What are the consequences of human endeavour?

People  Place  Problem  Possibilities 
Rapa Nui Easter Island  An island in the Pacific Ocean, which is completely barren of flora and fauna, unlike any other in the same area. Theories about the decline of the Rapa Nui, learning lessons to prevent future mistakes.

 Synopsis

The project begins with an explorer (teacher in role) journeying to islands in the Pacific Ocean. At each island, the explorer introduces what they can see, and the children record this in their diary. When approaching the final island, the explorer asks the children to imagine what they will see on this island, but then arrive and find it void of all life. Looking at soil samples from the island, children will begin to create theories about what has happened to create this different landscape. Children will write their own theories about what happened on Easter Island.  

Children will learn how to work scientifically. They will have the chance to create scientific drawings of specimens they find in nature and then create a clay tile, after looking at the artwork of Karl Blossfeldt, depicting the natural world.  

The project will then move forward to study Darwin’s journey on the Beagle and his discovery of similar but different finches on the Galapagos Islands. Children will learn about Darwin’s Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection. At the same time, children will discuss different world views on how the world begin, researching different religious beliefs and taking a more detailed look at Christian beliefs about creation.  

Knowledge Organiser 

Knowledge Organiser_What are the consequences of human endeavour

Trips out/Visitors In 

Natural History Museum 

Learning Exhibition 

Check out this beautiful work from Year 6. They amazed us with their depth of geographical, scientific and historical knowledge and ability to discuss several hypotheses about the decline of the Rapa Nui.