Two weeks ago the Year 7 humanities classes went to Flamingo Beach to carry out fieldwork on the ocean processes and the impact that human activities have on the ocean. They carried out tests to establish whether longshore drift was taking place and also to analyse the type of material found on the beach. They followed this by carrying out a beach clean up and collecting 22 large bags of garbage which was mainly plastic, cans and glass.
Despite this tremendous effort by the students, some of the teachers returned to the same spot the next day to find more plastic. The students have been asking some difficult questions about this issue such as:
- If we know that plastic is so bad, why are we not doing anything about it?
- How did it get here and where will it go?
- What’s the point?
- How can we change this?
For 11 and 12 year olds this can seem like a daunting proposition but students have already been taking action and considering action that they and their families can take. Below are some links to learn more about the impact of plastics and how we can reduce our consumption of them.
The plastic threat to human health
Plastic free guide
Watch “A Plastic Ocean”
Last Thursday and Friday the Year 7 humanities classes went to Flamingo Beach to investigate the relationship between the coastal processes and landforms they observed. This was the summative assessment for the unit with a statement of inquiry: The ocean is a natural system which involves various physical processes and human impacts. Students measured the beach profile, wave energy and frequency and the rate of longshore drift.
Following this they carried out a beach clean up, removing over 25 garbage bags over the course of two days, much of which was plastic. After watching the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” in class it was great to see the students so engaged in such an unpleasant task and also to be able to see such an immediate impact. If you would like to watch “A Plastic Ocean” you can visit the website https://www.plasticoceans.org/film/
All of our year 7 students conducted coastal Field Work on 13 May. Students were busy collecting data on coastal processes that is going to be used in their upcoming humanities assessment on coastal systems and processes.
They measured beach profiles and longshore drift and calculated wave frequency. A highlight for students was determining wave velocity using a made at LIS swashometer. Congratulations to our year 7 students for their active engagement.