There has always been a keen interest in gardens in Surrey Schools. Gardens represent the possibility for experiential, meaningful learning experiences, and places of wonder and relaxation. During the 2017-18 school year, a Surrey Schools working group will be meeting on an on-going basis to develop a consistent process for developing school gardens. Also during this coming year, the theme will be “continuity of practice” which means:

If you already have a garden that is working and being maintained … GROW ON!

If you currently don’t have a garden … HOLD ON!

While the school garden application process is on hold for 2017-18, here are some ways you can begin to explore the development of a garden at your school:

Kindergarten Science:

BIG IDEA: Plants and animals have identifiable features

CURRICULAR COMPETENCY:  Demonstrate curiosity and a sense of wonder about the world

CONTENT:  Basic needs of plants and animals — Adaptations of local plants and animals

Grade 8 Physical and Health Education:

BIG IDEA:  Healthy choices influence our physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

CURRICULAR COMPETENCY: Develop strategies for promoting healthy eating choices in different settings

CONTENT:  Identify potential short-term and long-term consequences of health decisions, including those involving nutrition

Explore connections to First Peoples:  Resources

Share your ideas!  How are you helping your students learn about:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Connections to Nature
  • Food Security
  • Life Cycles
  • Biodiversity