This is a project based on our fieldtrip to Edenvale. We have included photos, reports, music and a photostory video of what we have learned. Click on the links below to listen to our music composition and to view our video.
We hope you enjoy our “Something Fishy Project”
* From Source to Sea Through Music ~ Our Music Composition to show the Story of a River
Some of the students from our class composed a piece of music to show the story of a river.If you have a listen to our music you will notice it is quick at the start.This is because a river starts of as a tiny stream thats quiet, quick and rapid.You also will notice that the piece gets slower and louder at the end because the river is about to enter the sea and is much bigger now.
The instruments that we used include the glockenspiel,tamborine,cimbles,shakers,woodblock,bells,bodhrán and maracas.We also used bottles of water to make the sound of trickling water.The people involved were: Chloe Keeling, Jemma Wilders, Laoise Gately, Rosie Dangerfield, Niamh Buckley, Katie Barret, Chloe O’Farrell and EmilyKelly.
Something Fishy (Click to listen.)
* Taking and Examinings Kick Samples from the River with Michael ~ by Ciara C., Rosie and Dominika
First of all John, Myles and Michael split us into groups of four and we had a net for each group. One person from each group stepped into the river and kicked some stones, bugs and water into the net. Then we poured everything from the net into the basin.
We poured in some freshwater and we began our search for bugs.We each had a sheet of paper to identify the different types of bugs. We had a magnifing glass for each group to look up close.
The mayfly was the most common bug to appear in the water. This tells us that the water is clean because the mayfly is sensitive to pollution in the water. After we looked at the bugs we brought them back to the river to set them free. We did this a couple of times.We had a great time.
The different bugs we had to identify were the stonefly, mayfly, caddis fly, freshwater shrimp, beetle, hog louse, alderfly, leech, freshwater pond snail, midge larva, sludge worm, gnat and rat-tailed maggot.
We learned a lot, it was very interesting and fun!
Catching the Fish ~ by Laoise, Ciara R and Jolene
Morgan and Michael started to go into the river. They had an electric box and they were catching fish. They caught fish like Salmon and Trout. They had to wear rubber boots so they would’nt get an electric shock. It was very interesting . They caught lots of fish and put them in basins . It was so cool. We got to hold them but not for long because the need to breath under water.
Examining the Fish ~ by Ciara OR,Chloe H and Katie B
The fish were put into basins of water. There was 1 salmon,1 smolt, 1 baby trout, 3 eals and lots of little frys. How we knew the difference between the salmon and the trout was by their tails. The salmon has a forked tail and the trout has a square shaped tail .The difference between the fry and the smolt is the colour. The fry is brown and the smolt is a lovely silver colour. Everybody got to hold them but we could not leave them out for too long as they need water to breath. Everybody was amazed by the salmon as it changed colour when we held it. Every little fish had a black mark on it where the fish was stunned to be picked up. The fish can not feel this. Before everyone picked up the fish they had to wet their hands so we would not damage the scales. Everyone said goodbye to the fish and we let them go in the river again.
Protection of Fish ~ by Chloe O’F,Stephanie and Amy Q
Our class went to Edinvale for a field trip.We learned all about fish and most importantly about the protection of fish.It is very important to protect our fish from pollution,fishing on protected lands and leaving oils and harmful liquids that harm our fish. John , Michael,Myles and Morgan protect our fish and keep them safe like all of us should. We also need to protect our bugs because fish need them to survive and have a healthy life.The lesson we learned is that everyone should protect our fish from harmful things.
Here are some bugs that Fry and Parr eat.The bugs live under the rocks that makes them hard to find.But when fish (especially salmon) find bugs there’s lots of them!The samples in this picture show us there’s loads of them.
Thanks to Ciara O’R for the lovely art work.
Salmon life cycle ~ by Grace,Chloe K and Jemma W
Salmon lay their eggs in clean gravel high up in the mountains where oxygen is plentiful.3-4 months later the eggs hatch into frys.
After a while the fresh water turns the Fry into Parr. Soon after finishing their food bags and hunting for bugs that live under rocks, Parr turns into Smolt and they make their way to the estury. Smolt make their way into the sea after the long journy down to the estury.
Smolt stay in the sea for two years hunting for shrimp and others.They also grow …A LOT! As salmon make their way upstream they are still growing but not as much.While they’re swimming upstream salmon fast(don’t eat).
When they reach upstream where they were born, the mature salmon starts spawning. They die after giving birth.Then the life cycle of the salmon starts again!
The salmon life cycle is one of the most important things we learned about.The lovely art work shows us the diferant stages of the salmon.We learned about the life of a salmon in school.Luckly we have some artists on our hands.
Thanks for the gorgeous art work from Eva H and Aoife C.
We hope you have enjoyed our project. We have learnt alot and hopefully you have too. This is our photostory video of our day in Edenvale.