The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes it possible for humans to live on our planet all come from nature. Yet, these are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message: To care for ourselves we must care for nature.
This year’s theme is biodiversity.
There are over 8 million species of plants, animals, bacteria and fungi on Earth!
Ecosystems include oceans, forests, mountains,
coral reefs. Humans need healthy ecosystems to live. Healthy ecosystems gives
us food, water, clean air, materials and medicines. Watch the videos below to
find out more about biodiversity.
Explore biodiversity: Go on a tree biodiversity walk near your home. How many different species of trees can you spot? This A-Z of British trees can help you identify them. You could also do this with flowers, other plants and animals too. How many different species can you find in total? You could photograph each one or even sketch them all. You could use this online plant guide to identify some of the plants you find.
Take a photo of a tree and send it to Cities4Forestsbefore 15th June and they will plant a tree for you in Indonesia! Find out how trees secretly talk to each other here!
How many different species of birds can you hear from the different noises they make? How many different smells from different species can you find?
Encourage biodiversity: Plant local or native plants to increase biodiversity around your home. This will also help protect bees which have a very important job in protecting our biodiversity.
Check out more wild challenges here. You could build a bird box or bath, a hedgehog café or a minibeast hotel!
Email us pictures of any work you do to explore and encourage biodiversity as part of your home learning and we will share it on the blog.
Today is Earth Day. Earth Day is a global event which takes place every year on 22nd April. This year will be the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. On this day, people across the world get together to raise awareness of climate change, plastic pollution, air pollution and other important climate issues that our Earth is facing.
The theme for Earth Day this year is Climate Action. Although we are battling a new and dangerous virus around the world, climate change is still one of the biggest challenges our planet faces. However, as Greta Thunberg believes, humans are awesome and we already have all the answers of what we can do to help the planet…we just need to take action!
Join people all over the world today who are making an Earth Day sign for their window at home. This will make other people who pass by your window think more about the climate. Many people will be displaying green hearts but you could think of your own creative ideas. Here are some ideas of what you could write on your sign.
Make a pledge or a commitment of what action you are going to take at home to reduce climate change. You could agree one as a family, one each, or plan a different climate action for each day of the week! Here are some ideas of what you can do. This is also a fantastic website with ideas where you can also learn lots about the climate.
Last week our school had a big focus on well-being, both physical and mental health which are essential to learning.
We all started the week with an exhilarating skateboarding or scooter workshop with Sam who taught us how to stay healthy through this adventurous sport. Some of us even tried out some tricks!
As well as this, every class had the opportunity to make a healthy snack including:
Vegetable cous cous,
Vegetable wraps or
We learned that these snacks are easy to make and are much healthier than chocolate!
After we had all taken part in PE and our regular Daily Mile on the new track, we decided we needed to think about our mental well-being.
On Wednesday we took part in “drop everything and get mindful!” Throughout the day we had designated times to spend reflecting, de-stressing or generally calming ourselves down. This was through mindfulness activities and yoga.
Finally, we spent some class time discussing the zones of regulation. This is a technique we can use to help regulate our emotions and stay focused on our learning. We also suggested ideas to friends to help them get back into the green zone!
However, it wasn’t just the children getting healthy this week! It was great to see some of our parents striving to live healthier lives through Mum’s and Father figure’s football as well as helping their children at our weekly sports clubs.
What was your favourite activity during well-being week?
This term children across Key Stage One have been busily working away on a variety of homework projects including: model making, writing museum guides, creating globe replicas and animal habitats (but to mention a few).
On Tuesday the children were given the opportunity to showcase their glorious creations for their parents and peers at our Pick and Mix Exhibition.
Well done to all involved! A fantastic event and a fantastic example of the creativity and talent we have here in Key Stage One!
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