soils in primary schools

Early childhood is arguably the time when the seeds for a love and appreciation of the natural environment can find most fertile soil. The children of today will have a heavy burden to carry as they navigate the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. 

A session in primary schools will explore the many different connecting functions of soil and why it is so much more than mud pies and grubby faces.  

We aim to:

  • Bring leadership and equitability of soil knowledge across social demographics 

  • Create a simple replicable teaching package that schools can deliver themselves with little expense  

  • Provide a leadership opportunity to MPs who support the initiative 

We will excite children through:

  • Exciting soil facts: There are more living things in one teaspoon of soil than people on the planet! It takes a millennium to create two centimetres of soil, and only seconds to destroy it!

  • The three elements of life: soil, air and water. A simple explanation of how all of life is connected by soil, including climate, flooding, eutrophication, food production, trees and so much more 

  • An outside earthworm count

  • Planting seeds and bulbs, and watching them grow