We had a wonderful trip last week in Year 6. We arrived at the Agricultural University and straight away we were surprised at the size of the area. All around us were greenhouses and great examples of plant growth. We were first taken to a greenhouse where the children were shown a presentation about the work which takes place at the university. They looked at some hydroponics diagrams which showed how plants can survive without any soil; it was very interesting to study different examples of the hydroponic model and how they grow so successfully. Next, the children took part in some planting activities, looking at how the plants are moved into bigger pots as they develop to help them gain all the nutrients and space they need. The children were later taken to a special greenhouse where all of the conditions within the space could be changed by an electronic control panel. The temperature, humidity, and water levels in the soil could be changed just at the touch of a button - the children loved being covered in fine mist! Finally, the children had the chance to see the processes for growing orchid flowers. They were able to walk around the greenhouses and explore the different stages of growth, and they were even lucky enough to be able to bring some plant samples home.
Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary