In term 2 this year students in all stages were engaged in project-based learning (PBL).
Project-based learning is an approach to teaching and learning that engages students in rich and authentic learning experiences.
In a PBL environment, students gain knowledge and skills by investigating and responding to an engaging question, problem or challenge.
A PBL learning and teaching framework addresses cross-curricula content and learning dispositions through rigorous, authentic, hands-on, interactive learning experiences.
Below are examples from classes in each stage demonstrating to learning experiences and outcomes from these projects.
Early Stage 1
In Term 2, Kindergarten learnt about materials in their immediate environments and the different properties. They investigated different objects and what they were made of and the properties of materials such as wood, paper, fabric, metal, plastic and rubber.
Kindergarten worked with our garden specialist, Farmer Grace, to ruse and recycle old materials into new objects that will help keep the garden safe. They created stepping stones out of concrete and recycled bottle lids, buttons, CDs, and bread clips, which will help students stay on the garden paths. They painted and decorated recycled timber which will be turned into garden bed barriers to keep feet off the garden beds and keep our plants safe. They also used recycled fabrics and old clothing to make some terrifying scarecrows, which will keep the ibis’ away from our growing plants and seeds!
KS – Stepping Stones & Garden Barriers
KS – Scarecrow
As a part of Stage 1’s project this term, students have been working to promote and implement a writing instrument recycling programme called Terracycle.
TerraCycle is a social enterprise that aims to eliminate the idea of waste. TerraCycle have found that nearly everything we touch can be recycled and they aim to collect typically non-recyclable items through national, first-of-their-kind recycling platforms. With the help of people all over the world, TerraCycle have diverted many valuable resources from landfills all over the world, and they’re just getting started.
While the programme covers coffee capsules from the home, plastic gloves from manufacturing facilities and packaging materials from businesses, Stage 1 students identified that they go through a lot of markers and other writing materials. Currently these markers go into the bin.
Stage 1 classes distributed recycled boxes to buddy classrooms across the school. These boxes are being used to collect items that can be recycled through the writing instrument recycling programme. Accepted waste includes pens, felt tips, highlighters, markers, mechanical pencils, corrections tape and fluid pots, fountain pens and ink cartridges.
To help spread the word and educate the school community, Stage 1 students also worked to produce promotional material throughout the term.
‘Suade in a green direction
Stage 2 have been looking at sustainability this term and investigated the effects of plastic and litter on the environment.
We looked at a campaign called ‘Straw No More’, which was started by Molly Steer in 2018. She was only 10 years old when she started this movement. We were inspired by her to create our own posters and slogans to convince students of Stanmore Public School to be responsible for their rubbish and do their part.
Here are the final versions of the posters we created.