This mystery has been designed to support the science and English curriculum. It can also be used to foster the development of generic higher order thinking skills.
Science: 'Where does Pebbles live?' could be used to support ‘Evolution and inheritance’ or ‘Animals, including humans’.
English: The mystery could also be used to support the development of group discussion and interaction.
Science (particularly for 10-11 year olds)
Exploring how animals, such as the Arctic Fox, have adapted to their environment. The mystery could be used as a precursor to further research. The learners will, of course, be keen to work out who Pebbles is exactly, which could lead to an exploration of a range of different adaptations across different habitats and analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of specific adaptations.
Science (particularly for 8-9 year olds)
This resource could also be used to support revising the concept of food chains by identifying the food chain embedded in the mystery, prior to constructing a variety of other chains; identifying producers, predators and prey.
Relevant learning objectives might include:
*To take turns in speaking
*To relate their contributions to what has gone on before, building on the ideas of others
*To take different views into account
*To extend their ideas in the light of discussion
Learning objectives relating to the generic thinking skills that the mystery aims to develop might include:
*To justify ideas with reasons
*To form a well-structured explanation
*To speculate and draw inferences from information