Biodiversity at EBPS
The Frog Pond
Students can get involved by learning about their local biodiversity, life cycles, and ecosystems.
Teachers can go in, sit on the stump and read a picture book or talk about the native plants. Kids can gather around the outside of the fence and still see clearly into the pond.
Most of all, the frog pond is a peaceful place and a nice change of scenery.
Teachers use this area:
As a writing stimulus.
To study metamorphosis.
Compare life cycles.
Study freshwater ecosystems.
Read a picture book.
These picture books are in the library
Morphing Murphy, by Robert Favretto, illus by Tull Suwannakit
Pros and Cons of being a frog Sue deGennaro
Lester and Clyde by J Reece Environmental theme
Lilli Pilli the frog Princess by Vashti Farrer
Picasso the Green tree Frog by A. Graham
And sometimes when we are cleaning out the frogpond the neighbours come to say Hi!
Our Sensory Path Project
We received $1000 from the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant and were very excited to begin construction of a Sensory Path that has long been Mrs Archer's vision for the unutilised space under our heritage listed Norfolk Island Pine.
Students in Stage 3 investigated suitable materials and created designs for the path
As part of their Material World Science unit, students in stage 1 investigated materials and their properties to determine suitable and sustainable materials for our Sensory Path
The space is enjoyed by children K-6!
We dissected flowers and used microscopes to understand more about pollination and the life cycle of plants. At the end of the Science Unit students suggested Action Plans to increase pollinator populations in our school grounds. Stage 2 teachers extended learning with Mrs Copper in a STEM design and build project focusing on Bees. It will bee all about bees in Stage 2 this term!
Encouraging our Pollinators
Pollinating insects are vital to human life and form an essential and fundamental part of ecosystems across the world.
We are learning how to support our natural environments and providing food, shelter and nesting sites for pollinating insects.
Mrs Travers completed a Science - Living World Unit exploring Bees. All 150 Stage 2 students are learning about the importance of bees, their population decline and how we can encourage bees to our environment.
Stage 2 Science - Living World
Thank you Adam Tietz, a parent and a horticulturalist at Sydney Botanical Gardens, for coming to Empire Bay Public to present to Stage 2 students who are learning about the importance of bees, their population decline and how we can encourage bees to our environment.
Our enrolment at EBPS has increased to 5472!
Adam has donated a Native Stingless Beehive to EBPS!
Biodiversity and Habitat Survey
The experts from Rumbalara
Jane from Rumbalara helped us survey separate areas of the playground
Our Aboriginal students Years 3-6 learned about habitat and then went out into the playground in search of creatures. Students gathered and categorised invertebrates. This activity was a great example of how scientists work.
We finished up at the site of our proposed BushTucker Garden and were inspired to increase biodiversity within our school.
Students decided biodiversity in our grounds would benefit from more homemade nest boxes, understorey vegetation and native flowering plants,