Schoolkids go green for week and plant spuds

Children in the Junior School of St John's College in Southsea have been rewarded with their efforts in the national ' Grow Your Own Potatoes ' competition with what is quite a good crop considering that they all had to be dug-up on the same day all across the UK '(left to right) Ethan Charles (7), Olivia Rodrigues (7), and Angel Duck (7) ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (131659-6278)
Children in the Junior School of St John's College in Southsea have been rewarded with their efforts in the national ' Grow Your Own Potatoes ' competition with what is quite a good crop considering that they all had to be dug-up on the same day all across the UK '(left to right) Ethan Charles (7), Olivia Rodrigues (7), and Angel Duck (7) ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (131659-6278)

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A SCHOOL has been actively encouraging its pupils to get their hands dirty – by planting potatoes to learn about the environment.

Infant and junior pupils at St John’s College in Southsea spent the week learning about their environment by doing different activities and going on environment-themed school trips.

The week culminated in the digging up of the potatoes, which pre-prep pupils had planted weeks before.

Teaching assistant Molly Davis said: ‘A couple of weeks before half-term, we planted our potatoes and showed the kids how things are grown and why it is important that we grow our own vegetables.’

The children were allowed to dig up the spuds yesterday morning to mark the end of the environment week.

Molly said: ‘The kids absolutely loved having the responsibility of growing something themselves and having to water them every day.’

The school arranged trips out and fun days all on a green theme, following on from its successful environment day last year.

Pre-prep pupils went on a trip to Canoe Lake on Thursday. They also made capes and became recycling superheroes, as well as reading recycling book Michael Recycle and learning the song Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Molly said; ‘There’s a lot of authors at the moment trying to make recycling fun, with colourful illustrations and fun activities.

‘We teach them the song and they sing along.

‘It makes it a bit more fun to do.’

Year 5 pupils went to Tuppenny Barn, Chidham, on Tuesday and learned about organic farming.

Year 6 pupils went to Dell Quay in Chichester to explore the harbour and coastline.

Molly said: ‘The Year 6 children loved their trip.

‘They came back covered in mud but with big smiles on their faces and chattering about all the activities they did, they really enjoyed it.’