Set up a compost bin or heap. This can help reduce the amount of rubbish you put out for collection and can provide a good habitat for wildlife in your school grounds.
Once your compost heap is established you can use the compost to fertilise any flower or vegetable beds you may have in your school grounds.
This activity could also be completed as a science activity. You could look at soils and explore the types of matter that create healthy compost. Or you could use your study of compost to inform discussion around nutrients when learning about plants.
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This activity supports the following subject: Science.
What do I do?
- Put your compost bin somewhere not too noticeable, they can smell a bit in summer.
- Put kitchen scraps and garden waste in your compost bin.
- Keep an eye on your compost, if it gets too dry, add water. If it is slimy add some newspaper.
Wait! Compost can take up to a year to be ready to use.
- Have a look at our how to make a compostarium / creu blwch compost (Welsh)
- Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo or a piece of writing talking about your experience to help earn your award.
Completing the activity
Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading some photographs of your compost bin. Tell us what you have used your compost for. Maybe send us some writing describing what you did.
Get them thinking
Here are some prompts to help with learning:
- What could the compost be used for?
- What sort of items/materials can be put into compost?