Pupils know their spuds as factory bus pays a visit

Billinghay Primary School pupils outside the Branston Potato Bus with, from left - Frankie Salkeld, Anton Dean, Billy Branston and Josine Griffiths. EMN-151201-151801001

Billinghay Primary School pupils outside the Branston Potato Bus with, from left - Frankie Salkeld, Anton Dean, Billy Branston and Josine Griffiths. EMN-151201-151801001

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Pupils at a village primary school helped celebrate as Branston Potatoes welcomed their 3,000th visitor on board the company’s educational bus.

Since its launch in September, Billy Branston’s Amazing Potato Factory has had over 3,000 children on board to learn about potatoes and their journey from farm to fork.

The initiative has seen a double decker bus converted into a fully functioning mobile classroom touring primary schools nationwide aiming to educate schoolchildren about where their food comes from. Last Wednesday the potato bus visited Billinghay School joined by mascot Billy Branston to help celebrate.

The vehicle offered hands-on activities where children could learn how potatoes are grown and what happens in a real potato factory - including a room set out as a cold store.

Children were asked to sort and grade the potatoes. They learned how potatoes are sown, grown and harvested before having a go at planting. They rounded off trying some potato wedges cooked on the bus.

Teacher Michelle Hall said all the children learned a lot: “It links to the new curriculum which puts a large emphasis on children knowing where their food comes from and how to cook healthy meals. We are working towards the Food For Life Partnership bronze award and are holding a Farmer’s Market on Thursday March 19.”