Downloadable resources and fun experiments for your class while you

Grow Your Own Potatoes

Information will also arrive with your kits

What is included in the pack?

Each pack will have 7 seed potatoes.  You will plant 6 and use the remaining one for our great experiment. 

You will need a container, soil and optional gardening gloves for the children.

Full instructions are included and you will be able to refer to our huge resource bank here. You will also receive timely email updates throughout the project.

Please visit our sponsor page to learn more about the companies who have made GYOP 24 possible.  

2024 is the 80th anniversary of D-Day and we have gone retro to commemorate this occasion.  Potato Pete is here to help your class learn about WWII and potatoes.

Grow Your Own Potatoes 2024 Leaflet

Our D-Day themed poster for your class

Timeline for GYOP 2024

Your quick guide for what to do and when.Β Β 

D-Day Information GYOP 2024

A background on D-Day for your class

D-Day Activity Sheet GYOP 2024

Hold a fun D-Day themed party in your class

Potatoes through time poster GYOP 2024

A great poster giving an overview on where potatoes have come from - and where they have been throughout history.Β 

Beneath the Soil - experiment for your extra potato

An easy to follow hands-on activity for your class to enjoy.

Beneath the soil - grow your extra seed potato and watch the potatoes form.

Block of work

Six-week block of work based around the theme of potatoes, with cross-curricular links to different subject areas.
The Block of work is designed to be used in conjunction with the Grow Your Own Potatoes project, between planting and harvesting, fitting perfectly into Term 4 (after the Easter holidays on the run up to harvesting in June) Children can study their potato plants as they grow and learn how to prepare a potato salad that can be replicated when their own potatoes are ready.

The Potato projectΒ planner is designed in a way that can be adapted to fit any year group. It provides teaching ideas based around the theme of potatoes, that support the food and cooking curriculum. There are also additional lesson ideas for other curriculum areas such as: English, maths, science, art & design and geography.

Watch this short video introduction to help you get the most from the block of work.

Learning objectives

Children will be able to:

  • name a selection of different potato varieties and say where they are grown;
  • describe different potato-based dishes, including how some of these taste;
  • explain why different varieties of potato are better for certain dishes;
  • make a simple potato salad using the bridge hold, snipping and mixing skills;
  • identify where food from different dishes and meals, including potato salad, belongs on the Eatwell Guide and how it contributes to healthy eating;
  • design, make and evaluate their own potato salad as a test for the final one they will make with their harvested crop (Harvested in June)

Potato project planner

TheΒ Potato project planner provides an overview of a six week block of work suitable for all UK schools.

The planner has been left as open as possible to allow for interpretation for any age group
e.g. 'create a chart' - type is not specified here so it could be a pictograph for younger pupils, a bar chart for slightly older and a line graph for the oldest pupils.

Adapted to fit with the curriculum for England, Scotland & Wales

To help you deliver the block of work we have developed a series ofΒ Lesson ideas sheetsΒ that detail the various curriculum activities for each of the six weeks.

There are three version of the lesson ideas sheets to fit with the three different curricula for England, ScotlandΒ andΒ Wales.

Observation sheet

This is where you record your growing plants progress.

It is important that you start observing and recording your growing plants at the beginning of the project, using the potato plant observation sheet, the children will then have the data needed to complete the graph work at the end of the project.

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Project planner with dates

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Giving lots of ideas for the Grow Your Own Project

Lesson ideas sheets ENGLAND - six-week block of work

A six-week block of cross-curriculum work to support the GYOP project.Β  Linked to the curriculum in England - D&T: Cooking and nutrition Download the lesson ideas sheets for ENGLAND

Lesson ideas sheets SCOTLAND - six-week block of work

A six-week block of cross-curriculum work to support the GYOP project.Β  Linked to the curriculum in SCOTLAND - Health and wellbeing/Technologies

Download the lesson ideas sheets for SCOTLAND

Lesson ideas sheets WALES - six-week block of work

A six-week block of cross-curriculum work to support the GYOP project.
Linked to the curriculum in WALES - Health and Well-being/Science and Technology

Download the lesson ideas sheets for WALES

Observation sheet - six-week block of work

Download this observation sheet before week one of the block of work starts. You will need it to track the progress of your growing potato plant.

Map worksheet - six-week block of work

Needed to support the Geography work in week one of the Block of work

Downloadable Resources from previous years

Who's living in your potato plant poster

Colourful insect poster showing insects you will find in and around your potato plants

Create your own Bug ID cards

Once you have identified them, why not create ID cards for the bugs you find living in and around your potato plants.

Bug Hotel Activity - six-week block of work

Easy to follow fun, hands-on activity

Super soil science

Become a class of Super Soil Scientists and find out what's living in your soil.

Potato cress heads - six-week block of work

Fun activity for younger pupils. Once grown you could even use your own cress in your potato salad recipe

Potato recipe - six-week block of work

An easy potato salad recipe, that works perfectly in the classroom

Download this easy potato salad recipe

Friends or Foes?

Now you know all about the bugs living around your potato plants lets learn which ones are good, and which ones are not so good for your growing potato plants. Great fun cutting and sticking.

Worms

There's lots happening beneath the soil that we can't see. All you need to know about worms, including fascinating facts, plus a quick and easy activity to assess the earthworm population.

Potato plant health

Top tips to help you grow a good crop.

Weighing worksheet

What's that in grams?

Potato journals

Great for project work or even homework.

Time track tractor parts 1 & 2

A colourful classroom frieze for pupils to personalise and build alone or in pairs. Watch how it grows as the project progresses.

Colouring sheets

Download and print these lovely colouring sheets, ideal for your younger pupils.

Activity sheets

Download and print our activity sheets.Β 

If you (or the pupils) have other ideas for experiments, please share on our social media.

We would love to see the pupils doing these experiments and any others that you can think up.Β  Please tag us on all stories and pictures @GYOPotatoes.