The Scientific Discovery Garden
Environment in association with the Mirror
Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000
Being a South East London school situated in a built up area, the Scientific Discovery Garden at Rockliffe Manor School is our vision of an outdoor discovery space where children can learn about the environment through investigation, observation and fun activities in many different projects.
The garden would offer the children an adventurous and entertaining space, complete with a large pond and areas for planting, where mini beasts, plant life and themes of weather would be bought to life.
Children can get their hands dirty with exciting and inventive projects such as planting and growing their own vegetables with the possibility of any resulting crops being used in the school kitchen during the preparation of their own school dinners!
Fun projects in the Scientific Discovery Garden would include:
• Pond dipping
• Discovering and observing mini beasts in natural habitats
• Gardening after school clubs
• Learning about the seasons and seeing first-hand how the
garden changes throughout the year
• Science open mornings – where we would invite parents to join
children for an outdoor science lessons
• Learning how to care for the garden and keep the space safe so that it
can be used by younger children.
In addition to these interactive projects the space could be used as an outdoor classroom.
The garden is located next to the school playground and would therefore provide a lovely outlook for the children in their day to day play.
The school would love the opportunity to inject some much needed money in to our space. Planned projects include the resurfacing of the surrounding tarmac area which is worn and cracked, painting and repairing the fence, introducing new plants, building a canopy area and generally giving it some love and attention.
These type of projects could be planned, researched and costed during Maths lessons, giving the children valuable experience in ‘real–life’ maths work.
The children at Rockliffe Manor would love the opportunity to work together with our premises manager and gardener to transform the space and learn valuable lessons of how to nurture and care for nature. The scientific discovery garden has the potential to become an exciting learning area for our school community.
Rockliffe Manor Primary School
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