Prebbleton School Timeline 2019

Teaching and Learning about sustainability...

Does it have an Economic, Societal or Environmental Aspect?


Curriculum area/learning focus/value:

Evidence of learning

(eg photos of students in action or their book work):


Awa 104 and Moana 6

The Awa 104 children put the bird food cakes they made on Global Earth Day into scooped out fruit skins they  brought to school. We then took them around to the birdhouses that the year 7-8’s had made, on the fence behind Manu Block. We put some bird cakes in each birdhouse. We have been going back to visit to see if the birds have been eating them.  We would love to see the birds hanging out in the birdhouses. We will keep checking to see what happens.

Moana 3 and 4, Manu 1

Moana 7 and Rakau 2

We researched animals that would be most affected by the rising temperatures of climate change. We found out that:

The planet's average surface temperature has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.9 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere.4 Most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years, with the five warmest years on record taking place since 2010. Not only was 2016 the warmest year on record, but eight of the 12 months that make up the year — from January through September, with the exception of June — were the warmest on record for those respective months.

We then made posters explaining how/why climate change seriously matters to animals.

These included:

Polar bears

Sea turtles

Orange spotted filefish

Ringed seal

White lemuroid ringtail possum

Arctic puffin

Manu 2, Moana 8

We made Stop Motion videos to show how polar bears are losing their habitat because of global warming. Here is an example:


Manu 2 and Moana 8 could not believe how much rubbish was hiding in the grass behind the strip of shops in Prebbleton. We found everything from a bike wheel to a 10 meter long pipe!!

Manu 3, Moana 5

We made Pic Collages with photos from our Nature Scavenger Hunt.

Rakau 1, Moana 1

We used Stop Motion to talk about what is happening to endangered New Zealand animals.

Maui Dolphin Stop Motion

Kakapo Stop Motion

Rakau 2, Moana 7

Rakau 4, Moana 2

Earlier this week we made our own paper out of the contents of the recycling bin. We had to rip paper into small pieces and leave it to soak in water overnight. After that we added cornflour and food colouring before straining all the liquid out. Then we spread it out between sheets of tinfoil. We are still waiting for it to dry properly but plan to make something out of it when it’s dry!

For Global Earth Day we spent the morning making seed pots out of newspaper. We planted some micro green mix in each one. We could choose to keep it for ourselves to look after or gift it to someone special for Easter. The seed pots can be planted straight into the ground because the newspaper decomposes.

Rakau 1, Awa 3

Rakau 5, Awa 2

Moana 5, Awa 1-4-0

We went for a walk around our school and saw the wonderful birdhouses that last years Year 7-8s had made. They were all empty and we couldn’t see a bird in sight. Awa 104 and Moana 6 decided that to attract more bird life to our school to use these little house, we would need to get them some food to eat. We googled bird feeders and came up with a recipe to make bird food cakes. Moana 6 collected all their unwanted crusts from their sandwiches and we bought a few ingredients such as lard, seed, oats and dried fruit. Mixing all these together, we filled up cupcake liners to make little cakes. These have been frozen and next term we will pop each cake into a fruit skin and then place the into a birdhouse. We can’t wait to see if we can entice more birds into our school playground.


The Hub

Science - The living World

‘The Great Potato Harvest’

We had a great range of numbers and sizes of potatoes hiding beneath the soil in our buckets. After 2 and a half months of growth, Holly M won ‘biggest potato’, Ruby J was awarded the most (24!), while Jess Armstrong won ‘tallest foliage’.  Our Hub students now know that growing potatoes requires thinking about

  • the time of year
  • the soil
  • the right amount of water and sun
  • the variety used

Team 78 -Moana 7&8

The need: A litter free school

We wanted to use the Prebbleton School value of Community to get rid of the rubbish around our school.  We have made labelled buckets and employed some eco warriors ! We are all itching to get our names pulled out of the box, meaning we can have a 2 day stint at being an eco warrior. Saving Prebbleton School from nasty rubbish!

