Pupils at St Catherine’s Primary School in Didsbury have this week been enjoying a visit from Billy Branston’s Amazing Potato Factory.
The school also had reason to celebrate, as one of its pupils was the 10,000th visitor aboard the bus, which has been on the road since its launch in September 2014.
The initiative has seen a double decker bus converted into a fully functioning mobile classroom touring primary schools nationwide. Its supporting the Tesco Eat Happy Project, which aims to educate schoolchildren about where their food comes from.
The vehicle hosts a variety of activities where children can gain hands-on experience and learn more about how potatoes are grown as well as what happens in a real potato factory.
Activities on board the bus are tailored to fit with the Key Stage One and Two frameworks, with nutrition and healthy eating also playing an important role.
James Truscott, Managing Director, commented:
“When we first discussed the Billy Branston Potato Factory initative, our main aim was to communicate the message of how great potatoes are and how they’re key for a healthy balanced diet. Although we hoped it would be well received by schools nationwide, we would never expected to have had over 10,000 children on board within 15 months of its initial launch. This is a huge achievement for both Branston and the Tesco Eat Happy Project, and we are thrilled to have reached such an exciting milestone.”