Let’s Make a Better World Together with Bright Sparks

Visy’s vision is to be the global leader in creating sustainable packaging solutions for a better world.

This curriculum package will explore the themes of recycling, closing the loop and taking positive action through a study of best practice. Students and their ideas will be the focus of the lessons – empowering young people to make sustainable choices and take action through knowledge.

There are also some great Primary and Secondary lessons to check out for Naplan Preparation.

 

 

 

Professional Development: Introduce Primary Students to Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a process for creative problem solving, which uses a designer’s toolkit to find innovative solutions to big challenges.

This course will walk you through the five stages of the Design Thinking process and help you find avenues to use it in the primary curriculum.

You’ll learn:

  • Why design thinking is a valuable teaching and learning tool.
  • How to use the five stages of Design Thinking in your curriculum.
  • How to use Design Thinking to empower students to problem-solve.
  • How to access free lesson plans and student worksheets.

The course will take around 2 hours to complete and is available for $39.95. Once you have purchased this you will have ongoing access and can finish at your own pace. Head to the course and get started today!

 

Early Learning

These lessons introduce children to the fundamentals of recycling – the uses of different bin types, identifying the materials objects are made from and whether they can be recycled. Children will also explore how to turn recyclable objects through crafting activities.

 

What Goes In That Bin?

What Is It Made From?

What Is Recycling?

 

Children investigate why we have different types of bins for our waste. They then work together to create signs for their bins that show what items go into each bin..

Children investigate the composition of objects by testing the size, weight, sound & feel of these objects. They then discover which bin these waste items should go in.

Children are introduced to recycling. They are then invited to find new ways to use recyclable objects in craft activities.

 

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Primary – Foundation to Year 6

Lower Primary – Mathematics

These lessons tie together the importance of recycling with data collection and analysis, allowing students to measure and visualise their own recycling habits as well as that of the school community.

Sorting Our Recycling
Mathematics – Foundation

How Do We Recycle?
Mathematics – Year 1

What Do We Recycle?
Mathematics – Year 2

Weighing Our Impact 
Mathematics – Year 4

Students will explore the topic of recycling. They will practise counting, sorting and classifying, then use their findings to reflect on and develop their own recycling habits.. Students will practise data collection and graphing. They will consider the importance of recycling, recyclable items and ways to improve their recycling habits. Students will collect data on their own recycling habits and use this to evaluate and reflect upon recycling and waste across the school. Students will apply mathematical skills as they explore recycling practices of schools and reflect on their own waste and recycling processes. 

NAPLAN Preparation Primary Lessons

This series of lessons are designed to provide valuable practise for NAPLAN, the national literacy test held in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9*. 

 

Recycling
NAPLAN Style Mathematics – Year 3

The Main Idea? Recycle!
NAPLAN Style Reading Skills – Year 3

Keeping in the Loop
NAPLAN Style Persuasive Writing – Year 5

 
Students will explore steps that schools have taken to increase their recycling & reduce landfill. It focuses on refining student ability to identify which process is required to solve a problem. Students will build on their ability to find the main idea of a text. They will identify the focus of separate paragraphs then link this information to identify an overall theme. This lesson focuses on linking arguments and persuasive techniques to the audience of a persuasive text. Students will review a peer’s work, then reflect on their work.  

Upper Primary – Design Thinking

These lessons are part of a Design Thinking Unit in which students identify waste issues in the world, build an understanding of how waste

impacts end-users in their own community, work to find and prototype a solution, then take action in their community that addresses the issue of waste.

Discovering the Waste Problem
Years 5 & 6

Understanding the Waste Problem
– Years 5 & 6

Interpreting Information for Ideas
– Years 5 & 6

Imagining a Design Solution
Years 5 & 6

Students will be introduced to the environmental impact of waste. They explore ways that the impact of waste can be reduced.. Students will gather information about habits and attitudes in order to build empathy with their school community. Students will share their findings relating to the community’s experiences with waste and recycling. Students will have identified concerns related to waste & recycling practices & habits, then surveyed their school & community. They begin to develop their idea by creating prototypes.
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Seeking Feedback
– Years 5 & 6

Refining the Solution
– Years 5 & 6

TEST – Implementing the Solution
– Years 5 & 6

Reflecting on Design Thinking
– Years 5 & 6

Students identify waste issues in the world, work to find and prototype a solution, then take action in their community that addresses the issue of waste.   In this lesson, students will sort and analyse feedback then incorporate it to improve their design solution.  Students will make changes to their prototypes based on prior analysis of community feedback. They will then plan for implementation of their prototype using a project planning tool to guide them. 
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In this lesson, students reflect on the Design Thinking process, their own personal development and the success of their action. 

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Secondary – Years 7 to 10

Mathematics Focused

These lessons tie together the importance of recycling with data collections and analysis, allowing students to measure and visualise their own recycling habits as well as the changes in recycling practices over time in Australia. 

We Take, We Make, We Use
Years 7 & 8

Football Fields Of Paper
Years 7 & 8

Waste To Energy
Years 7 to 9

Aerosol Assault
Year 9

Students will learn about the concept of closing the loop and investigate the environmental savings their school can make by using recycled paper.
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Students will obtain an understanding of large numbers by relating figures concerning paper usage in Australia to football fields.  Students will investigate the amount of waste being produced by Australians each year, as well as recycling rates and greenhouse gas emissions, by analysing graphs and statistics.
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Students will investigate the production and recycling of aluminium using deodorant cans as a context.

Recyclables In The Rubbish?
Years 7 to 10

To Bin Or Not To Bin
Years 7 to 10

Drastic Plastic Usage
Years 7 to 10

Shiny Innovation
Years 7 to 10

Students will investigate how the recycling of plastic has improved over time and how innovative solutions are improving the environmental effects of plastic. Students will investigate their usage and disposal of recyclable materials by collecting and analysing data.   Students collect and analyse data related to the usage of plastic bottles. They will learn about the difference between recyclable and recycled plastic and calculate the different energy costs to manufacture plastic bottles.
Students will investigate how the recycling of plastic has improved over time and how innovative solutions are improving the environmental effects of plastic. 

NAPLAN Preparation Secondary Lessons

This series of lessons is designed to provide valuable practice for NAPLAN, the national literacy test held in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9*.

   

Synthesising a Sustainable Future
NAPLAN Style Reading Skills – Year 7

More than Just Fiction
NAPLAN Style Narrative Writing – Year 9

   
Students explore different sources of information about waste reduction and recycling and synthesise to develop a set of statements that encourage others to recycle.. In this lesson, students will explore allegory and develop their own allegorical narratives about the concept of sustainability and recycling.    

Science Focused

In these lessons, students will see the application of physical sciences to recycling, as well as collecting data to analyse their own recycling habits as well as that of the school community before looking at ways to reduce their waste output.

The Physics of Recycling
– Year 7

Using Energy to Recycle
Year 8

Bottled a Better Way
Year 7 & 8

Towards Zero Waste
Years 7 to 10

Students will explore the topic of recycling. They will practise counting, sorting and classifying, then use their findings to reflect on and develop their own recycling habits.
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Students will practise data collection and graphing. They will consider the importance of recycling, recyclable items and ways to improve their recycling habits. In this lesson, students will collect data on their own recycling habits and use this to evaluate and reflect upon recycling and waste across the school. Students will apply mathematical skills as they explore recycling practices of schools and reflect on their own waste and recycling processes. 

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With thanks to our Partner

These lessons were made in partnership with Visy. Click here to find out more about Visy and their innovative work in recovering and transforming recyclable materials into new products to preserve our earth’s precious resources.


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