1. Purpose – Why are we doing this?:

VCDSTC035 – Design and Technologies / Levels 5 and 6 

  • Investigating and experimenting with different tools, equipment and methods of preparing soil and the effect on soil quality and sustainability, for example when designing a garden for a community group
  • Identifying ways of applying, conserving and recycling nutrients in food and fibre production when designing a sustainable school vegetable garden or cropping area, for example composting and other forms of organic fertilisers
  • Considering how low-input sustainable agriculture (LISA) is used in a range of environments including Australia and the countries of Asia
  • Sequencing the process of converting ‘on-farm’ food or fibre products into a product suitable for retail sale

VCSSU002 – Science / Level A / Science Understanding / Biological sciences

  • Experiencing a variety of living things in a range of situations such as pets at school, plants in a garden, animals on a farm or in the school grounds responding to the characteristics of different things, for example, texture of their covering, softness, size, sounds they make.

VCHPEP049 – Health and Physical Education / Level D / Personal, Social and Community Health

  • Explore play in outdoor settings and the natural environment
  • Exploring with adult support a range of ways to play and be active in outdoor or natural settings

VCDSCD018 – Design and Technologies / Foundation to Level 2

  • Exploring opportunities around the school for designing solutions, for example how school play areas could be improved; how the school removes classroom waste and identifying opportunities to reduce, recycle and re-use materials.
  • Explore needs or opportunities for designing, and the technologies needed to realise designed solutions.
  • Considering the importance of sustainability in designed solutions, for example comparing the durability of materials for a selected solution exploring which tools, equipment and techniques to use with selected materials.

VCHPEP095 – Health and Physical Education / Levels 3 and 4

  • Exploring and developing responsible and sustainable classroom practices such as recycling, composting and energy saving.

VCDSCD041 – Design and Technologies / Levels 5 and 6

  • Independently and collaboratively using criteria for success to evaluate processes and planning in regard to sustainability considerations evaluating the suitability of materials, tools and equipment for specific purposes.
  • Negotiate criteria for success that include consideration of environmental and social sustainability to evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions.


  • The importance of environments to animals and people, and different views on how they can be protected; the use and management of natural resources and waste, and different views on how to do this sustainably.

VCSSU056 – Science / Levels 3 and 4

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions.
  • Exploring how science has contributed to understanding and resolving issues related to the effects of human activities, for example, clearing of bushland to build housing and roads and management of waste investigating how people can use science to select appropriate materials for their work, for example, builders, clothing designers, engineers, gardeners and chefs.

VCEBB006 – Economics and Business / Levels 5 and 6

  • Identifying why businesses exist and investigating the different ways that goods and services are produced.
  • Identifying different industry sectors, such as agriculture, information, tourism, telecommunications, and discussing what they produce or provide.

2. Audit – How much waste do we generate?:

VCSIS068 – Science / Levels 3 and 4 / Science Inquiry Skills

  • Use formal measurements in the collection and recording of observations.
  • Making and recording measurements using familiar formal units and appropriate abbreviations, such as seconds (s), grams (g), centimetres (cm) and millilitres (mL).

VCMMG140 – Mathematics / Level 3 / Measurement and Geometry

  • Measure, order and compare objects using familiar metric units of length, area, mass and capacity. Recognising the importance of using common units of measurement recognising and using centimetres and metres, square centimetres, grams and kilograms, and millilitres and litres.
  • Collect, sort, and recognise, with assistance, different types of patterns in data, and use digital systems to represent data as pictures, symbols and diagrams.


3. How is our waste currently dealt with?:

VCCCG003 – Civics and Citizenship / Levels 3 and 4 / Government and Democracy

  • Explain the roles of local government and some familiar services provided at the local level.
  • Using online sources to identify local government services.

4. Building the infrastructure:

VCDSTC015 – Design and Technologies / Foundation to Level 2

  • Considering the suitability of a range of tools when cultivating gardens, mulching and building garden structures

5. Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen and Water:

VCDSTC035 – Design and Technologies / Levels 5 and 6 / Technologies Contexts

  • Exploring and comparing the efficiency of different irrigation methods in plant production systems including the use of digital technologies to improve the effectiveness, for example when designing a sustainable irrigation system to be used in a garden

VCSSU058 – Science / Levels 3 and 4 / Science Understanding / Biological sciences

  • Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive
  • Investigating the roles of living things in a habitat, for example, producers, consumers or decomposers

6. The worm run:

VCPSCSO023 – Personal and Social Capability / Levels 3 and 4

  • Demonstrate skills for effective participation in group tasks and use criteria provided to reflect on the effectiveness of the teams in which they participate.
  • Listing cooperative skills required for effective teamwork.

VCRAC020 – Roman Alphabet Languages: F-10 Sequence

  • Initiating and responding to instructions and classroom routines and games.
  • Contributing to preparing and displaying a set of class rules using the language for daily activities, such as creating and following signs and instructions in the classroom and around the school

VCHPEM028 – Health and Physical Education / Level B

  • Follow basic single word instructions when participating in structured physical activities.
  • Learning how to use equipment appropriately.

VCPSCSO063 – Personal and Social Capability / Level B

  • Participate in routine activities and interact with others in a range of familiar contexts instigated by the teacher.
  • Undertaking everyday routines under supervision

7. Instruction manual:

VCDTCD012 – Digital Technologies / Level D

  • Writing a simple set of instructions to sequence events
  • Follow and represent a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve simple problems.

VCELY188 – English / Level 1 / Literacy / Interpreting, analysing, evaluating

  • Describe some differences between imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, and identify the audience of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts.
  • Selecting texts for a particular purpose or task

8. Monitoring & Maintenance:

  • Use both general terms and simple, scientific vocabulary to begin to describe their activities and observations (VCSIS040)
  • Use formal measurements in the collection and recording of observations (VCSIS068)
  • Use a range of methods including tables and column graphs to represent data and to identify patterns and trends (VCSIS069)
  • Exploring tools, equipment and procedures to improve plant and animal production, for example when growing vegetables in the school garden

9. Pest & vermin control:

10. Harvesting:

VCEBB006 – Economics and Business / Levels 5 and 6

  • Identify the reasons businesses exist and investigate the different ways they produce and distribute goods and services

VCDSTS001 – 

  • Experiencing designed solutions such as harvesting products from the school garden.
  • The types of tools and equipment used in the school garden.

11. Sustaining the system independently:

VCPSCSE028 – Personal and Social Capability / Levels 5 and 6

  • Identify the skills for working independently and describe their performance when undertaking independent tasks
  • Preparing a work plan outlining the steps to be undertaken in order to complete an independent task
  • Developing a list of success criteria in order to monitor and cross-check their progress.


12. Encouraging others to participate:

VCAMAP019 – Media Arts / Foundation Level

  • Collecting and sharing class stories and presenting them in the form of a class news bulletin.
  • Producing and presenting a media artwork for a particular purpose such as a school event