Stanford in the Vale CE Primary School

High Street Stanford In The Vale Faringdon Oxon. SN7 8LH
Tel: 01367 710474 Fax: 01367 718429
Headteacher: Mrs Amanda Willis
Page Updated 17.05.19

Gardening Club

Monster Pumpkin Update 16.05.19

They are germinating!

National Gardening Week:
As part of the National Gardening Week we have joined forces with 250 RHS schools to participate in the MONSTER PUMPKIN competition...

On the 1st May we planted our two seeds so hopefully we should start to see our seedlings within the next 3-7 days.

We plan to plant out our seedlings towards the end of May in our compost area. Then the fun begins... watching our pumpkins grow.

We will need to submit our results to RHS on Friday 27th September.

Edina Trust Bulb Project

From the Edina Trust Project:


Stanford in the Vale Primary is one of our five winners for the Bulb Project photo competition!!

Thank you so much for sharing your photographs! (And letting us visit your school!!) Along with a certificate, your school has won a prizes!

We look forward to hearing how your daffodils and crocuses are growing!"
On Wednesday 17th October Gardening Club had two very important visitors from the Edina Trust Bulb Project to help us plant our daffodil and crocus bulbs into pots and then 20 daffodil bulbs into the ground - we also planted 5 mystery bulbs into the ground - we had lots of fun trying to guess the bulbs!

This year we have 175 schools taking part in this investigation - 85 schools from Wales, 44 from England, 27 from Scotland and for the first time this year 19 schools from Northern Ireland.

On the 5th November we shall begin to record weather recordings / rainfall - then submit the data online to Museum Wales until 29th March!

Learning Outcomes:
  • What bulbs are and what they need to grow.
  • Taking measurements
  • Following instructions and following a scientific method to create a fair test - will the bulbs in pots flower first ? Or the bulbs in the ground?

Hypotheses to be tested in the 2018- 19 Project:
  1. Schools that record higher temperatures during the Bulb Project will have the earliest flowering daffodils. The effect of temperature will be pronounced with the daffodils in pots compared to those in the ground.
  2. Schools that record more daily rainfall during this investigation will have the earliest flowering daffodils.
  3. On average, daffodils in pots will flower before those planted in the ground.
  4. Higher temperatures will produce taller daffodils.
  5. High levels of rainfall will record taller daffodils.

This is our 10th year taking part in this important investigation, so let's hope this year we have a chance of winning a Gardening Club Prize!