Topic: Me In My Environment ‘Considering
the world we are a part of and how we can
make decisions to manage & improve the
quality of the school’s physical & social
environment. Level: 1-4
Learning Experiences:
See Activity Guide in the ‘Me In My
Environment’ section, Enviroschools Kit.
Key Concepts:
Interdependence
Sustainability
Personal & Social Responsibility & Action
Biodiversity
Skills: Investigate,
observe & experience
our surroundings.
Share, record and
analyse maps & info.
Consult with others &
make decisions
together.
Key Dimensions:
IN
Attitudes/Values:
Kaitiakitanga
Co-operation & concern
for all forms of life in our
community & wider
environment.
ABOUT
FOR
Actions:
To produce a whole
school vision map for
the creation of a
sustainable school
environment for people
& nature.
Curriculum Area: Social Studies
Strand: SOrg/P&E/C&H/R&EA
Curriculum Area: Science
Strand: LW/MW/PEB
Curriculum Area: English
Strand: All
Curriculum Area: The Arts
Strand: All
Curriculum Area: Health & PE
Strand: PHD/ROP/HCE
Curriculum Area:Technology/Maths
Strand: Strand A/Num/Geo/Stat/Mea
Learning Outcomes: * Students will:
•Build knowledge and understanding of what they know & feel about their
environment & can observe in their surroundings.
•Explore key concepts & relate them to the school situation.
•Conduct a survey of sustainability in the school.
•Recap & summarise key learning about the school environment.
•Create a Vision Map that represents the values, principles and ideas of the
whole class and whole school.
Assessment:
Whole class map that reflects students
ideas & feelings about the health &
sustainability of the school
environment
Whole school map.
Documentation of the processes.
Me in My
Environment
Learning
Guide
Maths
English
The Arts
Health & PE
Week 1
What do you
know now?
Mapping My
Place
Pepeha
Special Places
Sounds &
Colours
Special Places
Social Profile
Week 2-3
What can you
observe?
Pattern Hunt
Word Hunt
Alphabet Hike
Close
Encounters
(Hear)
Alphabet Hike
Close
Encounters
(Touch)
Pattern Hunt
Restless Minds
Week 4
What can you
learn?
A:Interreateness
B: There are
limits…
C: We have..
The Last
Sunflower
World in a
Lunchbox
A: Rangi & Papa
Tane & Tangaroa
Make a Tree
Mihi to Rangi &
Papa
Make a Tree
Rangi & Papa
Week 5
What can you
learn?
D: Kaitiaki…
E: Living…
F:
Designing…
Design An Object
Kaitiakitanga
Various Values
Playing Our Part
Week 6
What can you
measure?
EnviroSurvey
EnviroSurvey
EnviroSurvey
EnviroSurvey
Week 7
What would
you change?
Pool of
Knowledge
Pool of
Knowledge
Pool of
Knowledge
Pool of
Knowledge
Science
Social Studies
Technology
Mapping My
Place Sounds &
Colours
Special Places
Social Profile
Pepeha
Close
Encounters (See,
Taste & Smell)
A Day in the life
of..
Web of Life 1 & 2
Rangi & Papa
Tane & Tangaroa
If Earth were
an…
The Last
Sunflower
World in a
Lunchbox
Kaitiakitanga
Decisions
Decisions
A Day in the life
of..
Kaitiakitanga
Decisions
Decisions
Various Values
Playing Our Part
Design An Object
Design An Object
EnviroSurvey
EnviroSurvey
EnviroSurvey
Pool of
Knowledge
Pool of
Knowledge
Pool of
Knowledge
Me in My
Environment
Learning
Guide
Week 8
Mapping a
WHOLE
SCHOOL
VISION!
Week 9
Mapping a
WHOLE
SCHOOL
VISION!
Week 10
Mapping a
WHOLE
SCHOOL
VISION!
Goals
reached at
the end of
the Term
Reflective
Assessment
Maths
English
The Arts
Health & PE
Science
Social Studies
Technology
Integrated Activities
Mapping the whole school vision will nedd to be steered by your Envirogroup who will co-ordinate and communicate
with different groups in the school community.
Sharing class ideas: Pools of Knowledge or class maps shared with the school community.
May be a whole school exhibition/Community tour/Classroom tour/Hui/Open afternoon?
Compiling Draft Vision Map:
Establish guiding principles/sort ideas/create stroyboards/explore icons
Consultation with BOT, staff and other groups:
May be done at council meeting or at an open evening!
Drawing final Vision Map:
Use your community! Any expertise out there?
Vision Map Use:
What will it be used for?
Prioritising class projects/raising awareness/reflection/funding applications?
• Each classes ideas have been collated into an overall school vision map that everyone agrees is the basis for creating a
school.
• The vision map is on display for the school and community to view & its use has been decided upon.
• Teachers, students & community have a guiding vision to work towards, to plan for and to make happen!
