Young people who are connected to their world and their environment are more likely to take action to care for it later in life. In this unit, students will explore key themes around sustainability through creativity. 


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Tuning in

A tuning in activity helps students to define and focus on the issues they will be dealing with in the unit of work.

  1. Creative Sustainability: Tuning In – Visual Arts – Years 5 & 6
    Creative Sustainability: Tuning In – Visual Arts – Years 5 & 6

Finding Out

Students will need to obtain more information about the issues they are going to investigate. They can identify questions of interest and research these either in small groups or on their own. Once information is gathered, it can be shared using chosen communication methods e.g. short presentations. Students can continue finding out by completing a range of investigations, including gathering data. They use appropriate methods to present and communicate what they have found out.

  1. Creative Sustainability: Pencil Shaving Sketches – Visual Arts – Years 5 & 6
    Creative Sustainability: Pencil Shaving Sketches – Visual Arts – Years 5 & 6
  2. Creative Sustainability: Designing Places – Visual Arts – Years 5 & 6
    Creative Sustainability: Designing Places – Visual Arts – Years 5 & 6
  3. Creative Sustainability: Posters that Pop – Visual Arts – Years 5 & 6
    Creative Sustainability: Posters that Pop – Visual Arts – Years 5 & 6

Considering Social Action

Students are given opportunities to apply their learning in real world situations, in the classroom, school, home or the local community.

  1. Creative Sustainability: Illustrating Social Action – Visual Arts – Years 5 & 6
    Creative Sustainability: Illustrating Social Action – Visual Arts – Years 5 & 6

Additional Activities for this Unit of Work

These activities are not part of this unit of work, however they may be useful as additions if you have the time.