Sustainability in the Curriculum (F - 2)

Kirsty Costa - Cool Australia
Award Winning Educator
Teach sustainability across the Foundation to Year 2 curriculum and connect your students to their world.
Target Audience
Teachers working with Foundation (Prep/Reception) to Year 2 students. Also suitable for casual relief and beginning teachers.
9 reviews

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General Description

Hi there! We’re Kirsty Costa and Angela Andrews from Cool Australia.

We support primary schools incorporating sustainability into their learning programs through the Australian Curriculum.

‘Sustainability in the Curriculum’ is a 6 hour course that will help you find meaningful entry points for embedding sustainability in the curriculum from Foundation to Grade 2.

In this course, Kirsty Costa will help you explore:

  • What ‘sustainability’ actually means
  • Pedagogical approaches to Education for Sustainability
  • Sustainability in the Australian Curriculum
  • Examples of best practice from other schools
  • Cool Australia’s free-to-access lesson plans and digital libraries

The course contains practical sessions where you will be encouraged to ‘give it a go’. There is also online forum where you can meet early childhood educators from across Australia.

We look forward to connecting with you.

Cool Australia is an award winning not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting Australian teachers with tools to foster student learning for life.


Teachers working with Foundation (Prep/Reception) to Year 2 students. Also suitable for casual relief and beginning teachers.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours. Learn more HERE.

>> This 6 hour online professional development is open for 6 weeks.
We recommend you allocate some time in your calendar, in advance, to enjoy the activities and get the most out of the course.

>> This course supports the teaching of the Australian Curriculum and NSW Syllabus for Foundation to Year 2 (Early Stage 1 to Stage 1).

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.


Start Date Location Availability Price    
08/08/2016 Online Places available $269 + GST See More


1. Introduction

1 hour

- Read about course requirements.
- Meet your group.
- Set a personal learning goal.
- Use a fun thinking tool to consider what ‘sustainability’ means to you.
- Investigate the three pillars that make up ‘sustainability’.

2. Education for Sustainability

1 hour

- Explore the seven principles of Education for Sustainability.
- Find out the importance of personal connection to the natural environment.
- Get outside.
- Consider how Education for Sustainability fits into current education trends.

3. Australian Curriculum

1 hour

- Look at the Australian Curriculum more closely.
- Investigate sustainability as a cross curricular priority in your state or territory.
- Identify how you can use sustainability to add value to your current curriculum.

4. Find What You Need

1 hour and 15 minutes

- Spend some time on Cool Australia’s website, exploring units of work, lesson plans and digital libraries.
- Identify which resources will help your teaching.
- Consider where you’d like to start with integrating or extending Education for Sustainability and make a plan for action.

5. One Hour Practical - Give it a Go

1 hour and 30 minutes

- Spend 1 hour planning or implementing Education for Sustainability.
- Reflect on how you went with your practical and ask additional questions.
- Ask additional questions that will help your teaching.

6. Reflect

15 minutes

- Reflect on what you learnt during the course.
- Give feedback on the course.


No duration specified

Keep on learning with these further study activities:
- Find out what other schools are doing on the Enviroweek website.
- Watch a range of videos from schools around Australia.
- Take action for sustainability in just 10 minutes.
- Create a Sustainability Policy for your school.

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Latest Reviews

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Sustainability in the Curriculum (F - 2)
by Teena Wilks on 13/04/2016

The course is valuable for anyone wanting to learn how to easily incorporate sustainability into lesson or unit plans. The course gives learners access to information through texts and videos and then provides an opportunity to put the learning into practice, with helpful guidance from Kirsty.

Sustainability in the Curriculum (F - 2)
by Sian Katsineris-Paine on 13/04/2016

The course confirmed my belief that it is crucial to teach principles of sustainability to empower our young people to engage with the world as informed and responsible citizens.

Sustainability in the Curriculum (F - 2)
by Jann Barry on 13/04/2016

The course was pitched at the right level for me. It gave an excellent overview of the concepts, links to inspired examples and helped me to navigate sustainability throughout the various syllabus documents.
The learning resources associated with the course are high quality and presented in an accessible style. I can easily see ways I can integrate these in my daily teaching practice across a range of learning areas. The support from the course coordinator was outstanding.

Sustainability in the Curriculum (F - 2)
by Leanne Peterson on 02/02/2016

Really easy to complete. Activities were practical, and there was an appropriate variety of activities. The timeline for completion was perfect – not too long or too short.

by Jennifer Franks on 07/09/2015

This course allowed me to deeply understand the areas of Sustainability and the Seven Principles of education for Sustainability. The course, not only guided my understanding but allowed me the time to delve deeper into teaching students about sustainability and how magnificent the Cool Australia website with curriculum aligned activities. By completing the course with a hands on lesson for my students just made the course all that better. The feedback from Kirsty was helpful and reassuring.

Sustainability in the Curriculum (F - 2)
by Mandy McGorman on 11/08/2015

The course gave me lots of new resources to use including lots of great worksheets and videos to use with my class. I would definitely recommend this course to other teachers.

Sustainability in the Curriculum (F - 2)
by Robyn Day on 18/05/2015

Did the course meet the objectives?
The course was well structured and I believe it met all of the identified objectives.

As the science specialist and leading sustainability at our school I am always using the Cool Australia Website with my students. I find the resources are well organised and the links to the Australian Curriculum very helpful.

I am about to present to our whole school the benefits of using the Australian Curriculum linked resources that are available to them on the Cool Australia website that will meet the Cross Curricula outcomes, particularly through literacy. As we are about to roll out our ipads and laptops across the school being able to have students submit their work electronically will also be a big advantage.

Sustainability in the Curriculum (F - 2)

The content of the course was excellent, applicable to classroom work. The links to various research and articles and the Cool Australia website were informative. The course being linked to Ausvels was useful and the various ways it could be included across the curriculum rather than trying to find extra time was excellent.

Sustainability in the Curriculum (F - 2)
by Kim-Maree Warden on 21/04/2015

I enjoyed learning about sustainability. It is an area of the curriculum that I had little to no knowledge of and how it works within the new syllabus. I learnt a huge amount and feel more confident in this area. Thank you.

About the team

Kirsty Costa - Cool Australia


Kirsty lives in her element by working in roles that focus on education and community. Most recently, she’s been a primary classroom teacher, an education consultant and teacher coach.

Kirsty inspires audiences with her fresh ideas and provides pathways that help make a difference to teaching and learning. She delivers online courses, webinars, workshops and keynote addresses to educators across the country. Kirsty helps teachers to build their knowledge, skills and confidence so that they can design exceptional learning for all young Australians.

Kirsty was awarded the 2013 Victorian Environmental and Sustainability Educator of the Year.

Cool Australia


Cool Australia is an award winning not-for-profit dedicated to supporting educators with tools to foster ‘learning for life’. We help integrate topics around sustainability, ethics, economics and wellbeing across the curriculum. This enables teachers of all age groups and disciplines to engage young Aussies in real-life learning whilst achieving Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework outcomes. Our accredited professional development is designed to build your confidence, understanding and expertise. You will learn through a mixture of practical and thinking activities as well as hearing the stories of others. Plus you will access a range of teaching tools that can you can use straight away in your teaching.