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Welcome to the Junior school blog about ‘How can we enhance our school gardens?

Please explore and leave any comments or suggestions on anything you know about plants, flowers, trees, etc.

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  1. I have just been reading through your blog – it is so informative and SO interesting. I am going to be at the school on Thursday so I can’t wait to check out some of the areas you have been working on. It is so fantastic that you are learning about how to enhance your school’s environment. I wonder if you can put some of this learning into action at home or in the community? Congratulations junior inquirers!

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JCD

JCD Garden Update!!

After weeding and a general tidy up we planted potted colour and green mondo grass into our garden bed. We think the colour looks fantastic. Take a look at some of our photos.

JCD having being working hard all term on their Inquiry unit “How can we enhance our school garden?”  They have learnt a number of different things about:

  • How plants grow?
  • What the different parts of the plant are
  • Conducting science experiments

and many more interesting things.  The children of JCD were asked to reflect on some of the things that they had learnt and below are some of their responses.

Plants need, food, soil, water and sun – MacKenzie and Keilah

We have been learning about different parts of the plant. If plants didn’t have roots they would fly away – Hamish and Oscar

Animals eat the plants and it comes out the other end and then grows – Marcus and Charlie

We have learn’t how seeds travel by propulsion. They can also hook onto a dogs fur and they can travel by the wind – Keanu, Chloe, Alia

There are different parts of a plant – Stem, leaves, seeds, roots, petals & flowers – Josh, Elli & Serena

JCD have their own part of the school grounds to enhance and we are looking after the space near the stairs with the big tree – Gabrielle & Emma

We give plants fertiliser for food to grow. Aslo when plants are tiny they have little roots and as they grow they have big roots – Rebecca and Reuben

Whenever you water a plant it grows bigger and they also need sun and rain to grow – Stevie & Nyamal

How plants grow? Put a seed in the soil – Lewis & Lucas M

Seeds can fly over water. The air can push the seeds.  Plants can also explode and that is how their seeds can fly through the air as well – Rohan and Lucas F

Seeds can travel in lots of different ways – Soul and Sienna

This term in JCD, we have learnt about plants and we are having lots of fun. We are enhancing our school gardens.

We are going to enhance our own garden bed at the school. It is the garden bed at the bottom on the big stairs on your left.

We are going to enhance this garden bed by:

  • Removing the old tan bark and replacing it with fresh soil
  • Removing all the rubbish that is spoiling the garden
  • Weeding the garden bed and remove any dead or old plants
  • Plant more mondo grasses (black colour)
  • Plant colourful flowers that will look great in Spring
  • Fertilise and regularly water the plants so they grow really well and look healthy.

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  1. Congratulations JCD on your blog. I loved reading about your ideas to improve our school garden. I can’t wait to see the colourful flowers and I look forward to taking JCP to your garden bed.
    Thanks for keeping our school tidy. It makes me so sad to see rubbish lying on the ground, so I am so proud of you all for taking the time to care for our school environment.

  2. Hi JCD
    I was wondering why do you have to fertilize the garden? Also what is fertilizer? Can’t wait to see the colourful flowers you decide on planting!

  3. Hello JCD. I am wondering what type of flowers are colourful that will look great in spring?

  4. Keep it up jco! Looking good!

    1. Oops! Meant JCD

  5. Well done JCD!!

  6. We are looking forward to planting lots of colourful plants next Thursday to enhance our school gardens.

  7. Great idea love your work

  8. I like the colours and i think the area needed a good “colour in”

  9. Giselle and her mum | Reply

    WE really like were your planting.

    1. Cate and rosie here, your Flowers look nice .
      from Rosie and Cate

  10. keep it up

  11. Your flows are the best

  12. Go JCD

  13. Joshua and Arwen | Reply

    JCD you are doing very well but are you still doing some more?

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JCB

Hello!

Welcome to JCB’s blog.

One day Mrs. Pickburn, our school principal, sent a letter to the junior school children. She asked us to enhance our school gardens.

Since then we have been exploring gardens.

