The Year 5 classes visited our Currency Creek EcoCentre during August as a part of their Biological Sciences unit. Students engaged in a range of activities focussing on how living things have structural features and adaptations that help them survive in their environment. Students spent time looking at specimens (skulls), identifying adaptions of different animals such as the turtle, bearded dragon, spiny leaf insect, pelican skull, axolotl.
Students also went for a walk in the wetlands looking for evidence (tracks, scat, feathers, fur, burrows etc) that they could use to identify the animals that live at the site. They found deer, kangaroo, fox, rabbit, bird tracks and scats and lots of insects. The classes then set up a motion sensor camera to try and capture photos of these animals over the next few weeks.
There was a strong focus on the adaptations of introduced plants and animals and how they have become such a big problem in the Australian environment. As part of this students also looked at how the Gazania Free Goolwa Project is working to reduce the spread of this introduced plant species. Students will also get involved in the MEGA Murray-Darling Microbat Project where students will learn about the specific adaptations of local bat species and what we can do to help protect them.
During the excursions, students are also involved in nature play activities like cubby house construction and creating artwork as they spend time outside exploring the natural environment.