Sharing the Planet – Biodiversity unit of inquiry

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The Year 5 students have recently spent time observing, recording and analysing parts of our ecosystem in connection with the current unit of inquiry, ‘Sharing the planet’. For our immersion activity, students spent time making observations at the mangroves, looking through quadrants in Siena Park and used microscopes along with magnifying glasses to investigate water, plants and insects. By identifying details including similarities and differences, students considered how they might connect with each other. It was a great way to begin thinking like a scientist for our biodiversity inquiry.



To begin the unit, students have been busy making scientific observations and recording these in their science journal. Over the coming weeks, we will investigate how scientists record their findings as we study biodiversity around us and continue to record our thinking in our journals.

We are very much looking forward to our field trip to the HK Wetlands on Thursday 15th November. It will be the perfect opportunity to continue to use our journals as we consider the biodiversity of the plants and animals we encounter there.


Transdisciplinary theme Sharing the Planet

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things.


Central idea:

Sustainability of ecosystems relies on maintaining the interdependent balance of organisms.


An inquiry into:

  •       connections between organisms and their environment
  •       human impact on the balance of ecosystems
  •       human responsibility for the biodiversity of the planet


Teacher questions:

What are the connections between organisms and their environment?  

How have human interactions with the environment affected the balance of ecosystems?

What action can be taken to improve biodiversity?


Key concepts:





Learner profile:

Caring, Principled


Transdisciplinary Links:

Maths – data collection

Language – non-fiction texts, scientific journals, writing trait – organisation & convention