Logo-introduction to project and our May blog

Haverhill Growing Schools

The Haverhill cluster of schools are working hard to create more opportunities in the school curriculum for all students to Learning Outside The Classroom. As a level 5 RHS and Eco England Green flag school Castle Manor Academy proudly lead the cluster. We have been focusing on various growing and biodiversity projects to create edible gardens, provide homes for nature and nurture a love for the environment. Our individual schools have put learning outside of the classroom onto school development plans. Each school has an identified coordinator for LOTC to raise awareness with staff to ensure all recognise the benefits of LOTC on the whole child. The Polli:Nation project fits perfectly into our vision and is complementing what we are already doing in schools. The support and expertise of our Polli:Nation mentor and the resources available with Learning Through Landscapes are more important to us, we are looking forward to monitoring the impact of our work on increasing pollinators in our school grounds and raising awareness in the school and wider community.



Spring arrives across our cluster by Castle Manor Academy

10 May, 2017

What a buzzzzy term we are having across the Haverhill Cluster. Place Farm Primary received Tescos bags of change funding and have started to change their old swimming poor into an outdoor learning area for students including sensory planting to improve wellbeing AND attract pollinators. We look forward to seeing photos from them soon

Burton End have been busy planting up planters and now have classrooms surrounded with colour and pollinators- well done guys, looks great

At Castle Manor Academy we’ve been contributing to our local community allotment on a plot designated to Suffolk Mind to improve wellbeing and pull communities together. Good friends of ours Liz, from Lark Valley Willow and Alison,RHS schools coordinator have joined in the fun too and our students have been helping to weave a seat and we volunteered to help design and plant a border to attract pollinators and create ‘Green Spaces’ Big thanks to RHS and Suffolk Community Action for their funding .

On our school site flowers are starting  to blossom as well as some of the trees we bought to encourage insects onto our site. We filled empty containers with wild flower seeds for the pollinators, wheelbarrows and trailers have all been used. We’re happy  to see our wild flower bank flower alongside our school orchard, cowslips were the first to say hello to spring , closely followed by primroses. The orchard was full of blossom which is now falling to the ground like snow, our school sheep play in the petals

It will soon be time to survey our site again to see if we’ve made any impact and have encouraged more wildlife on site. Our science students helped with this last year and with Outdoor Classroom day approaching next week we hope to see other teachers LOTC. So what next? Our next blog should include photos of our new purchases- were designing information signs for each school to go into our growing spaces, telling everybody what we’ve been up too and how to spot pollinators/identify plants and insects. We hope also to install a black board where students can record different things they spot in the garden. Mrs Perry and I are attending the ‘greening schools’ conference in Ipswich this month and we will be telling other schools about all the work we’ve been doing in the Haverhill cluster to improve our growing spaces to create LOTC spaces for our students whilst doing the important job of encouraging pollinators.

Big thanks to Jane Frost for supporting our cluster and sharing her ideas . Till next time bee  happy Mrs B