Outside our classrooms we are lucky to have thriving vege gardens. Mr Haslam and Mr Burdess tend to these gardens and at this time of the year they are blooming with kale, broad beans, lettuce, silver beet, parsley and much more.
We picked kale and silver beet. After washing germs, Sunny’s mum came and set up the staff roo. For us all to cook! We rolled, chopped, broke eggs, mixed and whisked. Our frittatas were put into the oven. At lunch time, Sunny’s mum delivered the frittata to us in the classroom. The verdict?
What do you enjoy cooking and/or growing?
3 A Exploring our environment in term 3
This term the grade 3’s are investigating the environment and sustainability. It is hoped that the students will develop an awareness and understanding of the effects of people’s interactions with their environment and the ways in which these affect their lives.
The grade 3s will be asked to explore an area of interest and write a brief information report to present to the class.
Some ideas of areas that your child may be interested in researching and writing their information report on include:
- An indigenous bird, plant, sea creature or animal.
- A local sustainability project such as the hessian bags to ensure that there are no plastic bags to negatively impact on the sea creatures.
- Environmentally friendly practices at home such as composting, recycling, worm farms, planting, being energy efficient.
- The endangered hooded plovers.
- National Parks.
- The Bluff Marine sanctuary.
- Walking/riding to school to reduce carbon emissions.
- Our butterfly garden.
- Sand dune environments.
Students will take the folder home home for 2-3 nights, write about their chosen topic of interest then, on return to school, share their findings. The highlights of their presentation will be shared on COMPASS. This is an open-ended task and has been designed to be a fun and enjoyable experience. This activity gives students choice to investigate something that is of particular interest to them. They can write as little or as much as they wish. It also gives them a chance to showcase their organisation and public speaking skills!
What are you most interested in learning about this term?
This morning we had a very interesting time at the Lobster Pot. Maddy taught us all about how the land that Barwon Heads is built on was formed. We learnt that the ocean went all the way to Ballarat but the ice age that happened 11, 500 years ago exposed the land. The bluff is over 100,000 years old but the Ocean Grove spit is only 6000 years old.
We found out that the indigenous people were the first shopkeepers, farmers, lawyers etc of the land that we live on now and that the land provided all that they needed to live. There are middens around Barwon heads that look like lots of shells, but they re the Aborigine’s rubbish tips. All of their “rubbish” was biodegradable though – no plastic!
Here is a map of all the shipwrecks around Barwon Heads. There were many objects on display that had been found from shipwrecks.
We also learnt about local indigenous plants and animals and why it is so important to look after our beaches and sand dunes.
What did you learn?
On Tuesday night our friends from Barwon Coast came and taught us all about our local environment.
Brooke taught us all about the estuary and the plants and creatures that live there. We played a blindfold game where we had to identify some of the things that live in the estuary.
We then went into th art room where Mark taught us all about some of the plants that live in the sea and river near Barwon Heads. We learnt about different types of algae (sea weeds), Kelp forests, Sea dragons and mangroves. We saw an underwater movie taken around the bluff!
Finally we went to Mrs Jordan’s room where John Duthie taught us how to play Barwon bluff bingo! It was really fun! Some of the questions included ” it has a hard outer shell”
“Has only one opening that it uses for food and waste”
What did you learn?
Last week, Maddy from Barwon Coast came to talk to us about butterflies, caterpillars and how important they are for our environment.
That you can tell what kind of butterfly a caterpillar is going to turn into by its colours.
That caterpillars come out of a chrysalis.
If you touch their wings their scales come off and they can’t fly.
Some butterflies only live for 2 weeks, some for 6 months.
They need to have something to hang off to make their chrysalis.
They are attracted to bright colors.
Butterflies are cold blooded.
Today we met Maddy at our butterfly habitat and planned where to plant some indigenous plants that the butterflies like. The plants are kangaroo grass, wallaby grass, tall blue bells, pale swamp everlasting daisy, wattle mat rush and drumsticks.
What did you learn about butterfly habitats?