23rd April 2018

Biodiversity – it is a new term, and the children are learning about what it means.

Put simply it means having as wide a range of different species as possible.

Maintaining biodiversity is an important part of using the environment in a sustainable way. Indiscriminate use of the environment, for example cutting down large areas of the rainforest to grow crops such as soya, results in a large number of species becoming extinct and reduces biodiversity.

It is only now that we are beginning to realise the potential medicines and crops that we can obtain from a wide range of different organisms. Only by maintaining biodiversity can we be sure that these benefits will be available for future generations.

Basically speaking it is about how life interplays with the physical environment.

Report by Hollie and Olivia in Upton

In Upton we were learning how bees are important and how they keep us alive. We had one flower holding the pollen and nectar and two people who were pretending to be bees and collecting and dropping the pollen into other flowers and bringing some to the hive where the makers were. We had to collect ten pieces of pollen on and ten pieces of nectar. The makers made homey with the shapes. The collectors were allowed to pick up two pieces and drop one into another flower.