Kids grow in Grandad’s Garden


Plants, mathematics, English and social and emotional learning, are parts of a Ross Park Primary School program for Transition students.

Learning about plants’ life cycles, pollinators, fruit production and seeds, inspired the two classes to build a school garden in an old trough.

Transition teacher Joanne Moller said the garden excited the curiosity of the students.

“It’s ideal for focusing on the biological sciences, and it stimulates children’s interest in plant processes,” she said.

“They planted ‘mystery’ vegetable seeds and watched to see if they might become a tomato, lettuce, radish, or even a purple carrot plant.”

Ms Moller said the project has also helped students express themselves.

“They read I Grow in Grandad’s Garden — a book that aims to cultivate positive life values,” she said.

“After reading the book, the children crossed a discovery walk Bridge-of-Courage and called out things they were nervous about.

“They went to Grandad’s Think and Thank Seat — a garden space that promotes gratitude, and the Let Go Log — a place of forgiveness.

“These areas don’t actually exist, but we used places around the school to build a climate of positivity.”

Transition teacher Nicola Venske said the “project came together quite naturally”.

“I was a bit worried the project would mean a lot of extra effort, time, energy and work, but it turned out to be quite the opposite,” she said.

“The children are eager to continue to grow it next year. They have proposed a playground redesign that includes areas inspired by I Grow in Grandad’s Garden.”

Kids grow in Grandad’s Garden
Old trough becomes a new garden.

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