Recently, Year 5 went to the Field of Mars in East Ryde to solve a crime that had happened. They had to find out who was killed and who was the murderer.
They had found a 5cm stomach in a bushy patch and we had to find clues and specimens to go deeper into the crime. We were given iPads to search
clues and take pictures of stuff that could help us later on. We were also given three specimen jars and tweezers to put some more evidence in.
We kicked off with a bush walk. The first bit of the crime was a 5cm skull that looked like a sugar glider's skull and everybody was flocking to the scene
(at least we got a photo). We also found some ‘skat’ (aka poo) and put it in our specimen jar and identified it as rabbit poo. We also found tufts of
fur on the ground, around trees and high places, which helped our group to figure out it had to be able to climb trees.
We found an arm and our group marked it down as a rabbit paw. We saw amazing stuff from bird nests to red belly black snakes. We also found a fox's skull, but its jaw was dismantled and cut in two. Finally, we stopped for lunch and we had a lovely lunch with all of the nature.
After lunch, we had 25mins to figure who was the victim and who was the villain. After racking our brains we finally figured it out, the victim was
the ring tailed possum because our leaders friend from University, dissected the stomach and the food contents were eucalyptus leaves and seeds, and
the ring tail possum's diet was exactly the same. We found out that the villain was the powerful owl, the most feared predator of the ring tailed possum.
We know that the powerful owl’s main food source is the ring tailed possum! They only eat the outer layer of meat NOT the internal organs, so the stomach
must have fallen out of the tree. And everyone had a wonderful time!
Charlotte Highfield - 5HT
Yesterday, Year 5 went to the Field Of Mars in East Ryde. We had to solve a mystery of a crime. We had to figure out who was attacked and what attacked
it. The way the mystery started was the instructors found a small, pink stomach when they were going for a walk. They said that they would also show us
a bigger stomach. This really got us hooked.
We packed our black bags with materials and got some iPads, ate morning tea, and we set off. The first thing we did was go on a bush walk. We had a clue
book we had to follow to get to the places we needed. We saw birdnests and plants. We collected scat (poo) in specimen jars and things we thought might
help us solve the mystery. We also took notes and took photos of evidence. Some of us lagged behind but it was worth it because we heard frog noises.
The trail was a bit slippery but only one person tripped over - Amber (ME!).
After a bush walk, where we collected evidence, we had lunch. After lunch, in our groups we had to finalise and figure out the mystery. We did this by separating
scat and using the scat reference chart. We also looked at some information of the animals. Then we heard that the stomach was sent to a university
and separated. Inside were eucalyptus leaves and a grevillea plant. After a mad half an hour of separating scat and looking at info, we presented to
our class what we thought. There were lots of different conclusions. Our instructor then told us that the two stomachs were maybe possum stomachs and
that the predator was an owl or a fox. The mystery is still not clear but we all had a great day.
Amber Smithies - 5HT