Our Project Reflection – Phoenix

This term we have worked as Scientists. Our big themes have been biodiversity and ecosystems (Daisy and Ameliah). We started our project by carrying out experiments and finding out what scientists do (Tilly). We had visitors on a Zoom call and in person, Nick and Isabelle, who taught us about pond life, ecosystems and the water cycle (Eden, Tilly and Eva).

We carried out research to find out about biomes and the biosphere (Grace). The biosphere is the outer layer of the earth, where all living things can survive and thrive (Ameliah and Ella). We found out that biomes are different places around the world where animals have adapted to live (Ella). There are 5 major biomes and 18 in total (Oaklyn and Toby).

An adaptation is when an animal, like a polar bear, makes a change so that they can survive. A polar bear has really thick white fur, so they’re camouflage and sharp claws and teeth to smash and grip (Toby, Adriana and Daisy).

We have also been researching how we can help our planet (Leo).  Greta Thunberg started a movement called ‘Fridays for Future’. She is an environmental activist and wants to stop climate change. She travels to other places by solar powered boats and doesn’t use planes (Tilly, Ella, Adriana and Leo).

In homesteading, we have been learning about upcycling and recreating our own clothes (David). We have done this because one quarter of young people only wear their clothes once (Noor)!

This term we have really been enjoying learning about our school site and planning crucial changes to ensure we have successful ecosystems and a biodiverse site (Liam and Leo). We have also enjoyed learning about how we can have a positive impact on the community in the future (Oaklyn).

We are really proud of ourselves because we brought all our learning together and wrote a script about our research. We recorded it, so that we can share our performances with everyone (Jonathan).

We are looking forward to making our change and we are really proud of our plans for the school’s future (Eva). We are going increase the levels of biodiversity at Wensum Junior School (Amina).

Phoenix loved their Christmas lunch!

It is Christmas jumper day AND Christmas lunch! We listened to lots of Christmas music whilst eating our yummy lunch. We even had sprouts, thanks Victoria!! Our favourite part was the snowman biscuit, it had a marshmallow on top and was delicious. Enjoy the pictures and Merry Christmas!

Last day of rehearsals!

This morning, both classes have got together and we had our last run through before recording our class film clips. We found it so exciting performing to the other class! We all enjoyed it – even if we had a nervous tummy. Tash and Verity are very proud of all our hard work and we are too! We will share our film clips with you soon.

Preparations are happening!

Today has been exciting! We have been finalising our speeches to get ready to present to everyone. It has been so interesting looking back at all our learning and now we having the opportunity to share it all. Tomorrow, we are going to work on our oracy skills to ensure our presentations are the best they can be.

This week in Thrive…

In Thrive this week we have been focusing on worries. We have shared our worries and found out they can be similar but also, very different. What we have realised is, is that everybody has worries. They all are real and can feel strange in our bodies. We can feel worries in our stomachs, in our hearts and in our minds.

First, we turned our worries into monsters. We thought about how they made us feel and then drew features to represent that. Then we thought of ways to get rid of the monster. We trapped, squashed and even stepped on them!

After that, we had a discussion about what is best for our worries. We decided that once we have spoken to someone about them, the best thing to do is not pay them much attention. We can do other things instead. We listed the different things we could be doing rather than thinking about worries and then we drew them!

What do we know now?

Monday 23rd November 2020

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What do we know now?

This afternoon, we have been looking at our books to find out all the different things we have been learning this term so far. Throughout, we have been asking questions, investigating, researching and analysing our findings. Today, we have worked in groups to create mind maps and word banks. We couldn’t believe all the information we have learnt already!!

  • Biomes: polar, aquatic, savannah, desert, terrestrial, rainforest, tundra, taiga, deciduous, grassland.
  • Ecosystem services: pollution control, soil formation, pest control, water cycle, pollination, oxygen production, flood control.
  • Greta Thunberg
  • Climate change
  • Air, water, plastic and noise pollution
  • Biodiversity: Lots of different living things, animals, fungi, algae, plants
  • Habitats, the homes of animals
  • Different classes and species of animals
  • Landscapes
  • Air quality
  • Adaptations
  • Flower dissection and labelling
  • Layers of earth: crust – which is where we live and the biosphere is, mantle, core, outer core
  • Reuse, reduce, recycle
  • Upcycled in homesteading
  • We have met experts, Isabelle and Nick
  • We learnt about the broads
  • Our wants, needs and the impacts these have
  • Deforestation
  • Communities
  • Camouflage
  • Seasons: spring, summer, autumn, winter
  • Animal Maslow