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Lower School learn about the ocean

Posted: 30th April 2021

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The boys have begun a new topic of study this term with the focus being ‘Under the Sea’. There was much excitement as the boys got moving by playing ‘Captain’s Coming’, listening to their Captain’s demands as they scrubbed the decks and climbed the rigging. 

Using the Every second breath project as a stimulus, the boys discovered that over 50% of the oxygen that humans breathe comes from the ocean and its marine plants. Further exploration of the oceans got the boys to think about the link between life and livelihoods on our oceans. The relationship must be symbiotic in order for all elements to flourish.

The creative focus of their day was to upcycle everyday rubbish items that might get thrown into the sea into sea creatures. This will form part of their class teaching displays, which will be about our responsibility to keep our oceans clean and the impact that rubbish can have on marine life. One pupil expressed his complete upset at the knowledge that it is likely that there will be more pollution in our oceans than sea life if our habits do not change: “I can’t believe it will be true. We all have to just stop it right now!”

The day really was an inspiring and enthralling start to the term and their studies into the world’s oceans. There is sure to be much more to come that will spike their curiosity and feed their desire to discover and explore. 

You can read more about how our school is striving to be sustainable here.

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