Year 6 are back to nature in their new unit of learning. Their driving question is ‘How can humans make small changes to their local environment?’ Students pondered the meaning of nature using different methods and angles. At first, they used digital photography to examine the nature around them. They also took inspiration from the work of sculptor and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy, producing artwork using items from nature. As is everything in nature, the sculptures were deliberately temporary. The students also explored being mindful in different outdoor spaces.
Finally, they learned about microorganisms and then created their own. Using play-dough and plasticine, they made organisms and gave them a name, a type, symptoms and a cure. With imaginations running loose, there were all manner of weird and wonderful (and downright scary!) microorganisms invented.
“We often forget that WE ARE NATURE. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.”Andy Goldsworthy