As part of our Biodiversity topic we have been classifying living things, including ourselves! We made classfication keys about our class members and more recently looked at a range of different types of leaves from our nature garden and Mrs Henderson’s garden! We sorted them into groups according to texture, size, scent, number of leaves, edges etc, Then we tried to see if we could identify the tree they came from, just by their leaves. Some were very obvious, but some were quite tricky to identify.
We had a super afternoon exploring our school grounds, searching for a variety of living things. Everyone had a bingo board with a range of living things to find. It was great fun taking a closer look for signs of life in the trees, under stones, pieces of wood and in the long grass.
After our bingo game, we had time for a quick game of hide and seek in the “forest”! The trees are growing so well that it was very hard to find people!!
We ended our session with a visit to the nature garden and pond. We patiently sat and waited to see if there were any frogs and we were not disappointed! It was very exciting to see them hopping about in the heather.
On Wednesday 5th February we enjoyed an afternoon of Biosecurity activities. Biosecurity is the protection of a species from other non-native invasive species.
We learned about the Storm Petrels on Mousa and the importance of keeping the island clear of any predators who would be a threat to them.
Afra Skene, a Biosecurity Officer in Shetland, provided lots of games and activities to get us thinking more about Biosecurity and how to spread the word to others in our community.
The children were asked to think of the ways in which they enjoyed learning and to invent activities, songs, games and challenges to try and teach others about Biosecurity. Hopefully some of our ideas will appear in a teaching resource being produced for schools in Scotland!
We have been planting seeds for wildlife. The flowers will be food for lots of insects and animals. We have been making recycled newspaper pots for the seedlings. They are growing so fast. Everyone has been taking a turn to water them 😃
On Thursday 17th May, Primary 5/6 had a great morning planting up a new area of the school grounds with the Woodlands Trust trees that we received last autumn. The grass was strimmed and John made planting holes to put the saplings into. After a quick demonstration the children soon learnt how to bed the trees in and by break time we had a whole new forest planted up. We can’t wait to see how they grow.
Today we have been planting seeds for wildlife. We have planted the seeds in containers and then when they have grown we will plant them outside. Every day we will go out to the poly tunnel and check to see how they are growing.
Today we went out to the trees to learn about the different species. We saw a few Shetland bumblebees feeding on the Willow flowers. We also went to look at how our tree saplings are doing, ready to plant in a couple of weeks. They looked great and we got some ideas about where to plant them.
Today we completed all the last measurements of our project. We looked at all the data and tried to see if there were any patterns. Everyone found that the onions had grown most on day 8. We looked at the temperatures on that day and before and it had been warmest then. We drew graphs using Excel to compare the temperature and the rate of growth. We were surprised at how much the spring onions had grown.
On Monday 16th April we started our next science investigation -Grow. We are looking at how growing conditions across the UK affect how well plants grow. We prepared and measured spring onions and will be recording their growth over 2 weeks. At the end of the two weeks we will calculate the growth rate and upload data onto the University website.
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