Rambling for the Environment - Year 5

On Friday the 17th of November, as part of their Community Task, the year 5 students travelled to 13th Beach near Barwon Heads. Armed with gloves and plastic bags the students “rambled” along the beach from the 13th Beach Surf Life Saving club towards the Bluff, looking for rubbish that had washed up on the beach or rubbish that was going to end up in the water. In class, the students have been discussing taking responsibility for the effect our rubbish has on the environment, especially at our beaches, as well as the marine life in the ocean. The students came up with a list of actions that they could carry out to try to reduce the impact we have on our environment. Collecting rubbish on a local beach was one of these actions.

It was a great experience to take the classroom outside, looking at how the environment is affected by our lifestyle. The students reflected on the rubbish that was found while walking; mostly twine, fishing line and small plastic pieces. There were some fantastic discussions on how these objects affect and endanger different animals and fish in the ocean.

We are very blessed to live where we do and to be able to see first hand the things we are discussing in class. To watch the students observe and analyse the rubbish on the beach and to be able to apply that understanding to the learning in our classrooms is so valuable.

Claire Deretic
Year 5 Homeroom Teacher


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