We are extremely lucky at Springfield Primary School to have Mrs McDonnell come into our school on a weekly basis to teach us all about gardening.
Mrs McDonnell's LinkedIn Bio:
‘Since completing my Horticulture diploma and Certificate in Education and Training I've decided to refocus my garden maintenance business to providing gardening education for children in nursery and primary schools. Gardening has many important benefits to its participants for example; psychological (relaxed, happy), social (communication, teawork, empathy), physical(minor motor skills, strength) and cognitive (thinking, memory). These sessions also provide children with an understanding of how plants grow and why they are so important. I use both theoretical and practical methods in my sessions to allow children with all learning preferences to benefit. These sessions are run throughout the academic year during class time and can be adapted to suit the age and understanding of all children. I believe that it is important that all children be given the chance to learn these important skills not simply those who do, or can attend an after school club.’