What is The Garden Project?
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Macmillan Education, providers of educational solutions and leaders in English language learning and Hoopla Education, specialists in nature-inspired early years education, have worked together to create a special edition of The Garden Project. Through extensive classroom research, this project has been especially adapted for Spanish classrooms.

The Garden Project is the first of its kind to combine a Project-Based Learning (PBL) approach and a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) framework. This nature-inspired project is based on the principles of sustainability. Through planting their own garden or ‘garden in the box’, children are encouraged to learn about their natural environment.

From this holistic learning experience, pupils and teachers will have rich opportunities to use English while they explore nature within the classroom, creating a sense of purpose and curiosity as children nurture the plants while they grow.

At each step of the growing process children are introduced to the scientific method, documenting their findings in their Garden Project Journals.

Twist and sprout with songs from The Vegetable Plot.


The Garden Project delivers a unique learning experience by giving educators the hands-on, creative best practices to bring learning to life.

  • The Garden Project applies an age-appropriate introduction to the STEAM framework, highlighting how each of the disciplines are interrelated; from asking simple questions to observation and categorisation. These skills are identified and woven together using each of the STEAM disciplines.
  • The Garden Project offers a dynamic PBL approach, in which children gain knowledge and skills by investigating and responding to an engaging question over a period of time. upils document these experiences in their Garden Project Journals which they will have as a record to look back on at the end of the project and to share with their families.
  • The innovative project is the first of its kind to combine sustainability and healthy eating with English language learning, all within a STEAM framework.
  • The flexible approach offers you the freedom to carry out The Garden Project at different times of the year, across a term of more extensively throughout the course of a school year.
  • This multi-sensory, hands-on project encourages children to get their hand dirty and experience nature using all of their senses.
  • The social and emotional focus is key to the project as it develops patience, caring for living things, working together and empathy. Children deepen their understanding of nature as well as their own important role in looking after the environment.







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