Meeting 1 - Planning Effective sustainability units of work
EfS Learning group 2011
Cowandilla Primary School - March 21st 2011
Aims of EfS learning group
- Foster sharing and discussion between school staff who are working to incorporating EfS principles and practices into school systems.
- Support the learning journeys of individuals as well as the whole group’s.
- Provide space and time for reflection, discussion and synthesis of good examples of EfS.
Outline for meeting 1
- Sharing activity - EfS in my school
- Kangaroo Island School's and one other school's learning plan
- What should be included in a sustainability unit of work
- Teasing sustainability from the new national curriculum
- Planning, discussion and networking
- Topic for the next meeting
Introductory activity: Why have you come to the EfS working group?
Participant feedback (483 KB PDF)
Reviewing EfS handout
Click here (160 KB PDF)
What EfS looks like, what EfS is not and tips and traps for implementing EfS (from “How to succeed with EfS”, J. Lang 2009).
NRM Education team agreed definition of EfS.
South Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative - Introducing EfS flier
Click here (358 KB PDF)
Brainstorm – What elements would be included in a perfect sustainability unit of work?
- Futures thinking,
- Student interests,
- age appropriate key understandings,
- starting at current understanding of students (need to establish this at start),
- understand context of students (family context),
- curriculum linked,
- rate/ pace of delivery,
- prep/ background learning to practical activities,
- learning shared with other classes/ buddy classes,
- assessment (clarity - designed well - work backwards),
- real and meaningful experiences (students involved in +ve action).
Resources provided by Sue Coad
from AuSSI-SA project team
These guidelines have been developed by Sue Coad with input from teachers from a range of schools and at a range of forums. Further editing is planned to incorporate the above dot points in this document.
Sustainability action process – from the National Sustainability Curriculum Framework, 2010
Resources from Stradbroke Primary School
Delivered by Linda Builth (SA Museum) and Rose Dow (Arbury Park Outdoor School)
both formerly with Stradbroke Primary School.
School Survey and Current Programs (101KB PDF)
This document was created in 2010 with the aim of raising awareness about the current sustainability programs at the school amongst the wider school community, as well as seeking input about future directions for sustainability at the school.
Yr 1 & 2 Bio-indicators PLANNER (157KB PDF)
This is a unit planner that follows the IB unit of inquiry approach.
Summary of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program at Stradbroke Primary School (151 KB PDF)