Self isolating, home schooling or teaching remotely? 

 

Parents and teachers alike can access Cool Australia lessons to support student learning in this unique and challenging environment.

 

Cool Australia educational materials are free units of work and lesson plans that are learning ‘recipes’ to help guide teaching. They include step-by-step instructions, worksheets, relevant curriculum mapping and real-world content parents can relate to, keeping learning stress free and fun. 

To help reduce the stress, we have selected some of our favourite topics and lessons that can be easily adapted to the home environment. Parents can sign up and access downloadable worksheets and teaching notes to help guide conversations in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.

Teachers are welcome to share our website with parents directly or download specific resources and share through your existing classroom tools – whatever option suits your classroom best. Parents who need help signing up can access our Parent Registration help page. Our team are currently working remotely and available to support both teachers and parents via email [email protected]

 


Snappy Science –
Early Learning and Primary

Inspire wonder and curiosity with these fun, DIY science activities.

Parents can access the lessons plans or check out the student-friendly Snappy Science Digital Library.

Understanding Nutrition –
Year 5 & 6 Maths

This Math unit teaches students how to evaluate the sugar content of the food that they’re eating by understanding the Nutrition Information Panel. 

Check out the full set of lessons on the Impacts of Sugar with options for Primary and Secondary.

Explore the backyard and learn –
Early Learning and Primary

We have lots of lessons that let kids explore their natural environment and are great for parents with younger children.

While lessons are mapped to year level curriculum, many lessons can be easily adapted to different ages. These lessons can get the whole family exploring the backyard in a new way and parents can easily use worksheets to allow for learning at individual age levels.

Early Learning Nature Detective – Go on a nature hunt in the backyard and document your findings. 

Years 1 & 2 Nature Survey – Introduce some maths – getting kids to identify, tally and graph wildlife. Remember to look under rocks, in the trees and on the leaves. There are many mini beasts in our own backyard if we look closely.

Years 3 & 4 Outdoor Leaf Bowl – Explore the natural patterns in the backyard and create a Visual Arts project. Parents can substitute other materials and create a 3D artwork or drawing.

Years 5 & 6 Secret Garden – Kids can create a map, using grid references, explore the natural environment, and create directions. Lessons cover Maths and Geography.


Thinking about the world differently  

 

There are some great programs that harness creativity and challenge both primary and secondary students to think about the world around them in a different way. Here are a few that we thought might motivate students working remotely and also allow teachers and parents to create more in-depth projects and extend topics as needed. 

 

Under the Spotlight

 

 

Earth Hour 2020

While students may not be at school on 27 March for Schools Earth Hour Day,  flipped lessons are a fantastic way to get secondary students thinking about the topic.

Flipped Lessons – 

Tuning in to Climate Change

Are your neighbours doing it better?

For more lessons, select Earth Hour in our curriculum search.

 

2040 – Primary & Secondary

2040 logo

This documentary can be enjoyed by parents and students alike. It encourages students to harness creativity and innovation, engaging with the world around them to develop positive, action-driven solutions. 

2040 is a story of hope that looks at the very real possibility that humanity could reverse global warming and improve the lives of every living thing in the process. It is a positive vision of what ‘could be’ that will give your students hope for the future.

There are a large number of lessons available for all year levels, and teachers can set students research projects using the resources available in our digital library. 

This is a topic that the whole family can explore! Find out more.

Competitions

 

 

MobileMuster Film Competition 2020

Win a $5,000 JB Hi-Fi Gift Card!

You don’t have to be an experienced filmmaker to take part – all you need is an idea, imagination and motivation. 

Kids can learn about mobile phone recycling, film making, and changing behaviours while having fun.

Click here for more information.

 

 

Fanfare Competition 2020

Artology’s Fanfare competition is a great opportunity for music-loving teens & young adults.

The task is to create a 30 second composition around the theme ‘Something to Say‘.

Winners will have their score performed by the QLD Youth Orchestra! We have great supporting lessons too. 

 

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