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).

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.

A surprise visitor

Today we had a surprise visitor. He or she is a rescue hedgehog! We were lucky enough to have him to visit before he goes to the rescue centre. We hope he will come back to us with a mate when he is heavy enough to hibernate without help. It was fantastic to see a real hedgehog after studying their habitat and food web.

Planning for making a change

We have been focusing on making a positive change to our school site in order to improve biodiversity around us. We have been outside today photographing the specific places where we are making our changes.
We have some very exciting plans including: birdhouses, squirrel’s homes, new and diverse pond plants, wildflower planting and wild areas.
We will keep you posted as our projects develop.

Day 2 – site investigation

Today we investigated all over the school site to find ways to improve the biodiversity around us. We looked at the ways in which different parts of the school are promoting and preventing biodiversity. This will help us with our plans for our project. We’ve already got some amazing ideas! Watch this space for more updates.

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

We are scientists…

This week our projects move from the precision phase (where the kids work hard to secure the scientific knowledge, skills and understanding needed to answer the brief) to the generalisation phase (where the children come back together to plan how they will respond to and answer the brief. The generalisation phase is always fascinating as children and staff grapple with the big ideas they have been exploring and collaborate to come up with sustainable solutions.  Keep checking in with the blog to find out how they are doing.