The guided inquiry concept we have been focusing on this term is SUSTAINABILITY and how we can all help to look after and improve the environment we live in.
We have begun by exploring what the word sustainability means to us…
What does it mean to sustain something?
If you want more of it- Antonio
You want to keep doing something- Maureen
To make something keep on going- Ione
What does sustainability mean?
You do stuff that’s good and help the world- Ava C
Keep the community clean- Tanaya
We have started thinking about the kinds of choices we can make to help our environment.
Why do we have ‘Wrap Free’ Wednesday?
Because we can’t always have wrappers- Ethan H
We need less wrappers so there’s not much rubbish and there’s enough places for the animals to run- Billy
The dump might get full and then it will get stinky- Jessica
So there won’t be too much rubbish- Caitlin
So bins don’t overflow with rubbish and fly away- Jack
There will be too much rubbish for the rubbish man to collect- Amy
So what happens to all of the rubbish that is left at the tip?
We are conducting our own experiment to find out what happens to different kinds of rubbish. We have collected a few food scraps and wrappers and have buried them in a hole in our playground.
We have made some predictions about what we think they will look and smell like when we dig them up at the end of the term! Will they have changed at all?
Our experiment has got us thinking about decomposition…
What does the word decompose mean?
It turns into dirt- Justin
It dissolves into the soil- Ione
But do all materials decompose and how long does it take? We made a ‘Decomposition Timeline’ to compare different kinds of rubbish and discovered some very interesting facts!
A glass bottle takes 1,000,000 years to decompose-William
A foam cup will never decompose- Antonio
So how will our new knowledge change the way we think?
How will it impact on the kinds of choices we make in the future?
We can’t wait to learn more and start putting some of our ideas into practise!