Year 1 Explore Botanic Gardens

March 17, 2016 at 3:13 PM

In a world full of rush surrounded by things ‘technological,’ there is a danger in our young, forgetting, or in some cases, never having known, the source of traditional food crops and the part that nature plays in ensuring we can eat! As understanding grows about the impact that the human race is having on the world, there is a need for our youth to gain awareness about the part they play in caring for the environment to ensure a sustainable food source for the future.

Our Year 1 boys were ‘inquiring’ into ‘Sharing the Planet’ with the central idea that ‘plants are a life sustaining force for us and other living things.’ Their lines of inquiry were based around what plants provide, the structure of a plant and caring for plant life.

To help seek answers to their many questions, they enjoyed a visit to the classroom at the Botanic Gardens in Manurewa today. The boys took part in a programme called 'Flower Power’ which was based on the life cycle of plants and pollination. To help their understanding, they dressed up as pollen laden flowers to illustrate the role that bees play in fertilising plants. They also helped to plant some seeds, understanding that they were playing a role in sustaining the future of healthy plants for the Gardens.

Following their lunch, the boys enjoyed time to explore the many paths around the gardens. The Auckland Botanic Gardens are home to over 10,000 plants from around the world so there is always something in bloom. 

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