The Year 5 students at Michael Faraday School have approached their recent science topic of reproduction in an incredibly mature manner. This is an important part of our learning that is linked in with our work on growth.
One of the key questions that the pupils have been asked to answer is why do animals reproduce? One suggestion has been so that the babies can hopefully live longer than their parents, and the whole life cycle can then continue.
To help understand the importance of parenthood, each pupil has designed and made their own toy baby using a variety of fabrics. These all appear different to one another, as is the case in the real world.
The pupils were then asked to look after their babies during an intensive one week period. The learning intention was for each class member to appreciate what is involved in becoming a parent. A written report was produced at the end of the week to reflect on the challenges during their week as a parent.
This learning came to a close with a very sensible class discussion about contraception, and why some adults might want to use this.