Studio 56  and some Hub students

Curriculum links: literacy, science, community

The Knucklebones reading group read about how you could reuse soft drink bottles to make your own garden. This sounded really cool so we decided to give it a go. We asked some of the big kids to help us with the tricky cutting parts.

We reread the instructions, gathered teh materials, did lots of talking and created these beautiful gardens.

School Community

Gardening Club

We have been pulling out the weeds, harvesting the tomatoes and potatoes, and composting.

The garden is now ready for planting Autumn garden vegetables, for example








Intermediate Hub

Recycled Garden Art:

Garden Art using recycled materials.

Curriculum Links:

Visual Art


Environment Beautification


Whole School

Enviroschools Celebration and Future Focus:

Matt from Enviroschools came to plant a kowhai as part of our ongoing Enviroschool and sustainability focus.

Team 3-4

The Living World.

Planting out our seedlings.

Now we need to look after them in classes so that we see them produce fruit.

Learnt the skills of repotting seedlings.

The Intermediate Hub

Visual arts - We are enhancing our outdoor environment using recycled garden art creations. Students have opted into a group and are working on colourful bird houses, paling portraits, milk bottle flowers and the like, all using recycled materials such as milk bottles and recycled wood.

Enviroteam and Moana 4

Celebrating with pizza; the Enviroteam and the class that had the most nearly empty bins this year (go Moana 4!).

Team 3-4 

During our fine motor group time we made bird houses for our new trees that we have planted.  The children developed their fine motor skills by using a hammer, whilst also creating a home for birds.  This meets our school objective of encouraging more birds to return to the school.

School Leaders

Enviroteam follow up workshop with other Selwyn schools. These students participated in an authentic Zone Committee Meeting, offering up their ideas and solutions for Selwyn water biodiversity. Rose, Amelie, Jess, Ashley and Hester enjoyed discussions about their findings on chlorinated water with people from the Selwyn Zone Committee and dining with the mayor for lunch.

Team 3/4

Science - the living world

Seedlings grown from last year’s tomatoes - showing the process from fruit to seed to plant to more fruit.

Growing tomato plants. Each plant will be entered into a whole school competition where different classes will compete to grow the tallest tomato plant!

Intermediate Hub

Systems - The economic world - ‘Market Day’, with a sustainable theme. THis included reusable cups, compostable cupcake paper and drinking cups, goods made from scratch, raising money for charity, as well as creating a sound and sustainable business plan.

Year 5/6

Tree planting for a sustainable future by Rakau Block. Trees will attract more native birds to our school.

Team 3-4

During the term the children learnt about economic sustainability by creating their own inventions, that solved a problem, and then marketing it to the Dragon’s Den

Some children focussed on environmental issues to help generate ideas for their inventions in our Inquiry topic. From cleaning up rubbish in the sea to redesigning existing products so they are more sustainable and last longer, reducing waste.

Intermediate Hub


  • appreciate that science is a way of explaining the world and that science knowledge changes over time
  • identify ways in which scientists work together and with other groups, providing evidence to support

         their ideas.

Intermediate Hub

Science/Environmental sustainability

  • Students will recognise that there are life processes common to all living things (microorganisms) and that these occur in different ways.
  • investigate and describe ways of producing permanent or temporary
    changes in some familiar materials, e.g., mixing two or more substances
  • 4 investigate the positive and negative effects of substances on people and on
    the environment, e.g., petroleum products.

Student leadership

Enviroteam workshop with other Selwyn schools, with a focus on water deterioration resolution in Canterbury.

Students participated in a pseudo Zone Committee meeting, all taking on the roles of various parties that may be present at a regular meeting.

Whole School

Community - Selwyn Pumpkin growing competition - we got....


Eco Warriors

Community - hard at work clearing weeds to make the garden ready for new planting

Team 1/2


Science -looked at the lifecycle of a penguin and started an inquiry about rubbish and the way it is affecting sea life (penguins)

School value: Community and Curiosity

We are about to make reusable sandwich covers to encourage parents to help us on our quest.

M2- community-

using ‘paper savers’ and whiteboard pens over worksheets so the worksheet can be reused. Less photocopying. Posting pics of this work on seesaw rather than gluing worksheets into books.

