MeadowMat can be used by primary schools as an educational tool for teaching pupils in both Key Stages 1 & 2 about a number of science topics necessitated by the national curriculum in England.
What Is Meadowmat Wildflower Turf?
Meadowmat is a pregrown blanket of grasses and wildflowers that is incredibly easy to install and will keep growing for years and years. Find out more here
It’s a fabulous tool for practical lessons based around the National Curriculum’s science programmes of study and can be used in different ways for different age group
How Does Meadowmat Work As A Teaching Tool?
Demonstrating The Four Seasons
The 34 different varieties of wildflowers which make up MeadowMat flower at different times during spring and summer and go on to produce seed heads into autumn.
Into winter, the flowers disappear and the grass’s growth slows. These clear, distinct periods of growth, flowering and seed production provide an easy example for children to observe when learning about changes across the four seasons in year 1.
Equip your students with magnifying glasses and they’ll be fascinated by the world of wildflowers and ecology
MeadowMat is particularly useful for schools in this regard since it is required that children be able to observe what happens across the seasons in the world around them.
Habitats And Ecology
In year 2, primary school children learn about habitats and how living things depend on each other.
With an array of insects, bumblebees and butterflies relying on the variety of wildflowers making up MeadowMat, and the nectar they provide which, in turn, provide a food source for birds, MeadowMat is a great tool for explaining these concepts to children.
How Plants Grow
Having a wildflower meadow on-site allows children to observe pollination and seed formation as and when it happens. Before you know it they’ll be using their playtime to learn.
Also in year 2, children are expected to observe how different plants grow in the local environment throughout the year whilst in year 3 they are taught to identify and describe the function and different parts of flowering plants.
Once again, MeadowMat proves a useful teaching aid for this purpose with children able to physically identify the parts of the plants which they are being taught.
The long period in which the various wildflowers of MeadowMat are in bloom means this activity isn’t restricted to a few weeks each year and ensures that the plants will be flowering throughout term time.
Human Impact On Environments
Finally, year 4 children are taught about the positive and negative impacts of humans on environments. With wildflower meadows having experienced sharp declines in the past 60 years, mostly due to changes in agricultural practices, wildflowers provide a poignant example to children of such environmental impacts.
Equally, MeadowMat can be used to show how such effects can be mitigated and reversed and the positive effects this has on wildlife.
Coping With Small Spaces, Limited Times And Budget Restrictions
An obstacle to the inclusion of green areas in many schools is the maintenance which they require with budgets, time and available space all being constrained.
Schools can purchase a 2mx1m raised bed kit for only £180 (ex. VAT). Only requiring feeding and cutting once a year, the benefit to children of having a miniature wildflower meadow at their school easily outweighs the minimal resources required.
****Win A Raised Bed Wildflower Meadow For Your School****
From 1st – 13th of March 2016, Meadowmat are offering primary schools in mainland UK the chance to win one of three Raised Bed Wildflower Meadow Kits.
The winners will be drawn at random on 14th March 2016
All you have to do is complete the form below. This will automatically enter you into the competition and will pave the way for you to receive emailed educational resources to help you with your lesson plans.