A Breath of Fresh Air

Learners apply their knowledge to design a living, hanging green wall. Through this project, learners gain a deeper understanding of air quality, air pollution and the impacts of low-quality air on our health. 

The living wall projects act as one solution (of many) for improved air quality within school spaces. 

What’s included in this module?

Teacher resources4 x lesson plans
3 x presentations
3 x teacher’s notes
3 x rubrics
1 x worksheet answers
Learner resources2 x worksheets
5 x supporting resources
Projects – experiments3 x activities
1 x project

Module key questions

  • What exactly is air, and why is it so important to us?
  • What is air pollution, and why is it such a pressing environmental problem?
  • What is air quality, and how is it monitored?
  • What factors influence indoor and outdoor air quality?
  • What are some ways that air pollution challenges can be addressed locally and globally?
  • How do our regular, daily actions impact air quality?
  • How can we increase awareness of the impact common behaviours have on air quality?
  • How can we improve air quality at our school with plants?
  • How can we effectively execute a plan for a living wall at our school?
  • How has the living wall we created impacted our school community?

Module alignments

Grade | Ages Grade 9-10 | 14-16 years
Term 4 (Grade 9)
CAPS subject Natural sciences
Subject strandPlanet earth and beyond
Sub-topicsThe atmosphere
Greenhouse effect and air quality

This Module includes:

  • Aligned content: This content is aligned with: Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) and the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). A key aspect of these modules is their flexibility and customisation across curricula, such as Cambridge and Steiner/Waldorf Education.
  • A range of teaching strategies, skills and knowledge: The flow of the module has been structured using Project Based Learning and Design Thinking frameworks. A variety of pedagogical approaches are present between and within each lesson. Learners are challenged theoretically and practically through project and problem-based inquiry of real-world issues.
  • Sustainable Development Goals: Each lesson is aligned with an appropriate United Nations Sustainable Development Goal(s).
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Module Includes

  • 4 Lessons

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