Rocking around the coast
We can not believe we are in the final half term of the school year! We hope you had a lovely half term, how lovely was it for the children to get good weather over the bank holiday and the rest of the week?
As I'm sure you may have guessed with our trip letters going out before the holidays our adventure this half term is Rocking around the coast. Sebastian (Seb) has come to visit us because his rock pool where he lives is becoming inhospitable due to the conditions of the coast. The children will be looking at habitats and living things (science), physical features of a coast, land use and settlements and ordinance survey maps (geography) as well as lots of other fun topics.
The children have been looking at grouping living things. Grouping living things. Plants and animals can be divided into groups by looking at the similarities and differences between them. Plants are divided into two groups, flowering plants and non-flowering plants. Animals are divided into two main groups. Animals that have a backbone are called vertebrates
After grouping the living things, the children then looked at classifying vertebrates. A vertebrate have a spinal column and can be split in a simple way into 4 categories: fish, reptiles, birds and mammals.
The children did lots of research on different animals and made a leaflet packed with information all about their chosen animal including their habitat, diet, appearance and life cycle. This research came in handy for the children writing their own non-chronological report.
The children then looked at classification keys, these are a set of questions about the characteristics of living things. It allows us to group different animals together by their characteristics. Here are some examples below
This week the children have looked at environmental changes and how they can impact the areas around us. This includes changes made by the weather, human influence or animal interaction. The children looked specifically at rock pools for this subject. We found that all rock pools are different and depending on whether they are submerged by the sea depends on which creatures live there and whether the condition is stable. Rock pools that are submerged have a more stable environment than shallow rock pools.
The children also looked at maps of the UK to see where Scarborough was located on the east coast. They then looked at a closer map of the area to see what the landscape looked like and if there was anything special there you don't find in many places.