Fungi are poorly represented within the National Curriculum for Science. It is difficult to teach biology without mention of the fungi and what they do for us. The fungal kingdom is arguably the largest kingdom of organisms on this planet and without them, we humans could not survive on Earth. They are a vital component of the terrestrial ecosystem, they are the planet’s best recyclers, every plant has a fungus associating with it; fungi provide foods and medicines and even put the flavour in chocolate! Yet some fungi can rot our homes and food, cause devastating losses to plant and animal populations, and pose a serious threat to the immunocompromised patient.
Help us to bring fungi back into science teaching in the UK!
Thank Fungi For That
Anyone can have fun taking fungus photos! UK Fungus Day 2021 included a photo competition: see the results here
Ideas for teachers
We have teaching resources and lesson plans for each key stage of the curriculum, designed to promote a greater awareness of the importance of fungi. We also have competitions to enter and practical activities to try.
Invite a fungus expert into school
UK Fungus Day can put your school in touch with a local fungus expert or academic, who would be willing to come in and talk to your class about fungi.More information
- Discover how the mushroom got its spots
- Why not make a spore print?
Fun with fungi for Primary schools
Why not run a fun with fungi day? Fungal science, Art & Craft fun for primary school children.More information
Classroom resources for Secondary schools
Why not explore our fungi4schools webpages. Specially-produced and ready-to-use lessons and classroom activities, teacher’s guides and pupil class sheets, are among the many resources available for free download.More information
Write a blog for us
Why not get your class to write a blog on an interesting fungus fact or a recent fungus research discovery. We will publish the best ones on our UKFD Blog space.More information
Download our Activity Pack!
Our UK Fungus Day activity pack is full of activities you can organise for your classroom! UKFD Activity PackMore information