“What would an alien make of our environment?”
That’s our big question across the school this week for arts week. Today was kick started with a thought provoking assembly that made us think of places we’ve been, places we’ve never been, and places that other living things have never been before, such as, an alien on Earth. 🌏
Would an alien like it on Earth? Would they like Brixton? Our school grounds? 👽
Back in the classroom we made a huge mind map of all of our initial ideas and answers to the big question. Many of us thought the alien would like our environment, yet many others thought that the alien wouldn’t for a variety of reasons. We also shared all of the questions we have to help us find the answer to the big question. We had some fantastic discussions about environments, habitats, survival and adaptations. Throughout the week we will refer back to our initial ideas and questions to see if we still think the same.
In science this afternoon, we got into groups and went outside (making notes on our clipboards) to look closely at various habitats around the school grounds. We thought about whether these habitats would be well suited to an alien and tried to explain our answers. Next, we discussed a humans four basic needs and had some great suggestions of what an aliens four basic needs would be in order to survive. We used survival as the key theme when thinking about if an alien could live in our local environment.
Below are some of the key areas of the school grounds that we decided could be used as a suitable habitat or to make a shelter for the alien:
Back in the classroom we had further discussions about different factors linking to our environment that could affect the alien. The main factors that we focused on were humans, plastic, climate/weather, available food and available shelter. On each table we had a large piece of paper for each of these factors, and we went around the classroom in a carousel adding our ideas for how the alien could be affected by it.
Finally, using all of this knowledge, we did an independent piece of writing focusing on one of the factors mentioned above (of our choice). We wrote about the positive and negative affects of this factor on the alien, including any ways that humans could help. This resulted in some really thoughtful pieces of writing with some fantastic ideas about both our local environment and other environments on Earth.
Over the rest of this week we will be composing a piece of descriptive writing, a letter, a group piece of art work and a piece of maths work all linking to our big question. Watch this space for further updates leading to our answers to “What would an Alien make of our environment?” Today has been filled with discussion, group collaboration, questions, curiosity and enthusiasm. What a brilliant arts week so far!