Year 4 Geography

The LEARN ABOUT WOOL resources provide an ideal opportunity for Year 4 students to explore the challenges of food and fibre production while ensuring the environment is managed in a sustainable way.

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 4 Geography in an engaging and educational way that meets the requirements of the Australian Curriculum.

Wool production and the environment

Strand: Geographical Knowledge and Understanding

Content code: ACHGK021

Content description: The types of natural vegetation and the significance of vegetation to the environment and to people.


Strand: Geographical Knowledge and Understanding

Content code: ACHGK022

Content description: The importance of environments to animals and people, and different views on how they can be protected.


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

Students can investigate the following resources to help them: identify the main types of natural vegetation in wool-producing areas, and explain the relationship between climate and natural vegetation (ACHGK021), explore how vegetation produces the oxygen all land animals (including people) breathe; protects land from erosion by water or wind; retains rainfall; provides habitat for crops and livestock and can make places appear more attractive (ACHGK021), explain how people’s connections with their environment can also be aesthetic, emotional and spiritual (ACHGK022), recognise that there are different perspectives on what constitutes environmental sustainability and considering the role of people in protecting the environments that provide habitats for animals and discuss ways of doing this (ACHGK022), explore strategies to protect particular environments that provide the habitats for animals, for example, planting bird-attracting vegetation (ACHGK022).


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

Websites – Production systems and eco credentials (search environment)

Video clips

A range of video clips can be found on the AWI YouTube channel, which describe how wool producers manage the natural environment and reveal the deep connection wool producers feel with their environment and livestock.

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.