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Growing at Westhouses Primary School

At Westhouses we grow lots of things in our outdoor planters and in the classroom. Check out the photos below to see what we have grown so far. 


Who looks after our growing at Westhouses? 

Mrs Russell is in charge of our Gardening club and helps keep the planters tidy.

Mrs Tucker is in charge of Forest Schools and helps grow our yummy food.

Mrs Davey is also trained in Forest Schools and helps grow our yummy food. 


Who joins in growing at Westhouses?

Here at Westhouses all our pupils will do some form of growing and harvesting in their classrooms throughout the year. Some children many grow more than one thing if they join in with Forest Schools or Mrs Davey's growing groups (linked directly with Food for Life and understanding where food comes from). Mrs Russell also grows vegetables in Gardening Club which is open to all pupils when it is running. 

Due to COVID-19 we currently do not have a SNAG team in school. However children in school and out continue to work on Food for Life and Miss Flint continues to update our blog and progress.


If you think you may have done something related to Food for Life at home e.g.

Cooking/baking, growing, trying some new foods, doing something for the environment then please email information and pictures to info@westhouses.derbyshire.sch.uk

Growing at home

A big well done to Indie who planted these herself during lockdown. Some are nearly 7ft tall already and they have loads of growing left to do.  No signs of flowers yet! She planted the seeds in pots and transplanted them to bigger pots by hand all on her own, before we put them in the ground. 

Growing from home 

Alice (reception) has been growing cress for sandwiches and salads - well done Alice!

Growing potatoes

The children who have been in school have been helping Mrs Russell plant the potatoes outside, they covered them in hay to protect them from the frost!


Trailblazers work with plants 

Today we explored how flowers reproduce asexually by taking cuttings of geraniums.

Starting to think about growing

We have started to think about what to grow here at Westhouses, Mrs Russell is beginning the process of growing some potatoes with Class 3 and our sunflowers have arrived for our sunflower competition this summer. 


Our pumpkin is well on it's way and will hopefully be here in time for Halloween! 



Our Explorers class have just harvested their potatoes (some of them couldn't believe that 2 potatoes could make lots of potatoes). They will wash, cook and eat them tomorrow as an end of term treat!



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Explorers class get growing 

Explorers have been hard at work growing their cress and potatoes!

Planting seeds

Eco Warriors have been hard at work planting some seeds for our nature area. 

Planting herbs

Thank you to our very kind donation of some herbs for our front planter, the children loved making the area look nice!

Summer is finally here!

The beautiful weather has been a real treat for our nature area, all the flowers look amazing in the sunlight. 

Pupil voice have been hard at working writing a letter to Mr Walters to see if he could make them some bird boxes. The new bird boxes are suitable for 3 different types of bird (at pupil voices request). Thank you Mr Walters! 

Our nature area has a notice board that is always updated with new information about the environment, its animals and plants. 

Wow! Our bird feeders have paid off, the birds look very happy munching away in our nature area.