Quick summary: Students investigate the types and quantities of organic waste produced by the school, how the school deals with this waste and how well it is dealing with this waste.
- Students learn that organic waste is made up of food scraps and garden waste.
- Students understand that instead of placing it in bins or skips that will be emptied in a landfill, there are several alternative ways of disposing of this organic waste: 1. Onsite methods such as composted, worm composted, fed to chickens, chipped and used as mulch; and 2. Removed from the school for treatment elsewhere, such as council composting facility.
- Students learn that organic waste can make up as much as half total waste produced by a school, so by disposing of it correctly, by composting, mulching or feeding it to chickens, a school can halve its waste to landfill.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 5 Science
- Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
- Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE217)
- With guidance, pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation, and predict what the findings of an investigation might be (ACSIS231)
- Use equipment and materials safely, identifying potential risks (ACSIS088)
Year 6 Science
- The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
- Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE220)
- With guidance, pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation, and predict what the findings of an investigation might be (ACSIS232)
- Use equipment and materials safely, identifying potential risks (ACSIS105)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST3-6PW, ST3-4WS, ST3-10LW, ST3-11LW.
Topic: Solid Waste
Time required: several 48 min sessions.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate the activities, supervise outdoor investigations.
Resources required: Writing materials, computer with internet access.
Digital learning opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for extension and homework.
Safety: Students review the Class Safety Code, especially if they will be working outdoors or around compost bins.
Keywords: Organic waste, school, disposal.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.