We have

  • Explored our school gardens and taken photos of the areas we want to enhance.
  • Been on an excursion to the Melbourne Botanic gardens where we found out that all plants are very different.
  • We liked the herb garden on our excursion to the Botanic Gardens.
  • We have been learning about seeds.
  • We have been learning about plants.
  • We did an experiment to find out if plants need sun and water.

Hello everyone!

Do you have any tips for looking after plants?

31/8/12

We have decided that we are going to plant flowers and herbs.

Miss Butler will buy our flowers and herbs.

What type of flowers should we buy?

Our herbs will be mint, parsley and basil.

JCB Has chosen to use some herbs and these are the ones we have chosen:

  • Sweet basil
  • Italian parsley
  • Mint

We got the ideas from the Botanic Gardens where we got to feel and smell them in the herb garden.

We had a class vote and nearly everyone voted for sweet basil, Italian parsley and mint.

By Archer

How to grow a plant- By Olivia

  1. It starts off as a seed.
  2. Then is needs to be in a pot with soil.
  3. Then it needs water.
  4. Then every day give it a bit of water but not too much, otherwise it will drown.
  5. If it goes brown it means it is dead.
  6. Then every year it will grow a bit.

Our plan- by Lily

We are planting the plants in pots at the front of the school in the shade.

Diagram of a plant- by Ben

In science, we have been learning about all of the different parts of a plant. This diagram was drawn by Lucas.

This week Miss Butler gave us this white fluffy stuff that had dirt in it. We are trying to figure out what it is.

Do you know? We have made lots of predictions…

Giselle thinks it is the seed for a cloud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10th October 2012

Today JCB reflected on the work we completed last term enhancing our school gardens.

We looked at all of the ‘before’ photographs we had taken at the beginning of term 3 and discussed our observations.

After that we went for a wander around the school gardens to observe the changes that have been made by junior school children.

Miss Butler asked ‘Did we enhance our school gardens?’ and our thoughts are:

 

Jonah- Yes! I think we did heaps ‘cause it was so boring and now I know it is so good. I love the JCB flowers. They are so colourful.

At the grey tank I like the stepping stones and the grey stones. At the grey tank I like that it is not mulch.

Fraser- The flowers are beautiful their colours are bright. I love the flowers.

Archer- Yes! We did enhance our school garden. We planted herbs and flowers and I saw some of the other classes’ gardens and I took some notes.

Dylan- Yes! Because it looks good. The plants look good.

Brooke- Yes they are good.

Declan- The herbs are grown heaps.

Olivia- I said yes because JSB has grown pretty flowers in the gardens and grass has come. Things have grown.

Charlie- Yes because the herbs are growing really well and healthy.

Jack- The flowers look colourful. The herbs look good.

Giselle- Yes! Because it all looks wonderful. JCC did it around the water tank. It is beautiful but when it grows the people won’t be able to walk through.

 

Cate- I agree that we have enhanced our school gardens. They are really nice. The flowers are really colourful. I have planted herbs and flowers and watered them.

Oscar- Yes because it all looks neat and tidy. The plants are also looking healthy.

Barnaby- Yes I think we did enhance our school gardens because the flowers in JCB’s garden look really colourful. I think we should water our plants more often and keep them healthy.

Daniel- Miss B took us for a walk around the school to see how the plants are growing.

When we got to the vegetable garden we saw JCV’s plants, it was fantastic but there was one problem- the caterpillars were eating the vegetables.

We found some QR codes. Oscar was grabbing an iPad and scanned some QR codes, it was awesome. They came up with some information. The QR codes were awesome. They all had a picture on the iPad after Oscar scanned the QR code.

So parents, download a QR code reader so you can find information from the kids about what they discovered. Do you think we enhanced our school gardens? Do you think we did it right?

Kam- Yes it is good.

Rosie- Yes because we made it pretty.

Lorenzo- Yes because the herbs in the JCB garden have grown really well. Something is growing in every patch.

Lucas- I like the yellow flowers. I noticed that it got better. The herbs have grown they are straight.  At the veggie garden some of the plants have been bitten.

