Frequently Asked Questions
How many sessions per year you provide?
Our standard package is 28 sessions planned according to your schools terms.
Do the children need any protective clothing or boots?
No, our Planters are at the perfect height for children to grow in without getting messy and they won’t be stomping in mud.
What other resources does our school need to provide?
Nothing, We Can Grow provide all learning and activity resources needed, helping you budget accurately from day one.
Can you link your activities to our own schools curriculum?
Yes, We Can Grow can work with your School to provide tailored links to curriculum and outcome objectives.
Does our school need a lot of space to grow?
NO, all of activities take place around the planters provided which can be placed on any surface.
Will we incur any landscaping costs?
Does our school need to provide a teacher?
Yes, our aim to also train existing teaching staff, this can be part of their CPD.
Do you have other schools you have worked with to speak to?
Yes, please see our case studies and testimonials to get a flavour of some of the schools we work with. Feel free to contact them if you would like.
What is the difference between We Can Grow and Forest Schools?
How many children can take part?
We Can Grow standard club package accommodates up to 24 children per session as we provide 4 planters and we like to give each child their own plot of growing area to own. Should you require a bigger class just let us know and we can put a plan in place for you.
Are your teaching staff DBS checked?
Do you keep a record of activities, achievements and outcomes?
Yes, We Can Grow staff will provide a summary of every single session we take with you this will then be added to your very own journal for you to show off to Ofsted and use as proof expenditure for Pupil Premium Payments.
HIGH QUALITY WOODEN PLANTERS
We Can Grow will build you 4 of our huge 1800mm x 790mm x 690mm handmade pop up allotments and install them in the ideal location within your school grounds. They can be positioned on any surface including Tarmac or Concrete. They are the perfect height and size for your children to work around without getting too messy, so we won’t waste time changing wellies
CHILD FRIENDLY COMPOST & FEED
We will provide a specialised mix of soil conditioner and compost, containing the perfect content of nutrients and enriching organic matter. Our compost retains water really well helping plants grow healthy and strong. Its 100% plant matter so there’s no nasty surprises. We believe your pupils should get their hands mucky and our soil is the safest and best available.
ALL SEEDS & PLANT PLUGS NEEDED
We will provide you with all the seeds and plug plants you will ever possibly need through the growing seasons.
2 HR WEEKLY INSTRUCTOR LED SESSIONS CURRICULUM BASED FUN PACKED ACTIVIITIES
An instructor will visit your school for 2 hours every school week from spring half term to autumn half term. They will provide fun packed activities for your pupils and CPD training for your teaching staff. After autumn half term, through the winter, until spring half term they will visit once a month. These sessions could be “Breakfast or Afterschool Clubs” or “In School” sessions and we can tailor the sessions to compliment your school’s current curriculum or preferred specific outcomes.
SUMMARIES, WEEKLY CLUB TASKS & LESSON IDEAS
We will provide a summary of each session outlining the session activities, achievements, and outcomes, as well as pupil and staff comments and photos. All this will be recorded on your very own digital journal through your very own “We Can Grow Online” portal. We even give you instructions and tasks to complete until we see you again including daily tasks and watering rotas.
ACCESS TO WE CAN GROW ONLINE
You will have full access to We Can Grow Online your very own planning, recording, and information portal. We Can Grow Online is a suite of tools including the Garden planner.
We Can Grow Garden Planner, which will help you plan when to sow your seeds and harvest your crops. It will make sure you plant the right crops with each other using straight forward plant family colours and even tell you when there’s going to be a frost so you can cover up your precious plants if necessary. You can even publish a link for your pupils to show off to parents or social media.
We Can Grow Journal, lets you record everything you do, enabling you to build up a historic record of your schools growing journey, helping your pupils document all the things they get right and of course (more importantly and more often than not) what they get wrong!! You will be able to show future growers when and what variety of plants you had sown, when you weeded and even how often you watered!! You could reference any little experiments you decided to carry out and whether they were successful or not and what you would do differently for the next growing season? The We Can Grow Journal is an invaluable tool for providing compressive and historic information to Ofsted and is the perfect record of activities for accounting for Pupil Premium Funding. You can even share the journal with parents giving a great window for them to see the activities your school is providing.
We Can Grow Information Cards, providing your school with a powerful and comprehensive knowledge base of plants, vegetables, bugs, and insects. giving you an ideal resource, useful facts, and a raft of referencing sources.
We Can Grow Online Fortnightly Newsletters, Every other week we will send you our informative videos as well as useful tips. We even tell you what to do next based on the plants your school has selected in your Garden Planner.