Our Edible Playground

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The Plan

Last year we were offered the opportunity to apply for our very own Edible Playground! This would be a space where children could be actively involved in growing food as part of their learning across the curriculum. This food would then be harvested and prepared by groups, classes and even Linda our school cook for us all to enjoy as snacks or as part of our healthy school meal.

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Launch Day

On Wednesday 20th January we had our official Edible Playground Launch Day. Jenny Hindson from Trees for Cities came to join us, did an assembly for the whole school and then all children were involved in tasting sessions where they tried a number of different fruit and vegetables and then voted for their favourites. This will help us to plan what to grow in our garden.

At the end of the day, our parents and carers were asked for their opinion too!

The Build

During February half term, Chris Collins came with his team to build our Edible Playground. He was joined by Jenny and lots of volunteers. There were some very wet days and a little bit of sunshine. Even Mr Whittle was roped in. Look at the work they did .

4A wrote newspaper Reports about the build.

Y5 Wormery and Tree Planting training Y5

Year 5 were the first year group to enjoy workshops with Jenny in the new edible playground.The children were really excited to be the first Baguley pupils to experience what the fantastic learning space has to offer and enjoyed getting stuck in with some of the jobs in hand! 5RO are the proud new carers of the school wormery. In our workshop, we learnt about how to look after the worms properly including what temperatures they are happiest at, what food they need and how to tell when the compost is ready to collect and use on the beds. 5RS learnt all about fruit trees including what conditions they needed in order to grow the tastiest fruit and reap the best yield. The trees were purposely planted by the children at an angle in order to ensure this. 

Y4 Adopt a Chef!

Year 4 had the pleasure of entertaining James Holden, a celebrity chef, this week! He taught us all about the different tastes on our tongue and that food might not always taste how it looks. During the morning James gave us different samples of food to taste. We had to identify the taste areas on our tongues. Some were quite tasty and some were quite shocking! We will be welcoming James back into school soon to do some cooking. We hope to use produce from pour edible playground. Watch this space!

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Blue Peter Badges and official opening 12th July 2016

Amazing news! Most of children from Y2 upwards have applied for and been awarded Green Blue Peter Badges and on Tuesday July 12th, the official opening of our Edible Playground, Barney from Blue Peter came down with a camera crew to award the first set of badges. Well done everybody!

Year 4 cooked canapes, using produce from our edible playground, for our guests and gardening club led tours for guests and sold produce.

Listen to Benjamin and Callum on BBC Radio Manchester.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03zwkh4#play
 

Home Grown and Delicious!

Just look at the produce we have harvested, prepared and served as part of our school meals this week! Amazing.