How you can celebrate UK Fungus Day

UK Fungus Day is taking place on 8 October 2017 – to bring this into the classroom, why not take part in the British Mycological Society’s competition?

Fungi are an incredibly diverse group of organisms ranging from single celled yeast to the largest living organism.

Perfect for key stages 3, 4 and 5, the aim of the competition is to develop an appreciation of the diversity of fungal forms and the specialist roles they play.

How can I get involved?

To get involved, students are invited to write a 200-500 word blog about a type of fungus and a specialised form or feature that it acquires. Including images that are free to use, students should write a compelling argument as to why their selected fungus feature or form should win the competition.

Top tips for your blog

  • think up an eye-catching title
  • use a simple design and layout
  • use strong images to attract attention
  • write the blog in your own words

How do I enter?

To enter, simply email your class entries in a word document to with the heading ‘UKFD17 schools competition’.

Include the following in your entries:
  • name of teacher
  • email address
  • school’s name, address and telephone number
  • category (KS3/KS4/KS5)
  • names of pupils

The winner will receive £100 and their school department or science club will receive £200, plus educational resources from the British Mycological Society.

Submit your entries


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