  • daily checks of lunchboxes just before lunchtime -nice to see  kids giving each other advice on how to be more environmentally friendly. Children with rubbish free lunch boxes are feeling very proud of themselves. One even had it as their news today!
  • Putting a box outside at playtimes- enabling children to take containers of chips etc out. They put their named containers in the box when finished (as they are not allowed inside at break times. (see pics)

Term One Enviroschools

Community - our vegetable garden is currently full of delicious herbs, potatoes, and tomatoes.

Come and taste our delicious produce! Sue and Tegan enjoyed trying the Capples (cucumber and apple hybrid).

Term One - Enviroschools

Community - we are nearly ready for judging of the ‘Largest Pumpkin’ Competition run by the Selwyn District Council

Term one Year 5/6


/Health - proposing a walkway with native plants to promote well-being. Check out the following link to the Sites web page created by the Year  5-6 teachers


This is one of the students’ letter proposals to Ms Alexander.

We sent emails to different plant suppliers

We had a planting day on the last day of Term 1 to create our Native Garden. Our aim was to bring native birds to our school with native plants.

For part of our celebrations inquiry group, students created 2 projects -garden art with plastic bottle caps and scarecrows. Our aim was to add some interest to the back vege garden area.

Term one: Enviro-leaders

Zero rubbish (Enviroschools) - student action competition to reward the class with the most consistently empty rubbish bin in 2018.

Term one: Team 5/6


Opt in ‘Native NZ’ group: examining the treasures and threats of native NZ. Exploring our relationship with our environment and how we harm and protect it.

Our google classroom learning space

Term one:

Team 3-4

Moana 3 & 4 used the vegetable garden as a stimulus for our writing.

We used our senses to think of interesting description and adjectives.  We then used our findings to write metaphors

Term one:

Team 3-4

Whilst we were visiting the veggie garden we noticed lots of the the tomatoes were ripe and had started to fall on the ground. We quickly picked them up and Mrs Aitken made tomato relish and oven dried tomatoes with them.  We tasted them and used our language to describe their taste and texture.



Curriculum area and learning focus:

Evidence of learning

(eg photos of students in action or their book work)

Year 2

English- Reading

Non-fiction note taking and making posters.

These boys did theirs on recycling.


PLD - focus:

 ‘zero waste’

Intermediate Hub

Social Sciences

Exploring Globalisation and Free Trade

Team 1/2

We played games from the ‘olden days’. We enjoyed playing these games and now we play them at lunch time too.

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Awa 1

Making birdseed cakes to feed the birds in winter.

Year 5/6 Gardening Club

We have been helping Mr Renwick develop the garden.  A group of self selected students have been shovelling and raking new dirt for the gardens. Some of the students are also planning to paint the fence and put up some wall planters with Mr Renwicks old guttering. They will be planting some herbs and other lovely smelly plants.  


Team 5/6

Our concept for Term 3 has been Campaign Earth which has focussed on problems in the environment and what we can do about them. We have talked a lot about sustainability, and also visited Orana Park to see what we can do to help save and protect endangered species.

Our speeches this year were all completed from an environmental perspective. The students selected topics that were of interest to them and persuaded the audience as to how they could help.





Team 5/6

As part of a Dairy NZ and School Kit initiative we have been planting seeds and looking at different variables that could affect their growth. We made green houses to see if the growth of the seeds would be improved.

Rakau 2

Some of Rakau 2 children volunteered to assist the Prebbleton Domain committee with planting shrubs at the domain in September.


GaTE Art

Some gifted and talented artists working on their visual representation of our cultural narrative


Intermediate Hub

Science- Exploration

‘In Our Backyard’

Our students are discussing and testing the water quality of the Selwyn River and Lake Ellesmere.

Whole School

Jayden from Rakau block showing how we recycle cardboard

Whole School

Promoting the recycling of cell phones


Team 3-4

Using pallets to create new furniture and artworks.

Team 3-4

Some children focussed on environmental issues to help generate ideas for their inventions in our Inquiry topic. From cleaning up rubbish in the sea to redesigning existing products so they are more sustainable and last longer, reducing waste.