The students have been Tuning In to our new unit of inquiry which will explore how Animals and their habitats are connected.
We began by differentiating between Living (bird), Non-Living (glass) and Once Alive/Dead (wood). The children then showed great enthusiasm and knowledge about animals and thought about where different animals lived. They shared this knowledge through sketches and graphic organisers.
The students have chosen many, many books from the library that they think connect to this unit and we have begun to sort these into different habitat areas. They will explore these in more detail once we begin our research stage (Finding Out).
Ahead of our field trip to Kent Ridge Park, we read The Great Kapok Tree, a book about the Amazon Rainforest and the animals that live there. We made the connection between the climate there and Singapore being quite similar. Some predictions for things we will see on our visit include monkeys, butterflies, ants, jaguars, bats, flowers, ponds and snakes. There is also a smallish Kapok tree in the park which we will see.
The children also explored some of the habitats in and around school, including a temporary habitat for some snails from Ms. Hima's garden and a sun-bird's nest which is on the tree behind the upper playground. They are discovering what living things need to survive by caring for the snails. They could also see that the nest was attached to orchids growing on the tree and had been made from elements taken from the surrounding area. In this way, they deepened their understanding of the concept of connection within the natural world.
This week also saw the Grade 5's celebrate their PYP journey through their Exhibition. This year the students chose to inquire into how their passions can help them make a difference.
The children enjoyed participating in the workshop-style presentations and learning more from the various groups.
Grade 2.1 are a class of 7 and 8 year old students who attend ISS International School in Singapore. We learn together and play together and enjoy sharing our discoveries with you.