Compost Curriculum

Compost Curriculum Handbook

It doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner, or a seasoned rotter; whether you have a ‘state of the art’ composter, or a neglected plastic ‘Dalek’ in the corner of the playground.

This handbook supports teachers to use composting as an inspiring teaching resource throughout the school year. For each month it contains a curriculum-linked KS2 lesson plan and an Eco Team activity, plus a wealth of supporting documents to bring composting to life for adults and pupils.

image of the science of food

Food Waste Worksheets

We all rely on the science of materials every day as it tells us which are the best materials to use for different things – like not using chocolate to make teapots, or glass to make trampolines. It also shows us how to dispose or recycle items safely and sustainably at the end of their lives.

Food is vital and a precious resource, so isn’t it crazy that we waste about a third of all food produced! Check out our resource pages to find out more about Food Waste.

Food can be recycled almost everywhere in Devon. Most districts collect food waste in special caddies in their kerbside collections (see our District Recycling Sheets).

The worksheets on this page will help young people understand the science behind food waste. We hope doing these activities will create better scientists and more critical thinkers. We know the wicked problems (complex and difficult issues like climate change and biodiversity loss) we are leaving the next generation will need some innovative thinking to solve them!

Downloadable Worksheets




An egg is surrounded by empty cardboard packaging, a yogurt pot, a fruit punnet, shredded paper, scissors and string.

Summer holiday activity: Egg drop challenge!

Take on the #EggDropChallenge! Use recyclable and reused items from around the house to protect an egg from a fall!

3Rs Activities at Home: The Food Saver Smoothie

In the fourth of our weekly series of challenges we are thinking about how to reduce food waste by making a delicious food saving smoothie. 

Hands holding a sample of bioplastic

3Rs Activities at Home: Turn potatoes into plastic!

Our third activity uses household ingredients to make biodegradable plastic…

Fruit peelings and apple cores in a blue food waste bin lined with newspapers

Zero Waste Lunches

The resources here will help you bring learning into the classroom through activities children can complete before, during and after a waste audit of lunchtime waste in school.

Build a better lunch box – Lesson plan

Build a better lunchbox – Contents pictures

Build a better lunchbox – Mat

Smiling boy eating sandwich with a blue plastic lunchbox containing a banana and some grapes and a blue plastic water bottle