Norbury Manor Primary School

Turning a Garden into a Curriculum

The Royal Horticultural Society claim that gardening in schools can have a profound impact when it comes to giving children the skills they need to reach their full potential in life. Their research showed that the practical, hands-on nature of gardening meant children became more active, flexible thinkers who were better able to meet life’s challenges – from the classroom to the workplace. In particular teachers reported that, using gardening as an essential teaching tool:

  • Improved children’s readiness to learn.
  • Encouraged children to take greater control of their own learning and become more active in seeking knowledge and solving problems.
  • Enhanced children’s skills in core subjects including English and Mathematics.
  • Contributed to progress across a range of local authority Attainment Indicators in Early Years and Key Stage 2.


Caring for chickens can help children to make connections with the natural world and animals. The work involved with keeping them can also be linked in with a wide-range of curriculum units. Additionally, it reconnects pupils with where their food comes from and allows them to make informed food choices of their own. 

Find out why our chickens might have to wear knitted jumpers by watching the video below.


 Chicken Biographies

Meet our Grown-up Chickens

Grown-up chicken profiles.