Environmental issues

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Stormwater Teaching Guide

Welcome to the Schools Stormwater Teaching Guide, Stormwater - Everyone's responsibility every day.

The teaching guide is designed for the Science and Technology K-6, Science Stage 4-5, Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) Stage 2 (years 3 and 4) and Stage 5 Geography (years 9 and 10) syllabuses.

image: stormwater teaching guide posterThe package comprises a poster, Stormwater - Everyone's responsibility every day, and web-based teaching/learning material for Science and Technology K-6, Science Stage 4-5, HSIE Stage 2 and Geography Stage 5 which include a schools accreditation scheme and activities for students.

The aim of the Stormwater Teaching Guide is to:

  • raise awareness, promote concern and increase skills in improving the quality of stormwater
  • promote stormwater discussion and behaviour at school and at home
  • integrate stormwater education into the formal curricula and other school activities
  • increase the pick-up of environmental education in schools
  • support and enhance the local government and school relationship.

The teaching guide includes background material and related activities. Some activities are presented as PDF files. They are designed to be printed out for use in the classroom and for project work.

Stormwater - Everyone's responsibility every day was developed in close liaison with the NSW Department of Education and Training and supports the Environmental Education Policy for Schools (2001). The NSW Environment Protection Authority developed the Stormwater Teaching Guides with funding from the NSW Stormwater Trust.

The Professional Support and Curriculum Directorate made the following comment on the HSIE component of the stormwater education resource:

Both the Stage 2 and Stage 5 units of work are excellent support documents and refer directly to NSW Board of Studies syllabus outcomes. The additional references will be helpful to teachers and the activities presented are appropriate for the target student groups.

The kit was developed by Sue Lennox (Oz GREEN www.ozgreen.org.au) for the NSW Environment Protection Authority, and is one of a number of education resources produced for schools. Your feedback is encouraged. Please email your comments to stormwaterguide@epa.nsw.gov.au

Acknowledgements and publication details

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Page last updated: 26 February 2011