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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. 

Little Explorers

Little Explorers have harvested their pumpkins and used them in their maths lessons for counting. 

Flower bombs

The year 5 & 6 class have been out and about in the local village planting some flower bombs for the summer. 

Thank you

A huge thank you to Charlie's Grandma for donating some lovely flowers to help us cheer up the planters! 



Trailblazers enjoyed their annual sunflower growing!

Harvesting lettuce

Little Explorers have finally been able to harvest their lettuce for a tasty salad!

Growing from your kitchen


Why not get growing this Spring, check out our resources below. Don't forget to send your pictures to info@westhouses.derbyshire.sch.uk


#Force of nature

A huge well done to Mrs Tucker and the forest schools gang for achieving their certificate with #forceofnature. We hope Blackwell Primary School enjoyed their gift! 

EYFS go green!


Our EYFS playground veg patch is well under way. Watch this space for some lovely beetroot, radish, lettuce and carrots.

The pumpkin seeds have also been planted ready for October fun! 

Spring cleaning!

A big thank you to the the pupils in class 3, who have been tidying up the willow for us!

Trailblazers get growing!

Trailblazers have begun their own vegetables patches (with the help of the amazing Mrs Davey), they have planted peas, lettuce, cabbage and potatoes!

Reece's Black Eyed Susan Plant

How do vegetables grow?

Little Explorers have been looking at vegetables and how they grow, they even conducted an experiment to see if they could grow new vegetables from some old roots.

Little Explorers get growing!

Little Explorers have been learning all about growing. they have been working on their very own vegetable patch and have planted many seeds including carrots and courgettes. 

What have Big Explorers been up to?

Big Explorers have been hard at work planting their own cress. 

Den building, exploring and growing

Little Explorers have been up to lots including, tidying their play area, growing their very own carrots, bird watching and building some fantastic dens! 


Here at Westhouses we have joined a #ForceForNature alongside hundreds of other schools from across Britain to grow our very own Orchard.


Forest Schools have been hard at work planting the trees in the reception class area and we look forward to watching them grow and caring for them as they do! 


We have planted 5 fruit tree's  - X2 apple - X1 pear - X1 plum - X1 cherry.


Thank you to Oilwell Nursery in Tibshelf for helping with the supply of soil and planters.








Planting herbs

Forest Schools have been cheering up the school grounds by planting some herbs!

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.