I had the absolute pleasure of joining two of our Learn Together Cymru volunteers for a fun and muddy afternoon for their Clwb Garddio (Gardening Club) at Ysgol Gymraeg Teilo Sant in Llandeilo.
The Clwb was the idea of keen gardener, and mum of two pupils at the school, Caroline Welch. Caroline is passionate about gardening and outdoor learning, and has managed to get the Clwb up and running in a short space of time with help from Learn Together Cymru and some funds for seeds and equipment from the school PTA.
As a result, all 110 pupils in the school’s Foundation Phase (age 3 to 7) have started to ‘Grow Their Own Lunch’ – planting lettuce, nasturtiums (edible flowers) and various herbs, in fruit punnets, which they have taken home and can care for over the summer holidays – and then eat!
The volunteers and children had a great time – learning about planting, squishing earth between their fingers (followed by the ‘Gardener’s Hand Wash’ – i.e. wiping their hands on the grass), finding worms and learning about and tasting various herbs (chives were surprisingly popular!).
Caroline is a Welsh learner, keen to try out and improve her Welsh, and the children happily helped that happen. Again, a win-win situation!
We hope to get more volunteers to help with the Clwb Garddio next term. Well done to Caroline and the other green-fingered Learn Together Cymru volunteers, and of course thanks to the staff at Ysgol Gymraeg Teilo Sant for their support.
Do comment below if your school is doing something similar – we’d love to know about it!