Theme/Topic: Sharing the planet – Our responsibility towards the universe
As an extension of learning to the Inquiry Module 4 – “Plants are a source of food for human beings and animals” the students of Grade 1 A and B and the facilitators had the opportunity to visit Tharalu Estate Farms located in Somanahalli in south Bangalore.
The children were excited from the start and enjoyed the ride from school to the destination.
The estate is located in the village of Tharalu, it is 180 acres of greenery and hosts many types of plants, fruits and vegetables.
When we reached the owner Ms.Divya took us to their fruits estate first where the children saw the different types of fruit trees like Sapota, Guava, Coconut, Banana, Water Chestnut, Fig and Avocado or Butter fruit. They also saw climbers like Black pepper plant growing on the trunks of Betel Nut trees.
Next we were taken to their Silk farm where we saw silkworms feeding on mulberry leaves which was a new thing for the students to witness. We also saw a Green rose plant where the flower was green in colour matching to the leaves.
After this we went to their other estate to see the different types of vegetable plants and grape vines. The children saw lemon trees, brinjal plant, turmeric and forest custard apple.
The students were thrilled to see all these types of plants and vegetation. They witnessed rare plants and trees like avocado, betel nut, green rose, turmeric and forest custard apple which they would’nt generally come across.
They enjoyed the entire trip and returned happy, with images etched in their minds which would last for a very long time.