Conceptual Encounters KS2
The Great Spec-tackle Ecological Concept: The cycles of air, water and soil
children find out about the building blocks of life and how they are
used over and over again in cycles. They follow the crazy journeys of a
water speck (molecule), a soil speck and an air speck to find out
what’s going on. During the adventure they even get to pinch a speck
from a real dinosaur between their fingers.
Munch Line Monitors Ecological Concept: Energy Flow
concept of energy flow comes to life at Mother Nature’s Munch Room as
the children undertake training to become Munch Line Monitors. They
discover what a munchline (food chain) is and how it works. They also
discover that some munchlines are in trouble. Their job once qualified
is to look out for munchlines in trouble and see if they can help put
Connection InspectionEcological Concept: Interrelationships
plant and every animal is linked in a web of life through energy flow
and the cycles of air, water and soil. The children build the web of
life becoming part of it; they then discover that when one part of the
web is damaged it has an effect on all the other parts.
Home Sweet HomeEcological Concept: Community
things live in a natural community with other living things. Each plant
or animal has a job to do as well as a home there. They can only live
where they can find all the things they need for life. Each child
adopts the role of a member of a natural community perhaps becoming
a web footed bug bagger; they get its job description and its special
needs. There are three communities: forest, field and marsh. Once
they’ve worked out which one they live in a problem is discovered; the
marsh has turned into a field. What will happen to the marsh dwellers?
In a life or death court room drama they examine the evidence presented
and decide the fate of each according to its needs.
Time CapsulesEcological Concept: Change
children take out a “treasure” map to find nine “buried” time capsules.
They open them to discover ammonites, dinosaurs, woolly mammoths and
much more going back to the dawn of life. The contents of each box form
a layer in the Earth’s past; the children work out and place the
contents of their capsules in the correct level on the time capsule
shelves which finally reveals how life and the Earth has changed and is
continuing to change.