Emergent Project: the rainforest

MONDAY 4th June:

This morning during the group time session Ms Alice had introduced the rainforest program. She explained to the children the definition about a rainforest and explained that the rainforest surrounds our location. Ms Alice asked the children what types of things they see in the rainforest and Verity said birds. Maxime said there are trees and plants growing in the rainforest. Zoe said there are animals living in the rainforest and Summer said that there is water in the rainforest. When Ms Alice asked the children what they would like to learn about the responses were amazing. Maxime would like to learn about Malanda Falls, Verity would like to learn about the Curtin Fig Tree, Zoe and Atticus would like to learn about the animals and finally Summer would like to learn about the food growing in the rainforest.


TUESDAY 4th June:

This week we have started a new emergent program titled ‘The Rainforest.’ We have been discussing facts that we know about the rainforest already. We know animals live in the rainforest as well as trees, plants, ferns and berries grow in the rainforest. What we want to know is how do these floras and faunas live and survive in the rainforest habitat.  Today we emerged our learning into a special event which is the world environment day. Our definition of world environment is how can we sustain the environment for human beings and animals. We are lucky today because Maxwell’s grandma (Maxine) brought Maxwell in this morning titled ‘ Creatures in my garden Peter Piper.’ Maxine gave us a copy of her book that she will be launching at the world environment day celebrations at the Atherton Library. This book is about preserving the lives of young brush turkeys so that they can grow into healthy adults. We celebrated this special occasion by taking extra care of our trees and plants by not running into the gardens, watering the plants and not throwing toys at our plants. We also made recycling symbol pictures so that we know we can recycle our art-n-craft supplies and recycle our food.

WEDNESAY 6th June:

Today during the morning tea group time session, Ms Bernadette had been teaching us about the transit of Venus that is taking place today. Ms Bernadette explained that a transit can only occur at full moon, when earth blocks the sunlight normally reflected by the moon. Some sunlight is bent through Earth’s atmosphere typically allowing to coppery glow. Ms Bernadette also explained that we cannot look directly at the sun and showed us a program on the internet that is tracking the movement of the transit of Venus. Megan was fascinated by the movement of the transit of Venus that she continued to watch the footage during the inside session. Furthermore during the inside session Madison, Arlo, Mikalya and Freya were creating their own picture of the planet Venus moving through space and towards the moon.


THURSDAY 7th June:

Ms Nerissa and the children are having a conversation about the Curtin fig tree. Ms Nerissa holds up her question mark sign and asks the questions of ‘Who knows where the Curtin fig tree is and who has been there before?’ Georgie said it is in Yungaburra and Maya said she has been there before. Ms Nerissa then explained the formation of the curtains and explained which Indigenous people used to live there. Ms Nerissa asked the children what they had seen when they visited the Curtin fig tree. Summer said she seen the brush turkey on the road while Maya said she seen trees and Maxwell said he  had seen animals walking around. 



Today’s discussion is about waterfalls located in the surrounding rainforests. Ms Nerissa was explaining to the children about Malanda Falls, Milla Milla Falls and Millstream Falls. She explained that the water Malanda Falls tumbles over a basalt rock that was formed by an ancient lava flow. The local Ngadjon-Jii tribe refer to Malanda Falls as Tutamonlin. Millaa Millaa is an Aboriginal word meaning plenty of water or waterfall. The waterfall flows over solid volcanic basalt rock formed over many thousands of years ago giving the perfect drop for Millaa Millaa creek to fall for approx 20 metres into a pool surrounded by rainforest. The water of Millstream Falls Plunges over the edge of a columnar basalt lava flow and Big Millstream Falls is reputedly the widest single-drop waterfall in Australia. Millstream Falls National Park lies within the traditional country of the Jirrbal Aboriginal people. The Jirrbal lived in the rainforest in semi-permanent villages, and used the rainforest’s rich resources for food medicine and materials.


Quality Area 1: Standard 1.1 and Element 1.1.1 – curriculum decision making contributes to each child’s learning and development outcomes in relation to their identify, connection with community, wellbeing, confidence as learners and effectiveness as communicators. (NQF)

Outcome 2.1.4: Broaden their understanding of the world in which they live in. (EYLF)



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