Grow Plus

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:

Key Concepts Description
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

Delivery Format:

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

Follow-Up Resources

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

Sustainability Action Process – Kitchen gardens image

Sustainability Action Process – Kitchen Gardens

Summary of lessons and student outcomes:

Learning Site Lesson Student OutcomesStudents will be able to: Program in Action
 

Classroom then school kitchen garden

 

‘Watch it Grow’ – involving students planting seeds / seedlings and learning about plant needs

  • Understand the things plants need to survive
  • Undertake a simple science investigation of the environmental conditions effecting a plant in the school’s kitchen garden
  • Make a pot out of recycled materials and plant a seed or seedling.
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Classroom then school Hall or kitchen (if available)

 

‘Using Garden Produce’ – involving students preparing healthy food using bought and locally grown produce (where possible).

  • Understand the importance of growing food locally and healthy food choices
  • Prepare a healthy meal from garden produce (where practical) and understand the importance of hygiene and safety in the kitchen
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Classroom then school playground

 

‘Green Waste’ – involving students building a worm farm and learning about the environmental benefits of decomposing organic waste

  • To understand the environmental benefits of recycling organic waste by composting and worm farming
  • To learn how to set up and/or effectively use a compost bin or worm farm.
  • To understand the importance decomposers play in the environment.
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