HOME SCHOOL MADE FUN WITH OZHARVEST’S NEW FEAST ONLINE RESOURCES
OzHarvest has launched new online resources for their primary school program FEAST, making home learning about sustainability, food waste and healthy eating both fun and engaging. The curriculum-aligned education program aimed at year 5 and 6 students has now been adapted for online learning and even the whole family can get involved!
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. 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 are available via a ready to go package of lessons and activities available on our 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; FEAST at Home.
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. 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.”
Each FEAST lesson involves online research, fact finding, worksheets, video links and fun activities including a fridge and fruit bowl audit, recipe creation and cooking! There are lots of easy recipe ideas to get you started including Chocolate Banana Cookies, Wholemeal Pita Pizza and Taco Salad. The program offers online resources that can also be printed out for students who might not have access to technology. Parents can download the free ‘FEAST at home’ resources which include worksheets on how to reduce your foodprint, food safety, fridge and fruit bowl audit, healthy eating and create your own ‘wasty’ recipe.
For more information and to sign up for the online resources, head to ozharvest.org/feast/register-your-school
ABOUT the FEAST PROGRAM
FEAST (Food Education and Sustainability Training) is a curriculum‐aligned education program designed for primary school students in Years 5-6 exploring the role food plays in everyday lives, the importance of protecting the planet through sustainability, reducing food waste and healthy eating. The program runs for 7-10 weeks and includes online training for teachers, an e‐learning portal to access all resources and a curriculum‐ready package with full lesson plans and student activities. It supports the STEM project‐based learning program focusing on food and fibre and the cross-curriculum priority of Sustainability. The online learning course includes 8 lessons:
Lesson 1 – Understanding food waste
Lesson 2 – Study of change-makers and where does food come from
Lesson 3 – Recipe research and fun ways to use up fruit and veg
Lesson 4 – Fridge audit and write a food waste report
Lesson 5 – Healthy eating and what food groups do you eat
Lesson 6 – Create your own recipe
Lesson 7 – Design and write up the recipe
Lesson 8 – Presentation of what you’ve learnt and final recipe
Food waste facts:
• Food waste in Australia costs an estimated $20 billion dollars each year in commercial and residential waste (source)
• Over 7.3 million tonnes of food ends up as landfill each year (source)
• One in five shopping bags end up in the bin = $1,036 worth of groceries per household each year (source)
• 35% of the average household bin is food waste (source)
• In Australia five million people experience food insecurity each year, a quarter are children (source)