Many countries are recognising the benefits of having a garden in schools. Gardening offers hands-on, experiential learning across curricular areas such as science, maths, language and nutrition. In addition to educational benefits, such links with the environment can deepen children’s relationships with nature and re-enforce the importance of how to care for natural resources. Finally, the garden offers children a chance to get healthy outdoor exercise and enjoy the reward of eating healthy foods. Children are more likely to eat vegetables when they have grown them themselves!
This has been a busy week in our BIS Garden as Year 4 started their Food and Farming topic. Mr. Kevin showed the children around the garden and offered the chance to smell and taste some of the many vegetables and herbs which are ready for harvesting. The awe and wonder of picking a carrot or an onion for the first time; the sensation of smelling fresh mint; the delight at finding the first tomato or bean amongst the green leaves was amazing to watch.
Next week, the Year 4 children will be picking lettuce and onions to take back to the classroom and use as a basis for making a healthy salad. What’s really special is that all the produce is organic. Of course, when the produce is picked, more needs to be planted! This will be the next Year 4 task.
Year 6 children have also been busy in the garden with Ms. Huong. They have planted herbs and medicinal plants such as aloe vera, lemon, star fruit trees, green tea, chameleon plant and garlic chives. I am very excited at seeing the developments over the next few weeks.
Ms Sue Hill, Head of Primary
Congratulation to our fine diners this week:
- Sammy 3I
- Gia Anh 3I
- My Anh 3I
- Tuyet Anh 5B
- Ha Tien 6I
- Linh Dan 6I