New online resources have been launched for primary school kids that are aimed at making home learning about sustainability, food waste and healthy eating both fun and engaging.
The FEAST program, created by leading food rescue charity OzHarvest, offers online curriculum-aligned resources that can also be printed out for students who might not have access to technology.
Each lesson involves online research, fact finding, worksheets, video links and fun activities including a fridge and fruit bowl audit, recipe creation and cooking.
Parents can download the free ‘Feast at home’ resources which include worksheets on how students can reduce their foodprint, food safety, fridge and fruit bowl audit, healthy eating and create their own ‘wasty’ recipe.
Amelia Berner, OzHarvest’s FEAST education manager, said schools are now looking for creative ways to make online teaching a positive experience for teachers, student and parents and still meet the curriculum requirements.
“The essential ingredients for learning are having fun and being engaged,” she said.
“As we all adjust to home learning, we know this is a challenge for teachers, parents and students. FEAST was designed to be interactive with hands-on learning both in school and now at home”.
The new online resources, designed for Years 5 and 6 students, are available via a ready to go package of lessons and activities available on the company’s website, once a school signs up for the program.
“We’ve even created some additional resources for parents looking for easy and fun home-schooling activities,” Berner said.
Helen Peacock, a teacher at Tempe Public School said schools are looking for different ways to engage students in their homes and with their families at this time.
“FEAST is a great way to get kids learning, helping around the house and thinking about food waste, which is more front of mind now than ever before,” Peacock said.
“The resources are written in child friendly language with clear instructions making it easy for students to know what to do and how to do it”.