For the Juniors - The Sea
This series of four programs for lower primary science aims to increase an understanding and appreciation of various aspects of the sea. Different shorelines and depths of the sea are examined as places to have fun, as places to find food, and as places which support a great diversity of life that has adapted to the different environments. Let's go to the Beach This program looks at lifeguards as they check the safest part of the beach, as well as the beach being cleaned.
The Nippers (Bronte) surf club are taught how to enter water safely, how to swim and what to do if they get into difficulty in the water. In addition, looks at the results of plastics and pollution and how waves are formed. Life on the Sea Shore Tyson, Jacoby and their family live a long way from the city, so the sandy sea shore is not only a place to play, it’s also a place where they collect food. We see how they collect lots of pipis - a small shellfish - from the shallows. Some of the pipis are then used for bait to catch fish, but most are taken home and cooked for dinner.
* Rachael and Rebekah live near a city beach and are able to explore a rock ledge with a marine biologist. We learn about many of the plants and animals that inhabit this type of seashore. However, Rachael and Rebekah learn that they must not harm or damage any of the plants or animals. That way they will be there for others to enjoy.
*Preteaching Note: This episode has been removed from the ABC Schools TV Educational broadcast schedule. This episode shows pipis being collected from the beach, cooked and eaten. It should be noted that while the family in this program were permitted to take pipis from that beach that regulations for the taking of pipis from beaches vary from state to state in Australia. Mangroves This program looks at how mangroves have adapted to their wet, salty, tidal environment. We also see a family collect and eat oysters from the mangrove area. Under the Sea All animals need to breathe, even when they are in water.
Fish have gills so they can take oxygen out of the water, but a family looking at fish while floating on the top of the water, use snorkels so they can look at the plants and animals just below the surface. When people go deeper into the sea they take their own air in tanks. We see some scuba divers preparing for a dive and then diving into the sea to look at creatures that live further down below the surface of the water. But as water is heavy, people would be crushed if they went too deep. There is also no light in the deepest parts of the ocean. Special remotely operated vehicles with onboard cameras and lights are used to see some of the amazing creatures that live in the deepest darkest depths of the sea.
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