Year 5 Science

The LEARN ABOUT WOOL resources provide an ideal opportunity for Year 5 students to investigate a range of structural features that allow sheep to adapt to their environment. Students will discover how humans harvest the wool from sheep and develop a wide range of products that also can protect us against the environment.

The following curriculum-based resource packages include a variety of interactive resources, including downloadable PDF factsheets and publications.

These resources have been compiled to help teachers use the Australian wool industry to teach Year 5 Science in an engaging and educational way that meets the requirements of the Australian Curriculum.

Natural adaptations

Strand: Science Understanding

Substrand: Biological Science

Content code: ACSSU043

Content description: Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them survive in their environment.


Strand: Science as a human endeavour

Content codes: ACSHE217

Content description: Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions.


The following package of resources uses the Australian wool industry to help you meet the requirements of the Year 5 Science curriculum.

Students can investigate the following resources to help them explain how particular adaptations help survival, such as wool, which keeps sheep warm and cool throughout changing seasons (ACSSU043), describe and list adaptations of sheep that make them suited for particular Australian environments (ACSSU043), consider how decisions are made to grow particular plants (pastures) and crops depending on environmental conditions (ACSHE217)


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

Product samples

Samples of raw and processed fibre, yarn and fabric are included in the hard copy version of the Learn About Wool kit, which is available upon request by contacting


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.