School Workshop: The Great Plant Explorers
- 2-hour workshop
- Suitable for years 5 and 6
- Focus on geography
- £5.80 per pupil
This workshop takes pupils on a journey to trace links and connections to the people and places of this planet.
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What happens: The Great Plant Explorers gives an opportunity to travel to far reaching corners of the globe and unique environments and wonderful cultures. The task is to travel as far as possible in the time allowed, visiting as many countries as possible, and all the while tracing links and connections to the people and places of this planet.
Your pupils are set a challenge to explore the world in a day, gathering information about the plants found in everyday food products. They are introduced to the Development Compass Rose which will help direct their journey. Using teamwork and mapping skills, pupils work together to solve the clues that will lead them to the correct plants.
On their journey around the Biomes pupils gather facts, figures and images relating to the plants, and record their findings in their Explorers' Passports.
On their return to the classroom, we unpack some of the issues associated with our global food market. Our exploration uses the Development Compass Rose and delves into the environmental (N for Natural), economic (E) and social (S) issues relating to our global inter-dependence. Finally the groups consider W – Who decides - and come up with their own ideas for positive action.
Location: This takes place in a workshop room inside our purpose built education centre, as well as in our two Biomes.
Skills and curriculum links
This workshop enables students to:
- investigate everyday plants; their uses and geographical origins
- discover our connections to people and places around the world through the plant products we use
- investigate sustainability issues relating to these connections
- use mapwork skills and coordinates to find their route
We've designed the workshop to help teachers cover the following subject areas:
In Geography, pupils should be taught to locate the world’s countries and describe and understand them in terms of keys aspects of physical geography (climate zones, biomes) and human geography (for example trade links, economic activity and sustainable development). In addition pupils will use field work skills such as 4 and 6 figure grid references and record their observations clearly.
Finding cocoa, bananas and coffee beans in the tropical biome really excited the children. They couldn’t believe that chocolate began life in one of those pods.
Teacher at Grampound Road School
The workshop costs £5.80 per pupil, with a minimum charge of £116 per group (includes VAT). Maximum group size is 35. The cost includes:
- a facilitated workshop with our Education Team
- free access to the Eden site for the day
- all equipment needed for the workshop
- free teaching resources enabling your class to prepare for the workshop and to follow up on the activity (download a sample copy)
- a personal welcome from the Education Team at the entrance
- a base for your bags in our purpose-built education centre, The Core
- a space to eat your own lunch
- free entry for accompanying adult helpers, whose participation is essential to the success of the day (please note our suggested adult/pupil ratios are as follows: Early Years Foundation Stage, 1:3; Years 1-3, 1:6; Years 4 and up, 1:10). You’re welcome to bring more helpers if you’d like; for a charge of £14.75 per adult
- a free preparatory visit to Eden for teachers wanting to plan their school trip, which should be booked in advance