On Thursday 19th August Cathy from Millennium Kids Green Lab joined other presenters for National Science Week at Fremantle Primary School.

The Green Lab approach encourages teachers and students to investigate outdoor spaces as learning areas.

Classes started by looking at the school in Google Maps and comparing it with surrounding areas. They made observations including

  • Most of the places in Fremantle are buildings and roads.
  • There are some ovals.
  • The trees are mainly along streets or in car parks
  • The school has more outdoor areas than anywhere else nearby.
  • The school doesn’t have much outdoor space

Outdoors each class explored an area along the Alma Street side of the school that isn’t used as playground. They discussed how the area could be used recorded their ideas about the kinds of activities they would like to do using drawing or writing or building using recyclable bits and pieces.

  • Ideas included
    Plant more trees and flowers
  • Build a greenhouse to grow plants
  • Keep the big old trees
  • Make seats out of logs
  • Water features, swings, play places and equipment
  • Cover electricity box with a shed
  • Use the existing shed to store tools and materials for art and science
  • Learn more science of trees
  • Maintain and improve bug life
  • It could be therapeutic to just relax and read under the tree
  • We’ll put up a native bee hotel

The school is keen to continue to develop ideas for creating an outdoor learning area when Green Lab returns to the school on September.

Visit the MK WEBSITE    greenlab.org.au  for more information.