A Stage 2/3 program to engage students with the school’s kitchen garden
Grow Plus is an incursion program for up to 3 – 4 Stage 2 & 3 classes, designed to engage students with the school’s kitchen garden and promote the value of healthy eating and outdoor learning within the school grounds.
Key program objectives include:
- Enhancing Stage 2/3 learning outcomes by developing knowledge and skills associated with growing fresh food, harvesting from the school garden, preparing healthy food, and closing the loop on green waste.
- Integrating the Sustainability cross curriculum priority into KLA’s
- Improving numeracy and literacy by using the school grounds, including existing kitchen gardens, as a teaching and learning resource
Key program concepts include:
|The Food Cycle||Growing seasonal food, harvesting, handling and storing, preparing food, eating and sharing, recycling and composting|
|Waste Management||Systems thinking, closing the loop, recycling, worm farming and composting|
|Healthy Eating Choices||Eating fresh, locally grown, food|
|Sustainability||Decreasing food miles, food security and reducing ecological footprints|
Participating staff have an introductory planning meeting with EEC staff to familiarise teachers with lesson plans, lead in tasks and student outcomes to be achieved on the event day.
Up to 3-4 Stage 2 or 3 classes can be involved on the one day. Classes will participate in three focus lessons:
- ‘Watch it Grow’ – involving students planting seeds / seedlings and learning about plant needs
- ‘Using Garden Produce’ – involving students preparing healthy food using bought and locally grown produce (where possible).
- ‘Green Waste’ – involving students building a worm farm and learning about the environmental benefits of decomposing organic waste
The program includes pre and post program resources including professional learning resources for teachers on the effective integration of kitchen gardens into syllabi.
Cost: $8 per student
Enquiries: Phone: Observatory Hill EEC on 9247 7321 email: [email protected]
For more information about this program and other environmental education programs, visit the Observatory Hill EEC website at: http://observatoryhilleec.nsw.edu.au/secondary-programs
The DEC Curriculum Support Kitchen Gardens website contains links to several Kitchen Garden teaching and learning support sites
The Organic School Gardens website provides teacher lessons and resources to support teaching and learning about Organic gardening
Summary of lessons and student outcomes: