Welcome to gardening at Kilmorie Primary School. We have a wide range of gardens and the children are actively involved in keeping them looking good.
Spring Term 2019
This spring has been particularly special in the school gardens, the daffodils and tulips enjoyed the warm spring and the magnolia tree was spectacular. The blossom came out in the playground and the children enjoyed their spring walks where they saw the plants change week by week.
In the spring term the Year 5 classes have started a gardening project, they have been growing plants in their classrooms for planting out in the vegetable beds. They have grown tomato, sweetcorn, beans, and peas and these will be planted and hopefully harvested in the summer term. Currently we have broad beans, radish and garlic growing and we are looking forward to raspberry season. We also have broccoli which is flowering so that the children can see how eating broccoli is eating a flower before the petals have opened, hopefully we can also collect seed from the plant so that we cover the whole plant lifecycle.
We have plans at the moment to create 2 new vegetable beds for Nursery as they are keen to start vegetable growing, with the Year 1 allotment that gives us a nice amount of growing space. We are also investigating putting up Swift bird boxes as the school is in a notable Swift area in Lewisham, look out for further news on how this progresses, we would love to have cameras in the boxes so that the children can have their own spring watch. The next flower to make an impact in the gardens is likely to be the poppies, see how many different colours we get this year.
Wildlife in Kilmorie Gardens
We come across a wide variety of wildlife in our gardens, the most exciting were the birds nesting in our bird box in the Wild Garden.
Included here are some photos of children with the wildlife.
1. Stag beetle – Each year we usually find stag beetles in our gardens, this a beetle which is a rare beetle but is most often found in south-east England. We have a site of rotting wood created specifically for stag beetle larvae which live in rotting wood for a number of years.
2. Rosemary beetle – The rosemary beetle is a beautiful bug but is also a problem for us in our gardens as it destroys rosemary plants. It likes to eat fragrant plants such as rosemary, lavender, sage and thyme.
3. Ladybirds – Ladybirds are a great favourite in our gardens, children love to see the beautiful red bugs with their black dots. They are also a very useful bug as they eat other small bugs which can harm our plants.
4. Ladybird larvae – This photo shows a ladybird larvae floating on a piece of bark in one of our ponds. The larvae always fascinates children as it look so different from a ladybird, it is black with orange stripes.
5. Snails – There are so many snails in our gardens, one day we collected lots of snails from our vegetable beds and made a snail home in the Wild Garden. These animals are so interesting to children and they love watching the tentacles appear as the snail comes out of its shell.