Harvest around the World

Posted by Mr M. Waller on September 11th, 2012

In a few weeks, we will be doing a class assembly (in front of the whole school and our parents) about the Glory of Harvest. We really want to add a global dimension to our assembly and share with the school and parents the power of our blog. Therefore we would be very grateful if you could share how you celebrate harvest with us in the comments section. Maybe you could help us?

  • How do you celebrate harvest in your country and/or culture?
  • What is it you harvest at this time of year in your country?
  • Do you have any pictures of the produce or landscape you are harvesting?
  • Does harvest have any religious or spiritual links for you?

We have enabled image uploading in our comments box so please do try and share a photo if you can. We are really excited about sharing harvest around the world.

Thank you from Class 5 and Mr Waller

WEEE Bins

Posted by Miss Mackie on September 4th, 2012

Last term we had a fantastic response with the number of children who brought in small electrical items to be recycled. We were in competition with a number of other schools in Stockton to see who could recycle the  most – and we scooped 2nd place winning £250! Well done and thank you to all the children and their families who helped to contribute. The new eco council for 2012 will need to decide how that money will be spent.

Additionally, one lucky child from the Stockton area was in with a chance of winning an iPad. Well, as luck would have it, our very own Aimee won! Well done to her! It just proves that recycling is definately worthwhile!

We have already commited to the WEEE electrical recycling scheme for the next school year. Do you have anything to bring in? Have you any ideas on what eco-council could spend the money on? Also, have you any ideas on what eco council should focus their attention on for this coming year?

Now part of Holy Trinity Rosehill Blogs

Posted by Mr M. Waller on August 20th, 2012

The Growing Greener website and blog is now part of Holy Trinity Rosehill Blogs (www.htrblogs.net). All of the existing posts, comments and pictures have been transferred too. This is really exciting news because it means that class blogs and the Growing Greener blog can now be used together for the first time – with the same username and password.

Something is changing in the courtyard…

Posted by Mr M. Waller on May 3rd, 2012

Something is changing in the courtyard on Rosehill site. We are hearing reports about a mysterious tree appearing! Keep checking this site for more updates!

Proper Pot Noodles

Posted by Mr M. Waller on February 1st, 2012

So quick you won’t believe it!

We made this recipe in Kitchen Garden Club on Wednesday 1st February to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 2 Minutes

Equipment: Chopping Board, Knife, Wok, Spatula.

Ingredients:

  • 410ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 spring onions, chopped (optional)
  • 2tsps sunflower oil
  • 200g stir-fly vegetables (thinly sliced peppers, bean sprouts, cabbage etc – buy a packet or grow your own)
  • 300g straight-to-wok noodles
  • 250g cooked prawns (optional)
  • Soy sauce, to taste.
  1. Warm the stock if it’s cold, and finely chop the spring onions on a chopping board.
  2. Het 2tsp sunflower oil in a wok until very hot, throw in stir-fry vegetables and toss with a spatula for 1-2 minutes until they are just cooked, but still nice and crisp.
  3. Add the noodles, prawns and a splash of soy sauce and toss for another minute or so until everything is warmed through.
  4. Remove the wok from the head and divide the noodles between 4 large mugs, plastic tumblers or bowls.
  5. Pour the stock over the noodles, scatter some spring onions over the top, if you’re using them, and serve immediately with chopsticks and spoons to slurp up the delicious broth (this isn’t considered rude in china: in fact, it helps to cool the hot noodles down).

Apple Fool

Posted by Mr M. Waller on February 1st, 2012

‘Fool’ of good stuff!

We made this in Kitchen Garden Club on Wednesday 1st February 2012.

Equipment: Peeler, Sharp Knife and Chopping Board, Small Saucepan, Wooden Spoon, Blender.

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 red dessert apples
  • 2 green dessert apples or 1 cooking apple
  • 200g tub Greek yoghurt or custard (or half and half)
  • Honey (optional)
  1. Peel the apples and cut the cores (the hard middle bit with all the seeds) out with a sharp knife. Cut the apples into roughly equally-sized slices.
  2. Put the apple slices in a small pan and add just enough water to stop them from sticking to the bottom of the spacepan (a couple of tablespoons should be enough). If you’re using a cooking apple, add a tablespoon of brown sugar to the mixture as well. Cook them on medium heat, adding more water as necessary.
  3. When cooled, beat the apples with a wooden spoon to make them a smooth puree.
  4. When the stewed apples are completely cool, put them in a blender and whizz them together with the chilled yogurt or custard until light and fluffy.
  5. Taste the fool and add a little honey if you find it a bit sour. Chill in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.

October Gardening Tips

Posted by Gaynor on January 15th, 2012

Harvest your fruit and vegetables before the first frosts.

Harvest apples and pears.

Harvest your beetroots, onions, leeks, sweetcorn, potatoes, carrots etc

Store in a cool frost free place until use.

Plant winter onions and green manure crops.

Cut grass for last time.

Prune back herbaceous plants. Dry herbs for winter.

Autumn Planting

Posted by Mr M. Waller on October 6th, 2011

Today we have been getting the land ready for winter but we have also been planting some vegetables that will grow during the colder months!

Eco-Council 2011-2012!

Posted by Miss Mackie on October 6th, 2011

Well, its a new year and a brand new excellent team of Eco-Councillors!

This year, Eco-Council have decided to tackle the topics of ‘Energy’ and ‘Water’. The aim is reduce our use of both of these, so that we can save money and the planet!

Eco-Council will be watching very closely on how we are wasting energy and water, and will be formulating a plan of action very soon!

In the meantime, the advice to all children and adults  comes from our Eco-Code. It is very simple. ..

TURN OFF!

 

Eco-Council 2011

Posted by Miss Mackie on October 6th, 2011

In eco council we are trying to save energy and some water. (Rosie Y6 councillor)

Swich some lights off (Harry Y3 Councillor)

Turn taps off! (Aimee Y5 councillor)

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