HUB SPP S1 2013 “Sustainability and our Farming Environment” at Beulah Primary School
In S1 2012, Beulah PS created seven great books for Science Talent Search on developments in Science that aided sustainability in farming as part of their HUB SPP.
The HUB SPP provided the in-class teacher PD program “20th Century Australian Science, Changing life on our farmlands” for the teacher and her one-class school (F-6) at Beulah Primary School Hopetoun. Hub SPP environmental educator, Jeanie Clark, provided activities which delivered on learning outcomes:
- across the AusVELS curriculum.
- aims of the SPP,
- the 2013 National Science Week theme, t
- the 2012 Maths of Planet Earth
- and the 2011-2020 United Nations Decade of Biodiversity.
The Beulah PS students participated in the Science Talent Search by writing Science Based Picture Story Books for the Creative Writing Competition on the theme ““It means we’ve have made an important discovery for farming,” said the Australian scientist”. The 20th C Australian Science discoveries/inventions these stories cover are:
- salinity knowledge,
- the ute,
- gearless windmill,
- round baler
- air seeder
- self-propelled auto header
Three of the seven books won minor bursaries in their STS sections – a wonderful result for these six children, but all the children were so proud of their achievements in completing their own Science based story with illustrations. These books and discussion sheets will be put onto the Beulah PS website when its upgrade is complete at http://www.beulahps.vic.edu.au/ .
Part of the program involved the students researching farms and machinery with their own families and friends, bringing families in as a partner in providing materials for learning. This will also be on the website.
The program also involved the class in the 2013 Saltwatch program in this area. Their results are on the map made by selecting 2013 as the year at : http://www.vic.waterwatch.org.au/monitoring-and-data/1010/
Read the full report HUBSPP_S1_2013 learning story report
page last updated 12/2/2014