How to grow veg - should gardening be taught in schools?

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Do you think you should learn how to grow plants and vegetables at school?

The Department for Education is deciding what should be taught in schools from next year.

The current national curriculum runs out in September 2014, so a new document has been drawn up to replace it.

One of the many changes it suggests is that primary school pupils should learn how to grow plants and vegetables.

So, we want to know what you think - would you like to have gardening lessons? Do you want to grow your own food? Do you already do this at school or at home?

Your Comments:

"We discussed this in Year 7 and we think this is a very good idea because it will save money and help us to look after our gardens. We have a school Allotment Club that grows potatoes, peas, carrots and beans. We have also just planted strawberries as well as herbs like rosemary and mint. We are planning a mini wild flower meadow to attract butterflies, bees and ladybirds."

Emma, Essex, England

"I think it should be an important lesson, as it is a good life skill, but I think it should be taught alongside cooking lessons, as you could use the vegetables as ingredients."

Millie, Cardiff, Wales

"Gardening is a skill which can be carried on throughout life, not only knowing how to plant things, but also how to identify them and how they help the environment. Kids need to know how to be eco-friendly and gardening is a great way to achieve this. Gardening should be a lesson in school!"

Liam, Coventry, England

"I don't think that it should be part of the National Curriculum, instead it should be an option for schools to do it if they want to. Instead they should teach something like First Aid, or something that is more essential in life."

Jess, Nottingham, England

"I think it should be taught in school because most kids just sit inside and play on their X box or Wii instead of going outside and playing and gardening. My mum has always liked gardening and she taught me how to garden and now when it's a sunny day I will go outside and help my mum. I really enjoy it and I think other children should try it as well!"

Sophie, Dungannon, N. Ireland

"I don't think gardening should be taught in schools because you go to school to learn not to go and plant and get mucky."

Kirsty, Inverness, Scotland

"I think it is an excellent idea. If everyone was taught gardening the risk of obesity could go down. It would teach people about fresh fruit and veg. It is also very fun and it is good to get out in the fresh air. It would also save money because your canteen could use your fresh fruit and veg instead of buying it."

Valentina, London, England

"I think that all schools should have lessons all about and how to plant vegetables, and then have some cooking lessons to show how to cook them too. This would improve what we know and make us happy too.

Ashlee, Preston, England

"I think that it should be taught at schools because it gets the kids out of the classroom. They will also be encouraged to grow the vegetables at home, and they could also be taught to cook them correctly. It will also be cheaper to grow your own veg, and it is also better for the environment if you grow your own, instead of buying them from a supermarket."

Annabel, Berkhamsted, England

"I think that gardening should be taught at school because it's fun and in the future it might come in handy. Also people might want to learn how to cook the food and grow it."

Alicia, Leicestershire, England

"I think we should have gardening lessons because it's fun and helps the environment."

Rebecca, West Sussex, England

"We think it is important to have gardening at school, but in our school, we have gardening as an extra club. Half of our class think gardening should be in lesson times, and half think it should stay as a club. "

Class 2, Oxfordshire, England

"Gardening is good for creatures."

Olivia, West Midlands, England

"We should always try to grow lots of things because it helps nature."

James, West Midlands, England

"We discussed this in Year 2 and we think this is a very good idea because it will save money and help us to look after our gardens. We have a school Allotment Club that grows potatoes, peas, carrots and beans. We have also just planted strawberries as well as herbs like rosemary and mint. We are planning a mini wild flower meadow to attract butterflies, bees and ladybirds."

Miss Johnson, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

"I think gardening should be taught at schools so children can learn how to grow plants and vegetables. They could also be taught how to cook the food!"

Alex, Ashford, England