“Cnoi cil” gyda #TechTyfu “Food for thought” – Supporting Pupil Success with Vertical
Research has long shown the positive effect of school gardening programmes on pupils, and vertical farming has the potential to make it even easier to cultivate and grow plants in a classroom. https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/syllabi/435/Articles/Klemmer.pdf
Vertical farming can teach pupils the basics of food production as well as developing Curriculum aspects within areas of learning and experience (AoLE) such as science and technology, mathematics and numeracy, languages, literacy and communication and health and wellbeing. It also has the added bonus that it can provide pupils with a supply of fresh microgreens, strawberries, lettuce or herbs every week!
Vertical Farming provides and excellent opportunity to support the four purposes of the new curriculum for Wales:
• Ambitious, capable learners who are ready to learn throughout their lives.
• Enterprising, creative contributors who are ready to play a full part in life and work.
• Ethical, informed citizens who are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world.
• Healthy, confident individuals who are ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
6 reasons vertical farms score an A*
1. Engage pupils with hands on, project-based learning experiences, which are in line with the four purposes of the curriculum.
2. Grow with ease in a classroom, with a lower likelihood of crop diseases, due to growing hydroponically rather than using soil.
3. Promote healthy eating by growing and highlighting the benefits of various crops.
4. Grow indoor all year round rather than during the summer term.
5. Focus on sustainability and energy efficiency of vertical farming and raise pupil awareness of cutting-edge scientific technology.
6. Study marketing and economic trends by establishing routes to market and selling produce grown.
The Tech Tyfu Twf project is pioneering the use of vertical farming systems in schools, and project staff can provide support and materials to support the new curriculum for Wales.
Further information about Tech Tyfu Twf, which inludes a lesson pack for Progression Step 3 in Primary schools, can be found via this link:
Further information about the Tech Tyfu project can be found on https://techtyfu.com.