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Marshfields School

A Positive Choice

Horticulture

I am responsible for overseeing horticultural activities here at Marshfields. We have excellent facilities and resources including a great wildlife area, large polytunnel and a wide range of tools and equipment. Students can gain accreditation in Land based studies as well as experience a variety of horticultural tasks. We are involved in a range of projects in support of our local community.

I believe that not only does gardening provide opportunities for increasing scientific knowledge and understanding, improving literacy, numeracy and oracy, but also improves pupils’ confidence, resilience and self-esteem. It gives them a sense of responsibility, and fosters positive behaviour, particularly for those with behavioural and learning difficulties.

These experiences allow students to be active learners capable of thinking independently and adapting their skills and knowledge to new challenges at school and in the future. They can learn vital job skills such as presentation skills, communication and team work, and it can fuel any entrepreneurial spirit.

What better way can there be to engage children actively in their learning, to support healthy living and sustainable development – and to make learning fun?

K. Northrop
Land Based Lead