STOP PRESS: Broomfield invited to be the first Kew Gardens Endeavour Ambassador School
Broomfield is so fortunate to be on the doorstep of Kew Gardens. The science that lies behind one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens is very relevant to our curriculum and their beauty enables the children to enjoy themselves as they learn. As part of the current science curriculum our Year4 students attend 6 Kew-led workshops at the gardens each year and students from other classes make numerous visits.
Over the years we have been involved in a number of projects with Kew. Most recently, Broomfield has been invited to become Kew Gardens’ first Endeavour Ambassador School. The Endeavour platform is an online teaching resource developed by Kew with Lottery funding, offering plant science challenges for KS2 and KS3 teachers to use with their classes. Opportunities for schools to enter competitions in this area will also be established.
Broomfield will pilot the Endeavour challenges before they are formally launched. Our teachers and KS2 students will trial exciting new materials that are relevant to the science curriculum and will feed back our thoughts on them. We are lucky to have the Kew Educators and Endeavour designers coming to present their ideas to us. The Year 3, 4 and 5 teachers will launch the challenges with their children and during the summer term we will display the work generated by the challenges and invite parents in to see the results. Broomfield will also trial a new KS2 course to be taught in Kew Gardens.
This is the latest in a series of ground-breaking projects we have undertaken with Kew. In 2017, Broomfield staff and students were invited to greet HRH the Prince of Wales, the new Patron of Kew Gardens, on a visit there. The children were given a science lesson about Plant Explorers: Past and Present and he observed the children reporting back on what they had learned, before chatting to them about what he loved about Kew.
In 2013, two of our Year 5 children took part in a BBC2 TV series presented by the renowned chef, Raymond Blanc, called Kew on a Plate which was filmed at Kew Gardens. In 2010 our Year 5 students attended the launch of Kew’s campaign to promote peat free compost. The then Cabinet Minister, Hilary Benn, came to talk with our children and together they potted seeds from the Kew seed bank using peat free compost In 2004, we worked with Kew education and horticulture staff to engage children in learning the science and practice of gardening, working on an allotment alongside their horticulture students. This led to the development of our school vegetable patch which continues to this day, producing radishes, tomatoes, potatoes, rhubarb, apples and herbs, which our Chef uses in school lunches! This year our Gardening Club has been planting bulbs and violas.
Here are Annabel and Stephan in 2005, with the gigantic pumpkin grown in the Broomfield allotment at Kew Gardens.