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Bulb Project

Information on the Bulb Project
National Museum Wales Core Project
Edina Trust Extension Project
Bulb Project Preparation
Data Collection and Entry Information
How the Bulb Project relates to the new Science Curriculum

Information on the Bulb Project

The Edina Trust is working in collaboration with the National Museum of Wales' "Spring Bulbs for Schools" Project.

The seventh year of the Edina Trust Bulb Project will start in October 2017. Applications are now closed.

The 'Spring Bulbs for Schools' project gives pupils the opportunity to be part of a real science investigation where they will contribute to the final result. This is a live experiment where there are no known outcomes and no "right" answers.

This project is a long running climate change investigation, involving around 75 primary schools across Wales each year. In the collaboration with the Edina Trust, this project has been extended to 100 selected Edina schools in England and Scotland.

The Edina Trust 'Bulb Project' is an extension of the National Museum Wales Spring Bulbs for Schools project. Where observations are made between daffodil bulbs planted in pots compared to a separate group of daffodil bulbs planted in the school grounds.

The National Museum of Wales 'Spring Bulbs for Schools' Core Project

The National Museum Wales Spring Bulbs for Schools project has been running for over ten years. The core project involves Daffodil and Crocus bulbs being planted in pots. Each child will take repsonsibility for their own pot.
Schools will upload their weekly bulb measurements and weather recordings to the National Museum of Wales website.

All schools will receive the following items:

  • One Daffodil bulb per pupil
  • One Crocus bulb per pupil
  • One Pot per pupil
  • Five mystery bulbs and one pot per school
  • Four spare bulbs and pots per school
  • One investigation pack with a thermometer per school
  • Various paper resources (pdf copies of these can be downloaded from the National Museum Wales website

    The Edina Trust Extension Bulb Project

    Edina Trust schools taking part in the extension 'Bulb Project' will also submit records to the Trust for the extension activities which includes the planting of bulbs in a plot in the ground to compare with those planted in pots for the core project.

    For the extension activities each school will receive:

  • Twenty Daffodil bulbs to plant in the ground
  • Digital camera and memory card
  • 20 x Plant labels
  • Potting trowel
  • Edina sign-post (to insert in your plot)
  • Waterproof Marker Pen
  • Various paper resources (pdf copies of these can be downloaded from the Resources page of Edina Trust website

    Data Collection and Entry Information

    For the Edina Bulb Project: To enter your bulb plot location and recordings for your daffodils planted in the ground, along with your Planting Day photo for the chance to win a prize for your school grounds, please visit the Edina Trust Bulb Project (Moodle) website at and enter your login details.

    If you have any problems with entering your data or have lost your login details, please contact Samantha Moore at, or tel: 01993 220090

    How the Bulb Project relates to the Science Curriculum

    The department for Education in England has released a new Science Curriculum to be enforced in 2015. Here are a few points from the new curriculum that relate to pupils throughout the school who take part in the Edina Trust Bulb Project:

  • Year 3: Pupils should be taught to identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers. Pupils should be taught to explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.
  • Year 4: Pupils should be taught to set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests. Make systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment including thermometers and data loggers. Pupils should record findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts and tables.

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