Year 5 – 6 Design and Technologies

The LEARN ABOUT WOOL resources provide an ideal opportunity for Year 5 and 6 students 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.

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 5 and 6 Design and Technologies in an engaging and educational way that meets the requirements of the Australian Curriculum.

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Fibre production

Strand: Knowledge and Understanding

Content code: ACTDEK021

Content description: Investigate how and why food and fibre are produced in managed environments.

 

Strand: Processes and production skills

Content code: ACTDEP024–ACTDEP028

Content description: Opportunities exist 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 5 Geography curriculum strand:

Strand: Geographical Knowledge and Understanding

Content code: ACHGK028

Content description: The influence of the environment on the human characteristics of a place.

Overview

The following package of resources uses the Australian wool industry to help you meet the requirements of the Year 5 – 6 Design and Technologies curriculum.

Students can investigate the following resources to help them consider how low-input sustainable agriculture (LISA) is used in low-rainfall wool production systems in Australia (ACTDEK021), describe the relationship between plant types and animal breeds and their environmental suitability when selecting suitable plants or animals for an environment (ACTDEK021), sequence the process of converting ‘on-farm’ food or fibre products into a product suitable for retail sale, that is, the ‘paddock to plate’ supply chain, or when making yarn or fabric from fibre (ACTDEK021), investigate the use of technologies including digital technologies in the production of food and fibre (ACTDEK021).

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

Secondary Factsheets

Wool processing posters

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

Sustainable resources

Strand: Knowledge and Understanding

Content code: ACTDEK023

Content description: Investigate characteristics and properties of a range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment and evaluate the impact of their use.

 

Strand: Processes and production skills

Content code: ACTDEP024–ACTDEP028

Content description: Opportunities exist 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 5 – 6 Design and Technologies curriculum.

Students can investigate the following resources to help them identify the properties of materials for the design and construction of a sustainable household item, for example roof insulation (ACTDEK023).

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

Secondary 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