Yesterday was World Soil Day, so today we celebrate the miracle of composting and nutrient cycling that transforms inedible food waste (vegetable peelings and fruit waste like banana skins) into beautiful rich compost that helps plants grow.

The nutrient cycle is a fundamental part of nature’s recycling process and uses the power of microorganisms to turn organic matter into compost. Soil is made when compost, or humus, mixes with rock particles from the Earth’s bedrock.

We have lots of learning materials based on Compost including our fantastic Compost Curriculum. Or you can learn about compost on our Materials page.

Compost Curriculum Handbook

Sept – class – food waste results spreadsheet

Nov – class – compost activity assembly powerpoint

Jan – class – persuasive letter writing frame

Feb – class – Riverfords Big Dig booklet

Feb – class – worm survey data sheet

May – class – compost branching key

May – class – compost food web

July – class – sorting cards

July – eco group – press release writing frame

A diagram showing the nutrient cycle as leaves fall to the ground and decomposers break them down to be used by plants as they absorb nutrients from the soil.
Crouched children around a container of compost beside Ridan composter