Inland to Ocean is a Schools Package designed for teachers and students in the local area; the Northern Agricultural Region (NAR). In short, the main purpose of this package is ‘Helping kids to help the environment’.
Inland to Ocean Characteristics:
- Aimed at Years 4-6
- Fits in with (emerging) Australian Curriculum
- Incorporates Coastal, Indigenous, Biodiversity, Hydrology, Climate Change and Sustainability issues
- Uses project-based and Inquiry Learning
- Focusses on the Northern Agricultural Region
- Enthuses students to become stewards of their local environment
How does Inland to Ocean align with the Australian Curriculum?
The recent move to the Australian Curriculum has set up the expectation that schools will focus on sustainability. This package shows links with documents such as the Sustainability Curriculum Framework and the Sustainable Schools WA. It demonstrates the integrated nature of the cross curricular priorities and shows how the activities and big ideas in the package support the General Capabilities outlined in the Australian Curriculum. There are three cross-curricular priorities in the Australian Curriculum:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
- Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
Schools are encouraged to incorporate sustainability into all areas of learning and for this learning to be integrated and cross-curricular.
The Inland to Ocean project is split into six separate categories. These categories include:
How to use Inland to Ocean
The Inland to Ocean package is designed specifically for teachers and students in the NAR of Western Australia, however many aspects can be used, or adapted for use across Australia. It is designed to be used in a variety of ways, to suit the particular needs and situations of different classes, teachers and schools. Some teachers will choose just one or two of the projects and use them with the whole class. Others will want the students to design their own program, in consultation with the teacher. A Project Record Sheet has been provided for students and teachers to record the work that is being completed (see page 18). This Project Record Sheet also integrates with various aspects of the Australian Curriculum. Resources for each section have been recommended to save teachers time and to ensure that they feel confident with the content.
About the formats
Teachers have asked for a variety of formats for the package, and a way for schools to share their stories.
Each chapter contains:
- Information about the topic: A page or two of info at the beginning of each chapter gives you a general introduction to the sorts of things you will learn about.
- Activities: You may decide to do one-off activities, or do lots of them as part of a bigger program.
- Learning by Doing: Get active! Students will get to play roles. Writers and storytellers must have an audience other than the teacher. Builders will actually get to build. Gardeners will get involved in the design of the school garden. Students may have a few different roles at the same time and should do all sorts of different types of work and play. Keep a record of students’ learning using the Project Record Sheet.
- School Stories: Get inspired by learning about what teachers in other schools are doing. Better still, why don’t you get in touch with them and learn from them directly? You could also tell them what you have been doing and they can learn from you.