The children have been looking after the beans that they have grown themselves from seeds. This activity is ongoing and we hope to keep going adding new plants until the end of summer. The beans are growing very tall! We think this could be because we have given them lots of water to drink and they have had lots of sunshine to help them grow. We have had to make a beam for the beans to grow across to support them. One of the children tried to touch top of the beanstalk but could not reach! We talked about Jack and the beanstalk and how tall his beans grew. Could we climb up our beans? Maybe not just yet! We have been checking how our other plants are growing too. The herbs smell wonderful and the courgette plant that was donated by a parent is flourishing with 5 baby courgettes developing well. We talked about how it is a member of the pumpkin family and we have pumpkins at Halloween. The children are really interested in how it may taste, with one child saying that they taste yummy and others not being so sure. We will continue to monitor and observe to see which plants grow well and which do not.
Links to EYFS:
Understanding the world: The world Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants and animals natural and found objects (30-50 months)
Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time (30-50 months)
Literacy: reading Uses vocabulary and forms of speech that are increasingly influenced by their experiences of books (40-60 months)
Next steps: The children have shown great interest in the planting area and they have asked if we could plant a fruit tree, then we could eat fruit that we have grown ourselves!