School trips to Eden

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Workshop overview

What happens: 

Students will look at the interdependence between people and nature and how nature provides essential services. The group will study how the changing climate is affecting the lives of many Polynesians.

Building on the Polynesians theme, students explore the Rainforest Biome searching for essential plants for survival.  On their return we will look at the impact of rainforests and deforestation on climate change.

Finally we will look at what this country is proposing to do about climate change and discuss what young people today can, realistically, do to contribute positively to the climate change debate.

Location: This takes place in a workshop room inside our purpose built education centre, as well as the Rainforest Biome.

Skills and curriculum links

This workshop enables students to:

  • Collate a list of rainforest plants that they use on a daily basis to illustrate our dependence and influences on global ecosystems.
  • Explain how our lifestyles affect the climate and how their future choices can have a positive impact on landscapes, environments and climate change.
  • Identify the relationship between sea level change and increased levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.

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

In KS3 Geography, students should develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places, both terrestrial and marine including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes.

Students should understand human geography relating to: population and urbanisation; international development; economic activity in the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary sectors; and the use of natural resources.

Students should understand how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural system.

In KS3 Science, students should learn how organisms affect, and are affected by, their environment, including the accumulation of toxic materials.

Students should learn about the production of carbon dioxide by human activity and the impact on climate change.

This workshop covers a number of objectives in the Key Stage 4 AQA, EDEXCEL and OCR Science and Geography syllabuses.

Practical information

The workshop costs £6.20 per pupil, with a minimum charge of £124 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; 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

This workshop is accredited under the British Science Association’s CREST Awards scheme and goes towards a Discovery Award. In order to gain the award it is also necessary for the students to have completed some of the suggested pre and post visit activities provided upon booking.