Schools that sign-up and qualify will be sent lesson plans for experiments relating to plants and how they grow. Aligning with the curriculum, these experiments can be done in class time and will help educate children on many aspects of plants growth.
This year we are looking at the effect 'green spaces' can have on children's mental health and general well-being. There has been some amazing research done into the reduction of ADHD symptoms, stress, anxiety and the increase in children's cognitive functions when regularly exposed to green spaces such as home gardens, local parks and playing fields.
To help encourage children outdoors, and to appreciate many of the ways plants can help us relax and unwind, we are exploring the 5 senses, touch, smell, taste, hear and sight.
Experiments will be written to show how plants can grow bigger and stronger when given certain care and nurturing, then children can use their 5 senses to experience how big, strong healthy plants can be experienced with each of their 5 main senses and will be encouraged to come up with their own ideas on how to use plants in this way.
Introduce media skills into the Academy too... Keep a 'Vlog' of your experiences and how the children use each of their 5 senses in the school garden, it's amazing how much more you hear if you cover your eyes and just listen...
Here is a worksheet to download and fill in, we would love to see what is sensed in your garden! The Five Senses at School.pdf
Schools will be provided with FREE lesson plans, compost, plant food and seeds as required for the experiments. Results of the experiments will be collected and used to show average results across the UK.
We also have some exciting competitions coming up, so make sure you sign up before the 28th Feb 2017 and we will send you out your Academy packs soon.