CREATE, INTERACT & DISCOVER
Merristems is an outdoor, whole-school project that helps Key Stage I+II pupils to develop a strong understanding of the natural world through the creation and interaction with edible and wildlife-friendly gardens.
Merristems is delivered throughout the academic year with passionate and skilled Merristems Operatives delivering exciting and engaging workshops tailored to specific year group curriculums.
As part of the Merristems project, pupils will engage in an extensive seed sowing programme to create a garden full of fruit and veg to be harvested throughout the year. Pupils will study the plants that they are sowing and learn of their fascinating natural processes, including pollination and seed distribution. Pupils will also study the ways in which many of these plants have helped shape the world we live in today. On harvesting their plants pupils will create delicious, raw food dishes and learn of their important nutritional value.
WILDLIFE IN THE GARDEN
Pupils will discover the importance of animals big and small within the natural world. Pupils will observe the worlds of bees, butterflies and numerous other garden animals; discovering the fascinating ways in which they interact directly with plant life. Pupils will also discover what makes these animals unique and how they can be grouped through exciting classification sessions.
Each Merristems workshop has strong links to the National Science curriculum whilst also touching on elements of the literature, maths and art curriculums.
Exciting Merristems workshops take place weekly within a school’s garden, with the green spaces pupils have created providing a vibrant backdrop for discovery and learning. Each Merristem workshop is strongly based within the current season and is designed to reveal new natural processes to pupils whilst reinforcing the changes to flora and fauna that they will already be observing.
MERRISTEMS AT MY SCHOOL
Merristems Operatives will make weekly visits to a school throughout the academic year, visiting one class per week. The Merristems project features workshops devised specifically for Reception through to Yr.6, so each year group will be able to contribute to the school’s ever changing garden.
Do you want to bring a Merristems project to your school? Find out more about how we deliver the workshops on our FAQ’s section.
FOLLOW ON LEARNING
Each Merristems workshop is accompanied by an illustrated workshop report, clearly outlining the workshop’s learning objectives. This is an opportunity to inspire exciting follow on learning for pupils and staff.