School gardening has begun for 5th class this month. Even though it is a quiet growing month, the class have been busy. They have been monitoring bird visitors to the bird feeders just outside the classroom window such as robins, thrushes, blue and great tits, chaffinches and greenfinches and many noisy house sparrows. One bird which landed could not be identified but we eventually found out that it was a young starling.
This week the pupils were learning about soil, the amount of it on the planet earth and different types such as sandy, loam, clay and peat. In February we will be digging over the raised beds to plant vegetables in. Finally we looked at humus and how good it is for soil. We have planted a potato in soil and another in soil and humus (compost from our school composter) to see which one will have the heaviest yield of potatoes. It has to be a fair test so there is the same amount in each, both will be kept in the greenhouse and both will get the same amount of water. We will monitor the progress of both and see what happens!