28 September 2009

Our second Unit of Inquiry – a note for parents

Of course work will continue throughout the school year on our first Unit of Inquiry, as we come to understand more fully about the Profile of the Learner; indeed as we continue to display these qualities in our everyday lives.

However, what with our recent activities in the school garden we are already getting into the mindset of our next unit.  It is entitled Our World of Plants and the Central Idea is that 'Plants are vital for life on Earth'.  In order to further our understanding, we will be following three main lines of inquiry:

  • Plants have similarities and differences
  • People depend on plants for many purposes
  • Our responsibility to look after plant life

These inquiries will be supported through activities such as hands-on observations of a range of different plants, scientific investigations to discover how plants grow and what they need in order to thrive, visits to nearby places to find out how different plants are cared for and research into what plants are used for.

During the unit a range of skills will be developed; from research skills, where children will observe carefully using different senses as they become aware of details, to thinking skills where they will acquire knowledge, use new vocabulary and remember what has been learnt.  They will hone their social skills as they co-operate in a group or with a partner and learn to share and take turns and their communication skills as they listen to directions and instructions and share ideas.  As we venture out of the school grounds, so self-management skills will lead to children becoming aware of safety and avoiding putting themselves or others in danger.

Although the focus of the unit is science, work right across the curriculum is of course possible.  Look out for the results of a range of classroom surveys into how many people like and do not like certain fruits and vegetables. 


Discover along with us, for example, whether all apples have the same number of seeds. 


Join us as we hone our observational skills and learn to sketch what we see.


Tuck in with us as we enjoy the ‘fruits’ of our labours in the kitchen.


Why not watch this space for more examples of cross-curricular links as we piece together Our World of Plants?


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