Tylden Primary School

Sustainability Curriculum

Please find below our Sustainability Curriculum.


Curriculum/Education Plan

This unit is designed to facilitate changes to knowledge, attitudes, skills and aspirations to reduce energy consumption and take responsibility for climatic change by learning about renewable energy.

Learning Statements          

  • Energy is an essential resource.
  • There are renewable and non-renewable energies.
  • Human consumption has a major effect upon energy resources.
  • We can reduce our energy consumption and lessen the environmental impact.
  • We can look after our environment by minimising Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
  • Sustainable practices will ensure energy for the future. Sustainable practices will extend our existing energy resources

Learning Subjects




  • Learn about and compare finite and renewable energy sources

  • Fossil fuels are the leading cause of emissions in  Australia

  • Reduced energy consumption can make a difference to our  planet
  • Energy produced from fossil  fuels is the leading cause of emissions in Australia

  • Reduced personal and national consumption  is needed


  • Use of fossil fuels is the leading cause of emissions in  Australia

  • Emissions impact climate


Learning  And Teaching Activities




  • Visualise the human body as a machine. Engage in physical activity to enable various connections to be made between energy and energy sources.

  • Conduct a simple energy audit of their classroom. To identify on a map items that require energy using images.

  • Discuss and explore advantages and disadvantages of energy sources. Example batteries /mains walking/cars

  • Children to create classification posters depicting comparative energy sources.
  • Interview a senior citizen about changes in lifestyle in regard to energy use.
  • Create and implement a plan to inform people how to save energy. Example presentation of learnings: animations, videos, song, plays and art work

  • Audit school energy use- heating, cooling and lighting.  Investigate skylights for natural heating and lighting.
  • Investigate passive solar designs and investigate retro fittings

  • Design and produce stickers to encourage energy reduction

  • Place stickers close to lights and fans as reminders to turn off appliances and monitor and compare electricity use and billing.

  • Investigate hot water systems and solar  power  with the view to evaluating use at home and school.

  • Senior students will be set the task of regularly updating the generation data on the web page

Whole School Learning  And Teaching Activities

  • Investigate and use non-recyclable plastic free packaging for lunches and display children’s ideas
  • Turn off heaters/coolers when not needed
  • Place stickers near lights and fans as reminders
  • Encourage children to wear appropriate clothing depending on weather
  • Turn off the lights when leaving the classroom
  • Switch off computers or preset them to low energy modes when not in use
  • Commence a weekly reflective journal about their learning during the unit
  • Try to encourage car pooling
  • Children to make posters to display their learning for display in newspaper – “Polytimes”
  • Each classroom recycles paper, food scraps and plastics
  • Children decide on a TPS catchphrase which encourages energy efficient practices