Chandani- We did enhance our school garden because we like to do that.

Ben- I like the herb garden because it is growing really good.

Lily- Yes because the flowers are pretty and they’re colourful.

Ciara- Yes because the flowers are beautiful.

Scarlett- Yes I think we did enhance our school garden because before it didn’t look good but now it is much more colourful. If you are looking at our school gardens watch out for QR codes. The herbs and flowers look good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. i am not thinking our school garden is veary nice

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JCO

We planted vegetables. We planted pumpkins, lettuce, beetroot, silver beet, peas and beans.

We watered them. Hopefully they don’t die!!

Daniel and Zac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the vegetable garden we planted plants. We are very good at planting. We planted pumpkins.

Hamish and Josh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the garden we planted vegetables, pumpkin, lettuce & peas. It was fun. And we watered the plants.

Ano and Emma

 

At the gardens we planted some plants & there were lots of plants. There were lots of pumpkins.

Freya and Zara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We planted some vegetables in the garden. Gardens can have seeds and these grow into vegetables.

Moses and Jackson

    

When we did the garden we planted pumpkin & beans & lettuce & silver beet. Then we watered the vegetables.

Lucy and Kevin.

    

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JCC

Hello,

Welcome to JCC’s blog. (Bella)

This term we have been investigating ‘How Can We Enhance Our School Gardens?’

We have been walking around the school gardens. (Maddy)

We have taken photos of places and discovered where we are going to enhance… We are enhancing the water tank! (Amena)

We have had time to think about how we can enhance the water tank and spent time working in groups to create proposals. (Darcy)

We will be working with JCJ and JCR (Nicole) and sharing our ideas. (Xander)

Together, we made a bridge proposal. (Max)

We are using stepping stones. (Flynn)

We have a plan to put pot plants around the tank. (Frankie)

This week we are trying to get plants so we can plant them. (Lachy)

We have some questions and comments you might be able to help us with,

Will we be able to have stepping stones? (Tess)

We need some help. (Nicholas)

How do plants grow in the water? (Cara)

How do plants grow in mud? (Hugh)

We need pots and plants. If you have any, you could give them to us and we will water them and take care of them for you. You can come and see them. (Ben)

We have gone on an excursion to the Botanic Garden. (Sophie)

My favourite was the scarecrow. (Elly)

My favourite plant was the rose. Roses can be white and pink and yellow. (Alice)

We have been learning about seeds in Science (Grace) and we did an experiment to see if plants need water. (Owen)

The plant with water survived. The plant without water died. (Charlize)

Experiment results recorded by Riley.

We love plants and we love gardens! (Cheyenne)

Last term, JCC got some plants. We repotted the plants and took them to the
watertank. JCJ put some stepping stones around the tank and lots of children
like the stepping stones.  JCR and JCJ put gravel around the stepping stones and the plants, and the mud is all gone!    (Amena)

 

 

 

 

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JCJ

Hi again!

Exciting news…. We have got the stepping stones and the gravel now. We got 12 stepping stones from Bunnings, (Charlie’s mum from JCR picked them up for us). They are very heavy so we are going to ask some parents to help us move them and put them into place.

The gravel has been delivered too. We have to work as a team to move them to the water tank.

Wish us luck, exciting times ahead!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi everyone welcome to the JCJ blog!

Our Inquiry this term is ‘How Can We Enhance Our School Gardens?’

JCJ, along with JCR and JCC, are going to enhance the area around the water tank down on the oval.

This is our action plan for getting started.

We would like to put stepping stones and tan bark around the muddy part of the tank.

We are wondering does anybody know a good place to get tan bark here in Melbourne?

We are wondering where we could find some cheap, plain stepping stones/pavers?

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JCR

Welcome to JCR’s blog.

We have been working on our Inquiry unit called, How Can We Enhance  Our  School Gardens?

JCR, JCJ and JCC have decided to work on the area around the water tank on the oval.

It is very muddy and ugly.

 

We have written a bridging proposal and organised working parties.

If anyone has any ideas or suggestions we would like to hear from you.

