We are proud that our curriculum works beyond the classroom. Our popular gardening group, the Gomer Growers meet weekly to complete gardening related projects around the school grounds. Our Gomer Growers projects cascade across the school so that every child is involved with our outdoor learning environment which we cherish.
Who are the Gomer Growers?
Activities focus on the skills needed for plant propagation, cultivation and maintenance. Pupils have the opportunity to grow plants from seeds and cuttings, and observe the different stages of a plant’s life cycle. Our Eco-friendly group gardens organically, composting waste and aims support the diverse wildlife within our school grounds.
Activities enhance the scientific and environmental curriculum, as well as fostering Gomer’s Learning Powers. Through events such as Ground Force days, we aim to develop links within and beyond our school community; welcoming the support of current pupils, their families, friends and local businesses.
Four children from each year group form the Gomer Growers. You can identify the Gomer Growers by their special green badge. We are very lucky that one of our Y3 teachers, Mrs Carré, kindly volunteers her time to lead this part of the curriculum. She is ably supported by Mrs McDermott nad Mrs Lethbridge. The Gomer Growers are joined by parents/carers and Grandparents weekly who work alongside our children.
We are very proud of our beach themed sensory garden. Because we are a beach school we like to learn at the beach too. Sometimes it is tricky to get to the beach so we have made our own. Because using our senses is very important we have placed our large sensory garden at the front of our school so all our visitors can enjoy it and recognise how proud we are of it. Can we tempt you to:
- Look at the flags, tree pendants and bees collecting pollen
- Listen to the waterfall, crunch of the stones, rustle of the beach plants
- Touch the shells, stones, textured pots and
- Taste the Growers produce in the comfort of the garden
- Smell the lavender, grasses and cool air under the shade
With thanks to TESCO, ASDA and the FROGJS for funding this significant development. The transformation of the space is significant.
We embrace nature at Gomer. Our Olympic Meadow continues to be tenderly looked after throughout the year. The new houses are encouraging new wildlife. A once baron ice of land has been turned into a stumpery which is a Victorian concept. The stumpery makes use of unused pieces of wood which are artistically presented. Our Y6 children made our stumpery and did so with reclaimed chippings and a variety of stumps. They have made hedgehogs out of cones which they have hidden too. A shelter encourages children to sit and relax. The garden will provide habitats for many types of wildlife.
Our Gomer Growers work hard all year round maintaining their allotment. They are seasoned gardeners and grow a variety of products. Our onions are currently looking very healthy – the rocket too. It is great for the children to eat and cook with what they grow. Many of our vegetables and fruit start their lives in our greenhouse. We have made use if this gift made possible by a community source. The built-up vegetable beds, made from reclaimed timber are a perfect place for the veggies to thrive. They benefit from a good watering from the rain water collected in the water butts.
Outdoor learning is great fun and fully embraced at Gomer. Children are encouraged to use our welly racks so they can use all of our grounds throughout the year – regardless of the weather. Our new firepit enables children to learn how to be safe, be safe by fire, build fire and cook on the fire. Our Andy Goldsworthy inspired art is all around the school. Making full use of our grounds for enrichment opportunities I very important to us.
Groundforce Day 2019
Annually we have a Ground Force day. Every child across the school completes a project outdoors. It can be linked to class-based learning, build upon our annual Gomer Growers projects, develop part of the school grounds or maintain an existing space. We love this community event which helps tidy up from the winter and spring and enables us to get ready for summer. The event is well supported by our community – children love to garden and learn alongside their adults.
Over the past seven years, Gomer Growers are proud to have improved our school grounds in a number of ways. Projects have included: the planting of fruit and vegetable beds; creation of a mini wildflower meadow to mark the 2012 Olympics and the development of a woodland nature trail and hide. Our latest on-going project is focussed on the planting of a perennial ‘Rainbow Border’ leading up to our school reception. Phase 1 saw the planting of the hot colour spectrum flowers in the Summer of 2015, with the next phase-the cool colours-planned for 2016. Mrs Mulhall has been especially pleased with the all year round flower bed in front of her office. This area was created by the Gomer Growes during the 2015 Groundforce Day. Our 2016 Groundforce Day in May saw the placing and decorating of HMS Gomer our ornamental flower bed. Our 2017 Groundforce Day is featured below.
Gosport in Bloom Best School 2019
We love gardening at Gomer and our Gomer Growers work throughout the year on fruit, vegetable and decorative projects. The school grounds are looking particularly beautiful at the moment and the efforts of all the growers this year have paid off – in more ways than one! Mrs Carré and Mrs Mulhall attended the Gosport in Bloom awards with some of our Gomer Growers. The children were delighted to collect several awards on behalf of the school including: 4 gold awards, 2 silver awards and a bronze. The children received a trophy for each category they entered. We do need to work on our sunflower growing though – something for next year. The judges were very impressed when they visited Gomer and were shown our projects by the growers. With thanks to the whole community for enabling our projects and to the staff who lead on this – in all weathers! Gomer Junior were awarded the ‘Best School’ trophy which we were absolutely thrilled about. This is the second consecutive year we have won this trophy and it is testament to the all year round hard work and passion for gardening. Fred Dinenage presented the awards and we also appeared on Meridian Tonight on Thursday evening – a first for us. Go Gomer!
Gosport in Bloom Best School 2018
We were delighted to have won 5 awards at the 2018 Gosport in Bloom awards: 4 Gold Awards and 1 Silver. Due to this impressive array of trophies we were awarded the Best School in Gosport. Go Gomer! We were delighted that the judges were impressed with the children’s work and that they garden and grow all year round – eating what they grow too.
Introducing our Gomer Growers 2018 – 2019
Outdoor Learning Day – whole school
Friday 18 May 2018
19 June 2017
Groundforce Day with helpers….
6 March 2017
The Growers erect their new shed (with thanks to one of our carers and to Waitrose for funding it). They have already located their equipment into it and great things are happening with the raised beds.
15 November 2016
Growers planting succulent cuttings to sell at our Christmas Fayre and planting a wildlife hedge donated by The Woodland Trust.
November 9 2016
Growers planting crocus bulbs for polio awareness. Thank you to Rotary for the bulbs.
Gosport in Bloom 2016
We have entered Gosport in Bloom as a platform for showcasing our commitment to gardening and providing our learners with a range of opportunities. The children have been working really hard this year, alongside their parents/carers to enhance the look of our gorgeous grounds. With gardening widely recognised as a leisure activity, known to contribute to a healthy diet, fitness and emotional well-being, we hope the enthusiasm our pupils show when gardening for Gomer will help to sow the seeds for a life-long enjoyment of plants and the outdoors. We entered three categories this year and were delighted to win a gold and a silver in two of them.