Plant Layers Investigation

Year 6 students were asked to investigate the amount of shrubs, trees and ground cover in our school grounds. These reports have been created by two Year 6 students.



We were seeing how much Biodiversity was in the school.


We were investigating plant layers in the school to see how much Biodiversity was in the school We searched The Year 6 garden and Area C, D and A. We were looking for trees, shrubs and ground cover. In the year 6 garden we found 34 trees, 49 shrubs and 124 Ground Cover. In Area C we found 19 trees, 15 shrubs and 29 Ground Cover. In Area D we found 75 trees, 39 shrubs and 33 Ground Cover. In Area A we found 43 trees, 32 shrubs and 28 Ground Cover. We found 171 trees, 135 shrubs and 204 Ground Cover altogether. The method we used was a sheet which tells how much Biodiversity we found. If we found a tree, shrub or Ground Cover, we would tick it. Area 6 garden had more Biodiversity than all the other areas because it is a quiet area, students aren’t allowed to run around and play there, so plants don’t get trampled on.


I thought that it was fun at looking at how much Biodiversity was in the school. I learnt how to tell the difference between trees, shrubs and Ground Cover.



We were investigating Plant Layers so we could learn more about biodiversity and to know how many plant layers we have at our school.


We were looking for plant layers like trees, shrubs and ground covers. The method we used was to break the school up into 4 different sections and to count and telly up all the plant layers. My group found 250 ground covers in all 4 areas, 222 trees in all 4 areas and 341 shrubs in all 4 areas. In area six and back garden we found 22 trees, 148 shrubs and 94 ground covers. In area C we found 31 trees, 27 shrubs and 2 ground covers. In Area D we found 98 trees, 90 shrubs and 33 ground covers. It took about 30 minutes at each area so all up about 2 hours. We had to look all around the school in each sectioned area. We started off with our first area of the school and made our way to the 4th area. The largest biodiversity area was Area A with 268 plant layers. The second biggest biodiversity was area six and back garden with 264. The third highest biodiversity was Area D with 221. Last with the lowest biodiversity was area c with only 60 plant layers. I think Area A had the most because people plant more there and our school focuses on that area to make it look nice with lots of plant layers because it’s the front of our school.


I think it was good to work outside the classroom and to have a change and try new things. It was good to work in groups. I learnt to work better in a group and to let everybody have a go at counting and other things. Also to try my hardest and to section of each part of the place you are counting.

I also learnt more about biodiversity and what shrubs and groundcovers are and how to tell them apart.

Cranbourne West PS photo (Plant investigation graph)

Cranbourne West PS photo (Plant investigation)

By Cranbourne West Primary School|2017-11-06T17:15:50+10:00April 25th, 2013|0 Comments