Sustainability in the Curriculum (3 - 6)

Kirsty Costa - Cool Australia
Award Winning Educator
Teach sustainability across the Year 3 to 6 curriculum and ignite a love of learning in your students.
Target Audience
Teachers working with Years 3 to 6 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 to incorporate 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 to embedding sustainability in the curriculum from Years 3 to 6.

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 primary 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 Years 3 to 6 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    
31/10/2016 Online Places available $269 + GST See More


1. Introduction

1 hour

Read about course requirements, meet your group and find out more about what ‘sustainability’ means.

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. Consider how Education for Sustainability fits into current education trends.

3. Australian Curriculum

1 hour

Look at the Australian Curriculum more closely and learn more about sustainability as a cross curricular priority in your state or territory. Identify how you can use sustainability to enrich your current curriculum and engage your students.

4. Find What You Need

1 hour and 15 minutes

Spend some time exploring Cool Australia’s units of work, lesson plans and digital libraries. Identify which resources will help your teaching. Make a plan for action.

5. One Hour Practical

1 hour and 15 minutes

Spend 1 hour taking action on using sustainability to enrich your curriculum. Reflect on how you went with your practical and get further support to help your next steps.

6. Reflection

15 minutes

Reflect on what you’ve learnt during the course and consider your next steps.

Further Study

No duration specified

After you’ve completed the course, you are welcome to explore these bonus lessons to deepen your learning.

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Latest Reviews

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Sustainability in the Curriculum (3 - 6)
by Julie Monro-Allison on 29/09/2016

Excellent foundation for looking at how to incorporate sustainability across subject areas. Great teacher.

Sustainability in the Curriculum (3 - 6)
by Amanda Fraser on 05/07/2016

Sustainability in the Curriculum – Primary 3 -6 is a comprehensive online course which has provided me with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to successfully plan and implement Sustainability for Education.

Sustainability in the Curriculum (3 - 6)
by Gregory McCroary on 13/04/2016

I took longer than the 6 hours suggested to complete the course as the resources offered were excellent and the issues raised were thought provoking. This was so much more practical than attending many department conducted professional learning courses.

Sustainability in the Curriculum (3 - 6)
by Alisha Malycha on 30/07/2015

This course gave me some great ideas on how to add sustainability into the classroom in a range of fun, engaging and interesting ways that the students would love.

Sustainability in the Curriculum (3 - 6)
by Dianne Doyle on 14/07/2015

The course assisted direct myself to new and current teaching practices and refresh my lesson presentation.
It was well structured and links to other sites were appropriate and meaningful. I feel also was accomplished over what seemed a short period of time. Having the opportunity to comment with other participants was great. A pity not more were doing the course.

Sustainability in the Curriculum (3 - 6)
by Laura Nicholls on 09/07/2015

The Sustainability Course was interesting and I found the resources excellent. They were easy to integrate into my planning. The students were also motivated during the activities.

Sustainability in the Curriculum (3 - 6)
by Tania Pearson on 14/05/2015

The sustainability course that I took part in was very informative and practical. It gave a very good insight into how we can utilize the Cool Australia Site and the lesson plans, videos and articles available were an excellent resource. The connections to the curriculum were excellent.

Before I started this course I did not have the direction on how to teach sustainability in the curriculum. The feedback from experts were positive and helpful. The comments from other students taking the course were also helpful when sharing what is being done at other schools.

There was time to reflect on different issues.

I have felt very enthusiastic after doing this course and now feel like I have a great resource to use and have the direction i need to take sustainability at our school to the next level.

Sustainability in the Curriculum (3 - 6)
by Angela Mravljak-Bowden on 01/05/2015

This course was a great way to find links to sustainability in the curriculum. There were so many resources available to us and we were given the opportunity to work through some of them with guidance. I came out of this course with so many ideas and the confidence to include sustainability in my teaching knowing I can make positive long term changes at my school. Doing the course online over 5 weeks meant that I could fit it in around school and my family. I could also try out different activities at school as I came across them during the course.

Sustainability in the Curriculum (3 - 6)
by Trudie Taylor on 21/04/2015

The course was very informative and used many different sources, which I have gone on to use in other areas of the curriculum. They also provided many ideas for resources that could be used. I liked the interaction between the students and lecturer whilst on line this provided support and gave you the confidence to initiate new ideas at school. The fact that I could access the course in my own time was fantastic as it allowed me to juggle the course with my teaching and family.

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.