On a sunny Thursday morning staff and students departed Moreton to commence the 5 hour journey that would take us to the Eden Project in Cornwall. Whilst Wolverhampton was baking in the sunshine, the further south we headed the cloudier the weather became before the heavens opened on our arrival in Cornwall.
On arrival at the Eden Project pupils pulled up to their accommodation for the evening, much to their utter dismay, the youth hostel had created its accommodation out of old shipping containers and converted them into spacious en-suite bedrooms that could house 3 students. Once students had settled in their room we took the quick drive to the Eden projected located just 5 minutes away. Pupils received their stickers and headed towards the rainforest biome. Whilst sweating their way through the biome, pupils saw a wide variety of plants that are indigenous to the rainforest and experienced conditions of the rainforest. This put into context some of the learning that they had completed earlier in the year. Pupils saw the famous pitcher plant, banana trees, cocoa trees plus many more plants. Some brave pupils chose to climb to the top of the biome, where the humidity was even worse to look out across the biome. They could spot the distinct layers that can be found in the rainforest from the tallest emergent layer right down to the shrub layer that can be found on the forest floor. Once pupils had finished wandering around the rainforest biome, pupils travelled across the concourse to reach the Mediterranean Biome which was greeted with sighs of relief as they could cool down after the heat and humidity of the rainforest biome. Here pupils saw the range of grapes, citrus fruits and chillies that were being grown within the biome.
Once pupils had wandered around the biomes and the grounds that surround the biomes, they were treated to an organic dinner made from produce made locally or on the site of the Eden project. After dinner pupils had a quick change before setting off to the local beach in order for a game of rounder’s. After much paddling and wave jumping it was time for rounder’s to commence. With teams picked and teachers divided the game begun….only to be halted very quickly by the rain which ensured a mad dash back up the hill to the minibuses before the heavens opened fully.
The following morning saw students eat their hearts out at the freshly prepared breakfasts of sausage, bacon, or egg baps, coupled with fresh pastries, toast or cereal. After breakfast the students started a workshop based in the rainforest biome all about the different materials and produce that we get from the rainforest. Pupils were fully engaged in the thought provoking ideas discussed throughout the workshop and completed a rainforest biome walk where they listed all the different plants that we use here that come from the rainforest. All too soon it was time to load up the minibuses with packed lunches and luggage before setting off on the mammoth journey home.