Meet Australian cattle & sheep farmers, discover 100 research projects and learn more about what is important to the sustainability of the industry

National Curriculum Study Guides

Education resources for the classroom

These study guides have been especially developed for the study of sustainability in food production in order to respond to food security issues in Australia and around the globe. The guides were updated 1 June 2015 into a landscape format to suit electronic whiteboards and computer screens.    

    High School: Water

    Learn how Australian cattle and sheep farmers are leading the way to sustainable and efficient water use. Explore topics such as healthy soils, adequate nutrients for healthy grazing systems, moisture preservation and erosion. Covers SHE and SI link and SU in: Earth and Space Science Yr 7 (ACSSU222); Chemical sciences: Yr 8 (ACSSU225); Biological Sciences: Yr 7 (ACSSU111), (ACSSU112); Yr 8 (ACSSU149), (ACSSU150).

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    High School: Biodiversity

    Explore how farmers preserve the health and vitality of farmlands and the plants and wildlife they support. This guide highlights how two key initiatives; environmental stewardship and the research program Grain & Graze; help producers manage their natural resources and improve sustainability. Biological Sciences: Yr 7 (ACSSU111), (ACSSU112); Yr 8 (ACSSU149), (ACSSU150); Yr 9 (ACSSU175); Yr 10 (ACSSU184), (ACSSU185)

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    High School: Greener Farming

    Using practical and research examples, this guide examines climate change and greenhouse gases and how cattle and sheep farmers are reducing environmental footprint. Learn about the use of fertilisers, carbon balance on grazing pastures and greenhouse gas emissions. Earth and Space Science Yr 7 (ACSSU222); Chemical sciences: Yr 8 (ACSSU225); Earth and Space Sciences: Yr 10 (ACSSU189); Biological Sciences: Yr 7 (ACSSU111), (ACSSU112); Yr 8 (ACSSU149), (ACSSU150); Yr 9 (ACSSU175); Yr 10 (ACSSU184), (ACSSU185).

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    High School: Animal Health

    Learn about the science behind breeding, genetics, health and animal welfare in the cattle and sheep industries – keeping animals free of disease and parasites, improving biodiversity and protecting against feral animals. Biological Sciences: Yr 7 (ACSSU111), (ACSSU112); Yr 8 (ACSSU149), (ACSSU150); Yr 9 (ACSSU175); Yr 10 (ACSSU184), (ACSSU185).

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    High School: Food for the Future

    Explore how Australian cattle and sheep farmers use science to minimise water use, maximise biodiversity and provide best possible animal welfare. Links to Science as Human Endeavour (SHE), Science Inquiry Skills (SI) and Science Understanding (SU) in Biological Sciences: Yr 7 (ACSSU111), (ACSSU112); Yr 8 (ACSSU149), (ACSSU150); Yr 9 (ACSSU175); Yr 10 (ACSSU184), (ACSSU185) and Earth and Space Sciences: Yr 7 (ACSSU222), Yr 10 (ACSSU189).

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    Years K-2: Science & Sustainability

    This study guide takes early primary students through a farmer’s role in protecting and managing the land, preserving and increasing biodiversity and feeding the world. It covers Foundations of Science Understanding for Years 1 and 2 and Science Inquiry Skills linked to Year 2.

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    Years 3-4: Science & Sustainability

    This study guide looks at the historical context of cattle and sheep farming and how farming, environment and community interact in remote and urban Australia. It covers Australian Science Curriculum links and aligns strongly to the literacy and history syllabus for Years 3 and 4.

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    Years 5-6: Science & Sustainability

    This guide is a valuable resource for the study of sustainable farming for the future of food production. Linking with Stage 3 Australian Curriculum Science syllabus, it has been developed for the Science Understanding, Science Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills strands for Years 5 and 6.

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    Primary School: Cattle & the environment

    To produce the best beef in the world, Australia’s cattle producers use the latest technology along with over 200 years of experience as caretakers of the land.

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    Primary School: Science on the farm poster

    The Smart Farm Science poster is a fun, colourful resource for Primary Stages 1, 2 and 3 to show how cattle and sheep farmers work with scientists and the environment to feed the world. It highlights key issues such as sustainability, water conservation, biodiversity and animal health.

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    Primary School: Stage 1 Poster - What can you see on the farm?

    The What happens on Australian Farms poster is a fun, colourful resource for Primary Stage 1 to introduce concepts around cattle and sheep farming.

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    Primary School: Stages 2 & 3 Poster - What happens on Australian farms?

    The What happens on Australian Farms poster is a fun, colourful resource for Primary Stages 2 and 3 to explain what happens on sheep and cattle farms in Australia. It highlights key issues such as caring for animals, modern technology, caring for the land and breeding.

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    Primary School: Ear tag cut out activity

    Ear tags are used for identification and tracking, and have helped to make Australia’s meat and livestock industry one of the most efficient in the world. This activity is aimed at all Primary School Stages and gives students a taste of farming life.

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Agriculture in Education | Multiple Resources

The Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia in conjunction with the Australian Government produced these educational resources to introduce young people to food and fibre production and primary industries in Australia.

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