Sustainability Classrooms: Chickens and Fish

Story Title: Sustainability Classrooms: Chickens and Fish
Episode: 6
Broadcast Date: 27th April 2013
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane

Trevor takes a walk through the Bannister Creek Primary garden with science teacher Andrew who describes the benefits of having an aquaponics system and chicken coop for his science class lessons

Sustainable Classroom Tips

  • The garden acts as a fantastic learning tool for science – with students experiencing an outdoors, hands on approach
  • All year groups and classes get involved
  • There is a ‘class of the week' system where students manage all aspects of the garden
  • Organic waste from lunch time gets put into the compost and worm farms
  • The students learn about biodiversity through exposure to heritage chicken varieties
  • The chickens produce about two dozen eggs a week of all different varieties and are used in the school kitchen  
  • The aquaponics system teaches the students about the relationship between plants, bacteria and fish