Meadowmat Wildflowers for Schools – The National School Curriculum for England demands that children be taught about living things. It is an important part of their educational development. Meadowmat can help create a small area of wildflower meadow in schools. In turn, this can demonstrate a number of concepts to most key stage levels by providing:-
- A hands-on experience of nature, eco-systems and wildlife
- Rich and imaginative learning opportunities
- A peaceful zone for calming and focusing lively children
- AND it can reduce your grounds maintenance costs
Meadowmat wildflowers for schools – How it can be used in the curriculum
So, some aspects of the science curriculum are easily met by exploring and examining wild flower meadows.
Study and compare living things: To start with, there are many different plant species in a wildflower meadow. All with different growth habits. Moreover, a wildflower meadow will attract insects particularly if you install bird feeders and insect hotels nearby.
Describe the basic structure of plants. Furthermore, there are opportunities to look at petals, sepals, seed pods, leaves, stems and roots. Then there is the chance for older children to study the differences between wind-pollinated plants (i.e grasses) and insect-pollinated plants (flowers).
Identify and name wild plants. Sadly, plenty of adults struggle to name wild plants. So having a wildflower meadow gives parents, teachers and children the chance to keep refreshing their knowledge.
Observe seasonal changes. Trees are not the only natural things that change with the seasons. A perennial wild flower meadow allows children to observe the four seasons. Growth in spring, flowering in summer, seed formation in autumn and dormancy in winter.
Learn about living things and their habitats. A traditionally managed wildflower meadow provides habitat for a wide variety of creatures. So, introduce a log pile, some stones for thrushes to use as anvils, a bug hotel and a small pool. Then your pupils will have plenty of examples of habitats to learn about.
Demonstrate seed dispersal. A wildflower meadow created with Meadowmat Wildflower Turf contains plants from different families. There are some that produce seeds in pods, and some that have fluffy, wind-dispersed seeds. Then there are some that prefer to have birds carry their seeds to other sites. Plenty for students to observe, compare and understand.
Maintaining a wildflower meadow is cost effective and convenient
An established wildflower meadow needs very little maintenance. So, any major work can be done during the summer holidays.
Once your wildflower meadow has good coverage of strong, healthy plants the maintenance regime is simple. Allow the plants to grow freely during the spring and summer terms. Then, cut the growth back during the summer holidays and then mow occasionally during autumn term. It’s important to remove all of the clippings every time the meadow is cut.
By using wildflower turf to create your meadow, you’ll have very few problems with weeds or undesirable plants. So you won’t need to apply chemical herbicides or pesticides. The advantages are obvious.