South Coogee PS students get hands-on with butterfly life cycle

South Coogee Primary School students checking out their Butterfly Garden Project habitats.
South Coogee Primary School students checking out their Butterfly Garden Project habitats.

BUTTERFLIES and caterpillars have taken over South Coogee Primary School’s classrooms.

The school is one of 14 in the Cockburn and Fremantle area participating in The Butterfly Garden Project, which asks students to build a butterfly-host garden where they will follow the insect’s life cycle from egg to caterpillar to butterfly.

South Coogee PS associate principal Jason Bushe-Jones said the project’s aim was to boost native butterfly numbers in the area while giving students hands-on STEM education.

“Our STEM Teacher Brooke Sputore initiated this project across the network schools as a result of researching various whole school STEM projects that all students could be involved in from Kindergarten to Year 6,” he said.

“The students are fascinated with the real life learning opportunity that this project provides and having a front row seat to the life cycle process has created a massive buzz around the school.

“Our first butterfly emerged from its chrysalis on Tuesday to a class of Year 2 students who were in absolute awe, these sort of experiences can’t be created in a text book.”

Visit brookesputore6.wixsite.com/butterflyproject for more information on the project.