As the term has ended, it is a chance to reflect back on what the pupils have achieved in senior school Science in some unusual times. As I was about to start the Ecosystems topic with Year 10 as part of their GCSE studies, I decided this would also be a great subject to cover with Years 7 to 9 via online teaching because it also links into other areas of Biology such as organism adaptations, variation and classification, creating a great base to future GCSE Biology studies. The level of content taught to each year group coud be adjusted appropriately and there were many opportunities to highlight current news stories and days such as World Environment Day.
The Year 10 GCSE students successfully completed the Ecosytems unit via lessons on Microsoft Teams and in some class based lessons. Year 10 are set to go on a field trip to Suntrap Outdoor Education Centre in Epping Forest in early October where they will be able to consolidate and apply what they have studied in practical studies. During the period of remote learning I was able to set the students a number of mini-tests using Microsoft Forms, so progress in terms of knowledge and understanding could be monitored. Pupils had the opportunity to reasearch and present to class an example of a conservation project via Microsoft Teams.
For Years 7 to 9, their study time online also finished with them presenting to their Year a piece of work on an ecosystem of their choice. They were encouraged to be creative and try to present in different ways. This exercise again offered the opportunity for the pupils to consider what they had learnt and apply it in understanding different ecosystems. Presentations were created as powerpoints, animations, posters, booklets, 3D posters and models.
I was so impressed by how so many of the pupils responded to learning online and the efforts they put into their final pieces of work – a number of examples are shown in the attached pictures. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the facts they had gathered and I must admit I learnt a number of new pieces of information too.