This high quality, interactive and practical plant science workshop for primary school children – worth over £400 – uses unique science content developed at Eden to immerse pupils in the weird, wonderful and sometimes invisible world of plants.

It's been developed especially for British Science Week, to tie in with Eden's new Invisible Worlds programme, and is not only fully curriculum linked, but also stimulates curiosity, captivates pupils' imaginations and give pupils access to state-of-the-art microscopes and technology.

If your primary school would benefit from taking part, is located within one hour of the Eden Project, and is available on 12, 13 and 14 March 2018.

Find out more about the workshop and what’s involved below.

Read the terms and conditions below, which includes essential information on who is eligible to take part.

This competition is now closed.

About the workshop

Workshop overview

This high quality, interactive and practical plant science workshop for primary school children uses unique science content developed at Eden to immerse pupils in the weird, wonderful and sometimes invisible world of plants. The workshop is not only fully curriculum linked, but also stimulates curiosity, captivates pupils' imaginations and give pupils access to state of the art microscopes and technology. The workshop is part of Eden's new Invisible Worlds programme.

What happens: Following on from an optional short introductory assembly students take part in an interactive workshop which explores the realities of life in the rainforest and the ingenious methods plants employ to ensure their survival (adaptations).

The children use stereo microscopes to investigate some of these plant adapations up close – making the invisible world visible. Their thinking is also prompted by the use of various props, plant artefacts and unusual plants.

See photos of the workshop on the website of London's Ashmead Primary School when we visited for Science Week: album one; album two.

Skills and curriculum links

This workshop enables students to:

  • ignite an interest and curiosity in plant sciences and careers in science
  • understand the challenge that plants face in the rainforest and how they meet them
  • develop observational skills
  • provide possible scientific explanations for observations of the world around them
  • develop practical microscopy skills

We've designed the workshop to help teachers cover the following subject areas:

Year 3 – Science 

Plants

  • identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants 
  • explore the requirements of plants for life and growth  
  • investigate the way in which water is transported within plants 
  • explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants

Year 4 – Science

Living things and their habitats

  • investigate how plants survive in their habitat

Year 5 – Science

Living things and their habitats

  • investigate the life process of reproduction in plants

Year 6 – Science

Evolution and inheritance

  • identify how plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution

KS1 and 2 Geography 

Locational Knowledge, Place Knowledge, Physical Geography

Practical information

Group size: Up to 35 students per workshop session. The workshop would follow an introductory assembly for up to 140 pupils.

What's included: 

  • a facilitated full day of up to four repeats of the same workshop, taught to different classes
  • all equipment needed for the workshop

School facilities: We come to your school and can set up in a classroom or the school hall. School staff will be needed to support group work.

About the competition

Terms and conditions

  • The competition is open to primary schools located within the following postcode areas: TR1; TR2; TR3; TR4; TR5; TR6; TR7; TR8; TR9; TR10; TR11; TR12; TR13; TR14; TR15; TR16; TR17; TR18; TR19; TR20; PL10; PL11; PL12; PL13; PL14; PL15; PL16; PL17; PL22; PL23; PL24;  PL25; PL26; PL27; PL28; PL29; PL30; PL31; PL32; PL33; PL34; PL35.
  • Entry is free and no purchase is necessary. One entry per school. Automated entries will not be accepted.
  • The prize comprises a full day of delivery (9am-3.30pm) of our ‘Toughest Place to be a Plant’ workshop in your school, for up to 140 Key Stage 2 students, including an assembly at the start of the day, and up to four one-hour workshops with four different classes, with a maximum of 35 pupils per session.
  • The prize is as described, non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.
  • No other expenses are included as part of the prize.
  • The first three school names pulled at random from the draw after the closing date will be offered the prize as described above.
  • The winning schools will be allocated a day for the workshop between 12 and 14 March, 2018. 
  • If contact cannot be made with the winner within seven days of the draw date or the school is unable to take part on any the day we allocate, the prize will be forfeited and a further random draws will be made until we have three schools.
  • The competition is not open to employees of the Eden Project, their families, agents or anyone professionally connected with the prize draw.
  • All entries must be received by midnight (UK time) on Friday 23 February 2018. The winners will be notified by email or phone after the closing date.
  • Entrants must be 18 years of age or over.
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  • The Eden Project reserves the right to cancel the competition at any stage if deemed necessary.