The Students at St Pius X participate weekly in the Foodweb Education Program which is a science for sustainability program that teaches ecology through food gardening. The students are involved in all aspects of maintaining their kitchen garden, orchard food forest, chickens and composting system at school.
The students have access to the Forest Garden at lunch for further independent exploration. The students of St Pius X have also run market days selling plants and produce and we have had community garden picnics where students prepare garden produce and run tours for parents and carers.
Ecoliteracy -The key pillar of the Foodweb approach is incorporating foundational science education into each lesson so that our students develop a solid understanding of the processes that sustain life.
We use systems thinking and ecosystem ecology to teach children the processes that are essential for life. Our framework includes three core ecological patterns of Energy Flows, Matter Cycles and Systems to observe and build a scientific view of the world and apply them to analysing and creating human systems.
Edible Gardens – The food garden provides a rich educational setting for learning practical and social skills as well as a living laboratory to discover and explore the processes on which we, and all life on Earth, depend. Gardening and cooking provide an opportunity for unmediated experience and exploration, but also for casual, non-threatening inclusion of science into fun, everyday activities.
For more information check out: www.foodwebeducation.com
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