This unit linked to:
- Biological sciences:
- Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met
- Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves
- Geographical knowledge:
- Activities in the local place and reasons for their location, and the influence of purpose, distance and accessibility on the frequency with which people visit places.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Country/Place on which the school is located and why Country/Place is important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the ways in which they maintain special connections to particular Country/Place.
The students explored the school grounds and identified Indigenous gardens around the school. Looked at plants around the school and marked gardens as a class on school maps to display. Students picked a plant from the garden and sketch it on black paper.
During our “Buddy program” (were students from Foundation and 1 are paired with a student from the upper grades) and with the help of knowledgeable parent community, we looked at different plants in the Indigenous garden, identify names of plants, sketched plants, research plants and made a mini poster about the plant of their choice.
As a whole class, we took particular interest in the Dianella plant. Studied the life cycle and the insects that benefit from it. After we discover what a plant needs to survive and what tools do we need to use when gardening, we planted Dianella plants in our school.
To conclude our unit, we created a song to be performed during assembly while wearing the costumes of blue-banded bee created in the class.