In our garden based program students get to grow their own energy and nutrient (matter) sources.
Drawn from Ecosystem ecology, the core patterns we use are energy flows and matter cycles.
All living systems depend on a flow of energy through them and cycling of materials within them and these patterns occur in all natural processes at all scales.
We integrate patterns of energy flow and matter cycles into lessons and activities in the garden. Students trace the movement and changes of these energy and nutrient sources through themselves, their garden and through the planet. This gives children direct experience with patterns of energy flow and matter cycles building a framework to develop, understand and connect key ideas of science across different and complex phenomena.
Patterns, order & organisation
Form and function
Stability and change
Scale and measurement
Matter and energy
These concepts form part of the key ideas of the
Australian science curriculum.