Kate was greeted with beautiful flowers.
The RHS Campaign for School Gardening, now marking ten years, inspires and supports schools to provide children with gardening opportunities to enhance their skills and boost their development. The RHS's work with schools has shown benefits for children's physical and mental well-being, and building life skills such as confidence, teamwork and communication.
The visit combined two of Kate's passions; working with children and the outdoors.
A crowd of eager gardeners awaited Kate.
Kate chatting with a group of children about their interest in gardening.
The campaign is all about 'Growing Skills For Life', it's also a wonderful way to encourage children to unplug and spend more time outside.
I'm very much in favour of the fact the campaign runs throughout the entire school year.This time of year is simply perfect to get creative using items from the garden for the festive season.
I don't know about you, but this decorated pine cone makes me think....it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
During the visit, the Duchess received a briefing on the RHS nation-wide campaign and heard about the benefits of learning outside from Robin Hood Primary School.
Kate then joined children in activities in the outdoor learning area and sensory garden.
Video: Kate kneels down to plant spring bulbs and chat with the Robin Hood Primary children pic.twitter.com/Veng6l4mbZ— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) November 29, 2017
Robin Hood Primary School has developed a whole-school, progressive outdoor learning curriculum with support from the RHS. Children have access to a range of outdoor classrooms in the woodland setting including a purpose built Outdoor Learning Area and Sensory Garden.
The Mail Online reports:
'She sat next to chatty little Charlie, six, and Innaya, five, as they planted spring bulbs including tulips and daffodils. ‘Morning, have you got your warm coats and gloves on on now? That’s a good idea,’ she said. She was handed a pair of leather gloves and knelt on a mat to join the youngsters planting out. She put on her own pair of black leather gloves and picked up a potato peeler to have a to herself, asking the children what bugs they had seen in the Palace so far. ‘Woodlouse and wiggily worms?’ ‘Lucky bugs to have such a cool place to sleep,’ she said.'
This outdoor learning gives children an opportunity to explore, consolidate and develop their knowledge and understanding of the ever-changing natural environment. The activities are created to inspire their curiosity, stimulate their senses and through challenging, yet achievable tasks using various real tools and natural resources, bring learning to life. Sessions aim to encourage and inspire children to develop their personal, social and emotional skills through participation in tasks and activities that are both challenging and achievable. Helping to develop their emotional intelligence, empathy and communication enables children to manage their emotions effectively.
The Duchess saw Bug-ingham Palace.
Kate admires 'The Palace'.
Video: Kate laughingly admires Robin Hood Prinary's Bug-ingham Palace pic.twitter.com/4pfes9qAIM— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) November 29, 2017
Video: Kate is now whittling wood with a potato peeler...must be a royal first. pic.twitter.com/EKqe3HmlYC— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) November 29, 2017
During a speech Kate said "I've got such fond memories of being in the garden and being outside from my own childhood and I'm sharing that with my own children George and Charlotte".
A video from Catherine Wylie.
Video: The Duchess of Cambridge tells school children that she has "fond memories" of being outdoors as a child and is passing that passion on to George and Charlotte. pic.twitter.com/OqAkgGGQJV— Catherine Wylie (@wyliecatherine) November 29, 2017
‘Thank you so much for having me here today. It's been lovely to meet all of you and thank you so much to all the children who've shown me what they've been doing in their gardens. It's really inspiring and exciting to see what you've all been up to.
I've got such fond memories of being in the garden and being outside from my own childhood, and I'm sharing that with my own children, George and Charlotte, at the moment.
And I'm really excited about what you're doing here and taking inspiration from that in the school environment as well. What you have created here is really so special. Hopefully you'll have lots of memories of your time here in the garden, looking for insects or planting bulbs. And I really hope you remember these special times for the rest of your lives. But thank you again and good luck and happy gardening for the future.’
Then it was time to cut the cake...
Anyone feeling peckish?
The Duchess said goodbye to the children.
The Mail added: 'Sally Spires, the school’s outdoor learning co-ordinator showed the Duchess round and said: ‘She was incredibly warm and interested and understood the idea of using outdoor learning to promote the development and mental health of young children. She clearly enjoys it herself and said how much she enjoys getting her children out in the garden with their toys and dinosaurs.’
Kate sported a selection of casual go-to pieces for the outing.
She wore her trusty Barbour Ladies Waxed Defence Jacket. The military inspired jacket is described as "Traditional Barbour wax, in a versatile field jacket. Flattering and easy fit. Perfect for outdoor adventures. 100% cotton Barbour Tartan lining." Kate has had the piece since at least 2012. It originally retailed for £199 before selling out. There are very similar Barbour jackets available at Nordstrom.
Underneath, Kate wore her black Temperley London Honeycomb Tunic. The signature honeycomb textured knit runs up the extended cuff and over the wide polo neck.
Kate wore her Penelope Chilvers Long Tassel Boots.
And accessorised with her Kiki Lauren earrings.
It was a lovely engagement! Kate thoroughly enjoyed herself and seeing her interact with children is always a highlight.
The Duchess was photographed again in the afternoon leaving Kensington Palace with Carole Middleton. You can view photos on the Mail Online. With thanks to the UFO No More team, it looks like Kate wore the ZARA Checked Coat.
At present, there's nothing announced for Kate's Calendar, although I expect that to change shortly. I'm hoping we'll see the Duke and Duchess at the Diplomatic Reception which takes place in early December.
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