On Wednesday June 3, our class were lucky enough to go on an excursion to Kings Park that linked in perfectly with our integrated studies unit of work on the concept of sustainability.
While we were at Kings Park we participated in an environmental program that provided us with an opportunity to explore the Western Australian Botanic Garden and bushland.
We discovered native vegetation types and plant and animal communities and we examined the relationships between the plants and animals in our unique Western Australian Environments.
We also had the opportunity to visit the ‘Naturescape Park’.
We explored the ‘Naturescape Park’ in groups of ten with our parent helpers and we were given a scavenger hunt to complete while we were in there.
When we returned to school we reflected upon our excursion using ‘De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats’.
White Hat (Information and Facts)
When and where did it happen and who was involved?
On Wednesday June 3, the Year Threes and Fours, along with the teachers and some parent helpers, visited Kings Park. While there we were helped and guided by the staff at Kings Park. They all wore pink shirts so that we could easily identify them.
On the excursion we had lots of fun. In the ‘Naturescape Park’ we…
- Completed a scavenger hunt
- Made story sticks
- Climbed to the top of the ‘Tree Hides’
- Built an Aboriginal shelter
- Splashed around in ‘Paperbark Creek’
After exploring the ‘Naturescape Park’ we participated in an activity called ‘Environment Investigators’ where we pretended we were on a plane and we visited different types of environments, learning about each one as we went.
Yellow Hat (Positives)
How was our excursion to Kings Park helpful?
Our excursion to Kings Park was helpful because…
- It helped us learn more about sustainability.
- We were able to see the nature and how things would look if we did sustain our environment.
- It helped us learn about where animals live and the habitats they need to survive.
- We learned about lots of different types of plants and the way they make food – photosynthesis.
- We learned about three types of environments – forest, mangrove and desert.
- It made us think about the animals and nature and if people cut it down it won’t be there anymore and it will be harder for everything in the future to survive.
- It made us think about how hard it would be for the people in poor countries to live without fresh water and no where to play.
- It made us think about sustaining the environment because once we destroy one aspect of the environment it has a chain reaction.
Black Hat (Negatives)
What problems did you face?
The problems we faced while on our excursion were:
- In the beginning our group got lost and we found it difficult to find the activity we needed.
- When we went into the creek everyone’s thongs were slipping off their feet and they were floating away in the water.
- When building our Aboriginal shelter we didn’t find as many sticks as we needed to construct our shelter.
- When wearing our gumboots they filled with water and stuck to our feet.
- We kept slipping on the logs that had green slimy stuff on them.
Red Hat (Feelings)
What emotions did you feel during the activities?
I felt rewarded when I reached the top of the ‘Tree Hide’ because heights aren’t my thing but it was great to climb up. I felt really happy during ‘Paperbark Creek’ because I loved to be in the water. (Ava)
I felt engaged when I was participating in the ‘Environment Investigators’ program because I was learning about different animals. (Venukesh)
Green Hat (Creativity)
How could our excursion have been better?
Our excursion could have been better if…
- More equipment was included in the ‘Naturescape Park’ to play with.
- We spent more time on each activity.
- Perhaps some of the tasks on the scavenger hunt were a little more challenging.
- The ‘Environment Investigators’ learning program included more hands on learning tasks and less listening to the guide speaking.
Blue Hat (Thinking)
What can you do with what you learnt?
We learnt how to measure the height of a tree without needing to use a ladder and now in the future if I want to climb a tree I can roughly work out how tall it is so that I know whether or not I should climb it. (Phoebe)
If I was left in the wilderness I would be able to tell what type of environment I am in because we learned about a forest, a mangrove and a desert. (Patrick)
If one element of the food chain becomes extinct this will have a chain reaction and lead to other animals not having food to eat. This helped me to learn the importance of conserving our environment. (Bailey)