Connecting to Place – Local Fauna, Flora and Sites

Science Years 3-4 Years 5-6

Key Questions

  • What is a key local Indigenous site, and what makes it a significant site?
  • What flora and fauna exist on the site?
  • What is their connection to the local Indigenous peoples both past and present?

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • explore the flora and fauna present on this local Indigenous site.  
  • consider the significance of this site
  • consider the significance of this flora and fauna to the local Indigenous peoples

Curriculum Links

Years 3-4 Science

  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)
  • Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)

Years 5-6 Science

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)

Key Local Knowledge Featured in this Unit

Murray Darling Basin Commission images. Copyright. Reedy Swamp (north of Shepparton) – received 544 ML of EWA: The wetland is literally ‘humming’ with the sounds of waterbirds and frogs (which apparently goes on all night according to DPI Environment Group’s acoustic monitoring of the wetland!).  Latest counts show approximately 3,500 waterbirds staying in the wetland, which significantly contrasts to the site having no waterbirds prior to flooding only 8 weeks ago!  Notable records are ~200 Black Swans, ~2000 Grey Teal, ~500 Black Ducks, ~1000 Hardhead (White-eye Duck), 8 Australian Shoveller (threatened species) and ~40 Chestnut Teal.  Swans continue to build nesting mounds and are displaying territorial defence behaviour, and teal and black ducks are pairing up and exhibiting breeding courtship behaviour and observed inspecting nesting hollows.  At least three frog species are calling, with a fourth species (rarely heard in the district) awaiting confirmation (it didn’t call last night when I visited!). 
Arthur Mostead Photographer, AM Photography, 0428 627 880.

Reedy Swamp

This is a local wetland where students may be taken to conduct a field trip examining the forna and flaura.  This can be organised through Parks Victoria.  As the Unit Plan suggests, Park Victoria may also be able to recommend other relevant local sites.

Number of Lessons

Field trip and follow up lessons

Unit Plan