How to use this website




The one place on Earth it’s almost impossible to find fungi is in the UK National Curriculum for schools.

This website is devoted to compensating for this deficiency by providing resources for use within the current NC that address NC topics and also give proper representation to fungi. 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 from this website. Basically, all you have to do is select the resource you want to use, download it and use it. When you download a file, you can save it to your own local disk, or print it, or edit it immediately. It's up to you. You can use these any way you like for your teaching. Remember that PDF files should preserve our formatting, but the formatting of other file types depends on the fonts and settings of your machine.


You need Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® for the PDF files

Many of the downloadable documents on this site are in the form of Adobe® Acrobat® Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Use THIS LINK to get your free copy of Adobe® Acrobat® Reader®. This FREE software lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files on all major computer platforms. Remember you can also SAVE the PDF to your own local disk, AND you can also search the document for particular words or phrases (use the “Find” function on the Acrobat Reader “File” menu). 


You also need to be able to edit Microsoft Office files

We also offer many documents in forms that you can edit yourself - especially in MSWord.doc and PowerPoint.ppt formats. These were prepared originally using Microsoft Office 2003. Other software that will open and edit these files includes Sun Microsystem's Star Office and the free OpenOffice.


Finally, you will need a graphics program

In response to many requests we've added a lot of images to this site, so you will need a graphics program to make use of them. Most are downloadable as JPG (= JPEG) files so just about any program will be able to use them. We use Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Digital Image, and Roxio PhotoSuite. Picasa is a free image manipulation program, which has received good reviews, that you can download from Google.


© Copyright statement - copy freely for the classroom

For ALL ITEMS on this CD, there are no copyright issues for educational users and materials intended for use in the classroom, whether by teacher, assistant, or pupil, may be copied freely for educational purposes. However, all rights are reserved for any commercial use and if you wish to use any of this material commercially, contact the webmaster. All rights reserved for commercial use © British Mycological Society 2006.


Guided Tour of the CD website

Beginners section   This section contains articles explaining the jargon and other introductory topics, most of which were originally published in the BMS magazines Mycologist and Field Mycology. They are provided on the website as PDF-files, so that the user can download them immediately: explaining the jargon; first steps in the classroom; venturing into field study; mushroom or toadstool? More serious field work; organized help with field study.
Answers to your most frequently-asked questions   A series of articles called ‘Mycology answers’ in the Mycologist between 1993 and 1999 dealt with a wide range of common questions about fungi. 27 articles, covering topics like: Why does jam go mouldy …? How are soya beans fermented? Why does “athlete’s foot” itch? What are mycotoxins? How are beer and lager produced?
Teaching Resources for Key Stages 2-3   This page offers access to activities, games, and stories for 7 to 11-year olds. It starts with all the resources and advice needed for a whole day of games and activities for this age group. Includes the storybook Fungus Fred goes Foraying page by page, online, while another page by page offering is the 'explainers’ guide to fungi' How the Mushroom Got its Spots, which is aimed at anyone who wants to tell children, or non-experts of any age, more about the fascinating world of mushrooms, toadstools, moulds and other fungi. We also have a detailed guide to the information you need to enjoy a school trip safely. Download PDF file or MSWord.doc by clicking the hyperlinks.
Teaching Resources for Key Stage 4  

This web page links to an extensive range of specially-written classroom-ready resources (teacher's guides, class sheets, quizzes, games), which have been well received by pupils in classroom trials. Class sheets deal with cells and cell biology; there's a series of five  ready-made lessons covering  Welcome to the World of Fungi, Reproduction and Conservation, Favourite or Nastiest Fungus, Fungi and Industry and Fungi and Disease; and a workshop  ‘What’s your favourite fungus?’ comprising information, games and other exercises.

