Kay Synott

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Subject(s):
Science, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Natural environments (Geography), Living things (Science)
Counties catered for:
Clare, Donegal, Kerry, Kilkenny
Classes catered for:
All Classes

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Kays hands-on gardening programme engages the children in the design and development of their own school garden or in the improvement of an existing garden. Topics include composting and recycling, organic vegetable plots or containers, planting native trees, shrubs and hedgerows or developing a wildlife area.

School visits (virtual) - 2 topics to choose from:

Topic 1: Grow Your Own Vegetables – Easy projects to get started

Classes: Infants to 6th class

Session 1 (pre-recorded, 15 mins):

Infants to 2nd class: Narrated PowerPoint with video. The presentation can be stopped regularly by the teacher at ‘checkpoints’ to allow for pupil feedback and to check for understanding.

The presentation includes simple scientific information about seeds and seed germination, seedling care, growing instructions as well connecting the gardening activity with storytelling, poetry and art.

3rd to 6th class: Potatoes (biology), historical facts (origin, Irish Famine), growing instructions as well as how to create art with potatoes and culinary tips.

The presentation includes scientific information about potatoes (biology), historical facts (origin, Irish Famine), growing instructions as well as how to create art with potatoes and culinary tips.

Session 2 (live, 40-60 mins):

Infants to 2nd class: Seedling care and planting instructions. Show and tell of activities carried out. Q&A plant care.

3rd to 6th class: Growing instructions for the potatoes in the bags/ in vegetable beds. Show and tell of activities carried out. Q&A potato growing.

Materials:

Infants to 2nd class: Pea and bean seeds (dried culinary peas and beans may be used horticultural seed is not available), small pots (yoghurt pots with drainage holes), compost. Crayons, colouring pencils, scissors (if appropriate otherwise the teacher can pre-cut the templates), plant supports (long kebab sticks will do), sticky tape, clothes pegs.

3rd to 6th class: Potato growing: Seed or supermarket potatoes, an empty compost bag, compost. Potato art: Potatoes, poster paint, paint brushes

Worksheets & teacher's notes:

Kay will provide a series of notes and handouts for the pre-recorded sessions for both students and teachers as well as worksheets for the break-out element of the virtual visit.

Topic 2: The Outdoor Classroom - planning, designing and setting up a school garden

Classes: Infants to 6th class

Materials:

Basic stationary for drawings and/or 3D models; clipboards and pens (All classes)

Measuring tapes/metre sticks; pH soil testing kit (3rd to 6th classes)

Session 1 (pre-recorded, 15-30 mins):

A narrated PowerPoint presentation guiding pupils of all ages and their teachers through the stages of planning, designing and setting up or extending a school garden. Includes practical indoor and outdoor activities, handouts and worksheets. The session will be 15 mins duration for juniors and 30 mins for seniors.

Session 2 (live, 45-60 mins):

The presentation and activities are followed up by a virtual visit by Kay to discuss the school garden plans and designs, a Q & A session and further guidance and advice. This session will be up to 45 mins for juniors and 60 mins for seniors.

Worksheets & teacher's notes:
Kay will provide a series of notes and handouts for the pre-recorded sessions for both students and teachers as well as worksheets for the break-out element of the virtual visit.


School visits (on-site)

Visits about habitat include native trees, hedgerow, mini-beasts or bird workshops. All visits include hands-on, outdoor activities and investigation, worksheets and interactive games. Visits are tailored to suit the pupils needs and the schools facilities. Kay is a horticulturalist specialising in organic and wildlife gardening, she has been involved in school gardens since 2004.

Testimonials

  • "Kay Synott's virtual visit to Clontuskert was a wonderful success. The materials she sent prior to the visit were of the highest quality and it was an extremely engaging live virtual workshop. Kay showed us what she was working on with the potatoes and was able to talk us through the potting process, step by step. Thanks to Kay for her high quality work. Whether the workshops are face to face or virtual, Kay's visits are always a super learning experience and a highlight of our year in Clontuskert." - St. Augustine's NS, Clontuskert, Galway
  • "I wasn't expecting this to be very successful but it was pitched at an excellent level, facilitated lots of pre-learning and Kay has a wealth of knowledge to share. She was able to maintain engagement with the children via Zoom and I couldn't recommend the session highly enough." - Cappataggle NS, Galway
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  • "Kay was absolutely superb with my class! She took care and time to listen to all of the students' questions, look at the students' maps and listen to the students' ideas. She gave us loads of ideas and help. She also sent us on loads of pictures, links and documents that will help us setting up our school garden. I just want to say a huge thank you to Kay. She is a credit to your team!" - Clonmoney NS, Clare
  • "Excellent - Kay worked really hard to engage the children through the online visit - gave lots of suggestions and feedback to the children. Has followed up with further resources that will be of use to us and has told us to contact her for further assistance if needed." - Scoil Mhuire, Clare
  • "We found the Seed Sowing and Outdoor Classroom programme fantastic, obviously to have the expert on site would be preferable but we did enjoy the virtual visit." - Carrigaholt NS, Clare
  • "We always enjoy Kay's visits to our school. She is expert in her field and passes her knowledge to the pupils in a very clear and informative way."
  • "Kay is excellent with the pupils. We look forward to her sessions immensely. They learn so much from her and the teachers do too! Thank you Kay." - Bawnmore NS, Galway
  • "Kay was a pleasure to work with and my fifth and sixth class pupils really enjoyed the live session and the preparation material that was sent. I look forward to hopefully working with Kay again in the future. Thank you" - Poulacapple NS
  • "Excellent presentation and the children were delighted to share their work with Kay . Great guidance and encouragement given ." - Clonmoney NS, Clare
  • "Thank you Kay for a most enjoyable day. You have given us lots of food for thought. We are busy planning our garden, we loved your idea of catering to all the senses. Perhaps we could have you visit us when it is safe to do so." - Camross NS, Laois

Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

Phone (Home):
091 550007
Mobile:
087 698 0526
Email:
livinggardensgalway@gmail.com.