Stage 1 Activities
- explain cycles of water, cycles for milking, cycles of harvesting wheat or another crop
- discuss the types of animals on a farm and what function each has
- experience the environment of a remote or city farm and write about it.
- Australian virtual farm
- Ferdinand the Bull YouTube video of 1938 cartoon about bulls
- Click Clack Moo Cows that type YouTube video of cartoon.
- investigate the concepts of area, volume and capacity in an agricultural context
- discuss the concepts of time by referring to seasons and crop cycles
- investigate two and three-dimensional space in an agricultural context
- identify shapes of typical farms and the equipment on them
- understand their own position on maps
- gather and organise data, by displaying data in lists, tables and picture graphs, and interpret the results using data related to Australian primary production.
- Containers for food in liquid, grain and solid forms
- Google maps and images of the Earth to see shapes of farmland
- Primary Industries census data.
Science and Technology
- describe some physical features of a landscape that have been changed by floods, droughts or processes such as weathering and erosion
- understand the Earth's resources, including water, are used in a variety of ways
- identify that some common resources are obtained from the Earth, including soil, minerals and water
- describe how some materials obtained from the Earth are used in a range of products at home, on the farm or at school
- understand the natural, managed and constructed features of places, their location, how they change and how they can be cared for
- describe ways that the activities located in a place create its distinctive agricultural features
- describe how some materials obtained from the Earth are used to create useful artefacts, such as coolamons, boomerangs, woven baskets, or fish traps.
- Sample ‘Paddock to plate’ unit from BOSTES
- Plants in Action resource from Scootle by Primary Connections
- dance and move related to farm activity
- sing songs that feature farming, plants and animals – eg ‘The Bee’s Song’
- bring in food that represents their cultural heritage, and make sketches of these arrangements or memories of special feasts involving food, such as birthdays, Christmas, other religious festivals
- study rural Australian artists, their life and work, including life on the land
- create dramatic pieces as part of integrated units relating to country life and farming
- use painting and sculpture to communicate rural and farming activity
- create artworks to enter the Archibull prize competition
- investigate the meaning of Aboriginal dance related to land and place.
- http://archibullprize.com.au/ The website includes summaries of food and fibre industries in Australia as stimulus material.
- Farming related works of Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Jean-François Millet,
- Traditional Aboriginal ways of gathering food – Robert Campbell Jnr Dr Pantjiti Mary McLean Collecting Bush Tucker 1994, Lawrence Leslie Banks of the Mehi 1994
- ABC song books such as Songs And Ideas From Play School
- BOSTES Aboriginal education site
- Dance of the Honey Bee.
Physical Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
- recognise that a variety of food is needed for good health
- use ICTs to make a collage of each of the foods in the various food groups
- create a vegetable patch in their school to grow fresh ingredients
- use multimedia to describe and practise what is needed to travel safely.
Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)
- explain how people and technologies in systems link together to provide goods and services to satisfy needs and wants
- study their own location, how this changes and how it can be cared for as a focus for agriculture study
- investigate the ways the activities located in a place create its distinctive features by comparing rural and farming places compared to city residential living
- investigate the ways we care for animals
- create an environment for an animal
- investigate where food comes from and what foods come from a farm.
- Website for a virtual farm
- Local farmers if available.