Noble Park Primary School
We are focusing on connecting to nature and take our class outside for a lesson .
In grades 3/4 students learnt how to safely set up a fire and enjoy time outdoors sitting around a campfire and toasting marshmallows. We participated in the work of growing food, acknowledging the processes involved such as composting and gardening through our sustainability program. In 3/4 we also had a swap market.
In the Prep and 1/2s we took nature walks, planted sunflower seeds and picked up rubbish. We also joined our waste warriors in collecting the recycling and composting from the classrooms.
In grades 5 and 6 we looked and discussed habitats. We read about leaf litter and examined areas of our place that could potentially provide habitats for animals and mini beasts. We made a lizard lounge and mulched around our indigenous trees. We undertook a nude food spot check and announced the winner at assembly.
Our school has started a Journey to Sustainability with the assistance of the City of Greater Dandenong. The sustainability teacher and leaders worked with Envirocom to audit our school rubbish which helped us realise where we could make improvements. We decided one of our first school goals would be to focus on Nude Food. We have new compost and recycling containers placed in each classroom and we have developed a system where the 5/6 sustainability leaders collect the compost, recycling twice a week accompanied by younger monitors (kids teaching kids). We are focusing on a whole school approach to achieving better nude food data. We have registered for Nude Food November.
We are continuing to work on our beautiful kitchen garden and outdoor classroom. We are planting, weeding, mulching and composting weekly. We are appreciating the nature around us and taking students on nature walks and taking lessons outside in our forest area. We are looking after our classroom plants.
We are becoming conscious of the power we use. We are having discussions that involve thinking critically and asking ourselves questions such as, do we need to turn the fan on or could we open the windows? We are taking lessons outside. We are turning off computers and white boards when not in use. We are having swap meets to consider buying less new and contemplating needs and wants.
At Noble Park Primary we are continuing to work on our forest school. We have loose materials including logs, branches and bark for the students to use to build huts, play and connect to nature. We are discussing some of the wildlife that the forest attracts and we are discussing habitats. We have planned a lizard lounge. We have been looking closely at the 'Leaf Litter' book so as to come to understand the importance of leaf litter. We have been taking the students outside and enjoying sitting around a fire. We have presented poetry about nature at our assembly and on our blog. We are building habitats such as Lizard Lounges to encourage local wildlife. We are making habitats a future goal for Noble Park Primary School.
Eating locally grown food or food from our garden is good for us and the environment. It’s fresh, ripe and doesn’t need to travel.
WE ARE CELEBRATING ENVIROWEEK
We are cooking fresh food from our garden.