Year 5 History

The LEARN ABOUT WOOL resources provide an ideal opportunity for Year 5 students to study the Australian Colonies in the context of the emerging wool industry. The following resources provide plenty of opportunities for students to explore the expansion of farming and the lives of individuals who played a significant role in what has become a key industry for the Australian economy.

The following curriculum-based resource packages include a variety of interactive resources, including downloadable PDF factsheets, websites, age-appropriate video clips and publications.

These resources have been compiled to help teachers use the Australian wool industry to teach Year 5 History in an engaging and educational way that meets the requirements of the Australian Curriculum.

The wool pioneers

Strand: Historical Knowledge and Understanding

Substrand: The Australian Colonies

Content code: ACHHK095

Content description: The impact of a significant development or event on a colony; for example, frontier conflict, the gold rushes, the Eureka Stockade, internal exploration, the advent of rail, the expansion of farming, drought.


Strand: Historical Knowledge and Understanding

Substrand: The Australian Colonies

Content codes: ACHHK097

Content description: The role that a significant individual or group played in shaping a colony; for example, explorers, farmers, entrepreneurs, artists, writers, humanitarians, religious and political leaders, and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Strand: Historical Skills

Content code: ACHHS098 – ACHHS106

Content description: Opportunities exist to incorporate the full strand depending on the classroom activity being undertaken.


The following package of resources uses the Australian wool industry to help you meet the requirements of the Year 5 History curriculum.

Students can investigate the following resources to help them investigate the development of the Australian pastoral industries and explain its economic, social and political impact on a colony (ACHHK095), investigate the contribution or significance of an individual or group to the shaping of a colony in the 1800s (for example individuals such as, Elizabeth and John Macarthur, Eliza Forlonge) (ACHHK097).


Click on an image below to view the relevant resource. All PDFs can be saved for use in the classroom; either on individual computers, laptops and tablets or smartboards, or they can be reproduced as hard-copy handouts.

Learn About Wool kit

Primary Factsheets