As part of our Unit of Study on Plants, the Year 2 boys had an excursion out to the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary adjacent to La Trobe University.
Despite the very chilly start, it was a beautiful sunny day and we were able to enjoy walking around the sanctuary. Andrew led the ‘Plants Alive’ session and engaged the boys in experiences to broaden and enhance their understanding.
We were lucky enough to spot some wildlife – a possum in a box (well we could only see some fur moving but that was sufficient) and a couple of kangaroos and also several insects and a spider when Andrew dug up a poa and pulled it apart. The boys then got to plant a poa in a tube. We have brought these back to school with us and will ask Gary if they can be planted out somewhere on campus.
There was also the opportunity to look at various plant materials under a microscope which the boys really enjoyed (and be able to do more of at school as we have borrowed some microscopes from Senior School)
Hopefully the boys gleaned a few interesting facts that they might be able to share with their friends and family, such as how long it takes a tree to form hollows…….
by Jen Sloane, Year 2 Teacher