Horticulture

At NeneGate School we are rapidly developing our Horticulture department and offer this subject to both KS2/3 and KS4. Pupils thrive in the outdoor environment and benefit from a wide range of learning opportunities which are embedded in this subject.

KS2/3 students receive 2 Outdoor Learning lessons weekly as part of their curriculum. The Yr 9 group are planting a lavender farm as a project which will meet the criteria for a unit of work for their Prince’s Trust Award.

From year 9 onwards students study for the RHS Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture, which can then progress onto the Level 2 award in KS4.

Staffing

Mrs S Roberts (Head of Horticulture)

Facilities

We have the use of:

  • A large area of cultivated ground
  • A tunnel house for indoor growing
  • Large range of tools and resources for use in Horticulture
  • Established trees and shrubs to demonstrate pruning and maintenance

The Curriculum

KS2/3 students are taught:

  • To cultivate soil by hand
  • To sow different sized seeds in appropriate containers
  • To load, transport and spread bulky organic matter
  • To dispose of waste appropriately
  • To propagate from cuttings
  • To plant and care for a variety of plants
  • To harvest crops and use them to cook with (Welly to Belly)
  • To be aware of seasonal changes

Year 9 and KS4 (as an option) students are taught RHS Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture which includes:

  • To prepare soil for sowing and planting
  • Soil Testing
  • To assist with the propagation of plants from seed
  • To assist with the vegetative propagation of plants
  • To assist with planting and establishing plants
  • To identify a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests and diseases

The level 2 Award in Practical Horticulture adds:

  • Care and pruning of plants
  • Sustainable garden practice

Qualifications

At NeneGate we currently offer KS4 students the option of gaining a recognised Royal Horticultural Society Qualification .Successful candidates will receive the RHS Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture. The qualification has a credit value of 11 and has been approved within the Qualifications and Credit Framework.

This consists of the following 6 units of work:

  • R1101 Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests and diseases (1 credit)
  • R1102 Preparing soil for sowing and planting (1 credit)
  • R1103 Assist with the propagation of plants from seed (2 credits)
  • R1104 Assist with the vegetative propagation of plants (3 credits)
  • R1105 Assist with planting and establishing plants (3 credits)
  • R2100 Soil Testing (1 credit)

Each unit will be assessed by means of a range of practical activities

RHS Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture - https://www.rhs.org.uk/education-learning/qualifications-and-training/rhs-qualifications/level-1-qualifications

 RHS Level 2 Award in Practical Horticulture -

https://www.rhs.org.uk/education-learning/qualifications-and-training/rhs-qualifications/level-2