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Design & Technologies

Sustainable fibre production

The Learn About Wool resources provide an ideal opportunity for students in years 7 – 10 to explore how one of nature’s finest fibres is produced in carefully-managed environments to ensure a balance between production and long-term environmental sustainability.

The following curriculum-based resource package includes a variety of interactive resources and lesson ideas including downloadable PDF factsheets and publications, websites age-appropriate video clips and online publications.

It is the ideal portal for schools who are participating in school wether challenges across NSW, SA, WA and Tasmania.

To support students who are passionate about the textile and design end of the global wool supply chain, check out the Wool4School website for the opportunity to extend students’ hands-on experience in the design process in a competitive environment.


The school wether challenge is an interactive competition-based learning journey that engages students with sheep and wool production and highlights the diverse careers available across the in the wool industry.

This collection of resources provides all the information and resources you need to deliver an engaging and educational 10-week program that prepares your students to compete in the School wether challenge in your state.

Links with the Australian Curriculum

This collection of resources and lesson ideas has strong links across the year 7 – 10 Design and Technologies curriculum.

Students can investigate the following resources to help them: investigate the management of plant and animal growth through natural means and with the use of chemical products, such as herbicides and animal health treatments. They can explore the interdependence of plants and animals and examine different animal feeding strategies, such as grazing and supplementary feeding, and their effects on product quality, for example meat tenderness and protein content, and wool fibre diameter (micron).

By examining these resources students will be better able to recognise the importance of food and fibre production to Australia’s food security and economy. They also will have the opportunity to examine the marketing chain of a range of agricultural products and outlining the effect of product processing and advertising on demand and price, taking account of animal welfare considerations in food and fibre production enterprises.

Design and technologies | Knowledge and understanding

Years 7 and 8

Analyse how food and fibre are produced when designing managed environments and how these can become more sustainable (ACTDEK032)

Years 9 and 10

Investigate and make judgements on the ethical and sustainable production and marketing of food and fibre (ACTDEK044)

Design and technologies | Processes and production skills

Opportunities exist to incorporate the full strand depending on the classroom activity being undertaken (ACTDEP035, ACTDEP036, ACTDEP037, ACTDEP038, ACTDEP039, ACTDEP048, ACTDEP049, ACTDEP050, ACTDEP051, ACTDEP052)