This challenge was completed by 105 grade 10 Life Sciences learners. Various indigenous waterwise (xerophytic plant) were collected and displayed in each laboratory. Each pupil investigated how each plant is structurally suited to conserve water and filled in the information in a table provided. A class discussion was had on features that make indigenous plants suited to conditions in South Africa.
A selection of hydrophytes were also on display in the lab. Pupils also investigated how each hydrophyte is structurally suited to live in water. The table provided was also completed. A class discussion was then held comparing the different adaptations needed by xerophytes and hydrophytes.
Learners then researched the medicinal uses of various South African medicinal indigenous plants found at Danville Each group was given a template to complete on their research findings. (The template required pupils to draw a picture of a different medicinal plant and write something about each – the name, what medicinal uses does this plant have, what parts of the plant are used and how the part is used) A display of the research findings was made in the library. Pupils were amazed at how many of Danville’s indigenous plants have medicinal uses.
Danville has many examples of indigenous water wise plants growing around the school and new plants are continuously being added to the gardens.