Yesterday, the 1/2’s went on their second excursion to CERES to learn about our local environment and how to keep it healthy. They rotated through four different activities.
A River’s Tale
The students explored the life of a river and discovered why it is so important to keep our water clean. The students became a character in the river’s tale and learned how you can look after or hurt the health of the creek. The students learned about the water cycle and discuss strategies to improve the health of waterways.
Netting for Water Bugs
The students learned about fresh water habitats. They enjoyed netting and identifying the creatures living in our waterways.
The students were introduced to a variety of indigenous plants and about their uses for food, drink, medicine, tools and building materials.
The students were asked to search for different types of plants in the garden, such as silverbeet, mint and spring onions. They then took turns searching for pollinators (using magnifying glasses) and mini beasts (using spades) in the garden beds.
On Monday, 23rd April the 1/2 Learning Area set off for the long walk to Merri Creek. We were met by Angela from the organisation, “The Friends of Merri Creek”. She ran some sessions with the students and talked about the bird and animal life at the creek. We also learned that the Merri Creek is over 75 kilometres long. She showed us a map that showed other creeks that run into Merri Creek and how Merri Creek then flows into the Yarra River, which then flows into the sea. We also did some very detailed drawings of the plants in the area. It was a great day and the students coped with the walk in fine spirits. Below are some photos of our walk and some thank you letters written by the students to Angela.