The garden classes at Berrima Public School provide the opportunity to look at the importance of the seasons and how this affects food production. Children from Kindergarten to Year 6 all take part in garden classes at some time throughout the year. We study the life cycles in the plants and creatures around us, and how this may affect what we eat. The children gain a good understanding of seeds and the different methods of growing food plants, and also develop skills in analysing the growth of plants and fruits and vegetables. We aim to tie these lessons into the science curriculum.
All classes are attended by a number of volunteer helpers, who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and encourage the team spirit that is so strong here in the garden and the school. The children enjoy working in teams, alongside parents and community members, creating a garden that is prolific in providing food for the kitchen classes.
The garden classes are the first step in our Kitchen Garden program, where children are immersed in experiences that are outside the classroom, are fun and enjoyable and will last a lifetime.