 

We are proposing to put bark chips and stepping stones around the back of the water tank and plant some plants.

Could you spare some time next week to help us.

Wesley said that National tiles has  a big sale on stepping stones could anyone contact them and find out?

Aliyah is going to ask her grandma if she could help because she is good at gardening.

Tamsyn’s mum is good at gardening maybe she could help.

Thank you for reading and we hope you enjoyed it.

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JCL

Welcome to JCL’s blog. We hope you enjoy reading about the great things we have been doing this term!

SCIENCE IN JCL

In our science class we did an experiment where we put water and food colouring in a cup and put flowers and celery into separate cups. The celery leaves turned yellow and the flower petals turned blue. – Immi

We did an experiment where we put one plant in a place where it had not sun, one plant in a place where it had no water and one plant that had both sun and water. It turned out that the plant that had sun and water was healthier and grew bigger. – Josh

 

 

 

 

We tried to guess which seeds match which seed packet. We drew pictures of seeds with it’s seed cover. – Arwen

The food colouring changed the flower. – Ash

No water is bad for plants. If plants have water and sun they will grow big.– Kevin

We did an experiment with a plant and food colouring. – Charli

I learnt what will happen to flowers if we put the stem in food colouring. – Hailey

Flowers are very fragile. – Tyreese

We learnt how flowers grow. If there is no water or no sun the plant might die. – Ella

Flowers have lots of colours. – Chau

I found out the control plant grew the most because it had water and sun to help it grow. – Phoebe

We know lots of science words like ‘fragile’ and ‘Photosynthesis’. – Deng

Plants need water and sun. – Adrian

We looked at how seeds travel. They travel by the wind, they pop, they float in the water and animals carry them. – Tanmayi

Plants need food and soil. – Aidan

When we put a flower in food dye it changed to the colour of the food dye. It was incredible! – Alice

We did lots of experiments in Science and we are hoping we can do some more. – Bryn

If a flower doesn’t get water it might die. – Olivia

There are different types of flowers. – Harlem

I learnt how food dye can change the colours of plants. – Elias

Just look at our control plant now!!!

Please help us by reminding people to stay off our growing garden before and after school.

 

Since we planted our Hellebores and Violets lots of new shoots have popped up. Help us decide what to do with all these new plants!!!

 

 

 

 

JCL have been investigating the Inquiry question “How can we enhance our school gardens?” To prepare ourselves to create our garden we have been learning lots of fascinating facts about plants and gardens.

Here are some of the interesting things we have learnt along the way…

We learnt about plants that live in the shade like Helleborus (Lenten Rose). – Ella

Some plants that live in the shade are Bigroot Geranium, Astilbe, Lilyturf and Lungwort. – Charli

A Moon Yellow Wishbone grows in shade. It has yellow flowers. – Josh

One of the plants that lives in the shade is the Lenten Rose. – Zoe

Venus Flytraps eat flies. – Tyreese

Lots of plants can grow in the shade, like Peace Lily, Midnight Ficus, Jaoponica, Native Violets and Cymbidium Orchids. Seedlings grow into saplings– Alice

Plants make food for people. Flowers make pollen. – Olivia

Roots keep plants standing up straight. Roots also give plants food and water. – Hailey

When a Venus Flytrap traps a fly it sucks it, it chews it and then it eats it! – Bryn

Roses need lots of sun. – Deng

Some plants live in the shade. – Phoebe

The Venus Flytrap eats flies and bees. – Immi

We planted Wallaby Grass at the Botanic Gardens. We are going to plant them in big pots in our school garden. – Arwen

Trees are the biggest plant I have ever seen. – Elias

Plants need sun and water to grow. – Kevin

Plants suck up water through their roots. – Adrian

Trees take most water and sun in the garden. – Aidan

Sunflowers live in the sun. – Henry

Sunflowers are yellow and brown. – Chau

Sunflowers have pollen. – Ash

Flowers need some sun. – Harlem

JCL’s Garden Project

JCL found a section of the school garden that was very bare.  We found out that plants don’t grow well here because the big Oak Tree takes all the water and food from the soil through it’s big roots. We decided to put some big pots into the garden so that we could grow plants in the pots.  This is what the garden looked like before …

We worked in teams to plan our project.  Here is a Bridging Proposal that explains the process of our planning.

