The Year 6’s recently visited the Serendip Sanctuary and Ecolinc to learn about animal adaptations as part of their Inquiry Unit, “Living things grow and adapt to survive the physical conditions of their environment.” Click read more to read a report from Curtis and see photos from the day.
On Wednesday the 4th of February and Thursday the 5th of February, Year 6 students went on an excursion to Serendip Sanctuary in Lara and EcoLinc in Bacchus Marsh to learn more about their Inquiry topic: “Living things grow and adapt to survive the physical conditions of their environment.” At Serendip we met two people who worked at Ecolinc that would take us around the sanctuary. We went around the sanctuary and the people told us about the animal and plant adaptations, which were fascinating, and we identified how the adaptation helped the animal or plant to survive.
Then we were ready to go to Bacchus Marsh to see Ecolinc. There we had lunch and had a look at the place. We were directed to a room where we talked more about adaptations and got to hold live animals and a stick insect. Next we were directed to another room, where we were lead out a door to a little pond, where we scooped little pond-life up in nets and took them back to the room. There was a microscope there which showed up on the board, so we got to look closely at tadpoles, water snails and pond insects. We then got to see a turtle and a frog, and we were told about their adaptations.
For the last part of our excursion we went back to the first room and we did a revision of all the things that we learnt by doing a Kahootz quiz. We had little tablets and we had to answer the questions that came up on the board. It was a fun way to end the excursion. We left knowing way more about adaptations than we knew when we went in.
A couple of days later we did an Inquiry experiment, learning about adaptations of birds beaks. We were split into groups and we all got different tubs of bird food. There were different kitchen items that were similar to bird’s beaks. We used the beaks to pick up the food and see which beaks would work better for the different types of food. We then recorded which beaks worked the best and why. This relates to birds in the wild and how their beaks have adapted to get the different foods that they eat.