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The Garden to Table Programme is based on the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Programme in Australia, in which primary aged children grow, harvest and prepare fresh produce from their school vegetable garden.
Once a week students work either in the garden or the kitchen (alternate weeks) and then sit down together to share the meal.
Click here to view the Garden to Table official website
Why we offer Garden to Table
- We offer Garden To Table to all Year 5 students.
- It teaches healthy eating and respect for the environment
- It caters to a range of ages, learning styles and academic ability, helping build the 5 Key Competencies
- It promotes student engagement and ownership - it’s interesting and fun – the children love it
- It integrates all curriculum areas e.g. mathematics, languages, science, technology, health within an authentic context.
- It teaches the life skills of cooking and gardening
To find our more about the Garden to Table programme please contact:
Simon Wright, Garden Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
Why do children like the programme?
Often in a classroom setting, children are using their senses of sight and sound only - touch, taste and smell are not fully utilized. What makes Garden to Table interesting for kids is that they are actively using all 5 senses and relating these back to what they already know.
Research into learning shows that students retain information only if they able to relate it to pre-existing knowledge and experiences.Food is an excellent starting point as there are many associations already, with family, with life at home, with what is already familiar.The same is also true in the garden - as students identify vegetables, herbs, flowers and various garden creatures and materials, using sight, smell and touch.
Having gardens producing food on the school grounds that they have created and cared for provides children with a tremendous sense of pride and ownership. They feel connected to the school and to each other.
Discovering the new
In both the kitchen and garden settings, students make new and unplanned discoveries. They are faced with new challenges that require them to solve problems, both as a group, and individually. It might be a 20cm earthworm, a lizard scampering for cover, or helping design ways to protect the garden from slugs and snails.
In Garden to Table students are free to explore, to experiment, and actively encouraged to share their ideas and observations with each other.
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