Sir John A. Cumber students get growing

A group of West Bay youngsters recently had the chance to brush up on their gardening knowledge with a fun hands-on outing.

It was green thumbs all around as the Sir John A. Cumber Primary Year 2 students aged 6 and 7 paid a visit to Vigoro nursery on Thursday, Feb. 25.

The students are currently learning about plants, their uses, their benefits and how they grow, explained the school’s communications coordinator Annette Vaughan.

“Sir John A. Cumber Primary is an IB World School, and one of our major methods of instruction and learning is through guided inquiry, hence the educational trip,” said Ms. Vaughan.

“This helps to develop or strengthen their thinking and communication skills. As a result, they become more knowledgeable on the subject of inquiry and [are] more open-minded.”

The trip to the Vigoro Nursery in Lower Valley was part of the students’ school exercise.

The lesson was “How Does Your Garden Grow?” focusing on the similarities and differences between plants.

The children were also gathering information about how and why natural habitats should be preserved.

Students asked questions and took notes, and management and staff shared interesting facts about plants with the students, and passed on some gardening tips.

After the formal part of the visit concluded, students took the opportunity to buy some plants for their homes and classroom. In a follow-up activity, the students started their own box gardens.