Here are the latest photos of our growing garden. We still have more planting to do but we are well on our way. Thanks to Jen P and Inga for your help with planting! Doesn’t it look great!

Stay tuned to hear about some of the wonderful experiments we have been doing in Science classes over the past few weeks!

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JCP

Wednesday September 12, 2012

JCP were very lucky this morning as Natasha, Liam’s mum, came in and helped us plant our plants.

We planted daisies in one ceramic pot and pansies in another ceramic pot.

 

We also planted two Loriope’s near the acorn tree as well as the Clivia that Riley donated. Lastly, we planted two potted colours.

Please come and visit the front area of the school as we think JCP has done very well to enhance our school garden.

Also, don’t forget to post your replies as we love reading them and answering your questions.

 

Monday 10th September, 2012

We picked up more rubbish today. Altogether we picked up 163 pieces. That’s definitely less than last time, but it is still a LOT!!!

Here is a picture of Jasper and Caitlyn with today’s rubbish. They are our Junior School Councillors.

We all had a go to fill our ceramic pots with soil and potting mix.

Mrs. Pase has bought some lovely plants for us to plant. You will need to stay posted as we are keeping the names a surprise for now!

Riley has kindly donated a Clivia plant for JCP to plant. Thanks Riley; be sure to pass on our gratitude to your grandpa.

Here are some photos of us preparing our pots and collecting soil.

Tuesday 4th September 2012,

JCP went outside and picked up some rubbish in the front area of our school.

Can you guess how many pieces of rubbish we picked up altogether?

Well, we picked up 380 pieces. Isn’t that disgusting!

Emma and Finn are holding 2 buckets filled with the rubbish we collected. We found lots of food wrappers, plastic pots, fruit skins and straws.

We are going to remind everyone to take better care of our school environment.

Here are some questions that JCP are researching. If you know the answer could you let us know?

Is it a good time to plant daisies/pansies in the ceramic pots? Henry and Ruby

What plants grow well throughout the year? Liam L

Why are plants so important? Meg

Wednesday August 29, 2012

JCP brainstormed lots of ideas as to how we could enhance our school gardens. We agreed that we would like to:

  • Care for the six ceramic pots at the front of our school. Four of these pots have a healthy plant and we need to decide on which plants to choose for the two empty pots
  • We are also keen to care for the garden areas at the front of our school, so we plan to keep this area extra tidy. Emma and Finn are our Environmental Captains and they are going to remind us about not taking any wrappers outside and putting all our rubbish in a bin.
  • We also want to plant extra plants under the two acorn trees at the front of our school. We are not sure which plants to use so we will need to ask experts and do some research

Stay posted……as we will let everyone know how our project is going!

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JCV

JCV have come up with an action plan to get into the garden. Check it out!!!

We have completed step 4. Check out what our garden beds looked like before we weeded and after we weeded and turned the soil over. Guess what? We even added cow manure!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JCV have been investigating the effect water and sun have on the growth of a plant. Here are some observations made by JCV.

Our last experiment we investigated the effect of sun and water and it turns out that sun and water the best for plants.  Issy

The sun one is getting so dry.  Mimi

In our experiment The sun plant  didn’t grow’ Jack and Seamus.

The SUN ONE  is  dry.

Sun and water one is the best

Water one didn’t have sun.

Vansh and Kye

Sun and water is better than water or sun by itself.

Georgia and Rebecca

Sun and water plant was working the best.

Water plant is soggy.

Sun is really bad.

Sun is dry.

Aiden and Lachlan

The sun and water plant grew perfect. Charlie and Mary

Water only plant

The leaves shrunk

The petals curled up

The stem bent

Sun only plant 

The leaves went crispy like a chip.

The petals dried out

The stem bent over

Jacob S and Harry

The  Sun plant was   Srucnhie   and    the  sun   and  water  one   grew good. Ruby

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