Year 11 Turney Students College Work at Roots & Shoots

The Class 11MA students at Turney School have been continuing with their weekly trips to the wonderful Roots and Shoots college in Kennington. This is a learning centre that aims to give gardening vocational skills for young people in the local community. Attending Roots and Shoots is an excellent way in which to prepare the Turney students for their transition to college or the world of work.

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Establishing a weekly routine and taking on personal responsibility is all part of the learning. After arriving at Roots and Shoots the students make their way to their classroom. Other students and members of the community also attend. The Turney pupils benefit by being able to work and socialise with others outside of the usual Turney environment.

Our class teacher at Roots and Shoot is Jane. A recent session started with Jane explaining a little more about micro greens. We found out that these are small salad plants that are often sold on to the West End restaurants. We watched a short film about the growing of micro greens that take place in Lambeth at one of the nearby Clapham deep level underground tunnels.

Jane then asked the Turney students to recall some of the facts from the film. Class members were able to explain how micro greens are grown without soil. The Clapham tunnels used energy efficient LED lights, rather than natural sunlight. They still required regular watering.

A sorting activity then took place in the classroom. Class 11MA were asked to decide what resources might be needed to grow micro greens. Jane questioned the pupils about the growing process during this exercise.

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It was now time for the Turney students to begin work on growing their own micro greens. Seeds were planted on a growing mat. These were then placed inside the Roots and Shoots greenhouse. We are expecting it to take a fortnight for these to grow. If successful then the students will be able to celebrate with a cheese and cracker snack, adding our own micro greens for some extra flavour.

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A little more theory then took place back in the Roots and Shoots classroom.Class 11MA have also been learning about different wildlife insects. Dragonflies were the focus for this session. The students learnt about the four life cycles for this species. Colourful diagrams were completed by each class member.

This then led to a sculpture session. The students carefully followed a series of instructions from Jane on how to create a model dragonfly. Aluminium copper, beads and buttons were used for this session. Each student successfully made a model dragonfly which they then took home.

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Roots and Shoots remains one of the weekly highlights for the Turney students. The sessions are structured to include a break and lunch session. This is an opportunity for the Turney students to experience a change from their usual school routine, in preparation for future transitions.

We would like to thank Jane and all at Roots and Shoots for making us all feel so welcome. We are happy to share some of the photos from a recent session below.

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