POTATOES are already the favourite vegetable of many children, but students at Rostrata Primary School will be going extra crazy for spuds, both in the garden and the classroom.
The school is one of more than 300 in WA signed up for the Seed for Schools program, a WA Potatoes initiative where packs of potato seeds, gardening tools and education material are provided so students can get their hands dirty in the garden and grow their own produce.
Rostrata Primary School teacher Sara Eldred said it was a great way to combine health, science and maths while the students had some hands on fun.
“We will be reading and responding to stories about potatoes, weighing potatoes, examining potatoes and recording our findings, learning what plants need to grow and thrive, looking at different ways to eat potatoes and which ways are healthier, and also graphing the ways we like them best-chips, crisps, mash etc,” she said.
“The potatoes will provide a very hands on learning tool for the children who will be able to see first hand the process from planting to harvesting and ultimately eating.
“The students should finish the project with improved understanding of where our food comes from and how it gets to our plate.
“We’re hoping we harvest a good crop so we can prepare our own mashed potatoes to try in class.”
Other local schools in the program
Campbell Primary School
Canning Vale Prekindy
Canning Vale Primary School
Cannington Community College
Creative Kids Play ‘n Learn
Ranford Primary School
Riverton Primary School Education Support Centre
Wilson Primary School