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Children care for plants in school to boost health and happiness

Children have been looking after their own individual plant at a Staffordshire school – in a bid to improve their health and happiness.

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Owen Hinds age 6 at Landywood

Staff at Landywood Primary in Great Wyrley asked each pupil to bring a small plant in for their classroom.

Each child gave their plant a name and learned how to look after it – teachers set up the project to boost the mood, health and behaviour of students during the pandemic.

Pictured front is Owen Hinds age 6 with left, Clara Candy, 7, Fraya Preston, 9 and Jaxon Widdowson age 4.

Headteacher Andrew Clewer said: "Given the current circumstances where children are working in different ways in school, we are very aware of the need to help children with their emotional well-being.

"Levels of anxiety for some children will be higher than usual. Our recovery curriculum is designed to support all our pupils’ needs and the idea of looking after their plant we hope will positively support our pupils.

"By increasing the number of living plants in school we will increase the amount of oxygen in each classroom and around school. This will have a positive impact on children’s levels of concentration and alertness, which will result in making a positive impact on their learning."

Landywood has pupil places in some year groups. Details on 01922 270077.

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