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The Topsham School

The Greener Grub Gang

The Greener Grub Gang

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The Greener Grub Challenge

Final Measurement

  • You've reduced non-recyclables in lunchboxes by:

  • Number of food items in lunch boxes that could have been grown locally:

    15items of local food.
  • You've increased locally sourced food by:

    1 to 10%


Action update

June 10th, 2010

Another busy day!

Yesterday we had another busy day at the farm. We planted artichokes, sweetcorn, courgettes, squashes and sunflowers outside and peppers, chillies, aubergines and melons in the polytunnel (which is now full so we might move onto the second one in the coming weeks!). There was even time to plant a few more of the raised beds.

We have also been busy making posters for the stalls we will be setting up and thinking of ways we can use and sell some of the other produce, including whether we there is a way we can offer people an ordering system!!

We had some really good news that we have been chosen to join a scheme encouraging schools to set up cooking clubs. We’ll be starting this  inthe Autumn term and this will involveboth the children and their parents.

We had some salad crops left from yesterday so we put these out again at lunchtime – this was very well received once more! We’re all really looking forward to the other crops we’ll be able to use in this way (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, peas(next week hopefully!), cucumbers and even more lettuce! When we were having our afternoon snack (tomatoes today) we talked about the fact they had come from Holland and how soon we’ll be able to actually pick our own from the polytunnel and the real positive benefits there are from being able to actually  do this.

June 10th, 2010

Let’s Enjoy our Crops

Both the school Allotment Patch and Kitchen Garden have suddenly burst into life following the sunny and wet weather recently.

This means that everything has really started to grow – infact we might have enough lettuce to supply the whole town for a few weeks! This meant that as part of our regular Wednesday visits we were able to harvest some cos lettuce. The lettuce we brought back in the morning was washed and offered at lunchtime – WOW! – within 5 mins 2 big bowls had vanished! Most impressively there were some children eating something ‘green’ who normally wouldn’t take a second look at it!

 Year 3 were also able to bring some more back which we were able to sell after school to the parents as they came to collect the children. 

This is made us start to think about how we can do this in other ways and on a regular basis – we’ll be selling produce at the Summer Fair, the local market and to the campers at the farm.

May 12th, 2010

Year 4s Big Dig!


Today year 4 went to highfield farm. We did some fantastic fun digging. As well as that we did some planting  with Ian and his wife and our student Miss Shelton. We managed to fill another 4 bags in our Ugandan Bag garden area which we will plant up in the next few weeks. We all enjoyed geting our hands muddy. 

 We also finished planting the 120 pumpkin plants that Otter Nurseries gave us as part of a growing competition – we can’t wait to see how heavy the biggest is!

Another 2 raised beds were planted up, the polytunnel was weeded and another row of peas sown, cabbages and courgettes were planted and Mr Evans and his group of children were kept busy planting french and runner beans.

We can’t wait to have all these crops to sell and give to our local community and use as part of what we can eat at lunchtime.

(Earlier in the day children for KS1 and our FSU had alsoplanted over 120 tomato plnats in the polytunnel!!!)


May 9th, 2010

A Busy Day in the Kitchen Garden

Wednesday saw our first proper day up at the farm this term. A group of children from Year 1 and 2 visited in the morning and ended up spending all morning busy planting, hoeing, weeding and watering.

Today we all planted a pumpkin plant in one of our Pumpkin Patches (these will be great to use on soup in the Autumn – hopefully we’ll be having ‘Soup Snack Days’ in the Autumn Term). We managed to weed some of the raised beds and hoed between the fruit bushes which are growing really well. We also started to clear some of the weeds in the polytunnel where the carrots, lettuce and peas have all started to appear. We planted up a couple more raised beds with peas, beetroot, onions, lettuce and spinach with the help of Mrs Thomas and Mrs Tapp.

In the afternoon the 30 children in Year 3 made their first visit to the farm. They finished weeding the raised beds, filled some more bag gardens and planted some seeds in the Key Hole Garden, which you can find in the Ugandan Garden area.

We also planted about 100 strawberry plants in the fruit cage and hoed in here too. Another group of children also managed to plant our potatoes, peas, runner beans and some more pumpkins with the help of Mr Deasy and Mrs Drew.

The afternoon also acted as a bit of a history lesson as we ended up coming back with lots of old pieces of pottery which we found in the fruit beds!!

April 29th, 2010

A Rocket Garden, Foodshare, Melons and lots more on a busy Wednesday!

The morning saw children from FSU, Year 1 and Year 2 plant seeds in the Taste Area of the Sensory Garden – today they planted carrots, lettuce leaves and radish. Some of the other children in the Green Room set about digging over the raised beds and weeding the onions which are growing really well. Grandad Bob was also busy preparing the trenches and canes for the runner beans which the FSU children have been planting this week as part of their Jack and the Beanstalk topic.


 During the morning we received a Rocket Garden(a huge box filled with young plants) for helping launch a campaign for schools in the South West back in February. We have decided to plant this in our Foodshare bed (Bed Number 7 in our Allotment Patch). The crops we grow in this bed will be donated to a local charity (League of Estuary Friends) to use in the subsidised meals they offer to the elderly residents in Topsham and the surrounding area.

Children from our Year 2, 3 and 4 classes helped to do this – planting lettuce, peas, carrots, spinach, beetroot, dwarf french beans, runner beans, cabbage and cauliflower. In the next few days we’ve also got to plant the potatoes and strawberries (which we think we’ll do in bags) and tomatoes (in the polytunnel) which also came in the box.

