Kitchen gardens – sustainability action process (Years 7–10)

Secondary KLAs:
Human Society and its Environment, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Technology
Educational levels:
Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10

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High school students using shovels to dig in veggie patch.

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This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on kitchen gardens using the five-step sustainability action process. The resource supports the investigation of a real-world issue or problem. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and reflect on their success and their learning.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(TE4-1DP) designs, communicates and evaluates innovative ideas and creative solutions to authentic problems or opportunities

(TE4-2DP) plans and manages the production of designed solutions

(TE4-3DP) selects and safely applies a broad range of tools, materials and processes in the production of quality projects

(TE4-5AG) investigates how food and fibre are produced in managed environments

(TE4-6FO) explains how the characteristics and properties of food determine preparation techniques for healthy eating

(PD4-7) investigates health practices, behaviours and resources to promote health, safety, wellbeing and physically active communities

(PD4-8) plans for and participates in activities that encourage health and a lifetime of physical activity

(PD4-9) demonstrates self-management skills to effectively manage complex situations

(PD4-10) applies and refines interpersonal skills to assist themselves and others to interact respectfully and promote inclusion in a variety of groups or contexts

(PD5-7) plans, implements and critiques strategies to promote health, safety, wellbeing and participation in physical activity in their communities

(PD5-8) designs, implements and evaluates personalised plans to enhance health and participation in a lifetime of physical activity

(PD5-9) assesses and applies self-management skills to effectively manage complex situations

(PD5-10) critiques their ability to enact interpersonal skills to build and maintain respectful and inclusive relationships in a variety of groups or contexts

(GE4-3) explains how interactions and connections between people, places and environments result in change

(GE4-4) examines perspectives of people and organisations on a range of geographical issues

(GE4-7) acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using geographical tools for inquiry

(GE4-8) communicates geographical information using a variety of strategies

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACTDEK032) Analyse how food and fibre are produced when designing managed environments and how these can become more sustainable

(ACTDEK034) Analyse ways to produce designed solutions through selecting and combining characteristics and properties of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment

(ACTDEP035) Critique needs or opportunities for designing and investigate, analyse and select from a range of materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to develop design ideas

(ACTDEP036) Generate, develop, test and communicate design ideas, plans and processes for various audiences using appropriate technical terms and technologies including graphical representation techniques

(ACTDEP037) Select and justify choices of materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to effectively and safely make designed solutions

(ACTDEP038) Independently develop criteria for success to evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions and their sustainability

(ACTDEP039) Use project management processes when working individually and collaboratively to coordinate production of designed solutions

(ACTDEK041) Explain how products, services and environments evolve with consideration of preferred futures and the impact of emerging technologies on design decisions

(ACTDEP048) Critique needs or opportunities to develop design briefs and investigate and select an increasingly sophisticated range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment to develop design ideas

(ACTDEP049) Develop, modify and communicate design ideas by applying design thinking, creativity, innovation and enterprise skills of increasing sophistication

(ACTDEP050) Work flexibly to effectively and safely test, select, justify and use appropriate technologies and processes to make designed solutions

(ACTDEP051) Evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions against comprehensive criteria for success recognising the need for sustainability

(ACTDEP052) Develop project plans using digital technologies to plan and manage projects individually and collaboratively taking into consideration time, cost, risk and production processes

(ACPPS075) Analyse factors that influence emotions , and develop strategies to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity

(ACPPS078) Plan and implement strategies for connecting to natural and built environments to promote the health and wellbeing of their communities

(ACPPS097) Plan and evaluate new and creative interventions that promote their own and others’ connection to community and natural and built environments

(ACHASSK188) Factors that influence the decisions people make about where to live and their perceptions of the liveability of places

(ACHASSK190) The influence of environmental quality on the liveability of places

(ACHASSK192) Strategies used to enhance the liveability of places, especially for young people, including examples from Australia and Europe

(ACHGS047) Develop geographically significant questions and plan an inquiry, using appropriate geographical methodologies and concepts

(ACHGS048) Evaluate sources for their reliability and usefulness and select, collect and record relevant geographical data and information, using ethical protocols, from appropriate primary and secondary sources

(ACHGS049) Represent data in a range of appropriate forms, for example climate graphs, compound column graphs, population pyramids, tables, field sketches and annotated diagrams, with and without the use of digital and spatial technologies

(ACHGS050) Represent spatial distribution of different types of geographical phenomena by constructing appropriate maps at different scales that conform to cartographic conventions, using spatial technologies as appropriate

(ACHGS051) Interpret geographical data and other information using qualitative and quantitative methods, and digital and spatial technologies as appropriate, to identify and propose explanations for spatial distributions, patterns and trends, and infer relationships

(ACHGS052) Apply geographical concepts to draw conclusions based on the analysis of the data and information collected

(ACHGS053) Present findings, arguments and ideas in a range of communication forms selected to suit a particular audience and purpose; using geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate

(ACHGS054) Reflect on their learning to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic and social considerations, and predict the expected outcomes of their proposal

(ACHGK061) Human alteration of biomes to produce food, industrial materials and fibres, and the use of systems thinking to analyse the environmental effects of these alterations

(ACHGK063) Challenges to food production, including land and water degradation, shortage of fresh water, competing land uses, and climate change, for Australia and other areas of the world

(ACHGS063) Develop geographically significant questions and plan an inquiry that identifies and applies appropriate geographical methodologies and concepts

(ACHGS064) Evaluate sources for their reliability, bias and usefulness and select, collect, record and organise relevant geographical data and information, using ethical protocols, from a range of appropriate primary and secondary sources

(ACHGS065) Represent multi-variable data in a range of appropriate forms, for example scatter plots, tables, field sketches and annotated diagrams, with and without the use of digital and spatial technologies

(ACHGS066) Represent spatial distribution of geographical phenomena by constructing special purpose maps that conform to cartographic conventions, using spatial technologies as appropriate

(ACHGS067) Interpret and analyse multi-variable data and other geographical information using qualitative and quantitative methods, and digital and spatial technologies as appropriate, to make generalisations and inferences, propose explanations for patterns, trends, relationships and anomalies, and predict outcomes

(ACHGS068) Apply geographical concepts to synthesise information from various sources and draw conclusions based on the analysis of data and information, taking into account alternative points of view

(ACHGS069) Identify how geographical information systems (GIS) might be used to analyse geographical data and make predictions

(ACHGS070) Present findings, arguments and explanations in a range of appropriate communication forms, selected for their effectiveness and to suit audience and purpose; using relevant geographical terminology, and digital technologies as appropriate

(ACHGS071) Reflect on and evaluate findings of an inquiry to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic, political and social considerations; and explain the predicted outcomes and consequences of their proposal

More information

Resource type:
Interactive Resource
Audience:
learner, teacher
ScOT topics:
Gardening, Market gardens, Plant cultivation, Environmental sustainability, Sustainable development, Environmental impact
Activities:
Brainstorming, Communication activity, Critical thinking activity, Data manipulation and interpretation, Practical activity, Problem solving
Language/s:
en-AU
Author:
State of NSW, Department of Education
Publisher:
State of NSW, Department of Education
Date created:
Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Resource ID: 59b36c75-b38c-4ab8-9491-12d5cf07d6e2