Sharing the planet

Sharing the Planet

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Galaxy 5 are learning to be responsible and caring students of the world around them as they inquire into biodiversity and how maintaining the interdependent balance between organisms within ecosystems is important for our planet.

Throughout this unit of inquiry, students will use our surrounding areas to watch, listen and record ecosystems and food chains and discover how they depend on each other for survival.

All recording will be done in a scientific journal through sketches, labelled diagrams and worded descriptions. (please make sure that your child has a journal or exercise book this week, see example below))

On Thursday 19 April, Year 5 will take a field trip to Wetlands Park to view and record the many different ecosystems that make up the park. We are all looking forward to this trip.

A new parent celebration date will be emailed to our families shortly. Students will be keen to share their new understandings on biodiversity and their learning journey through our unit of inquiry, ‘Sharing the planet’.

Unit of Inquiry:

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:

Biodiversity relies on maintaining the interdependent balance of organisms within ecosystems.

What lines of inquiry will define the scope of the inquiry into the central idea?

An inquiry into:

the connections between organisms within ecosystems and biomes
how human interaction with the environment can affect the balance of ecosystems
human responsibility for the biodiversity of the planet


Pattern and function

central idea

Identifying, using and describing patterns help us to make sense of the world we live in.

An inquiry into:

Ways patterns can be described and represented
How patterns and rules can be used to make predictions to solve problems
The use of pattern and function in real life situations


Meaning can be constructed through the inter-relationships of photos, diagrams, illustrations and written texts.Students will keep journals to record scientific processes using a mixture of annotated photos, diagrams, observation notes
Oral LanguageSpeaking and Listening
Written LanguageReading and Writing
Visual LanguageViewing and Presenting

Visiting Wetland Park

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Yesterday Galaxy 5 traveled by bus to New Territories to visit Wetland Park.

After a long journey and morning tea, we set off in groups of 15 to start investigating as soon as the doors opened.

Inside, with science journals at the ready, we observed, sketched and questioned the interaction of living and non living parts of an ecosystem.

At each of the different environments: mangroves, mudflats, fishpond and stream, we set ourselves up in the ‘hides’ and used binoculars to find and identify various species of birds, plants and insects. We recorded these in our journals to use back at school as we inquire into how ecosystems work and our responsibility in preserving and caring for these environments.

It was a long and busy day with lots of walking but it was very enjoyable and worthwhile. Our students made the teachers proud with their enthusiastic and purposeful behaviour.

Thanks to everyone who came along and made this possible.