Junior School’s Wonderful Open Gardens


Pupils at The Mount Junior School hosted an Open Gardens event on Monday 13th June.

Junior School children revel in their garden

Friends and family members were invited to visit the Quaker school to view the gardens which pupils in Year 1 and Year 2 had been working on as part of their Level 5 certificate for the Royal Horticultural Society.

J1 teacher Jan Wilson said, “The children have worked very hard on this project, part of which involves passing on their knowledge to others, and hosting a community event. The gardens include plants that produce fruit, vegetables and herbs. When these are ripe, the children will set up a stall to sell them and re-invest the profits into the gardens.”

Open Gardens invitation

The five-, six- and seven-year-olds gave guided tours of the gardens, which are visible from Dalton Terrace.

Rachel Capper, Head of The Mount Junior School, said “We are so proud of the children’s efforts and their enthusiasm for this project. As well as having great fun with the gardens, they are applying mathematical concepts (measuring growth, understanding profit margins), absorbing scientific principles (biology, physics) and developing greater language skills (describing their progress).”

The gardens include a Dinosaur garden, which features plants that would have been around in some form during the age of dinosaurs.

Jan Wilson said, “Next year we will extend this project to include the Enchanted Garden for our Year 3 and Year 4 pupils.”

Parent and Great Britain speedskating champion Pippa Allen said, “The children have done an amazing job with the gardens, we are all very proud of them.”

Chloe’s grandmother said, “The gardens are incredibly imaginative and I really enjoyed being shown around by the children. I’m very impressed by the tremendous amount of work that has been done.”