The Funky Fungi Workshop   This page offers all you need for a workshop/demonstration/training exercise for GCSE pupils to promote awareness and understanding of fungi. Developed as National Science Week sessions all the resources required are freely available here.
Post-16 Resources   Explore a range of biological features at ‘close-to-research’ level with materials accessible here. The intention is to provide teachers and pupils with ideas and starter references (in the form of  ‘get it now’ reprints as free to download, free to print, and free to copy PDF files) for investigations that could become AS or A2 level projects on exploring genomes and genomics, medical and health topics, toxins; fungi as food; fungal growth, kinetics and mechanics; biotechnology; fungi in the environment; soil, minerals, mycorrhizas, alien fungi, and geomycology.
Complete courses on drawing and painting, and photographing fungi   This web page offers PDF reprints of articles by a professional artist making up an eight-part course on sketching and painting fungi, as well as an eight-part master class in fungal photography by a wildlife photographer. Other useful articles tell you, for example, how to use a flat bed scanner to take photographic images, and there is also a webpage with advice about choosing a microscope; setting up the microscope; and preparing specimens.
Galleries of free-to-download Display Posters and Graphics files   Access several galleries of posters and images. Display posters are both text-based and pictorial. Most are offered as PDF files (these should preserve our formatting for you to print), and as PowerPoint files so you can use them for projection or edit for your own purposes. The image galleries include cover pictures from the Society’s fungus magazines and many digital photo images you can download as high resolution JPEG graphic files suitable for image manipulation or poster-making projects.
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What about visitors from outside the UK?


We've been checked out and found useful

This site is linked in the 'useful sites' section of the DfES website TeacherNet, and has been approved for the Curriculum Online repository being developed by the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta). A hyperlink has also been placed in the 'websites of interest' section of the National Science Learning Centre's website.


SETNET (Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics Network) has placed a link to Fungi4Schools on their website [look in Links: Schemes and Resources of].


CLEAPSS (Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services) has put hyperlinks to fungi4schools on the primary and secondary links pages of their website [see and /linkssec.htm].


The Biosciences Federation has placed a link to fungi4schools in the 'Education and Careers - useful links' section of its website.

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Publications relating to fungi4schools

Moore D, Fryer K, Quinn C, Roberts S, Townley R, 2005. How much are your children taught about fungi in school? Mycologist 19: 152-158. [DOWNLOAD]

Moore D, Roberts S, Quinn C, Townley R, Fryer K, 2006. Mushroom surprise. More than a mushroom: the low-down on fungi for all key stages. Times Educational Supplement (ASE Science Special) published 6 January 2006. [DOWNLOAD]

Moore D, Roberts S, Quinn C, Townley R, Fryer K, 2006. Now, where did we lose Kingdom Fungi...? Teaching Ecology Newsletter, issue 32: 11-13.

Moore D, Pöder R, Molitoris H-P, Money NP, Figlas D, Lebel T, 2006. Crisis in teaching future generations about fungi. Mycological Research 110: 626-627. [DOWNLOAD]

Moore D, Pöder R, 2006. Are your children taught anything about fungi at school? Sydowia 58 1-2. [DOWNLOAD]

Moore D, 2006. A day in the life ... of a mycologist. School Science Review 88 (322) 9-10.  [DOWNLOAD]

Moore D, 2006. Fungi 4 Schools - The Website. School Science Review (in press)

Moore D, 2006. fungi4schools - the new BMS education website. Mycologist (in press) [DOWNLOAD]

Moore D, Moore E, 2006. Borne in the wagon of a travelling show: the BMS Roadshow rides on.  Mycologist (in press) [DOWNLOAD]

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And what about visitors to this website from outside the UK?

We don’t think that the UK is the only country where statutory school biology is limited to animals, plants and bacteria. Is the UK is the only country where the majority of 16 year-olds think that fungi are bacteria? Perhaps visitors to this site from outside the UK would like to take a serious look at the school curricula in their own countries and report back? Do the school curricula call for comparisons only between animals and plants? Do they offer details about animal and plant cells only? Do they only ever mention fungi (and always linked with bacteria) as ‘degraders’? These are the symptoms of the disease afflicting the UK National Curriculum. Recognise them? Then tell us about it - just e-mail the webmaster.

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