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News July 2006

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Lynnwood Ridge Primary School learners, under the guidance of their school teacher, ms Bev Forrest visited the Spruit down Priory road recently. Bev teaches the children to appreciate their environment and especially the habitat they live in!. Below is part of her curriculum and some of the responses from the children. Photographs show their enthusiasm and commitment!

Dankie aan Bev vir haar en die kinders se bydrae om saam met die Vriende van Moreletaspruit ONS spruit mooi en aantreklik te hou!

Tien uit tien, Bev en Lynnwood Ridge Primary School!!!!

Jurie Bosch


Visit to the spruit.

PART I

Discussion on groundsheet as introduction.

  • Discuss and explain the value of an outside classroom. Listen for noise pollution. Look for air and land pollution.
  • Discuss the surrounding environment
    • Trees - exotic and indigenous
    • ;
    • Point out the willow trees at the river.
    • Mention Jacaranda
    • Eucalyptus tree drinks 32l of water a day.
    • Government to plant indigenous trees and get rid of all aliens.
    • Who needs trees - discuss their importance to people, animals, insects etc
  • Discuss weeds khaki bos and black jacks.
  • Discuss why trees grow next to a river.

PART 2

Brainstorming of ideas using white board on ways that the area can be improved. Possible suggestions: clear weeds, clear litter, dustbins, lawn, benches wooden for natural environment, path markers, walking route with a map, information centre etc.

Children mind map information on the worksheet provided. List 5 changes that they would like to see.

PART 3

Move down to the river where the children look for litter and record it on the worksheet provided under the headings organic and inorganic.

PART 4

Testing of water acid and alkalinity using litmus paper in their groups.