Feedback comments from Delapre Diggers


Feedback comments June 2015

I was proud of the table top sale. I enjoyed making all the money – Amelia

I now know how to grow plant and sow seeds – Grace

Thank you for a brilliant time – Sam

I learn wildlife is important – Aiden

I loved planting the rugby T shirt – Tamie

I loved planting things and having fun – Francesca

I enjoyed going to the allotments and growing a tomato plant – Morgan

I loved making the scarecrows – Pritika

I enjoyed all the watering of plants and seeds – Aaron

I loved decorating the signs – Rosie

I enjoyed planting all the seeds – Niamh

I liked picking the strawberries – Sammy

We loved planting the edible rugby shirt – Luke and Elliott

I appreciate all the hard work you out in – Ben

I enjoyed cleaning the pond – Ella

I liked helping nature and learning about its ways – Scarlett

I loved pond dipping and making the garden look beautiful – Owen

I loved learning about habitats – Alicia

I never knew how to sow seeds, now I do – Luke



Allotments progress


Yesterday, in very warm weather, our Delapre Diggers worked hard on their Pleydell Road allotment plots watering, planting tomatoes and a sunflower house. One group constructed a protective tunnel over the broccoli and brassicas while another group harvested the spinach crop and filled the pond.

Our rugby-themed section is coming along nicely, this is to tie in with Northampton in Bloom. A Saints rugby shirt shape has been planted with different plants in club colours.

DPS achieves the Eco-schools Silver Award


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This year sees DPS progress from the bronze to silver eco schools award. We have been focusing on various aspects this year; mainly waste and energy reduction. These priorities have tied in with national campaigns and the school council visited every class to deliver talks to raise awareness.

There has also been a lot going on with wider community links, visits to local supermarkets to study Fairtrade and the ‘Farm to Fork’ project and a staff audit was carried out to see how the 9 eco topics are being covered/linked in our curriculum in each year group. An environmental review will be carried out in the autumn term when classes are using the top block’s new rooms to check on progress.

Delapre Diggers plant street flower boxes for Northampton in Bloom


This week saw Sammy and Ella, Yr 5 Delapre Diggers, assisted by Mrs Gordon, plant a range of summer flowers in the boxes donated by Far Cotton Residents association. Mark Plowman from the association has been involved in beautifying the area with all kinds of flowers and fixed the boxes onto the railings outside the school. The display looks lovely, a big thanks to our school gardeners and to the residents association.


Last few weeks at gardening club



In recent weeks, our Delapre Diggers have been very busy planting and organising our ‘Schools in Bloom’ entry at both our school wildlife garden and the Pleydell Road allotments. They have been working on the Northampton Saints rugby shirt planted from different coloured lettuces and herbs as well as the shoe garden as a nod towards Northampton’s shoe industry. A big thanks to Stewart Gardens for the equipment donated, they could not have carried out this work without  it.

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During bad weather sessions, the group have been making plant markers, dissecting broad beans and planning homework tasks. They have also been growing tomatoes in propagators at home which are coming on well.


Underwater pond viewing and creating a shoe garden


This week the wildlife group made and used underwater viewers to look in our pond where they spotted caddis fly larva, newts, pond snails and a whirligig beetle amongst others. They also constructed wildlife food chains.

The gardening group planted pansies and viola in shoes as part of a shoe-industry themed Northampton Schools in Bloom project. This is part of the annual town-wide competition.


A big thanks to Days Reuse Centre who very kindly donated some boots for us to use.


Using the Stewart Gardening equipment


This week the Delapre Diggers planted tomato seeds in their Stewart Gardening propagators to take home.

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National Gardening Week – open garden



In order to celebrate National Gardening Week, on Tuesday 14th April, the Delapre Diggers will be opening up the school garden for parents, children and staff to look around and admire their recent work with pots, vegetable plots and flowers as well as wildlife activities.

There will be a stall selling herbs, plants and bulbs and the children will be on hand to answer any questions about their club. The garden will be open from 2.45-4.30pm. Children will be taking part in their usual after school session during this time so please come along and see what the students have been working on.

Week 4 – gardening at the allotments, Stewart Garden equipment


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This week saw the Delapre Diggers head to Playdell Road allotments again to use the equipment kindly donated by the Stewart Garden competition.

Participating schools across the UK receive the kits, which will equip them to start growing their own fruit and vegetables. Worth more than £400, the kits include:

  • Premium seed tray
  • Two 22cm Kitchen Garden Propagator sets
  • Plastic plant pots
  • 70cm Corinthian Trough
  • 5 litre watering cans
  • Three varieties of easy-grow vegetable seeds from Pippa Greenwood’s range
  • Compost donated by participating garden centres and professional grower’s specialist, J Arthur Bowers
  • Promotional materials and an informative booklet produced by Stewart Garden

Check out our year 4 and 5 students planting the vegetable seeds in the mini plots.

Allotment gardening week 3


Pleydell Road allotments: DPS now use 6 mini plots. This week the children were planting vegetables.