“Gardening in Schools – A vital tool for children’s Learning” August  2010

The Royal Horticultural Society asked NFER to assess the impact of food growing in schools. 1,300 teachers were surveyed and 10 schools (reflecting a range of schools including a large urban school in London and a small village school in Yorkshire) took part in an in-depth study.

“Specifically it found that gardening in schools encourages children to:

  • Become stronger, more active learners capable of thinking independently and adapting their skills and knowledge to new challenges at school and in future;
  • Gain a more resilient, confident and responsible approach to life so they can achieve their goals and play a positive role in society;
  • Learn vital job skills such as presentation skills, communication and team work, and fuel their entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle as an important tool for success at school and beyond;
  • Develop the ability to work and communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds.”

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening reported outcomes from involving pupils in school gardening as including:

  • Greater scientific knowledge and understanding.
  • Enhanced literacy and numeracy, including the use of a wider vocabulary and greater oracy skills.
  • Increased awareness of the seasons and understanding of food production.
  • Increased confidence, resilience and self-esteem.
  • Development of physical skills, including fine motor skills.
  • Development of a sense of responsibility.
  • A positive attitude to healthy food choices.
  • Positive behaviour.
  • Improvements in emotional well-being.

“The Food Growing in Schools Taskforce - Executive Summary” March 2012

This report provides further evidence saying:

“There is evidence that food growing in schools:

  • Encourages and facilitates learning, particularly science learning.
  • Builds skills, including life, enterprise and employment related, and horticultural skills.
  • Improves awareness and understanding of the natural environment and its importance to us.
  • Promotes health and well-being, particularly in relation to diet and nutrition.
  • Supports school improvement and development.
  • Strengthens communities and school-community interaction.”

Read more at: www.gardenorganic.org.uk/foodgrowinginschools

Grow to Learn’s work is built on the foundations of:

  • Growing self-esteem for all children
  • Delivering the curriculum,
  • Learning skills for life,
  • Develop co-operation
  • Encouraging healthy eating

As experienced teachers with many years classroom experience we firmly believe that children learn best through creative, real life activities. Food growing can be used successfully to support teaching and learning across the curriculum. It enables children to make sense of concepts they have learnt in the classroom.

Children take great pride in their vegetable gardens and the produce harvested. We believe that it is important that children understand where food comes from and that growing, harvesting and cooking food not only encourages healthy eating and physical well-being but also teaches children skills for life.