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Agricultural education resources for the classroom

Join teacher Amy and farmer Renata to learn all about farming in Australia, and how farmers look after their land and their animals.

Greener farms

Year Levels F-2 | Download the lesson plan for this class

Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Before it gets to the supermarket shelves, food goes on a long journey.

Come and discover agriculture, how living things grow and change, what they need to survive and how the needs of animals are met on farms. Find out about the process from paddock to plate!

Teaching note: This is a useful resource for the study of living things, which is particularly relevant to the Year F-2 Science Curriculum. Students will learn to classify living and non-living things, identify features of living things and how they’re similar to their offspring, and the paddock to plate food process. They will also think about their own nutritional needs and look at healthy eating models, contributing to the Year F-2 Health and Physical Education curriculum. The section looking at how the needs of domestic and farm animals are met links to the cross curriculum priority of sustainability.

Farming throughout history

Year Levels 3 & 4 | Download the lesson plan for this class

Agriculture has changed a lot over time. Come and find out how the evolving knowledge of animals has influenced farming practices, and compare Australia’s farming past to the current situation. Learn about life cycles of plants and animals, classify living things into different groups and find out how living things depend on each other.

Teaching note: This is a valuable resource for the study of living things, linking to the Year 3-4 Science Curriculum. Students will learn about how living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features, and how they depend on each other to survive. They will look into how farmers have learned to crossbreed their cattle and sheep to develop new breeds that can sustain the Australian environment, linking to the cross curriculum priority of sustainability. Year 3-4 History is addressed through sequencing historical events, and learning about what happened in the first 100 years of farming in Australia.

Future foods

Year Levels 5 & 6 | Download the lesson plan for this class

Australia’s population is growing rapidly – what does this mean for our future food resources?

Take a look at population growth and the impact it is having on our land, water, communities and the economy.

Interpret an Australian climate map and make connections between climate, agriculture and animal breeds, and understand how famers select animal breeds based on their sustainability.

Discover how things are going to happen in the future by looking at the technology currently helping farmers have more sustainable and efficient farms.

Teaching note: This is a key resource to help students understand what is happening in the farming world that will help create sustainable farms for the future, which is directly relevant to the cross curriculum priority of sustainability. With strong connections to the Year 5 & 6 Science curriculum, they will learn about animal selection based on behavioral and structural adaptations, how the growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment, and how scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives. Students will also learn why it is important to sustain Australia’s resources to provide for our growing population, which links to the Year 5 & 6 Economic and Business curriculum.