Composting with children and with schools
Composting is often seen as the preserve of allotment holders, but it doesn’t need to be that way. Schools generate a lot of food waste, and this can be put to good use on the increasing number of small school gardens that are springing up across London.
EcoACTIVE runs a range of composting workshops and activities, some of which are funded, to get children and schools (including kitchen staff) engaged in this essential bit of waste management.
Pupils at Walker Primary School got to grips with the different types of mini-beasts you can find in a compost heap through role play, finding out how useful compost is for biodiversity by creating compost food chains. They all then had the chance to handle tiger worms – amazing creatures!
Year 3 and 4 pupils at London Fields Primary learnt about the different stages of composting and investigated ways of reducing food waste at school, and the lunchtime monitors at Shacklewell Primary set up their very own composting scheme! Once they’d found out what can and can’t be composted, they sorted waste and learned how to manage a ‘Can-O-Worms’ wormery, feeding the tiger worms regularly to create beautiful compost and liquid food for the fruit and vegetables in their school garden.
It’s a great way of finding out about wildlife and cutting down your landfill!
examples of ecoACTIVE’s work with schools
- Powerful Plastics
Visit our plastics page to see what London schools are doing to help solve the problems with plastic.
with children and schools
- Eco Schools & Green Teams
Jubilee Eco-Warriors and becoming an eco-school at City Academy
- Energy & Climate Change
Find out about Energy and Climate Change, and the actions local communities are taking to save waste and save money.
- Outdoor Learning
find out about ecoACTIVE’S work out of the classroom
- Waste & Recycling
Hackney Green Champions, recycling at Linden Children’s Centre and creating a waste action plan at Morningside school
- Waste Reduction
Watch your Waste Project & schools discussion space
- back to schools main page
- Powerful Plastics