Eco Warriors take Learning to Nature

It is no surprise that outdoor learning has positive impacts on children – it works on intrinsic motivation for learning, provides enjoyable lessons, increases creativity, and activates thinking outside the box.

This week, our Year 6 students made their way down to Attadale Conservation Area and Dyoondalup Reserve for a Science excursion to observe their surroundings, which forms part of their ‘Eco-Warriors’ unit. 

The girls used their senses to find natural and artificial objects, such as different plant, animal and insect species, as well as signs, foreign objects and rubbish.

There was also a focus on sustainability, with the students looking for evidence of sustainable actions taken by humans.  

We asked a few Year 6 students what they took away from the excursion. Here is what they had to say: 

On the excursion, I really enjoyed looking out at the river and seeing swans, pelicans and seagulls but then I started thinking about all the rubbish, and I realised what rubbish could do to them – it can hurt them. I also enjoyed drawing the river’s foreground, mid ground and high ground. I liked using my senses – touch, smell, hearing and sight to experience my surroundings. Anabella Lewis, 6.10

I really enjoyed going down to the Swan River. It was nice to be outside in nature. I liked going to the two different locations and using our senses to look, hear, touch, and feel what was around us. Attadale Conservation Area had less rubbish and people, and Dyoondalup Reserve was much busier and therefore had more rubbish, even though there were more bins. Saige Deeks, 6.8

I enjoyed being able to walk down from school to Point Walter. I learned about the two different places, Dyoondalup Reserve and Attadale Conservation Area and how we can experience these places with our five senses. I also learned how important it is to keep our environment clean and how to tell the difference between some man-made things and natural things in our environment. Charli Langshaw, 6.6

I really enjoyed the perspective drawing part of the excursion when we sat on the beach and chose a spot to draw. I love to draw, and I loved the view, but we also had to think about whether it has always looked this way. I wondered why and how my view had changed over time. Heidi Jofirisi, 6.9 

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