Smart Farming Virtual Classroom
Term 3 Sessions
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.
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.
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.
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 Jack Mackenzie
Jack Mackenzie is the youngest son of Robert Mackenzie and a valuable member of Macka's Black Angus team. With his background in diesel mechanics, Jack brings essential technical expertise to the farming operation. His dual qualifications as a licensed helicopter pilot offer a unique perspective on the properties. Jack's passion for genetics and breeding is evident, as he takes a keen interest in the genetic operations at Macka's. Outside of work, Jack is a devoted family man. He recently welcomed his son, who will turn one year old in June.
Farmer Sandra Ireson
Sandra Ireson (nee Rolfe) owns and operates a beef cattle breeding and sheep property near Booligal on the lower Lachlan River region of NSW with her husband and three adult children. In 2014, she co-developed the Hay Inc. Rural Education Program to address the challenge of markedly reduced numbers of young people entering or staying in agriculturally dependent communities. Sandra was awarded 2017 NSW/ACT Agrifutures Rural Women’s Award, building on the success of the Hay Inc. She is also passionate about education and creating leadership and networking opportunities for women, especially in rural, regional and remote Australia.
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
Upper Primary (Yr 3-6)
AC9S3H02 consider how people use scientific explanations to meet a need or solve a problem
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