Moss Hey Primary School
3rd November 2014
I have known Mandy for several years now, having worked closely with her at another school. When I moved schools, I knew that I wanted to bring Mandy and Growing Outside into my new school and am so pleased that they now work with us every week. The lessons are always extremely well prepared, and there is always a really interesting and valuable range of activities to do with the children, whatever the weather! The children are enthusiastic about the sessions, and learn so much. I am particularly impressed with the weekly report that is written, complete with excellent photos of the children at work.
Value for money? Most certainly. Educational? Absolutely. Recommend Growing Outside? Without doubt.
12th November 2014
Mandy Morrison from Growing Outside is an inspiration to staff and children of all ages. Children love going to the gardening sessions. They have enjoyed investigating the weather, soil, the environment, water, bugs, worms and leaves. They have weeded and planted, learned to recycle and use gardening equipment properly. Mandy makes links to many areas of the curriculum including science, maths, art and design etc. She also makes imaginative links to children’s current topics such as the Romans, Space etc.
The weekly newsletters we receive are a joy to read; parents and children love them.
“The best thing about gardening club is helping the bugs hibernate for winter and watching the potatoes grow. I think I now have green thumbs!” Sam
“The best thing about gardening club is planting seeds. We learn to plant something, water it, and check to make sure it stays fresh and healthy”. Ellis
“In gardening club we help the environment around us to be the best it can be”.
Growing Outside have supported our work in school by offering gardening sessions as part of our timetable. They have offered sessions with Nursery- Year 2 providing high quality learning which the children thoroughly enjoy.
Staff work with the school to link learning into the areas being covered in school wherever possible and the school have also won a number of awards at the Hazel Grove show and at Tatton Show for our produce, which has been lovely for the children.
The work we do through Growing Outside has been used to support our Eco agenda.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Growing Outside to other schools.
“The impact on the children of this project was immediate, and Growing Outside staff were able to share with us their passion for getting children gardening and growing their own food.”