Year 3 and 4 have also started their Growing Topic and were busy planting seeds for the Kitchen Garden. They are investigating which compost works better, coir which is made from coconut waste product (the husk) or multi-purpose compost from the garden centre.

The day finished with Ecoclub planting cucumbers and melons which we are going to try growing in the polytunnels at the farm (as well as making nesting balls for the birds and working on the pond in the environmental area). They also found time to sow a few flower seeds to attract the bees to our garden.

A rather busy, productive and enjoyable day – well done everybody!

April 29th, 2010

Compost, compost, compost

We have set up our new systems for dealing with both our lunchtime and snack time waste however this has raised a few questions. We’ve noticed that the Key Stage 2 fruit bins aren’t really being used. We’re putting our lunch waste into our tumbling composters but have noticed that there is an awful lot of waste each day (it works out at about 8kg a day!).

So Year 3 and 4 are going think about what we can do to sort out these couple of problems (and a rather smelly compost bin – we think we need some more woodchip in it). Next week is national Compost Week so we’ll ry to do some of these activities then.

March 26th, 2010

The trip to Highfield Farm

Polytunnel 2

Polytunnel 2

When we went to Highfield Farm a few weeks ago, there were plants looking like cows have stepped on them and brambles sticking out of the ground so we left to get on with their work.

On Wednesday we went back to the farm and the whole area had been cleared and ploughed ready for us to plant beans. There were also 2 poly-tunnels and a green house.There were pumpkin and vegetable patches everywhere.

 I’m looking forward to going back after Easter and planting more.

March 19th, 2010

All systems go!

We’ve been really busy this month getting our new challenge really established in the work we are doing across the school. So far;

– The Green Team held an assembly to talk to the school about our Greener Grub Challenge

– We have carried out and shared the results of our audits

– Year 3 have started planning what to grow in our school Allotment Patch

– Ecoclub have been busy planting peas, broad beans, leeks, chitting potatoes, and generally getting the garden ready

– we have started composting our school cooked food waste – using our Bokashi bins and Scott’s Bin

– the fantastic Kitchen Garden we are helping to establish at out local organic farm is nearly ready to be opened (thoughsome of Year 1 and 2 have already been up to the farm to sow carrots in the polytunnels, turnips, rocket, spring onions, etc in some raised beds and asparagus in their new beds….

– we’ve helped plant an orchard at the farm and we held our Tree Give Away Day which was  agreat success (so far we’ve managed togive out over 200 apple trees to the local community – including other schools for free)

Watch this space for more details about the above and the other actions we have planned in the coming months (next week we’ll be helping to open the Kitchen Garden!)

February 23rd, 2010

An apple tree or two!!

200 trees ready to go

200 trees ready to go

Over half term, a band of seasoned diggers braved the drizzle to liberate as many apple trees as their shovels could manage. The trees were part of an auction and, at £300 for a possible 570 trees, the deal was too good to pass up.

On arrival, the scale of the task became apparent. Trees as far as the eye could see and only 3 spades to shift them!

We began positively. One tree a minute each would see us reach our target in 3 hours………two minutes in and it became woefully apparent, as we leaned wearily on our spades with one tree between us, it wasn’t going to happen!

Undeterred, we soldiered on, working alphabetically through the varieties from L to P. N put up stubborn resistance with the ‘Newton’s Wonder’ seemingly applying a super human force on the soil and refusing to budge.

January 29th, 2010

Apple juice

Last term we made apple juice and it was great fun. We got to eat apple cake and drink apple juice, it was good fun. We made them with Mr Evans.

January 29th, 2010


first we made apple juce and then sold the apple juce at the slow food market.

Then we made apple characters  after that and lots more.we made apple cake it

was yummy for us what about you then.and cartoon strips.

November 16th, 2009

We’re off!

This week is our ‘Healthy Schools’ week so we are using this opportunity to start our challenge for this year. We have lots planned for thew week and  by the end of it we should have our new action points to get us moving towards having ‘Greener Grub’ in our school.

This year we have decided to take on the challenge as a whole school. Not only will this make our action team even bigger but will enable our actions to have a real impact on many aspects of school life. We are also aiming to share our work with Ajulu school in Uganda which we are developing links with.

During the week there will be a range of exciting activities taking place. Our Foundation Stage Unit and Key Stage 2 classes are going to visit our local organic farm, where they  will either go on Nature walks or make pizzas. We are really developing our links with the farm,  we will be growing crops next spring in one of the polytunnels and our Year 1 and 2 classes have already visited this term as part of their ‘Down on the Farm’ topic work.

Year 6 will also be carying out a Waste Audit for our lunch waste and Years 1 and 2 will be busy doing workshops linked to minibeasts, materials and cooking with a chef form one of the local restaurants.

This afternoon,Year 3 are already busy making Devon Apple cake. This follows on from their work earlier in the term  when they made apple juice with the new apple press we have purchased.

The parents will also be involved, there’s an open afternoon tomorrow and we will be holding a curriculum evening on Thursday.

Watch this space to see how our week goes!

The Appetite for Action programme has been developed in partnership between the leading environmental behaviour change charity Global Action Plan and Sky. Global Action Plan has run the Action in School programme successfully with over 300 schools, helping them to make small changes that make a big difference. The Appetite for Action programme with Sky will allow many more schools to benefit from the process.