This program is designed to have students
investigate a local waterway in order to increase their understanding of the
natural world and the relationships between plants, animals and their
Students will view the Barambah catchment from
the top of One Tree Hill, and walk along A Flat Creek noting the features of
this waterway. They will collect and
identify macro-invertebrates and make inferences about the health of A Flat
Creek based on their findings.
Scientific equipment used will include ponding nets, identification
charts, digital microscopes, iPads and magnifying viewers.
The program culminates with students
participating in a revegetation project to increase local waterway health.
This program complements the Eco –
Warriors and Bush Explorers programs and catchment activities can easily be
incorporated into these programs.
Australian Curriculum intent
Year 3 and 4
Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)
Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)
Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)
Year 5 and 6
Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
Science knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE083)
OI.2 All life forms, including human life,
are connected through ecosystems on which they depend for their wellbeing and
OI.7 Actions for a more sustainable future
reflect values of care, respect and responsibility, and require us to explore
and understand environments.
Critical and creative thinking
Collect compare and categorise facts opinions found in a widening range of sources.
Analyse, condense and combine relevant information from multiple sources.