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 Brad Swadesir
Brad owns a mixed farming enterprise comprising of sheep, cattle and crops. Brad is a keen innovator and has designed key animal handling products with Arrow farm quip and Clipex for both cattle and sheep industries. Also the Managing Director for Probreed, Brad is able to use his passion for innovation and driven by data for success with breeding involved to the next level. Finally Brad is keenly involved with local schools, assisting in resource planning for their students to really understand how bright their future can be in the Ag industry.
Farmer Cody Dobbin
Growing up on her family’s commercial beef property at Mitchell in South West Queensland instilled Cody with a passion for agriculture at a very young age. Since leaving school she has been employed with both small-scale farming enterprises and large pastoral companies. Cody is excited to help educate young Australians about the Australian red meat industry and for consumers to learn more about where their food is produced and food production security.
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