Ferryden Primary commended

A LOCAL Primary School has been commended in the Royal Highland Education Trust’s (RHET) annual Count and Grow project.

Ferryden were given a special mention after coming out on top of 400 other schools from across Scotland.

Count and Grow, which is sponsored by Clydesdale Bank, encourages children to gain hands-on experience of growing potatoes in the classroom while simultaneously developing their numeracy skills.

The project focuses on maths and numeracy by encouraging children to learn about weighing items, such as potatoes, improving their maths skills by using a series of activity sheets and learning about planting a growing.

Pupils are further engaged with the project when a farmer visits the class to help them out with the practical elements.

Schools must produce a project book outlining progress and associated activity throughout the growing season to be considered for the awards.

Carol Littlewood, project co-ordinator for RHET Angus Countryside Initiative, said: “Being so highly placed for the second year in a row, with some really fantastic projects in contention, is a great success.”

RHET manager Alison Motion, said: “This is one of our most popular annual projects and always stimulates a lot of interest.”

Schools were issued with Count and Grow packs in February last year, with the final crop harvested in June, just before the schools broke for the summer holidays.

The packs included Swift variety seed potatoes, donated by WCF, educational material, compost and growing tubs.

Irene Swankie, community affairs manager with Clydesdale Bank, said: “We are delighted to continue our support for this programme.

“It’s great to see children learning about maths in such a fun way.”

This year’s Count and Grow project has just got under way with 23 classes from Angus and Dundee linking with RHET ACI.

The project this year is being run in conjunction with the Potato Council’s Grow Your Own Potatoes Project.

The RHET in Angus aims to give children and young people across the county an insight into the world of farming, food production and other aspects of the rural economy.

They provide farm visits, classroom speakers, projects and resources for local schools to use as they aim towards becoming eco-schools.

In the last year alone RHET Angus organised 40 farm visits throughout the area and provided 79 classroom speaker talks in local schools.