Why do we teach SEEDS?
SEEDS aims to improve how our pupils feel about themselves, their school and how effectively they engage with their learning. Young people will work independently and alongside other pupils to solve problems and achieve set objectives. They will make maximum use of the outdoors to learn about, and within, the natural world as much as possible. Individualised non-academic targets and pupil progress will be monitored through quality online tools.
To develop better social and emotional wellbeing and behaviour via the following nine factors;
feelings about school
perceived learning capability
self-regard, attitudes to teachers
general work ethic
attitudes to attendance
preparedness for learning
response to curriculum demands
confidence in learning
At KS3 and KS4
The programme is split across the six half-terms and links together the seasons of the year and some topic-based themes maximising the potential of the outdoor classroom. Our topic themes include New Beginnings, Earth, Fire, Air, Water and Changes.
Pupils learn how to build and grow their own allotments and prepare them for planting. They will make use of our recently established potting and growing house to sow seeds and nurture young plants. They will engage in crafts and arts making use of recycled materials and will develop a respect for the world they and others live in and share.
The hope is that they will use the herbs and vegetables grown in SEEDS to cook food in food tech lessons. They will also deliver flowers and plants to neighbours and local residents and communities. This will encourage them to see that there is a wider world that they live in and can be positive active contributors to.
Access the curriculum planning document here.