Level 2 Biology students put beach life under the microscope last week with a field trip to study sea organisms and count cockles. The annual cockle count saw 50 students spend the day at Beach Road sampling the amazing organisms that live in the tidal estuary.
They counted cockles and whelks, spied an octopus and thoroughly enjoyed a day engaging with the Tauranga moana. The focus of the day was Ecology/kaitiakitanga – and the students did us proud.
To prepare for the trip, students spent time practicing sampling activities using pebbles to represent animals they might find at the beach. Students sampled our 200m transect and used this practice task to hone their sampling skills.
From beach life to the human body… Yr 10 Science students are learning about bodies and how they work, with a particular focus on the respiratory system. Students have completed a range of activities using models and representations as they learn about the different organs and their functions. To support this learning, they dissected a ‘pluck’ (the respiratory system of an animal with the trachea, lungs, heart and diaphragm attached) so that students get to see what these organs look like in real life.