Stamp Collecting Month: In the Garden 2019
Lesson Plans

Stamp Collecting Month overview

Stamp Collecting Month (SCM) provides an exciting way for middle and upper primary school students and teachers to engage with interesting learning areas through stamps. This year’s SCM stamp issue, In the Garden, focuses on themes highlighted by primary school teachers as appealing to students and providing learning opportunities that are linked to both the curriculum and real life. SCM 2019 encourages learning about sustainable living, kitchen gardening, biodiversity, plant and animal behaviours, and minimising our environmental impact.

Lesson Plan Year 3

Lesson overview

This lesson will analyse the impact of native birds, animals and insects on school gardens and highlight ways we can support and protect them by designing and building nest boxes to install around the school. The students will observe and record bird, animals and insect visits, explore the needs and habits of some species of native birds, insects and animals, and design and build nest boxes for native birds, insects and animals to be displayed in the school garden or around grounds.

Lesson Plan Year 4

Lesson overview

This lesson will explore how the worms in our garden keep the soil in good health by tunnelling, recycling waste and fertilising the soil around them. In this project students will look at how worms support sustainability in our gardens and discover the symbiotic relationship between worms and the soil. They will design, make and appraise individual worm farms to observe decomposition in situ, and then develop a class worm farm to contribute to the health of the soil in the school garden.

Lesson Plan Year 5

Lesson overview

This lesson will explore soil infiltration in the context of creating a rainwater garden in the school grounds. Students will explore what it means to be water wise and how to be more sustainable in their use of water at school and home. They will use their knowledge of the water cycle to have informed discussions on water pollution and how it affects the land and wildlife, as well as linking this to their knowledge of sustainability in their local area. Students will explore different types of soil via an activity and small group experiment, then use this knowledge to design and build a rainwater garden in the most suitable location in their school grounds.

Lesson Plan Year 6

Lesson overview

This is an inquiry-based lesson which will give students the opportunity to research a key question to generate and design possible solutions to a real-world problem. They will then design and implement a school vegetable patch which supports local pollinators (birds and bees) and contributes to the school’s sustainability plan. The lesson uses the 5Es teaching and learning model of the which divides the project into separate activities to encourage a holistic approach to the solving the problem.

More activities and resources

If you’re a parent, caregiver or teacher, here are some free resources to share with children. Want some more advice on stamp collecting? Read our tips on starting a collection.

Lesson plans for teachers:
Learn about stamps

Check out our three lesson plans on how students can learn about the history and creation of stamps.

Stamp collecting tips for beginners

If you’re new to stamp collecting, we’ve got some tips to get you going. Of course, the SCM stamp issue, In the Garden, is a great place to start.

In our two-part series, we offer advice and guidance to those new to stamp collecting...

The Pen Pal Club

Pen pal letter writing is a fun, creative and rewarding way for your students to practice literacy and communication. Use our lesson plans, sample templates and/or join our Pen Pal Club to get started.

Classroom Videos

If you’re a parent, caregiver or teacher, here are some great videos to share with children.