Can you tell a Maris Piper from a Morene, or a King Edward from a Charlotte? Yes, they’re potatoes, but what else do you know about them?
The Potato Story is an interactive educational resource that sheds some light on the humble potato as it makes its journey from field to fork. As well as providing curriculum-aligned lesson plans for teachers to use in class, The Potato Story includes a purpose-built double-decker bus, currently touring schools around the country, which brings to life the core elements of the website.
The bus visited Haydonleigh and Liden primary schools in mid-June to tell the story to children in North and East Swindon.
Now in its third phase, The Potato Story bus has visited over 70 schools to date, reaching out to in excess of 8900 primary school pupils.
The Potato Story is tailored to children from 7-11 years of age and showcases the best way to grow and harvest potatoes as well as different methods to prepare them to eat. The core elements of the story are brought to life on the bus by a ‘farmer’ in his field and the ‘cook’ in her kitchen, making it an interactive learning experience in which children are encouraged to participate.
The seed of the idea emerged from research by the British Heart Foundation which found that ‘one in three children did not know that chips came from potatoes'. Nick Vermont, CEO, McCain Foods (GB) Ltd said, “The Potato Story was developed as a vehicle with which to teach children about food provenance and the part potatoes can play in a balanced diet.
"As a food manufacturer passionate about potatoes, we intimately understand the principles of field to fork and all the steps in that chain. We’re delighted to be able to use our knowledge to help children learn about the origins of their food. We have worked hard to ensure that the programme for schools is both relevant to the curriculum and useful for teachers. We also wanted to make it fun and interactive.”