Term 3 - on the farm

Where do the veggies on my dinner plate come from? What about my woolly jumper and cotton socks? This unit lessons provides the answers about where the many items children take for granted actually come from. 

Students will use a number of sources to investigate a range of Australian farms and their produce. They will include animal farms, crop, wind, wool, dairy, wheat, nut, flower farms etc. They use their senses to identify and make observations about the materials produced by farms and their important uses. They discover that food is produced on farms and goes through various stages before it is available in our shops (and on our plates). 

Students plan, design and construct a farm and or feature of a working farm (tractor, enclosure, farm animal, wind farm etc) and evaluate its effectiveness using a rubric. 

A highlight is the visit to Chesterfield Farm where they participate in hands on activities, supporting and extending their understanding of  the roles that animals play on a working farm. 

To conclude the unit, a Farm Day will be held where the children come dressed as a person, animal or crop from a farm, and participate in a range of farm based activities to consolidate their understanding of the topic. 

Focus Questions:

What is a farm?

Why do we have farms?

What different types of farms are there?

What is the difference between a hobby farm and working farm?

What equipment/ tools would you see on a crop farm? 

What equipment/ tools would you see on an animal farm? 

What is a farmers role?

Where would you find a farm?

What sorts of things affect farms?

How do farms meet my everyday needs?

How do products get from the farm to the shops?

What are the different ways that food can be packaged?

 

Off to a great start learning school routines

Off to a great start learning school routines