TORRENTIAL rain failed to dampen the spirits of staff from a Derby school, who brightened up the day with their display of planters at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.
Green-fingered pupils from St Giles School – Derby’s only special primary school - in Chaddesden, created sensory planters for visitors to enjoy at the annual horticultural event held at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.
They used old school jumpers to decorate them and attached laminated placards featuring Makaton symbols to each planter. Makaton is a form of communication designed to support the development of the spoken language and signs are based on gestures used in British Sign Language. It is commonly used at St Giles as a way of communicating with pupils.
The plants – which included lavender and mint – were chosen because of the way they stimulate the sense of smell.
Learning tutor Anna Young and teaching assistant James Gough, who are both involved with the St Giles School Gardening Club, were delighted with the pupils’ creations.
Anna said: “Our pupils really enjoy and benefit from gardening club as it gives them the chance to explore through their senses.
“They have had a brilliant time creating their planter and it’s great to have the opportunity to attend the show. We all felt really proud of our work and it was a great experience to see all the different creations. We look forward to entering again next year.”
St Giles School recently had a visit from the Highfields Lane Allotment group, who have donated £750 to help fund transport for pupils at the Hampshire Road school.
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