Year 3 – 4 Design and Technologies

The LEARN ABOUT WOOL resources provide an ideal opportunity for Year 3 and 4 students to investigate the unique properties of wool and how these properties influence the use and behaviour of the wool-based end products. Students can also use the Australian wool industry as the basis for investigating the world-class technologies and methods used in modern fibre production.

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

These resources have been compiled to help teachers use the Australian wool industry to teach Years 3 and 4 Design and Technologies in an engaging and educational way that meets the requirements of the Australian Curriculum.

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The properties of wool

Strand: Design and Technologies Knowledge and Understanding

Content code: ACTDEK011

Content description: Investigate how forces and the properties of materials affect the behaviour of a product or system

 

Strand: Design and Technologies Processes and production skills

Content code: ACTDEP014 – ACTDEP018

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

 

Note: There is an opportunity for cross-curricular activities to be carried out with the Year 4 Science curriculum strand:

Strand: Science Understanding

Substrand: Chemical sciences:

Content code: ACSSU074

Content description: Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties. These properties can influence their use

Overview

The following package of resources uses the Australian wool industry to help you meet the requirements of the Year 4 Design and Technologies curriculum.

Students can investigate the following resources to help them conduct investigations to understand the characteristics and properties of wool, which may affect the behaviour and performance of a product (eg flammability for children’s pyjamas, thermal properties for winter garments, breathability for sportswear etc) (ACTDEK011).

Resources

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.

Wool4School Testing the properties of materials

Learn About Wool kit

Primary Factsheets

Websites

Video clips

A range of video clips can be found on the Woolmark YouTube channel, which describe the properties of wool that are useful for designers.

Apps

The Wool Lab Interiors app

Online publication

Beyond the Bale

Beyond the Bale (BtB) is a quarterly Australian wool industry publication covering all aspects of the wool pipeline, from farm to fashion. BtB is freely available upon subscription as both a hard-copy or digital publication.

beyondthebale.wool.com

Modern wool production

Strand: Design and Technologies Knowledge and Understanding

Content code: ACTDEK012

Content description: Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies

 

Strand: Design and Technologies Processes and production skills

Content code: ACTDEP014 – ACTDEP018

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

Overview

The following package of resources uses the Australian wool industry to help you meet the requirements of the Year 4 Design and Technologies curriculum.

Students can investigate the following resources to help them: explore tools, equipment and procedures to improve wool production, for example robotic shearing, electronic ear tags for collecting information about individual sheep (ACTDEK012), identify the areas in Australia where wool is produced (ACTDEK012), describe ideal conditions for successful wool production including how climate and soils affect production (ACTDEK012).

Resources

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

Wool processing posters

Websites

Video clips

Online publication

Beyond the Bale

Beyond the Bale (BtB) is a quarterly Australian wool industry publication covering all aspects of the wool pipeline, from farm to fashion. BtB is freely available upon subscription as both a hard-copy or digital publication.

beyondthebale.wool.com