Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 17:30

Students from 17 schools in Penwith have come together to create what could be the largest den in the world, with help from the Eden Project’s Education Team.

More than 70 children took part in the challenge at Trythall CP school in Penzance to create the largest and most beautiful den possible as part of a day of activities designed to build their practical, creative and team-working skills while using outside space.

The children took part in a range of activities throughout the day, including flag and crown making, tribal markings and marshmallow toasting before coming together to create a giant den big enough to provide shelter for all of the students and their teachers too.

Harry Knowles, from Humphry Davy School, said: “The day was a massive success. We took part in lots of amazing outdoor activities such as flag making and den building, and everyone enjoyed getting hands on. It would be really cool to have more days like this.”

The children came from 15 primary schools: Trythall CP School, Heamoor CP School, St Levan Primary School, Gulval Primary School, Mousehole Community School, Sennen Primary School, St Maddern’s C of E School, Newlyn School, Pensans CP School, Gwinear CP School, Leedstown CP School, Alverton Primary School, Connor Downs Primary School, Marazion Primary School and St Just Primary School, along with Year 9 children from Humphry Davy and Cape Cornwall secondary schools, who acted as peer mentors and reporters throughout the day.

Gill Hodgson, Eden Project coordinator for the event, said: We know that learning and outside play is fantastically important, and this event was a brilliant opportunity to work with lots of schools and their young people to help them get outside more.”

The schools all belong to the Penwith Education Trust, which was set up to help schools collaborate and share resources.

The event was held as to launch a series of teacher training workshops from Eden that focus on the benefits of outdoor learning and how the core curriculum, Maths English and Science can be taught outside. It also helped schools in the trust to get to know each other better and to create lasting links.
The workshops will culminate in the National Empty Classroom Day event at Eden on June 20, 2014.
Last year’s event saw more than 250 children use Eden as their classroom and this year around 400 pupils and their teachers from Penwith are expected to celebrate this event at Eden.

To find out more about Eden’s teacher training and in-school workshops, go to: