At the end of last term Abbots Green Community Primary School, in Bury St Edmunds, held a fabulous week-long Street Feast Extravaganza, exploring all aspects of food, including food waste. Abbots Green staff and pupils report back on what happened when our Bin Doctor, Karen Cannard, paid a visit.
For our Street Feast Extravaganza Karen Cannard from The Rubbish Diet joined us to speak with children about food waste, packaging and recycling. With the Key Stage 1 children, Karen demonstrated the role of packaging and how far food can travel. The children studied a number of different examples of packaging before learning more about the importance of reducing and recycling.
The Key Stage 2 children got to examine the contents of the dinner hall’s waste bin for that day and the different foods within it. They calculated how much food would be wasted in a week and talked about what gets wasted at home. In small groups the children discussed how we can all reduce waste and how we can encourage others to do the same.
There was a great buzz and excitement as the children were thinking about solutions and we absolutely love the Thank You letters that have arrived since. including the one from Water Lily class shown above and the following message from Orchid class too:
Thank you for giving up your time to explain what food waste actually is. We learnt how it effects the world and why it’s not good to waste food. We learnt that we can make pumpkin soup so we don’t waste the insides. Now we have learnt about food waste we can tell our families so we can waste less food. We felt surprised by how much food was in the bin. After the video and visit over half our class thought about food last night. Some of us even thought about food waste at Brownies (where they made sandwiches with their feet and ate them!).
Thanks for the great feedback, Abbots Green. The Street Feast Extravaganza was a fantastic celebration of food. We love your plans on how you can help tackle food waste and a huge thank you from us too for sharing The Rubbish Diet Food Challenge with parents. We’re looking forward to hearing more news from the school’s waste-busters and what you’re cooking up for next year.