We planted green bean and sunflower seeds, and hopefully many of them have successfully grown into seedlings by now. We've also had an array of living visitors including a Huntsman Spider, a pair of Zebra Finches, two Green Tree Frogs, three Spinifex Hopping Mice, a Scorpion and a Bearded Dragon (Scooby). We all enjoyed getting to pat Scooby, and notice the adaptations and growth in our living things.
A group of Year 7 students who were involved in the application process last year have been involved in planting and monitoring the "space seeds" - as part of the "What'll happen to the wattle" project. We received 6 Golden Wattle seeds that had spent 6 months on the International Space Station, and 6 control seeds that remained on Earth. We planted them in week 3 and have been watching for any differences in their germination since. We hypothesised that there wouldn't be a difference in their growth, or maybe that the roots and shoots would not respond to gravity in the same way. We are monitoring their growth and will see what happens over the remainder of the term.
Miriam Doull - 4-7 Science
This term in Biological Science students have been exploring the needs of living things and how they grow and change. Students have loved caring for and learning about 'Baxter' the Bearded Dragon Lizard borrowed from Urrbrae Education Centre. Our silkworms have all spun cocoons, and our tadpoles all have legs and shorter tails. The spiny leaf insects are sitting on children's shoulders as they complete their writing tasks. There are plenty of ladybugs and larvae to be found in nature play on sunny days. Students are working on clipboards as the tables are covered with fascinating specimens including nests, eggs, bones, fossils, insects, x-rays, microscopes and taxidermy animals. We look forward to watching our seeds grow and flourish over the next few weeks.
Laura Brace R-3 Science