Sustainability at Oak Park Primary
WELCOME TO SUSTAINABILITY IN 2020
Hello to all new and returning families! Here’s a quick rundown of recent happenings in relation to our Sustainability program and upcoming events:
There are two important Sustainability-based events coming up in Term 1. These are Clean Up Australia Day on Friday 28th February and Earth Hour on Friday 27th March. Students and staff will be involved in events recognising the important messages of these days.
In Term 2 we will be hosting the regional Resource Smart Schools event. This will give us the chance to show off the many great things we do at the school in relation to Sustainability.
We will soon be installing bird, bat and possum boxes as part of our biodiversity action plan, as well as making improvements to our frog pond area. Bird baths are also being installed as part of the action plan related to our Bird In Schools work of 2019.
SUSTAINABILITY – WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
Sustainability is about maintaining what we have on Earth, in terms of natural resources, biodiversity (animal and plant life) and environments. In simple terms, these are the general goals of the program:
To keep awareness going throughout the school, throughout the year, we observe in take part in special events to coincide with the following events:
The graduating class plant a ‘legacy planting’ each year, that leaves a lasting reminder of their attendance. On top of this, students monitor the school in terms of energy use, rubbish free lunches and composting and provide awards each week to high achieving classes. These are announced at assembly. We also have grades looking after our chickens and watering our vegetable gardens. At lunchtimes, students are regularly able to spend time with the chickens, work in the gardens and sample produce. We also have a market stall most Fridays where we sell produce from our garden, including eggs from the chickens.
Sustainability covers many aspects of the curriculum, with strong emphasis on Science, Civics and Citizenship and Ethical Capabilities.
Term 4 - 2020
As you would know, we have broadened the Sustainability experience to include many more elements this year including Science (a big part of Sustainability anyway!), Technology and Indigenous Culture. Here is a brief rundown of what students will be experiencing in Term 4, 2020.
Students are looking at classifying materials and items. They will look at the features of these and determine how their differences and similarities allow them to be organised into groups. This will lead into an investigation of how scientists classify animals and we will look at classifying vertebrates and invertebrates, and then the five main classes of vertebrates (reptiles, birds, fish, mammals and amphibians).
The 1/2's will be heavily involved in organising our vegetable gardens and preparing them for plantings. Later, they will investigate Edison robots and how these can be programmed using bar codes and possibly simple coding apps.
The 3/4’s are focusing on re-using. We will look at what this means, and why it sits in between ‘Reduce’ and ‘Recycle’ in the waste hierarchy. Students will use common household packaging products such as milk cartons and cardboard tubes to make useful products and see the value of making the most of resources used to construct these products, as well as reducing our landfill.
The 5/6’s are also using the Edison robots, beginning with learning their features and using bar codes for simple movements, then moving on to coding apps to program the robots for more complex instructions.
We will also observe National Recycling Week and National Water Week during Term 4, so there is plenty of interesting learning to be had!
Term 2 - 2020
In Sustainability, the 3/4 students have been looking at Aboriginal culture, specifically, the way Aboriginal people have managed the land. We have been researching the seasons as identified by the local Wurundjeri people. Students were asked to research how the Wurundjeri people identify the seasons, based on what is going on in nature. This was a fantastic example of the work we did. Maya not only captured all the right information, but added some great pictures to help illustrate the seasons. This was a marvellous piece of work and I thought I would share it with the community to show exactly what our students are capable of. Well done Maya!
Please click here to see Maya's work.
Remote Learning Term 3 2020
Please find attached PDF document with all the activities for remote learning for Term 3.
Remote Learning Projects
During the remote learning period in Term 3, I was lucky to work with students from the grade 4-6 area on some special “Passion projects” where they were able to set some direction and with guidance and feedback created their own assignment related to a topic of interest to them. This provided them with some extra stimulation during remote learning and provided the opportunity to work collaboratively in a time where this was not possible on a face-to-face basis. Some of the projects from grade 5’s; Ruby, Kyle, Ethan, Yuan, Tahlia and Piya and grade 6; James, are included here – some very interesting reading and I think you would agree that they’ve done a marvellous job making their projects informative, accessible and well-presented.
Here are the projects:
A Greyhound's Life
Mountain Biking Research
Sydney Opera House Passion Project
One of the challenge activities during remote learning for Foundation-2 was to use adjectives and colours to create a new species of frog and draw what it would look like based on its description. Leo’s work was outstanding – so many different frogs with some super adjectives used. I thought I’d share it with you all. Good on you Leo!
For anyone interested in frogs, we are heading towards the time of the year you are most likely to hear them call. At the Moonee Ponds Creek there have been several frog species identified; including the endangered Growling Grass Frog. If you are interested, install the Frog Census app on your phone or iPad and this gives you the chance to learn about local frogs, identify frogs by their appearance and call, and record and report frog sightings/hearings for analysis by scientists. The idea is to track the presence of frogs in Melbourne’s waterways, as frogs are particularly sensitive to environmental pollution and are therefore a good measure of how healthy or polluted a waterway is. Might give you something to do over the holidays!