Sharing the planet

STP Celebration of Learning

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On Thursday 29th November we welcomed the parents to Discovery College to celebrate the learning the Year 5 students have uncovered during the inquiry into ‘Sharing the Planet’. Year 5 ‘scientists’ led their parents through a variety of interactive stations, demonstrating their understanding of the importance of biodiversity and our responsibility in sharing the planet with all organisms.

Students were able to share their Visual Art work on microscopic cells and even demonstrated some of the processes they used for their parents. Everyone was very involved and interested in looking through the microscopes to zoom in on everyday objects. There were opportunities to sketch specimens and gain feedback on the scientific drawings. Jenga was used to build ecosystems and explain how the balance of organisms is vital for a healthy biological community. We planted flowers to encourage bees, discussing how they are interdependent on each other. The Canva ‘Did you know?’ posters had shocking facts about human impact on biodiversity but also practical ways we can become more responsible citizens of the world. Playing the biodiversity Kahoot quiz really made everyone stop and think further about this, while measuring our carbon footprints had a huge impact once we realised the extent of our energy use. Our students were knowledgeable and confident in sharing their learning, displaying courage, appreciation and enthusiasm as true scientists.

We hope all the families pledges can now become reality, where everyone works together by taking action to make a difference (no matter how small) and enable the biodiversity of our planet to thrive. The Year 5 students have become passionate advocates for nature as a result of our inquiry so we look forward to hearing more about the positive action being taken to make our world more sustainable.

To all the parents, we thank you for coming to share the experience and hope you had many ‘take-aways’ from the event. We are especially grateful to all those who worked with us to make the ‘Celebration of Learning’ so successful.

 

HK Wetlands Field Trip

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On Thursday 15th November the Year 5 students, teachers and some parent volunteers headed out to Wetlands Park in Tin Shui Wai. The Wetlands Park is a conservation and education centre that demonstrates the diversity of the HK wetland ecosystem and highlights the need to conserve them.

Throughout the day we were able to observe, record and question the impact of human interaction, both positive and negative, highlighting our responsibility to the biodiversity of the planet.

 

Our scientific journals will show evidence of stream, river, mangrove, plant and mudflat ecosystems. We observed, sketched and identified birds, fish, butterflies, waterlilies and lots of insects throughout the day.

We would like to share the day with you through these photos so please ask us about them.

 

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:

Causation

Connection

Responsibility

 

Learner profile:

Caring, Principled

 

Transdisciplinary Links:

Maths – data collection

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