In the classroom

Soil: Don’t treat me like dirt workshop

This short workshop is for primary school students who want to learn a bit more about soil – how to identify healthy soils, why healthy soils are important and how we can help soil.. At just over 17 mins long it has a few group and individual pieces of work you can do within.

Top Tip: If you can bring a soil sample to the lesson you can follow the instructions in the video on how to examine healthy soil or even better bring a spade to class or a trowel and check out the soil in the school grounds after the lesson.

Accompanying Worksheet


Get a knowledgeable parent or local horticulturalist involved in building up a school garden and helping to teach the children to grow on their space
Plant some bulbs or seeds – maybe your teacher could give out mystery seeds or bulbs and you can wait to see what grows
Make a compost heap at home or in school
Start a campaign to get people to stop using pesticides or herbicides in your local community
Collect seaweed for the school garden or grow green manure
Start a wildflower area in your school or encourage your school to take part in the no-mow May project

The Healthy Food Pyramid Leaflet

‘A healthy food pyramid relies on a healthy soil foundation’  is a one page leaflet that may be handy to download, print and hand out to your students and create projects around.  This can be downloaded here:
The Healthy Food Pyramid.

You could put this image up on your whiteboard screen and discuss with the class the following points:

  • The importance of eating more types of food from the bottom part of the pyramid than the top.   Healthier types of food = healthier children.
  • That proportions of food should have more from the lower part of pyramid than the upper part of the pyramid.   Bigger proportions of the healthier food = healthier children.
  • The healthier the soil where this food comes from = healthier children.
  • What does healthy soil look like?
  • Why is healthy soil good for nature? Healthy soil = more worms, insects, birds etc.
  • Why is healthy soil good for the environment? Captures more water = less drought & erosion.
  • Why is healthy soil good for the planet? Captures carbon which decreases climate change.

You can download these teachers notes here:

Notes for the teachers


Accompanying Food Pyramid worksheet




If you are interested in learning more, why not start with this resource:



More educational and training resources below:

Secondary   Green Cert  ACRES Agri Environment Scheme

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