Years 5 – 6

The LEARN ABOUT WOOL resources provide an ideal opportunity to explore the Australian Curriculum with students across Year 5 – Year 6.

Science

Sheep are a prime example of an animal that has a range of structural features that allow them to adapt to the environment. Year 5 students will enjoy investigating these structural features and also gain an understanding of why wool is such a unique fibre, used not only by sheep, but also by humans to protect against a broad range of climatic conditions.

Geography

As Year 5 students investigate the influence the natural landscape has on the human characteristics of a place, they will develop an understanding of why wool production in Australia is predominantly carried out in the southern part of Australia.

History

As Year 5 students study the Australian Colonies, the emerging wool industry provides plenty of opportunities to explore the expansion of farming and the lives of individuals who played a significant role in what would become a key industry for the Australian economy.

Design and Technologies

Australia’s wool industry provides the ideal opportunity for students across Years 5 and 6 to explore how wool is produced in carefully managed environments to ensure a balance between production and long-term environmental sustainability. As a renewable, recyclable and biodegradable product, with a range of unique properties, wool also allows Year 5 and 6 students to investigate the potential for use in sustainable household products, such as insulation, carpets, curtains, upholstery and bedding.