Year 4 History

The LEARN ABOUT WOOL resources provide an ideal opportunity for Year 4 students to discover why sheep were brought to Australia with the First Fleet and investigate the lives of the early wool pioneers.

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

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: Historical Knowledge and Understanding

Substrand: First contacts

Content code: ACHHK079

Content description: Stories of the First Fleet, including reasons for the journey, who travelled to Australia, and their experiences following arrival.


Strand: Historical Skills

Content code: ACHHS081 – ACHHS087

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 4 Geography curriculum.

Students can investigate the following resources to help them discuss reasons for the First Fleet journey, including an examination of the wide range of crimes punishable by transportation, and looking at the groups who were transported (ACHHK079).


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