Miss Quinn

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Browsing Y9 Ecosystems



As you will know from my lessons I am pretty enthusiastic about the aborigine culture and very interested in their history.  Your homework is to choose on aspect of their culture and history and tell me about it through one of the take away homework tasks.  http://www.missquinn.co.uk/?page_id=779

You shouldn’t try to cover all of the things we touched on in lesson, instead pick one area e.g. stolen generation, hunting and foraging, dreamtime, art and communication

Pick one of the tasks that you think you can do well, carry out some research and then go!

Some websites that might help






And the powerpoint and posters from lesson


aborigine info for round the room


Tasmania wants to unprotect its forests and reef!!


Over  the past month I’ve been watching and reading the news fairly avidly.



This handout picture taken and released on 14 June 2014 by Rob Blakers of The Wilderness Society shows some 5,000 Tasmanians at the rally to oppose the delisting of Tasmania's World Heritage forests in Hobart, Tasmania.

Y9 Desert Creatures


Last month, almost at the end of the ecosystems topic, Y9 students we’re asked to create their own desert creature with its own ingenious adaptations to help it survive in this harsh environment.

These are some of their ideas.



Y9 Designing an Adapted Rainforest Animal


So following on from our beautiful adapted plants you now have an assessment to do.  You need to design an animal/bird/insect/amphibian that could survive in the rainforest.

Remember the mark scheme is on the powerpoint so make sure you check it to get the top grades.

Y9 3D Ecosystems


photo (2)


This is your big 3D homework that is due in the week starting January 11th.

You are going to create a 3D shoe box sized ecosystem model.

It can be any of the ecosystems we have discussed (rainforest, hot desert, polar, tundra, savannah, temperate grassland, deciduous forest, coniferous forest, Mediterranean or mountain). Lesson 2 Ecosystem carousel

photo 1

Your ecosystem should

1.  Be created by you, or you and up to two friends (3 is the MAXIMUM group size)

2.  Be shoe box sized – any bigger and I won’t have space to display them

3.  Look like your chosen ecosystem.  Its up to you how you do this.

photo 2

Your ecosystem must include (at least)

a.  One real animal/insect/bird and a description of how they are adapted to their environment

b.  One plant/tree/fungus and a description of how they area adapted to their environment

c.  One species (bird/animal/reptile/plant/tree/mould etc.) that you have created and a description of how it is adapted to its environment

Its also a good idea to mention

* which ecosystem it is

* where it is found

* what its like (weather etc)


These are due in a week after half term (10-14th November).

DO NOT just leave them on my desk.  If your name isn’t on it you won’t get any credit for it.


Y9 Amazon Deforestation Report



This is the ppt that we used in lesson. It includes the task and mark scheme deforestation 2015.  I can’t upload the info booklet but if you need it then come to homework club 1-1.30pm Mon-Thur in Room 7.

Don’t forget to include a conclusion that says what you think and make sure you talk about any graphs or photos that you include.



Y9 Adapted Animal Assessment



So following on from this section of the topic you now need to design an animal/bird/lizard/amphibian/insect that is adapted to survive in the rainforest. Use your feedback from last weeks homework as a guide and don’t forget to be specific.  Think about where and how your creature lives and how its adaptations make survival possible.   

Creating an adapted animal (levelled)

Rainforest Structure and Plant Adaptation


 Tree, Juruena National Park, Brazil

Hello everyone.  So this week we’ve been looking at where the rainforests are and what they are like.   You should have understood from the lesson ( Rainforest Structure and Climate) that they are pretty humid with heavy rain and high temperatures.  Your task is now to try and design a plant that is capable of surviving in this climate.  

rafflesia Once you’ve designed your plant you need to annotate it.  This means you label the features and explain how they make it suited for its environment.  

Key terms will be: because, this means that, as a result.


Things to consider.

Which layer of the rainforest does it live in.  If its the emergent layer it will be very windy, in the canopy its crowded, in the under canopy and shrub layer you have to deal with lack of sunlight and high humidity.

How will it spread its seeds?

How will it deal with predators?

How will it collect nutrients?




World Ecosystems



This week we have looked at the different biomes (or ecosystems) you can find around the world. Some of these are well known like deserts and rainforests, others you might not know (e.g. tundra).

You now have some knowledge of the plants, animals and weather in these places as well as an idea of what they sound like. Your homework task is to describe one of these ecosystems from the point of view of an alien who has just arrived full details are in this PPt that we used in the lesson. Lesson 2 Ecosystem.  Lesson 2 Ecosystem carousel

There’s a catch though, you don’t know the names of the plants or animals so you need to describe them carefully. Don’t tell me which one you’ve described. If I guess the answer you get a credit.

Good luck!


Y9 Ecosystems



Right this week we have started our new topic and begun by looking at what an ecosystem actually is. Your homework is to collect a photo of an ecosystem or place in the UK.  You then need to add at least 4 labels to show how the plants, animals, climate etc. are all connected in it.  You can check the example above for ideas or you can go through the powerpoint below to remind yourselves of the different parts of an ecosystem.  See me if you’re not sure!!


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