To take advantage of the long days and warmer weather, a number of students are getting involved in a vegetable growing competition as a way of learning about plants. Each of the pupils involved had planted (and in most cases, named) their own radish seed.
Over the next four weeks, as well as nurturing their young seedlings, the girls will learn about the life cycle of plants, the importance of fertiliser for growth, agriculture and the factors that affect photosynthesis. By mid-July, we should have trays full of radishes ready to be harvested.
Once harvested, the girls will have the chance to enter their potentially prize-winning root into the competition. There are a number of categories, including ‘heaviest radish’, ‘longest radish’, ‘most identical pair’ and, at the request of my class, ‘most glamorous radish! Hopefully this project will help the students understand more about the incredible plants that they see everyday and have a greater appreciation of where some of our food comes from.