The Year 4 Classes visited our Currency Creek Eco Centre on Thursday 8 and Thursday 15 September as part of their Biological Sciences unit. Students engaged in a range of activities that focused on the life cycles of living things, ecosystems and the connections between plants and animals.
In Week 7 there was a focus on the importance of biodiversity in an ecosystem and the protection of threatened plant species. Students were involved in the Stewardship of Endangered Endemic Species(SEEDS) Project organised through the Botanic Gardens of South Australia. We spent time learning about the three threatened species that we have been working with. Students also propagated some threatened species from cuttings and spent time doing some revegetation work that included planting a threatened plant species.
In Week 8 we focused on frogs. Students learnt about the lifecycles of frogs, how to identify different frog species, their role in the ecosystem, and what we can do to protect them. Students also learnt about the Southern Bell Frog project which aims to reintroduce this species back into the local area. We had a great time doing the frog survey and listening for different frog calls, and we also really enjoyed looking at all the different tadpoles that we caught in the fyke nets. We would like to thank Rupert and Sylvia from Aquasave-NGT for sharing their knowledge about frogs, the fantastic work they are doing with the Southern Bell Frog Project and for providing the fyke nets so that we could catch the tadpoles.
In Week 10 our Year 4s will have the opportunity to share their learning about frogs with Year 4s from St Johns Grammar during another excursion to the Eco Centre. This will be great!