Definition – The use of natural resources in a way that meets our needs but also takes into account the needs of future generations.

We aim to promote thinking about what students can do to ensure a sustainable future. Examples of study areas can include:

  • Recycled paper making and school paper recycling program.
  • Discussion on resources (water, food and energy) and the importance of reducing consumption as well as reuse and recycle.
  • Vegetable garden, worm farm and seed propagation.
  • Investigation of what students can do to minimise their biological footprint.
  • Generate ideas on reducing power and water consumption, reducing landfill and waste. 

Activities offered at Molesworth

Recycling and materials

    1. Investigate materials everyday items are made from.
    2. Discuss everyday items we use and suggest possible alternatives, eg lunch packing.
    3. A paper making activity using recycled paper to explore how materials change and can be used for a variety of purposes.
    4. Consider what happens to various products after they have finished being useful. Where does it go and what happens to it? eg landfill, recycling, repurposing…
    5. Visit the vegetable garden, investigate the worm farm and, dependent on time of year, students can propagate seeds.
paper making

Sustainability program at Molesworth relates to the following Organising Ideas



The biosphere is a dynamic system providing conditions that sustain life on Earth.


All life forms, including human life, are connected through ecosystems on which they depend for their wellbeing and survival.


Sustainable patterns of living rely on the interdependence of healthy social, economic and ecological systems.

 World Views


World views that recognise the dependence of living things on healthy ecosystems, and value diversity and social justice are essential for achieving sustainability.


World views are formed by experiences at personal, local, national and global levels, and are linked to individual and community actions for sustainability.



The sustainability of ecological, social and economic systems is achieved through informed individual and community action that values local and global equity and fairness across generations into the future. 


Actions for a more sustainable future reflect values of care, respect and responsibility, and require us to explore and understand environments.


Designing action for sustainability requires an evaluation of past practices, the assessment of scientific and technological developments, and balanced judgments based on projected future economic, social and environmental impacts.


Sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and/or restore the quality and uniqueness of environments. 

 Sustainability Program at Molesworth and the Science Curriculum



Foundation Year

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Science Understanding


Biological Sciences

Living things have basic needs, including food and water  


Living things have a variety of external features  


Living things live in different places where their needs are met


Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves


Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things

Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive.

Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment

The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment

Chemical Sciences

Objects are made out of materials that have observable properties.

Everyday materials can be changed in a variety of ways



Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these can influence their use.


Changes to materials can be reversible, such as melting, freezing, or irreversible, such as burning or rusting.

Earth and





Earth’s resources including water, are used in a variety of ways.


Earth’s surface changes as a result of natural processes and human activity.


Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect the Earth’s surface.









Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity.

Science as a Human Endeavour


Nature and


of science

Science involves exploring and observing the world using the senses


Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships



Use and

influence of



People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things

Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions


Science Inquiry Skills


Questioning and Predicting

Respond to questions about familiar objects and events

Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events



Planning and Conducting

Explore and make observations by using the senses




Processing and analysing data and information


Engage in discussions about observations and use methods such as drawing to represent ideas 


Through discussion, compare observations with predictions





Share observations and ideas

Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play