Green Shoots & Healthy Living Workshops – Early Years / KS 1-4

Food and its relationship with the environment is often overlooked

Farm to Fork Workshop Online Workshop

As a class we discover how far food travels by tracing the journeys of different varieties of fruit and vegetables. We discuss how food is grown, the benefits of fresh food and the responsibility we all share to reduce the huge amount of packaging and food thrown away every day.

This workshop is completed by making paper pots planted with vegetable seedlings and an up-cycled watering device. This hands on activity illustrates how easy and fun it can be to grow seasonal food and thereby reduce food miles and packaging. The paper seedling starter pots can be taken home or grown at school enabling pupils to observe how the plants change and develop over time.

Please note that due to early year pupils attention span, we keep the activity short by looking at different colourful up-cycled objects and making paper pots over a 30 minute session.

In this workshop we explore a number of curriculum aligned topics and themes:

  • Seasonal Food
  • Growing from Seed
  • Food Miles
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Caring for Plants
  • Composting
  • Recycling
  • Waste Packaging
  • PSHE
  • STEM
  • Science Week
  • Eco Week
  • Off-timetable Days
  • Local Food
  • Inclusion & Participation
  • Citizenship

This workshop lasts from 30 minutes to an hour with up to 35 pupils in each class. At the end of the session everyone will take a notebook home to enjoy.

Grow an Outdoor Classroom – CPD Sessions for Teachers

We are thrilled to be able to offer practical training sessions designed to empower and inspire teachers to make the most of your school’s outdoor spaces to support wider curriculum teaching.

This training will help you maximise the use of your school’s raised beds and greenhouses, and explore new approaches to using outdoor spaces as green classrooms with your pupils. Each training session covers top tips for low maintenance school gardening, planting throughout the seasons, harvesting food in term time and setting up pest-free compost heaps. All seeds and seedlings are provided and free gardening advice is offered after the sessions.

CPD Options:

  • Up to 10 teachers and TAs in each session.
  • The opportunity to invite staff members from other schools.
  • The opportunity to order quality affordable seedlings for planting sessions with classes.
  • Best plants provided for ongoing easy harvests.
  • Sessions can be given during school hours or after school.
  • Help setting up a pest free compost heap and worrmery to make free compost and cut down on waste at school.
  • Optional Bug Hotel and Natural Bird feeders element.
  • Growing from Seed
  • The Four Seasons
  • Plant Identification
  • Care for Plants
  • Citizenship
  • Composting
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Science Week
  • Eco Week
  • Citizenship
  • PSHE
  • STEM
  • Off-Timetable Days

Growing Seasonal Food Workshop

Spring and Summer

This workshop will help children develop new skills and learn about the science of plants by growing their own food. During this workshop participants are taught how to use the schools raised beds effectively and are introduced to plant growth cycles throughout the four seasons. After observing and watering the crops, the fresh vegetables can then be made into a heathy snack or taken home to cook and eat.

We supply the class with a wonderful range of seasonal and heritage seeds and seedlings, which can be planted and harvested before the school holidays.

Autumn and Spring

The advantage of growing in your school’s vegetable patch during this time is that the summer holidays have passed and the risk of unattended vegetables is no longer an issue. The autumn and spring will bring plenty of sunlight to produce fantastic early crops for your pupils to feel proud of and enjoy.

We supply leeks, rainbow chard, berries, brassicas and many other interesting edibles for an autumn and spring learning experience. The workshops includes, practical planting and an exploration of issues including nutrition, food miles, the seasons, and what is needed for good growing conditions. This combination of theoretical and practical work delivers and unforgettable experience and wide ranging learning outcomes for pupils.

In this workshop we explore a number of curriculum aligned topics and themes

The benefits of learning how to grow food:

  • Responsibility – from caring for plants
  • Understanding – as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants)
  • Self-confidence – from achieving their goals and enjoying the food they have grown
  • Love of nature – a chance to learn about the outdoor environment in a safe and pleasant place
  • Reasoning and discovery – learning about the science of plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition and simple construction
  • Physical activity – doing something fun and productive
  • Cooperation – including shared play activity and teamwork
  • Nutrition – learning about where fresh food comes from.

The workshops lasts from 30 minutes to an hour each, with up to 35 pupils in each class.

  • Growing from Seed
  • The Four Seasons
  • Plant Identification
  • Care for Plants
  • Citizenship
  • Composting
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Science Week
  • Eco Week
  • Citizenship
  • PSHE
  • STEM
  • Off-Timetable Days
  • The workshop was pitched at just the right level for the children. They were interested and engaged. They enjoyed the hands on experience of making the newspaper pots and handling the objects. Thanks for a great workshop!
    Gaynor HopeNelson Primary School
  • It was a great to see how much the students enjoyed the making their own plant pots from newspaper and planting them up with a variety of seedling to take home or grow at school. As well as the hands on activities there was a really good mixture of questions, answers and discussions.
    K. InkpenCardinal Newman Catholic School – Eco Enrichment Day
  • Thank you very much for coming in and working so hard with our young children! They all had a great day and we will do our best to build on the enthusiasm the children have for gardening!
    Sally OvereadSt Thomas More’s school – Hampshire
  • The whole school really enjoyed your assembly about the importance of recycling which was made even more interesting when you showed them the items that had been made from recycled material. The pratical activity of recycling newspaper to make a plant pot and planting seedlings was a good hands on activity in which all of our pupils were able to experience success. Many thanks Phil!
    Dawn MartinCedar Centre Brighton
  • We really enjoyed our workshop with Philip Hunton it was thought provoking. The students were engaged to think about, food waste, packaging, nutrition, and global perspective. They thoroughly enjoyed the workshop this will be a good reminder for them to think green.
    Mrs Diane CalvertChichester Cathedral School
  • “Working with Green Up Your Act has been a great experience. From the first point of contact Philip was enthusiastic about our school’s 'Go-Green' work and had great ideas to help make it a successful project. The whole school, children and teachers alike, loved the assembly and it left us full of enthusiasm and the children who made up-cycled items had a great time. The up-cyling workshops were accessible to all children and they are using what they made and really proud that they have recycled. We look forward to working with Green Up Your Act again in the future.”                                                                                                                                                  
    Katherine Lamb Emmaville Primary School - Tyne & Wear
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