Creative Sustainability - Helping Hands

Creative Sustainability - Helping Hands

Lesson 4 of 8 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Foundation
  • Year 1 - 2
  • Science
  • The Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Environmental
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students consider the actions they can take to help our environment. Students begin the lesson by reflecting on what they learnt about our environment in this unit, and then work together to identify actions they can take to care for our environment. They will then create an artwork around the theme of ‘Helping Hands’, inspiring others to take action for our environment.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • Students understand why people need our environment
  • Students recognise the actions we can take to look after our environment
  • Students understand a range of techniques that can be used to create an artwork.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explain why the environment is important to all living things, including people
  • identify some of the actions they can take to help our environment
  • create an artwork using different colours and techniques.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Foundation Science:

  • Living things have basic needs, including food and water (ACSSU002). 

Year 1 Science

  • Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017).
  • Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211). 

Year 2 Science:

  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (ACSSU030). 

Foundation to Year 2 Visual Arts:

  • Explore ideas, experiences, observations and imagination to create visual artworks and design, including considering ideas in artworks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists (ACAVAM106).
  • Use and experiment with different materials, techniques, technologies and processes to make artworks (ACAVAM107).
  • Create and display artworks to communicate ideas to an audience (ACAVAM108).

Syllabus outcomes: STe-8NE, ST1-11LW, ST1-10LW, VAS1.1, VAS1.2.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1.

Relevant parts of Foundation Science achievement standards: Students suggest how the environment affects them and other living things.

Relevant parts of Year 1 Science achievement standards: Students describe changes in their local environment and how different places meet the needs of living things.

Relevant parts of Year 2 Science achievement standards: Students describe changes living things.

Relevant parts of Foundation to Year 2 Visual Arts achievement standards: Students describe artworks they make and view and where and why artworks are made and presented. They make artworks in different forms to express their ideas, observations and imagination, using different techniques and processes.

Unit of work: Creative Sustainability – Foundation to Year 2.

Time required: 60 minutes.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Lead students in discussion and guide students in drawing hands.

Resources required


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Community Engagement
  • Global Citizenship

Additional info

Faber-Castell has long understood the importance of creativity to all people, especially to young people. It is also continuously searching for environmentally friendly processes and high-quality materials to enhance children’s creative experience throughout every development phase. For more information about Faber-Castell, click here.

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