School trips to Eden

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Workshop overview

In Ancient Greece, tyrants have placed the small town of Eden under siege and are demanding that the town’s people give away their precious olive groves. Your class joins the Edenauts on a journey across Ancient Greece, where they must complete several challenges in order to rally the support of the gods and the protection of the 300 warriors of Sparta. Can the Edenauts save their beautiful town?

What happens: Your students are placed in the thick of the action as residents of the besieged Ancient Greek town of Eden. Zeus agrees to help the Edenauts, but only if they can complete the various challenges set for them by the Gods of Olympus.

Your students journey through the Mediterranean Biome completing a series of challenges based around Greek mythology, plants and daily life in Ancient Greece. Each challenge tests a different skill - sensory, musical, physical, scientific thinking, observational and proprioception.

Back in the classroom the students have to crack a puzzle using the objects they have collected from Ancient Greece. They must then engage in a democratic process to decide what to do about the tyrants and communicate their decision to Zeus with some help from the musical genius, Orpheus.

Location: This takes place in a workshop room inside our purpose built education centre and the Mediterranean Biome.

Skills and curriculum links

This workshop enables students to:

  • Describe what day to day life was like for people in Ancient Greece. How did they use plants for food, clothing and shelter?
  • Understand how important mythology was to the Ancient Greeks and meet some of the important characters.
  • Explain how ways of thinking about the world developed in Ancient Greece

We've designed the workshop to complement the following syllabuses:

  • KS2 History National Curriculum - Pupils should be taught about: Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world.
  • Inspire Curriculum - The Ancient Greeks, Year 5, Autumn Term 2. In this Unit pupils will explore Ancient Greece through Theatre, Myths, and Logic. They will identify what we have learned from the Greeks and how their culture can influence us with ideas, even today.

Practical information

The workshop costs £6.20 per pupil, with a minimum charge of £124 per group (includes VAT). The maximum group size is 35 pupils. The cost ncludes:

  • 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; Key Stage 1, 1:6; Key Stage 2 and 3, 1:10; Key Stage 4, 1:15; Key Stage 5, 1:20). You’re welcome to bring more helpers if you’d like; for a charge of £15 per adult

  • a free preparatory visit to Eden for teachers wanting to plan their school trip, which should be booked in advance