Key Dates for GYOP

Friday 27 January 2017 – deadline for registering for 2017
Complete the registration form so your school receives its free growing kit in February 2017.

Tuesday 25th February 2014– chit your potatoes

Tuesday 21 February 2017 - chit your potatoes 
Place your seed potatoes in the chitting tray provided on a windowsill with the sprouts facing upwards for two weeks. 

Tuesday 7 March 2017 - plant your potato seeds
Plant your seed potatoes of the same variety in the two grow bags provided. 

Visit the planting potatoes section for more information on planting your potatoes and download the lesson notes and resources to help children learn what a potato plant looks like and how potatoes grow.

8 March to 13 June 2017 - grow your potatoes
There are 14 exciting potato-based lessons designed to support primary school curricula around the UK.  You can use the lesson notes and resources to plan cross-curricular work around the theme of potatoes.  Visit the  teacher resource centre to learn more. There is also the Plant Health worksheet to consult should you have any queries about your growing plant.

In addition there are colouring sheetsvideos and  games for the children.

Tuesday 13 June 2017 - harvest your potatoes
Time to see what all your hard work has produced! 


Harvest your grow bags and remember for a chance to win a range of fantastic prizes for your school all you need to do is submit the following in our competition entry form:  

Don’t forget to wash first, then weigh in grams, and don’t forget - you must keep the crops separate.

  • Submit the weight of your Rocket crop
  • Submit the weight of your regional variety
  • Submit the weight of your largest potato
  • Submit the number of potatoes in a crop from a single variety

For the competition rules click here

Remember the competition closes on Friday 23 June 2017 so get your weights in quickly!



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