Science Lab Stage 3 Living World Program
“People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure.” This is a quote from veteran broadcaster and natural historian, David Attenborough. It’s a feeling we’d like to share with the children as they spend this semester studying the living world.
Attenborough has also pointed out many times how plants and animals are unique solutions to the problem of staying alive. In this semester, we will focus on the adaptive traits of living things and how they adapt to their environments across generations.
In the second half of the semester, we will look at examples of how food and fibre are produced and how the issue of sustainability is urgent and pressing as the planet comes to host 8 billion people who all need to be fed and clothed.
As always, there will be ample hands-on activities for the children to enjoy, working individually or in small groups. There will be opportunities to observe, investigate, measure, record, analyse, reflect and communicate – some of the skills we need to acquire and practise to become scientists and engaged citizens.