• Whole school, community & children’s participation and involvement in the whole school map is evident.
sustainable
Staff reflection on the Term unit ‘Me in My Environment’
Children’s reflection on the term and the processes they went through.
Community reflection on involvement in the processes (ie Envirogroup participation/Vision map consultation)
Documentation for facilitator (photos, scrapbooks, story boards, art etc)
Note: Many of the activities in the Me In My Environment section actually fit into more than curriculum area. For the purposes of this planner
the two most dominant curriculum areas have been selected.
Term
Overview
Maths
English
Number
Written Language
Reading
The Last Sunflower
Design An Object
Envirosurvey
Statistics
Enviro survey
Pool of Knowledge
Measurement
Mapping My Place
World In A Lunchbox
Algebra
Word Hunt
Alphabet Hike
Rangi & Papa
Tane & Tangaroa
Pool of Knowledge
Written Language
Writing
Word Hunt
Alphabet Hike
Rangi & Papa
Tane & Tangaroa
Special Places
Pool of Knowledge
Oral Language
Speaking
Pepeha
Special Places
Make A Tree
Various Values
Kaitiakitangi
Pool of Knowledge
Class Vision Map
Oral Language
Listening
Pepeha
Close Encounters (Hear)
Rangi & Papa
Tane & Tangaroa
Pool of Knowledge
Geometry
Mapping My Place
Pattern Hunt
Visual Language
Viewing &
Presenting
Alphabet Hike
Pool of Knowledge
Class Vision Map
The Arts
Health & PE
Science
Social Studies
Technology
Visual Arts
Personal Health &
Development
Living World
Social Organisation
Close Encounters
(See/Taste)
Web of Life 1 & 2
Close Encounters (Smell)
Worms/Birds Eye View
Pool of Knowledge
Social Profile
Tane & Tangaroa
Kaitiakitanga
Decisions Decisions
Playing Our Part
Pool of Knowledge
Technological
Knowledge &
Understanding
Physical World
Place &
Environment
Technlogical
Capability
Mapping My Place
Sounds & Colours
Special Places
A Day in the life of..
Various Values
EnviroSurvey
Design An Object
Material World
Culture & Heritage
EnviroSurvey
Pepeha
Rangi & Papa
Tane & Tangaroa
Class Vision Map
Technology &
Society
Planet Earth &
Beyond
Resources &
Economic Activities
EnviroSurvey
If Earth were an…
The Last Sunflower
World in a Lunchbox
Design An Object
EnviroSurvey
Close Encounters (Touch)
Alphabet Hike
Rangi & Papa
Sounds & Colours
Tane & Tangaroa
Pool of Knowledge
Drama
Pool of Knowledge
Motor Skills…
Making a Tree
Rangi & Papa
Pool of Knowledge
Dance
Tane & Tangaroa
Pool of Knowledge
Music
Sounds & Colours
Close Encounters (Hear)
Pool of Knowledge
Relationships with
Other People
Special Places
Decisions Decisions
Pool of Knowledge
Healthy
Communities &
Environments
Restless Minds
Special Places
Social Profile
Kaitiakitanga
World In A Lunchbox
Class Vision Map
A Day in the life of..
Time, Contuinty &
Change
Note: The Pool of Knowledge collected over the term will reflect and encorporate many curriculum areas and strands
as will the class vision map which could be presented in any number of ways!
Activity
Principle
Concept
Mapping My Place
Children’s Participation
Physical Surroundings
Special Places
Diversity of people & culture
Physical Surroundings
Pepeha
Maori perspectives
Living Curriculum
Social Profile
Children’s Participation
Organisational Principles
Sounds & Colours
Environmental Education
Physical Surroundings
Word Hunt
Environmental Education
Living Curriculum
Pattern Hunt
Environmental Education
Living Curriculum
Alphabet Hike
Environmental Education
Physical Surroundings
Close EncountersSee/Touch/Taste/Hear/Smell
Environmental Education
Physical Surroundings
Living Curriculum
Restless Minds
Environmental Education
Living Curriculum
A Day in the life of…
Environmental Education
Physical Surroundings
The Last Sunflower
Sustainability
Organisational Principles
World in a Lunchbox
Sustainability
Operational Practices
Rangi & Papa
Maori perspectives
Living Curriculum
Make a Tree
Environmental Education
Living Curriculum
Web of Life 1 & 2
Environmental Education
Living Curriculum
Tane & Tangaroa
Maori perspectives
Living Curriculum
If the Earth were an apple
Sustainability
Operational Practices
Design an Object
Sustainability
Operational Practices
Various Values
Sustainability
Organisational Principles
Kaitiakitanga
Maori perspectives
Organisational Principles
Decisions Decisions
Children’s Participation
Organisational Principles
Playing our Part
Children’s Participation
Organisational Principles
Note:
For the activities
during Weeks 1-5,
the principles and
concepts of the
enviroschools
programme are
listed. Once again
some of the
activities fit into
more than one
principle or concept
so keep in mind that
this is not a
complete list 
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