Gardening

The Girl’s summer term homework has been arranged rather differently to that in past terms.  She has been set a possible 10 tasks to carry out over the course of the term (11.5 weeks) with 6 additional challenge tasks.

The letter home states that they are expected to complete a minimum of 5 tasks.  There are various awards for completing 5, 8 or 10 tasks, or all 10 plus some extension tasks.  I like the fact that it’s not a strict “here are 3 things: one maths, one literacy and one spelling task, which you MUST complete every week” and that there is plenty of variety.   The tasks vary from the standard and expected literacy/numeracy tasks, to creating a shoebox diorama, or researching environmental issues surrounding the rainforest.  There is a science task, two set around their topic of the rainforest, an art task and an ICT task.

One of the tasks is to grow a plant or vegetable at home from a seed or bulb.  The children are asked to keep a diary of growth, measurements and include some pictures.  She was very keen to complete this task, and chose tomatoes.  Seeds were purchased and planted today.  Obviously I volunteered myself for photography duty, and have managed to narrow down the shots of her planting the seeds to just 6 – good going considering how many I initially took…

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Equally obviously, the Boy decided he wanted to join in.  He has decided to grow pumpkins.  I also managed to narrow his shots down to just 6.

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Oh, and an extra one when he got bored and wandered off to do some weeding (actually digging up worms and millipedes).

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