In the Footsteps of Nature

Room 5 embarked on a fascinating journey, exploring the native animals of New Zealand and diving deep into the complex world of conservation. The journey of learning enabled understanding the significance of preserving our unique wildlife.

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The New Zealand bat is important not only because it is found nowhere else, It is needed to keep our insect numbers in check so that they don't upset the ecosystem and cause other species to die.

Distinguishing between introduced and native animals

 Native animals are the indigenous treasures of New Zealand, while introduced animals have been brought to our shores, often causing disruption in our delicate ecosystems. This foundational knowledge allowed appreciation of the importance of safeguarding our native species.

Predators and pests emerged as significant threats to our native fish, animals, birds, and insects. Studying these challenges gained a deeper understanding of the risks they pose and the urgency of addressing them.

To gain insights into the wildlife around school, the mission was to build and lay trackers. These trackers allowed monitoring the presence of pests and gather valuable data for conservation efforts. It was an exciting hands-on project that helped understand the local ecosystem better.

Exploration led a memorable adventure - a trip to Opepe

One of the last three native forests in our area that hasn't been impacted by milling or fires. This firsthand experience allowed observation of the untouched beauty of native forests and appreciate the importance of their preservation.

Exploring the intricate web of ecosystems in the school gully

 Engaging in bird watching and listening, identifying the various species that call our gully home. It was a remarkable opportunity to observe nature in action and understand the interdependence of all living creatures in these ecosystems.

To deepen our knowledge, we had the privilege of interacting with experts in the field, shedding light on the challenges and efforts in conserving native species.

Rat and small hedgehog traps were built to place around Wairakei Village. Room 5 learnt how the traps work, how they are constructed and also how to look after and maintain them.

Building the traps was so much fun. It was great to have a model to copy so we didn't have to make modifications as that can take a long time.

Working with the buddy class, Room 5 learned that the native plants vary depending on where you live in the country. This revelation highlighted the rich biodiversity within New Zealand and the importance of preserving these unique plant species in their respective regions.

Everything in every environment stays in check because the animals, insects, and plants exist. If one dies, it causes the other to either overtake the environment, killing other things, or they die.

Commitment to conservation is an ongoing one. Room 5 is determined to expand conservation initiatives, and continue to raise awareness.

2024 Chauval

Angel Chauval

Wairakei Primary school has a wonderful rural environment and an amazing community. I enjoy working with this community to help students rise to succeed. Learning happens everywhere and is different for every child, celebrating and challenging students is my drive as a teacher.

I strive to encourage every student to achieve to the best of their ability. My passions are Technology and Science. I use them as foundations in unlocking excitement and wonder to produce thinkers and creators.


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