We are excited to announce RHET’s Super Sonic Spud Competition is back up and running for 2024. The project helps school children understand how their food is grown by supplying classrooms with seed potatoes and soil to grow their very own potato plant.
Growing potatoes is an easy and fun class project. It covers multiple curriculum areas: science, technology, maths, history, health and wellbeing, and many others.
RHET Lothian, with the support of Caledonian Horticulture, Denholm Potatoes, and Aldi stores will provide schools with the resources and knowledge to grow their own spuds.
The educational project is turned into a fun competition as pupils weigh their potato yield once they are ready to harvest in the summer. The class with the highest yield of potatoes wins a prize from their local RHET committee.
Since 2017, over 200 classes from over 150 schools have taken part. This is a popular experience so please register before you miss out!
This box is available to borrow for periods of up to a fortnight. Contents include books, jigsaws, DVDs, costumes, finger puppets, grain samples, toys and photos. Ideal for nurseries or P1/2.
Please contact the RHET Lothian Coordinator, Karen Valentine, at email@example.com to make an enquiry.
RHET Lothian can help you with:
For Primary and Secondary schools.
RHET Lothian has a number of farms in the area with a network of volunteer farmers and their families who kindly give their time to support RHET. A farm visit can support many areas of the curriculum such as environmental studies, IT and business studies, technology, science, mathematics and enterprise. Visits are provided from Level 1, linked to experiences and outcomes, and compliment DYW, STEM and LfS agendas.
We carry out regular risk assessments of all participating farms to the standard recommended in the Health and Safety Executive’s Guidelines on Educational Excursions. Around two weeks prior to the actual visit, the class teacher will visit the farm with our Project Coordinator to meet the farmer, walk the route and check over the risk assessment.
For Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools.
We have a network of trained classroom speakers, made up of volunteer farmers from the local area, who can visit your school and bring farming and the countryside to life. Once a booking has been confirmed, the speaker will contact the teacher to discuss the format, content of the session and curriculum links.
Some ideas are:
These are only suggestions and all talks are tailored to meet individual needs.
To find out more about what RHET Lothian can do for you, including resources, project and events, please contact:
RHET Lothians Project Coordinator
Phone: 07541 901 703