The curriculum and sustainability

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Based on Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) materials downloaded from the Australian Curriculum website, July 2014. ACARA does not endorse any changes that have been made to the Australian Curriculum.

Sustainability Aware – Curriculum-aligned resources

Sustainability Aware apps are interactive digital readers for middle to upper primary students. They are suitable for independent reading, guided reading and for use as library reference. Our apps are aligned with the Australian curriculum and were created to facilitate literacy skill building, whilst educating students about sustainability.

Sustainability is one of the cross-curriculum priorities outlined by the Australian curriculum, which means it is to be embedded across all areas of learning. If you’re a teacher looking for new ways to incorporate sustainability into your classroom, Sustainability Aware is here to help!

Below we outline the broad reach that Sustainability Aware has across the entire curriculum.

General Capabilities and Sustainability Aware

The Australian Curriculum outlines the general capabilities (the knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions) that, together with curriculum content in each learning area and the cross-curriculum priorities, will assist students to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century.

Here’s an outline of how Sustainability Aware can contribute to the development of these general capabilitiess and add depth and richness to student learning, creating active and informed citizens.


Sustainability Aware apps are non-fiction, science-based readers. They are suitable for independent reading, guided reading and use as a library reference text. The apps are created to inform students about sustainability, but also to help students become literate as they develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to interpret and use language confidently.

Scientific vocabulary and the language of sustainability is often technical and complex. The apps provide an on-screen glossary of difficult words, enhancing student understanding and knowledge. Students will also learn to understand and interpret scientific information presented in the form of diagrams and graphs.


Many elements of numeracy are evident in Sustainability Aware, primarily in the representation of numerical data from scientific investigations.

In the upper level apps, students are presented with quantitative data, which is represented in graphical forms, helping students learn data analysis skills, including identifying trends and patterns.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Students develop their ICT capability in using our interactive tablet-based apps to help them access information and ideas about sustainability and scientific concepts.

The series employs digital technology to represent scientific phenomena in ways that improve students’ understanding of concepts, ideas and information relating to our environment. Digital aids such as animations and videos provide opportunities to view and understand phenomena that cannot be investigated through practical experiments in the classroom and may enhance students’ understanding and engagement with science.

Critical and creative thinking

Students develop capability in critical and creative thinking as they gain knowledge about science and sustainability. This builds their ability to clarify concepts and ideas, seek possibilities, consider alternatives and solve problems.

Scientific inquiry promotes critical and creative thinking by encouraging flexibility and open-mindedness as students weave the knowledge acquired into their observations of the world. Students’ conceptual understanding becomes more sophisticated as they actively acquire an increasingly scientific view of their world.

Personal and social capability

Sustainability Aware has a strong emphasis on what we can do about the environmental issues our planet faces on both a personal and societal level. The series assists students to develop personal and social capability as they learn to understand themselves and their world. This involves a range of practices including: empathy for and understanding of others; making responsible decisions; and handling challenging situations constructively.

Ethical understanding

Students develop ethical understanding as they identify and investigate the nature of sustainable thinking. Building awareness of sustainability involves students in building a strong personal and socially oriented ethical outlook that helps them to develop an awareness of the influence that their values and behaviour have on others.

Students will develop the capacity to form and make ethical judgments in relation to scientific information and how our lifestyles affect our planet. They will consider the implications of our lifestyle on others, the environment and living organisms.

Intercultural understanding

Students develop intercultural understanding as they learn to value the diversity of life on Earth and the importance of thinking as a Global Citizen. They will recognise that all people – from culturally diverse communities across the world – need to come together to address the issues our planet faces. Students learn about how people from diverse backgrounds and economic standings are facing the issues presented by climate change.

Based on Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) materials downloaded from the Australian Curriculum website, July 2014. ACARA does not endorse any changes that have been made to the Australian Curriculum.



Organising ideas

Sustainability as a cross-curriculum priority

For each cross-curriculum priority, a set of organising ideas reflects the essential knowledge, understandings and skills for the priority. The organising ideas are embedded in the content descriptions and elaborations of each learning area as appropriate.



Source: Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), downloaded from the Australian Curriculum website July 2014.


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