Week 5- Into the Deep with Tom (mornings)

Day 1

Today we started out by getting to know each other and playing an extreme version of stop the bus. Then we started doing our focus of the week. I’ve decided to start out on the surface for our first day.

We firstly look at some information about what life was like for people during the age of exploration. This was a time when sailors lived a hard life, full of dangers. So, after that the class was split into two nations that were at the forefront of exploration hundreds of years ago, United Kingdom and Spain. Before they started an adventure to a new world, they had to prepare an inventory of what to bring with them, thinking about what they would need in case of any problems or situations that would happen on their adventure.

When they had finished, we began the adventure! Each group would be presented scenarios where they had to decide how to react to resolve them. For example, if they were attacked by pirates or if their food supply was contaminated. They would have to roll dice to determine the result. Depending on how creative or effective their solutions the chances of success would be higher.

I thought this was a fun, yet educational way of learning about how we first crossed our oceans to discover new lands!

Day 2

Today we finished our game of exploration (congratulations to the UK for winning). After they wrote down 5 things they learnt about this age and the life for people in this time.

We then thought about life under the sea. We started by brainstorming how life is different to life on land. Then we thought about life in the deepest parts of the ocean and how animals have to adapt to the harsh life down there.

We then watched an episode from the documentary series ‘blue planet’ called the deep. It informed us about the creatures that live in the deep

and what life is like down there. As we watched we completed a sheet of questions that we discussed to help us comprehend what we were watching.

Day 3

Today, due to the bad weather we went to the aquarium instead. It was really interesting to see all different types of sea creatures and learn more about them.

Day 4

We started the day by finishing the documentary we were watching on Tuesday about life in our deepest oceans.

We then looked at some mythical sea creatures which we researched to find out where these myths originated. From our research we concluded that many of these myths were based on real creatures that were maybe undiscovered at the time and thought to be monsters. For example, it’s very possible that the colossal squid was mistaken for the kraken because they’re so big!

We then thought about what is still to be discovered in the deepest parts of the ocean. In groups we got together to invent a sea creature that could be undiscovered. We finished by thinking about how these animals would survive in this place and using the information we learned about in the documentary to help us be realistic about our creatures.

Day 5

On our final day we prepared for our presentations. What we did was collect all the information we had made yesterday about our new deep-sea fish. Each group made a poster and added visuals and information on to it. We finished the day by presenting our posters to the other class.