Cultural studies is an integrated learning area in which you will see evidence of history, geography, science, technology and art. It is an area the children are encouraged to be critical and creative thinkers as well as apply the skills they practise in daily English and Mathematics tasks. Cycle 2’s broad topic this term is Sustainability. Our class is focusing on an important current issue facing us all; the loss of healthy bee colonies and native bees.
Please stay tuned to see our progression of learning.
Part 1: Living organisms are interconnected
Bees play an essential part in sustaining our ecosystem. As an introduction to this idea, the children explored food chains and webs to learn how all living organisms, including themselves, are reliant on other living organisms for survival. After our initial discussions and lessons, the children were asked to fill in a Think Board which demonstrates 4 different ways of thinking about food webs or food chains. The sections were to include the following information.
- In your own words, describe what a food chain/web is.
- Draw a diagram to show a food chain/web.
- What would happen if one part of the chain/web died out or disappeared?
- What does learning about food chains/webs make you think or how does it make you feel?
This work allowed the children to show their understanding, demonstrate their ability to sequence their thoughts and ideas, and connect concepts to themselves.
This leads to the children to presenting a web or chain about themselves and thinking about the living organisms they rely on to eat and get energy.