Y7 Y8

Design & Technologies

Sustainable fibre production

The Learn About Wool resources provide an ideal opportunity for Year 7 and 8 students 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, including downloadable PDF factsheets, websites age-appropriate video clips and publications.

A range of Learn About Wool (primary and secondary) factsheets is available to meet the needs of a wide range of students, and can be accessed from this site.

Check out the Wool4School website for the opportunity to extend students’ hands-on experience in the design process in a competitive environment.

Links with the Australian 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 like herbicides and medicines when producing fibre products (wool), describe physical and chemical characteristics of soil and their effects on plant growth when producing fibre products (wool) investigate different animal feeding strategies such as grazing and supplementary feeding, and their effects on product quality, for example wool fibre diameter (micron), recognise the importance of fibre production to Australia’s economy including exports and imports to and from Asia when critiquing and exploring fibre (wool) production.

Design and technologies | Knowledge and understanding

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

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)