain contact with their teachers via Microsoft Teams with pupils participating in quizzes, taking part in French lessons with the school French teacher Madame Sophie, and chatting with their teacher on Teams.
Awarded ‘Good’ in its January 2020 Ofsted inspection, the school has pupil places available across the school and is welcoming in-year transfers. For further information about Chilton Foliat Primary School visit www.chiltonfoliatprimary.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01488 682630.