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School Garden Ideas

Creating and growing a school garden with your students is a great way to teach sustainability in a hands-on way.

Gardens stimulate the senses and are an exciting place for kids to connect with nature, as they are invited to touch, rub, smell, and eat the plants. This learning resources contains four different types of gardens to try out at school or in your community.

Early Stage 1 Syllabus Outcomes

Science and technology
  • STe-1WS-S Observes, questions and collects data to communicate ideas.
  • STe-3LW-ST Explores the characteristics, needs and uses of living things.
  • STe-2DP-T Develops solutions to identified needs.
  • STe-4MW-ST Identifies that objects are made of materials that have observable properties.
Creative arts
  • VAES1.1 Makes simple pictures and other kinds of art-works about things and experiences.
  • ENe-1A Communicates with peers and known adults in informal and guided activities demonstrating emerging skills of group interaction.
  • GEe-1 Identifies places and develops an understanding of the importance of places to people.
  • OI.2 All life forms, including human life, are connected through ecosystems on which they depend for their wellbeing and survival.
  • OI.4 World views that recognise the dependence of living things on healthy ecosystems, and value diversity and social justice are essential for achieving sustainability.
  • OI.7 Actions for a more sustainable future reflect values of care, respect and responsibility, and require us to explore and understand environments.
  • OI.9 Sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and/or restore the quality and uniqueness of environments.
• Scientific inquiry through the process of working scientifically.
• Design and production processes in the development of solutions.
Knowledge and understanding of: 
• The natural world including living things, materials, forces, energy, and Earth and space.
• The built environment including engineering principles and systems, food and fibre production .
Values and Attitudes: 
• Value developing solutions to problems and meeting challenges through the application of Working Scientifically, and Design and Production skills.