Gardening and Nature Club

Talavera Junior School - Gardening club

The Gardening club first began when Mr Geoff Wood and Helen Barden took up the challenge of building and creating our wonderful outdoor wildlife garden and classroom. The garden was officially opened by Alan Titchmarsh.

We then secured a grant from Tesco which enabled us to purchase a green house, where we have started to growing vegetables and fruits. We aim to sell some of these in the summer term at the Summer Fair.

Every Year we take part in Rushmoor in Bloom and have focused on developing our nature area. In 2019 we developed our provision for wildlife and birds. We have many bird boxes, identification cards, food sources and even bird baths!

Our new pond was re-established and this year ( 2019) we have also created a nature zone around the pond and within the water. 

Thank you so much for all the support from parents and carers who helped repaint benches, dig beds and break up the old pond last summer. If you would like to support us this year just speak to the reception. Currently, a grandparent helps maintain our garden and supports the children with their understanding of the wildlife, plants and uses of the garden. We know she would love any support! 

We will run our Nature Club as normal through the spring and summer term.

garden 1

garden 2

Nature Explorers 

We have very special Nature Explorers Club in our garden area . It is such a great space we wanted to use it as much as possible.  Here are some of the fantastic activities they take part in :

Tiny Treasure Hunt

The children went on a  treasure hunt looking for different minibeasts, leaves and aspects of the habitat. They collected what they found in their box that they made and identified all the different species etc.  Please see the attached sheets below that you can use to go on your very own hunt!

leaf-id-sheet.pdf

tiny-treasure-hunt.pdf

creepy-crawly-minibeast-idial.pdf

DSCF7392collecting box

Caterpillars and Bird Identification 

Our caterpillars have arrived and the children have made sure their needs are catered for! We now can not wait to observe them, as they change into beautiful butterflies. 

Whats in the box

baby caterpillars

 Also we learning to identify different types of birds.  Feel free to use the identification charts below in your own garden, the park or maybe out on a walk:

garden-bird-detective

finch-detective

baby-bird-detective