The Healthy Schools Team have been working this year on E-Safety. The Junior Healthy Schools Team have conducted a survey on the different types of Social Media that children are using when out of school. From the data collected, the team have decided to put together a Social Media Presentation to share with the School […]
This week we’ve been investigating the different habitats around our school. We started by finding out about the different scales of habitats…From under a rotten log and inside walls to a whole mountain or lake! We’ve got tonnes in our school grounds – especially with the new piles of mud (The house martins are LOVING gathering up easy mud for their nests!) We decided to take advantage of having access to our village stream through the bottom field, and decided we wanted to find out if species would be the same in our school pond and the Nant Cwy. Most of us predicted that the animals in the stream would need to be bigger and stronger in order to cope with the flow of the water. First we started by pond dipping then using reference books and scientific keys to identify the vertebrates and invertebrates that we found. We recorded our results on a tally chart.
Whilst some groups were studying and recording the pond life in our wildlife area the others were practicing their close scientific observation and mm measurement skills by drawing the new spring flowers. We needed to carefully observe the exact shape and number of leaves and petals. It was very tricky!
Pond dipping specimens – Look at how murky the water is! We found a LOT of fresh water hoglice eating the dead leaves.
Next stop was down to the Nant Cwy. This stream flows into Llangorse Lake so we were very hopeful to see some tiddlers (Baby fish)…We weren’t disappointed! Miss Jenkins helped us do a minute ‘kick sample’ – timed in seconds – to capture a wide range of different stream species. Our largest amount of animals found this time were mayfly nymphs. Look out for LOTS of mayflies this year! Ailsa, one of our school helpers, very kindly agreed to help us identify our catches.
A mayfly nymph
Back to the classroom now to look at our findings and work out what it all means…
We’re really hoping we get to go to the beach so we can find out about rockpool animals too!
Today Nigel from the rainforest charity ‘Size of Wales’ came to visit. He taught us all about the challenges that face rainforests and the animals that live there. We learnt all about the different ways that we can help through ‘People Power!!’
Nigel gave us a ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ quiz about the rainforest – See if you can guess the answers! The Size of Wales charity has already raised enough money to save an area of rainforest the size of Wales – now they’re trying to save double the size of Wales, and we want to help! We had some workshops about deforestation and climate change. In the deforestation talk we learnt all about what the land is used for once the rainforest is chopped down (Did you know it is chopped down at a rate of one rugby pitch every minute!? At this rate there won’t be ANY rainforest left in only 40 years!) Some of the biggest problems are cattle farming, palm oil production, and soya plantations.
We learnt about how we can help – PEOPLE POWER – By being careful to buy British beef and foods with sustainable palm oil in them, we’ll be watching out for these symbols next time we go shopping…
In our climate change workshop we learnt all about how trees use carbon dioxide and create oxygen – we got to pretend to be trees! We did an experiment to see how solid carbon turns into carbon dioxide gas, some of us were really surprised when the balloon blew up with gas!Now we’re very busy thinking of lots of fundraising ideas to help save the rainforest…Watch this space………
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