The children were invited by Stanley’s family to the allotment along Vicarage Lane to do some planting. Stanley’s family have purchased a plot and are allowing pre-school to plant seeds and water the growing plants. One morning after our daily run we set off to go up the lane to the allotment where we met Stanley and his family. The children were put into small groups with an adult and given seed trays, trowels, compost and seeds. The children took turns to fill up the seed trays with the compost and then poke a hole in each section with a finger. The seeds were pout into the holes and then covered with more compost. The seed trays were placed inside a poly-tunnel and watered. The children will develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time as we revisit from time to time to water and care for the plants. They seemed to really enjoy the experience of feeling the soil. One of the children’s early learning goals for understanding the word states that ‘Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes’.
Pre-school have also purchased a planter and the older children filled it with compost before each planting a tomato plant. As we removed them from their pots we looked at the root system and explained to the children that they were like straws for the plant to suck up the water. The children understood that the plants need light/sun and water to grow. The children took turns to give the plants a good drink of water before the half term holiday. When the tomatoes have grown they will be picked and offered to the children at snack time.