We are delighted to offer educational sessions to local schools. This includes formal curriculum-linked activities, seasonal activities, environmental education, food growing and wildlife gardening. Sessions take place in our community kitchen garden, The Salopian Garden. Read more about it here.
We can design bespoke sessions to focus on your particular curriculum needs and desired learning outcomes. Specific requirements can be discussed as part of the booking process.
Primary School Session
Introduction to the garden
What to do in the garden – seasonal activities for March and April:
Sow veg seeds in polytunnel and outside, plant out potatoes, prepare supports for peas and beans. Prune fruit trees, cut down autumn-fruiting raspberries, plant out fruit bushes. Plant out strawberry runners. Feed birds. Make a wildlife corner. Collect up snails and slugs. Sow flower seeds direct and in pots. Sow herbs. Divide up larger herbs and flowers. Pick salad, rocket, radishes, lettuce and brassicas and eat them. Start picking sweet peas.
Pizza in the cob oven
Make pizza dough from scratch – mix the flour, knead the dough, collect ingredients from the garden and polytunnel to make the pizzas tasty, cook them in the cob oven. Then eat them!
Pollination and bees
Check out our bee hives, discuss the importance of bees for our food, look at the different stages of a bee’s life, think about threats to bees. Talk about the importance of insects and wildlife. Taste some of our wonderful Brentford Honey!
Take home some seeds, lots of knowledge and a host of good ideas to continue your good work at school and at home.
Secondary School Session
Use The Salopian Garden to supplement your educational targets. The activities offered above for primary school can also be adapted to secondary school use and differentiated for all key stages. The wide range of activities and possibilities on offer means that the garden can be used for science, art projects, numeracy and literacy, teamwork, domestic science, environment, etc. Please let us know about your requirements and we can tailor your visit accordingly.
“The students stayed focused for the full three hours which is not something they would be able to do in the classroom. In addition to the numeracy and literacy there was a lot of additional learning and skill development going on.” Cranford Community College
Sessions are available weekday mornings, afternoons or whole day. We recommend reserving well in advance as places book up fast, especially in the spring season.
Cost: Sessions are available at £250 for three hours (am or pm) for up to 35 children on site at any one time. £350 for a whole day. Includes self-cooked pizzas. This can include various different classes for shorter sessions, though not all may be able to cook pizza.