Students develop their detective skills in learning why our local parks are so important.
Hands-on activities enable them to describe the key roles of birds, insects and trees in balanced ecosystems.
Students then engage in a problem-solving process to propose action for a sustainable future.
|Year level||3 to 6|
|Curriculum level||1 to 4|
|Availability||All year round|
|Times||9.30am to 12noon, or
12.15pm to 2.30pm
|Sites||Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Halswell Quarry Park
|Number of students||Maximum of 35|
How biodiversity is connected within a park environment, identification, pollination, animals, as decomposers, photosynthesis, sustainability.
At the Botanic Gardens, students investigate the meaning of a balanced ecosystem and understand why these key roles are so important to our lives as humans. They will start by tuning their ears into native birds that visit the gardens before completing a sound map to log their data. Next they will then use a range of scientific equipment to go on an insect hunt. Then they visit a native tree to see how the various roles are connected. Their final task is to problem solve ways to encourage this balanced ecosystem in their own green spaces.
Activities can be adjusted according to your students age, attention span and interest levels.
Students may be able to:
|Learning Area||Strands||Curriculum level||Achievement objectives|
|Science||Nature of science||1 to 3||
|Science||Living world||1 to 3||
|Science||Planet Earth and beyond||1 to 3||
For morning programme, students will have a late morning tea (about 11am). Please make sure they are well fed and watered.
Please also have your class divided into four teams. These will be their detective teams and allocated a colour (green, yellow, blue, red).
"Enjoyed the hands-on activities, the map exercise, the station activities. The timing was perfect" – Teacher, Year 3/4