Bromley school joins fight against food waste

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 May 2018

Children at Valley Primary School have been enjoying fighting against food waste. Picture: Valley Primary School

Children at Valley Primary School have been enjoying fighting against food waste. Picture: Valley Primary School


Pint-sized pioneers from Valley Primary School, Beckenham Lane, have been getting creative to fight against food waste at home.

Ocado has launched a nationwide project with Little Inventors, with the mission of fighting household food waste by uncovering ingenious inventions from schoolchildren.

The Ocado Food Waste Challenge is calling on all budding Edisons and Einsteins to cook up an invention idea that could help to reduce food waste in the home, with the challenge sent to over 22,000 schools across the UK.

To help the nation’s budding brains get inspired, Valley Primary School was hand-picked as one of only a few primary schools to take part in an exclusive interactive workshop with Chief Inventor at Little Inventors, Dominic Wilcox, where he shared some of his very own food waste inventions to get young imaginations and creativity flowing.

All ideas to help avoid throwing food away are welcome without limits, whether wonderfully wacky or perfectly practical.

Headteacher Stephen Jackson said: “When the opportunity came up to get involved in the Ocado Food Waste Challenge with Little Inventors, we were delighted.

“We are always looking for new and exciting ways to make learning fun and engaging for our pupils, and hosting the interactive workshop was the perfect way to do this.

“With food waste being such a pressing issue, it has been brilliant to get the children creatively thinking of solutions.

“The children at were so enthusiastic and came up with some brilliant creative ideas.”

The project comes after the UK’s first online-only supermarket released its near-zero food waste figures earlier this month

Teachers are also being encouraged to host their own sessions using the Ocado Food Waste Challenge resource pack easily available to download at

The winner will get to see their invention drawing turned into reality by the Little Inventors ‘Magnificent Makers’ and exhibited at the Great Exhibition of the North this summer.

They will also win a trip to see their invention at the showcase with their family, as well as £250 of Ocado vouchers.

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