During the last week of term one Mrs Cogger invited Rod Smith and the team from Birdlife WA to visit our Year 4 and 5 students and give a presentation about bird adaptations. The students had been learning about animal adaptations with the main focus being our unique Australian native animals. To help prepare the students for the visit, Mrs Cogger asked them to research the animal adaptations of their favourite Australian bird. This task was on the students Purposeful Practice Grid.
The incursion commenced with a presentation by Rod to highlight the unique adaptations of birds.
Rod shared his knowledge with the students about such facts as – bird habitats, plumage, camouflage, beak shape and size and feet shape and size.
Then the students were placed into smaller teams and taught how to use a binocular. There were enough binoculars for each child to have a set. These were provided by Birdlife WA.
Now the students were ready to go touring around the school grounds on a search for local birds.
To conclude the incursion Rod invited the students to share their findings and we recorded these on the whiteboard.
Mrs Cogger had set up her own bird display as Rod and the Birdlife WA team had visited St Emilie’s a few years ago. Mrs Cogger was interested to see if any new birds had been sighted.
In addition to the birds in the image above, we now have the following birds coming in and out of our school grounds
- red tailed black cockatoo
- singing honeyeater
- a silvereye
- a new Holland honeyeater
- common bronzewing
- welcome swallow
Mrs Cogger would like to thank Birdlife WA for once again coming to St Emilie’s to spend time teaching our students about WA birds. It was a most informative visit.