For a 6-week horticultural curriculum tailored to KS1 and KS2 students attending once or twice a week, it's crucial to maximise each session with focused, impactful activities. The program, "Little Green Thumbs," will be restructured to accommodate 12 sessions, ensuring each visit is full of learning and fun.Introduction to Gardening
Session 1 Welcome to the World of Plants! Introduction to basic plant needs and importance. Plant a seed to observe over the weeks.
Session 2 Sensory Garden Exploration: Visit to the school garden or a local park to explore using senses.
Week 2: Soil and Plant Care
Session 3 Soil Scientists: Dig into soil types and plant a classroom garden plot or container garden.
Session 4 Caring for Our Garden: Learn about watering needs and weed identification. Practice caring for the classroom garden.
Week 3: The Wonder of Water
Session 5 Water in Our World: Discuss the water cycle and plant watering needs. Conduct a simple water absorption experiment.
Session 6: Creative with Rain: Rain art and observing effects of water on plants.
Week 4: Discovering Pollinators
Session 7: Pollinator Pals: Learn about bees and butterflies and their role in our ecosystem.
Session 8 Creating for Critters: Make a simple bug hotel or butterfly feeder for the garden.
Week 5: Growing and Observing
Session 9 Plant Growth Observations: Record observations on their personal plant and classroom garden. Introduction to plant parts.
Session 10: Little Gardeners at Work: Engage in garden maintenance, including weeding and checking for pests.
Week 6: Harvest and Celebrate
Session 11 Harvest Day: Collect and prepare any mature plants from the garden. Learn about healthy eating with garden produce.
Session 12 Garden Showcase: Children present what they've learned and achieved to classmates, teachers, or parents. Celebrate with a garden party or a small exhibition of their work.
Each session is designed to build upon the previous ones, with hands-on activities and observational learning to keep students engaged and excited about nature. This condensed schedule ensures that even with limited contact time, students can gain a meaningful and enjoyable experience that fosters an appreciation for gardening and the environment. The curriculum can be adjusted based on the season, school resources, and student interests to make the most of each gardening session.