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Archbishop Cranmer CofE Primary Academy Striving for life in all its fullness. John 10: 10

Plot 2 Pot

Summer Term

Since our last update, Miss Young and I have fallen victims to our own success!  Due to the huge number of children keen to regularly participate in P2P (over 45 on several sessions), we feel that the only sensible and fair approach to accommodating such large numbers is to split the group in two and have them attend alternate half terms.  We feel that the children's experience and safety were being compromised by their numbers, but with fewer children we can focus on real gardening and have the manpower to spare to get back into the kitchen and restart building kitchen skills and confidence and as well tasting the products of our labours.


The coming growing season should be really productive and we love to grow as many edible plants as possible, so if you have any spare seedlings once your own planting is done, we would be delighted to give them a home and, eventually, eat them.  We already have potatoes, onions, garlic and some salad crops in.


The Woodland Trust have donated native hedging plants which we have planted around the perimeter of the Environmental Area and in the 'wild area' by the orchard.  This was kindly cleared by Paul Adcock and the brush from the clearing has been left to provide animal habitats which we hope will increase the biodiversity of the area.


The coming term is always the busiest in the garden, so fingers crossed for sunshine and showers and a successful season to make all the hard work rewarding.


Mrs Jackson and Miss Young


Look at what we have been doing!

Look at what we have been doing! 1 Apple Fest - of course!
Look at what we have been doing! 2 RSPCA, Radcliffe, Christmas food collection
Look at what we have been doing! 3 Planting trees and bulbs in the Queen's Wood

End of Season Tea Party

End of Season Tea Party 1 Thank you for coming
End of Season Tea Party 2 Delicious!
End of Season Tea Party 3 It all went very quickly!
Made and eaten so far this year.... blackberry jam, leek and potato soup, roasted pumpkin, pumpkin soup, salad, home baked bread, fruit kebabs, popcorn, jacket potatoes.  If you like the sound of this, come and join us!

Plot to Pot (P2P) is run by Miss Young and Mrs Jackson each Thursday from 3.30 to 4.30pm.  We have over 40 children on the register and have a wide range of activities based around our environmental area and kitchen.


We grow a variety of fruit, vegetables and salad crops and then turn them into delicious food.  More adventurously, we forage for wild food such as elderflower and elderberry, brambles, windfall apples, nettles and even pigeons, which are all prepared by the club members and eaten with relish.


The children absolutely love the excuse to be messing about in mud or picnicking in the sunshine whilst learning about where their food comes from and how to use it.


We also focus on biodiversity within the school grounds and encourage this by building and caring for habitat areas such as the stumpery, the log pile, the wild flower bank and the 'natural' parts of the environmental area.  On rainy days we make animal homes and animal feeders, so there is always something to keep us busy.


We welcome all ages from Year 1 to 6 and all the children work brilliantly together, all they need is work clothes, wellies and energy!



An Autumn Extravaganza at Farmeco

An Autumn Extravaganza at Farmeco 1 Shelter building
An Autumn Extravaganza at Farmeco 2 All is safely gathered in
An Autumn Extravaganza at Farmeco 3 Good layers
An Autumn Extravaganza at Farmeco 4 Even bugs need a home
An Autumn Extravaganza at Farmeco 5 Shake it like a polaroid picture!
An Autumn Extravaganza at Farmeco 6 It looks like butter, it tastes like butter!
An Autumn Extravaganza at Farmeco 7 Welly wanging!

Apple Fest 2016

Apple Fest 2016 1
Apple Fest 2016 2
Apple Fest 2016 3
Apple Fest 2016 4
Apple Fest 2016 5
Apple Fest 2016 6
Apple Fest 2016 7
Apple Fest 2016 8
Apple Fest 2016 9

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