This year, children from Year 4 completed an ‘Endangered Species’ project in collaboration with South Point School in India as part of our international partnership. The children researched a native UK endangered species, a native Indian endangered species and an endangered species from Africa. The species chosen were red squirrel, hoolock gibbon and mountain gorilla respectively.
The children thoroughly enjoyed this project, with it spanning a range of subjects and topic areas, including Literacy, Geography, Science and Art. The children worked hard on this project, thinking carefully about these endangered species and what we can do to help them. They enjoyed sharing their work and learning with their friends in India, and seeing the work which they shared in return.
Researching the endangered species (Literacy)
Children researched each species, completing a cloze activity and fact-file for each, before completing a comparison grid.
Where are they found? (Geography)
Children worked on each individual species, looking at which countries they were native to and lived in. They then looked at where specifically in each country they lived and why, thinking carefully about which habitats they preferred. They also considered their food sources and how that links to their habitat.
Food chains (Science)
Following on from the previous activity, the children thought about the food chains for each species. They identified the producers and consumers for each, challenging themselves to think about ‘primary consumers’, ‘secondary consumers’ and ‘tertiary consumers’. They considered what would happen if the number of animals in an eco-system changed, either increased or decreased, and how that would affect the other animals in that food chain. We thought about what impact humans have on their food chains as well as their habitats. They also identified predators and prey.
Linking in with being a predator or prey (or both), and their habitats, Year 4 then considered how each species is adapted to their environment and what makes them particularly effective predators. They annotated photographs to show their understanding of the species’ adaptations.
Children then chose the endangered species from the project which they were most interested in. The children were given a variety of materials to use including coloured pencils, paint, collage material, tissue paper, pipe cleaners etc. and they chose which they felt would be best to create their mask. They made sure to look very carefully at the appearance of each species so they could be accurate as possible.
Once they had created their own mask of that animal, they then presented their research of the animal whilst wearing their mask. They talked about what they had learnt about their chosen endangered species. They explained why they were endangered and shared some ideas about how we can help these animals.
This project with our India partnership school has been invaluable, with the children understanding that our day-to-day actions affect species across the globe and how we all have responsibilities as global citizens to think more carefully about our choices and how they can affect animals and people across the world, positively or negatively.