The Perseid Gardens
The Edible Playground at Lower School is part of the Trees for Cities initiative, which aims to transform areas of school grounds into educational, natural outdoor spaces. Turning an underused area of the school site into an outdoor classroom with a focus on gardening and growing, it has been designed specifically with the needs of our pupils in mind, to ensure the garden is a motivating and engaging space, accessible for all.
The Growing Garden at Perseid Upper School was created to allow students to nurture plants and have an opportunity to work outdoors, an initiative integral to the curriculum and the experience we offer pupils. The space is utilised to grow a range of fruit, vegetables and plants, providing pupils with a hands-on opportunity to plant, tend, harvest and taste the fruits of their labour.
Research shows that LOTC supports development across a range of academic and broader educational outcomes, including communication, language, self-esteem, relationships, behaviour, self-regulation, mental health, emotional resilience and social interaction.
Outdoor educational opportunities have been shown to have a positive impact for children with special learning needs, particularly regarding their social and emotional well-being and behaviour. The Edible Playground and Growing Garden will not only support pupils in growing their own food but also support emotional health and well-being.