Wool and the First Fleet

The Learn About Wool resources provide an ideal opportunity for Year 4 students to discover why sheep were brought to Australia with the First Fleet and investigate the lives of the early wool pioneers.

The following curriculum-based resource package includes a variety of interactive resources, including a downloadable PDF factsheet and poster, websites and age-appropriate video clips.

Links with the Australian Curriculum

Students can investigate the following resources to help them discuss reasons for the First Fleet journey, including an examination of the wide range of crimes punishable by transportation, and looking at the groups who were transported.

Knowledge and understanding | History

Stories of the First Fleet, including reasons for the journey, who travelled to Australia, and their experiences following arrival (ACHASSK085)

Inquiry and skills

Opportunities exist to incorporate the full strand depending on the classroom activity being undertaken (ACHASSI073ACHASSI082)


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.