Preston South Primary School is committed to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
Teachers deliver an authentic integrated inquiry and problem-based learning program through the use of the SDG’s.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is a worldwide initiative to address 17 challenges facing the world today, they also provide an excellent opportunity for students to engage in and take action about real-world problems occurring not only in other places around the world but in their own communities.
Students are encouraged to be actively involved in their own learning. The urge to inquire activates thinking on many levels; when we seek to make sense of the world around us, we involve ourselves in the learning process. Students learn best when they ask questions, investigate solutions, create new knowledge, discuss their discoveries and solutions and reflect on new learning.
With this as our premise, staff design Inquiry units based on the 17 SDG’s. We ensure that we provide opportunities for students to develop their Knowledge & Understanding of key concepts, build on their capabilities and skills (Do) and heighten and develop an awareness of their own and other’s attitudes, motivations and dispositions when engaging with these learning designs.
Our students complete two Inquiry units per year that address the science and humanities learning areas of the curriculum. These include Science, History, Geography, Civics & Citizenship, and Economics & Business. We also incorporate the capabilities of the Victorian Curriculum into the design of these learning opportunities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical, Intercultural and Personal and Social.
We promote the achievement of SDG’s through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and Global Citizenship Education.
Our school has created a Cultural Competency Model that starts with identity and awareness and builds on knowledge (including empathy and compassion) before students respond to local and global challenges.
We are very proud to be the first school to utilise the SDG’s in our teaching and learning program. We have empowered our students to come up with innovative ways to support reaching the targets in the SDG’s. Our journey began back in 2016 and we are now leading and supporting other schools to take on this initiative.