Smart Farming Virtual Classroom
Term 4 Sessions
The Sustainable Farm (Yr 3 - 6)
Sustainable farming is important to farmers and the community. This session explores how farmers care for their environment and their animals along with the benefits that come with using sustainable practices and regenerative farming methods to manage a modern farm.
Technology on the Farm (Yr 3 - 6)
Technology has come a long way. In this session we take a look at how farming technology has changed in Australia, the types of technology farmers use and how this technology improves their farming business.
Life on the Farm (F - Yr 2)
This session introduces students to life on a cattle, sheep or goat farm. It explorers the work farmers do, how they care for their animals and the environment.
Farmer Robert Mackenzie
Robert runs a family owned beef operation on the Central Coast of NSW called ‘Mackas Australian Black Angus Beef’, a large focus of the Mackas business is also genetics and breeding high quality Black Angus cattle. Robert also holds the record for purchasing the most expensive bull in Australia!
Farmer Hugh Dawson
Hugh is the Head Stockman at Beetaloo Station in the NT. Hugh is an outspoken advocate for the northern Australian agricultural industry and is an alumnus of the Future Northern Cattleman’s Association Future Leaders Program. Hugh is passionate in educating about livestock industry truths as well as promoting the opportunities and benefits of a career in Agriculture in Australia. Hugh was a 2021 finalist in the Zanda McDonald Award, and overall winner of the NT Young Achiever of The Year Award.
Farmer Deb Gray
Deb is a passionate Angus beef producer at “Bellaringah Beef” located in the Southern Tablelands of NSW and is an expert in sustainable agriculture and is currently studying regenerative agriculture.
Lower Primary (F-2)
AC9S1U01 identify the basic needs of plants and animals, including air, water, food or shelter, and describe how the places they live meet those needs
AC9S1U02 describe daily and seasonal changes in the environment and explore how these changes affect everyday life
AC9S2H01 describe how people use science in their daily lives, including using patterns to make scientific predictions
AC9S3H02 consider how people use scientific explanations to meet a need or solve a problem
Upper Primary (Yr 3-6)
AC9S4H01 examine how people use data to develop scientific explanations
AC9S6U01 investigate the physical conditions of a habitat and analyze how the growth and survival of living things is affected by changing physical conditions
AC9HS4K05 the importance of environments, including natural vegetation and water sources, to people and animals in Australia and on another continent
AC9HS4K06 sustainable use and management of renewable and non renewable resources, including the custodial responsibility First Nations Australians have for Country/Place
Design and Technologies
Year 3 & 4
AC9TDE4K01 examine design and technologies occupations and factors including sustainability that impact on the design of products, services and environments to meet community needs
Year 3 & 4
AC9TDE4K03 describe the ways of producing food and fibre
Year 5 & 6
AC9TDE6K01 explain how people in design and technologies occupations consider competing factors including sustainability in the design of products, services and environments
Year 5 & 6
AC9TDE6K03 explain how and why food and fibre are produced in managed environments