Over the past 7 weeks year 4 have been inquiring into the transdiciplinary theme of Who We Are, learning about how our body systems work together to keep us healthy.
Some of the learning engagements that have particularly supported this learning include;
- Discussing the differences between a healthy and unhealthy lung. Some questions that arose included, “Why did that person smoke?”, “How does smoking affect the circulatory system?” and “I wonder if the lungs are dry?”
- Expert research groups: Students worked in small groups to find out about a body system of their choice. They used brainpop videos, non-fiction texts and websites to find out about the function of the system, how it is connected to other systems and what our responsibility is to keep the system healthy. They are currently completing their explanation text on their chosen system and will finish publishing them next week.
Students discussed different scenarios and identified connections to explain the interdependence of different body systems. We are beginning to understand that there isn’t a body system that can work on its own; they each rely on others to keep us alive and healthy.
- Students also spent some time thinking about the choices they made each day to keep themselves healthy. These choices were connected to our body systems and how this choice has impacted them.
Students developed their understanding of research skills through inquiring into Data Handling in maths. We studied bar graphs, pictographs, interpreted line graphs and used venn diagrams to compare and contrast different body systems.
Please discuss this unit with your child and ask them about any action they have taken. Please share and comment below if your child has talked about or done anything differently over the last few weeks as a result of their learning in this unit.