Family Gardening Club

Reaching High
(co-creating activities with families)

Age suitability: 5-11 years

Effort required: (1=less work - 5=more work)

Pre-activity: 2
During activity: 4
Post-activity: 2

Develop children’s interest and curiosity in growing! Together with families, and supported by teachers, plant a variety of flowers, herbs and vegetables. Herbs and vegetables can be used at the healthy tuck shop or sold to the community.

  • To collaborate over time to create and maintain a school garden area.
  • To research, learn and share knowledge and science behind growing
  • To make systematic and careful observations and where appropriate, taking accurate measurements, over time
  • To identify differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
  1. Decide if the garden will be the focus of a specific year group or range of children.
  2. Inform families and the children about the club. This could come from children writing their own persuasive letters, fliers or posters.
  3. Create a plan of the garden area as you see it in the first stages – what will be grown? where and when? You need a good idea yourself before involving others as you will need to lead before others have confidence to follow
  4. Make a list of necessary equipment and timescales/milestones to be hit in order to get this project off the ground. Give yourself a year in total to plan over.
  5. Once volunteers have been recruited, share the plans with them. Take on board different viewpoints and capitalise on any help offered.
  6. Involve a small number of parents/families in planting the initial garden.   
  1. It helps to find a few family members with a good a gardening background and with time on their hands!
  2. Senior leaders need to be on board with this, as well as the school caretaker, as you will need resources and space
  3. Cost up and have a clear plan before you start, but at the same time, don’t let too much detail halt progress.  
  4. If not enough family members get involved, invite others and encourage.
  5. Be clear on the commitment you’re asking of the people recruited, they should recognise this is a year-long project at minimum.  

Developed by Crossacres Primary School, Wythenshawe