We are delighted to introduce you to our Seedlings Programme for primary schools. Aware of the ever increasing demands on your time and energy, we hope that the Seedlings Programme will assist you in a very practical, yet educational way.
Part of Bord Bia’s role is to contribute to the health and wellbeing of the nation by promoting increased consumption of fruit and vegetables as part of a balanced diet.The Board also promotes the purchasing of plants and flowers and gardening as an enjoyable leisure activity, which also improves the environment we live in.
As part of promoting an awareness of healthy eating and living, we want to support you in your work and particularly in those areas of the primary school curriculum in which we have a mutual interest. By working through the Seedlings Programme you will cover a substantial part of the Science and S.P.H.E. curriculum as set out in the revised Primary School Curriculum, 1999. You will also be covering significant areas of the Language (English) and Arts (Visual and Musical) curriculum.
There are two levels in the Seedlings Programme - one for the junior and senior infant classes and one for first and second class. The Seedling packs contain six original posters with corresponding lesson plans and worksheets. A wall planner highlighting the appropriate time of the year for each lesson is also included. In researching, planning and producing these lessons, we have sought to be of practical assistance, providing a classroom resource in which the preparatory elements of your work are available through this pack.
These lessons have been compiled by an experienced primary teacher with several years’ expertise in the development of classroom based materials. As part of piloting this material, she has received the support and critique of teachers and their pupils in a representative sample of different schools in both urban and rural locations. Our own horticultural advisors have referenced the lessons too. I hope that you and your class will benefit from the Seedlings Programme.