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.