Overall Aim: Aim: To reinforce the concept of sustainability and to motivate the children to apply the principles to their own lives.
Goals: To implement an integrated approach to sustainability in the school. To base activities on the theme of sustainability in subjects including Geography, History, Maths, Science… ect Approach: Children actively learning and controlling their own learning.
Rationale For Aim/ Goals: This goal will enable the children to gain an integrated view of sustainability that they can apply in their own lives. We hope that this will enlighten the children in their future lives to make informed decisions on sustainable practices.
Learning Process: Initial introduction: Visit a yard/area nearby which is littered. – What do you think of this area? – Do you like this? How can we prevent it? – What can we do? Relate to school. Discussion: what would happen if we waste our resources. P.E equipment, Musical Instruments. Base further activities on children’s own ideas/solutions.
Subject Based Activities: Geography: Visit a local River. Discussion/ Research on pollution and its effects on the environment. Science: Design simple experiments: To investigate the negative effects of… History: Talk to locals. Old industries; their effects. Social Education: Values: what is right/ wrong? How does this effect our lives, our community, the world. Wasting water: some areas have no water.
Subject Based Activities: Social/ Environmental Education: – For younger classes: Recycling based game. – Children choose what materials to recycle/ not to recycle: Place in different areas.
Subject Based Activities: Maths: – Data collection on amount of waste produced. – Design an irrigation system for the garden. (Area and measurement: length of pipes…)
Whole School Initiatives: Recycling Centre. -Area with different bins for different materials. -Organise roles: children resbonsible for management of the area. School Garden – Children choose what to plant and why? Waste Management : Careful use of resources: Weekly display of data: how much water/ electricity used/ waste produced in the school?
Whole School Initiatives Sustainable energy. Responsibilities/ Roles for children – Looking after resouces: – Empower the children to decide for themselves how to care for their resources.
Rationale for Learning Process This approach allows the children to be actively involved and to take control and responsibility for their own learning. The activities will create a foundation of knowledge which will inform the children’s future lives. The children will discover the importance of the social, ecological and economic necessary for sustainability.
Evaluation 1.Teacher Observation 2.Portfolio: individual students compile a portfolio of their work. 3.School Exhibition Rationale: This method of evaluation is suitable because the procedure and participation of students in the different activities is considered not just a final result. The exhibition will motivation the children to succeed and to participate and also inform wider society (parents, friends and community) of the benefits of sustainability.