This fun filled fortnight, we have learnt about some of the sensational animals that are distinctive to Asia and the Philippines in particular.
We were surprised to discover some beautiful animals such as the Philippines eagle is critically endangered and in need of care in sanctuaries and zoos in the Philippines in order for the species to survive extinction.
We talked about the importance of conservation and deforestation and the beauty of the tropical climate in the Philippines.
Here the year 1-3 classes are discussing the similarities and differences between the Philippines eagle and Pangolin in comparison to our Australian Eagle and the Sugar Glider Possum.
Its great to see our students confidently using their prior knowledge and their previous understandings of animal characteristics to compare and contrast with their new knowledge of animals in the Philippines.
Here the children are describing the physical characteristics in the Tarsiers- their beautiful big eyes!
Here the students are describing the beautiful crown of feathers on the head of the Philippines eagle.
Here the girls are describing and comparing the wingspan of the Australian eagle with the Philippines Eagle.
To complement our learning we completed a written task, and we drew some of the animals we studied including particular distinguishing features.
The years 4, 5 & 6 classes worked as a team to discover information about 2 chosen animals- the Sugar glider possum and the Pangolin, and compared the climate, eating habits, physical characteristics as well as their special features in a co-ordinated team effort!
I was impressed that the students we able to use not only the information sheets given to them but to work as a team and confidently use their I pads to find related information to complete their task and present a fully completed report, linking their past knowledge with new ideas taught during the lesson.
As a team, they were able to present a complete and detailed report.