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Welcome To Emerald Class Yr 4/5

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Our Classroom

Term 5 2021 - Allotment

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Let’s grow. A crispy carrot, a luscious lettuce or a tasty tomato. Dig deep and put your back into it, making your own tubs and planters and nurturing your greens. Harvest your crops and make soups and dishes of seasonal foods that taste delicious. Learn about farms and where food comes from, writing reports on worldwide produce. Discover what grows in your local area, and open the door to the secret garden. After all that hard work, have your fingers gone green?

Allotment Fun Facts!

Did you know...

  • All councils in England and Wales (except Inner London) have to provide allotments to local people.  The recommended provision is 15 allotments per 1000 households.
  • Allotments cost from £6 to £50 per year.
  • Councils provide allotment holders with a list of rules which prohibit barbed wire, bonfires, animals (apart from bees and chickens), buildings (except cold frames), ponds and obstructions on paths.
  • During the 1600s, in Holland, tulip bulbs were worth more than gold!
  • Once cut, tulips can continue to grow as much as an inch per day.
  • Avocados, tomatoes and pumpins are actually fruits, not vegetables, because they contain seeds.  Rhubarb, on the other hand, is a vegetable!
  • The word 'pineapple' comes from European explorers who thought the fruit looked like a pine cone with the flesh of an apple.
  • Saffron threads, used as a flavouring and colouring in cooking, are actually the stigmas of a type of crocus (Crocus sativus).  Each crocus produces only three stigmas, and it takes up to 170,000 individual flowers to make a kilo of saffron!
  • Iris means 'rainbow' in Greek; Iris was the goddess of the rainbow in Greek mythology.
  • Snapdragon flowers are so called as they resemble a dragon.  If you squeeze the sides, the dragon's mouth appears to open and close!
  • Genetic testing has shown that all potatoes derive from a single source.  The first potatoes were cultivated in Peru about 7000-10,000 years ago.
  • The main difference between a nectarine and a peach is that nectarines have smooth skins, while peach skins are fuzzy.  You can graft peach branches onto a nectarine tree so that it produces both types of fruit!
  • An individual strawberry has up to 200 seeds on its outer skin.
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We have adopted an endangered amur leopard with the WWF!

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Useful Documents

Maths Shed

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Letter - join

Welcome to our school handwriting scheme. Handwriting is a very important element of school life, and the associated skills need to be taught carefully. We have adopted the Letter-Join strategy for handwriting across the entire school and cursive script will be taught to everyone. We would love you to encourage your children to practise using this letter formation. Details of how to download resources are available below. (Click the logo.)

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