Design and technologies / Foundation to Year 2 / Design and Technologies Knowledge and Understanding

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Curriculum content descriptions

Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating (ACTDEK003)

Elaborations
  • exploring which plants and animals can provide food or materials for clothing and shelter and what basic needs those plants and animals have
  • identifying products that can be designed and produced from plants and animals, for example food products, paper and wood products, fabrics and yarns, and fertilisers
  • considering the suitability of a range of tools when cultivating gardens, mulching and building garden structures and preparing and cooking food from recipes
  • identifying and categorising a wide range of foods, including Aboriginal bush foods, into food groups and describing tools and equipment needed to prepare these for healthy eating
  • exploring how people from different cultures including those of Asia design and produce different cuisines based on the plants and animals in their region and available tools and equipment
  • exploring the tools, equipment and techniques used to prepare food safely and hygienically for healthy eating
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Agriculture,  Food products,  Fibres (Materials),  Food technology,  Housing

Interactive

Chicken farming in the living world: Stage 1

Chickens are fascinating animals and provide students with an interesting subject matter to discuss the many aspects of our living world. This interactive course for students explores the question 'How do humans use plants and animals?' and comprises a series of modules and supporting videos. Students will plan, design ...

Interactive

Cool food planet

This is an interactive resource that contains a range of games, activities and information relating to the production, processing, preparation, storage and healthy eating of a wide range of foods. The resource contains sections for two age groups and there is also information for parents and teachers. There are several ...

Video

Sam the Lamb: needs of sheep

This short entertaining video, narrated by ‘Sam the Lamb’ and a wool-growing family show where their sheep live, what they eat and drink and how they ‘chew their cud’. Viewers will discover what a herbivore is, and how many stomachs sheep have. The video introduces rotational grazing and how farmers look after their sheep ...

Video

Sam the Lamb: what is wool?

This short video, narrated by Sam the Lamb and a group of young woolgrowers, explores where wool comes from, how it grows and how it protects sheep in all kinds of weather. Viewers will discover what wool looks it, how it feels and how woolgrowers harvest their sheep’s woolly fleece each year…and how it grows back again.

Online

Farms have distinctive features

This resource is a 32 page pdf integrated inquiry unit, for junior primary students, exploring how the distinctive qualities of a farm space influence farming practice. This unit uses the five stage inquiry model to sequence activities. Topics explored include: how do weather patterns and seasons affect farms?; Why are ...

Online

Farm Diaries

This resource is a 48 page pdf integrated inquiry unit, for junior primary students, exploring farm life and farm produce. Activities are sequenced using the five inquiry model. Topics examined include: how do farm families care for the animals and crops they farm?; how are these animals and crops processed for food or ...

Text

George the farmer: pulse party activity book

This downloadable PDF is student activity book exploring pulses and legumes for the UN International Year of the Pulse. It includes an introduction to pulses and seven activities with a focus on science and design technologies. Activities including making mixtures, creating calendars, measuring, inventing and drawing. The ...

Online

Out and about on farms

This resource is a 32 page pdf integrated inquiry unit, for junior primary students, exploring how Australian farmers produce food and fibre, for food, clothing and shelter. It includes activities that examine the variety of places where foods and fibres are produced in Australia, and what makes these spaces unique. All ...

Downloadable

Lunch Box Blitz: build a healthy lunch box

This website provides resources for teachers, parents and students promoting student health and well-being including lesson plans, student resources including posters, recipes and activities. The resources can be downloaded and easily reproduced for classroom use. The website also provides parent information licensed for ...

Video

Farm diaries: teacher video

This video supports the unit of work by the same name. Presented by a classroom teacher who has trialled the unit the video reflects on the inquiry based pedagogy and the unit's value in terms of curriculum alignment and student engagement.

Interactive

The Orb

The Orb is a collection of multimedia learning resources about Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures. It explores the interconnections between people, Country, culture, identity, and the living community. The multimedia resources have between three and five sections in which Tasmanian Aboriginal people share their ...

Video

Sam the Lamb: properties of wool

This short video, narrated by ‘Sam the Lamb’ and a group of young wool enthusiasts, explores the properties of one of nature’s most versatile fibres. Viewers will discover how wool can stretch and return to its natural shape when worn; why wool is safe to wear around campfires and in the sun, and how wool can manages moisture ...

Image

Cotton Australia photo library

This is a library of freely reusable photos and videos of the modern Australian cotton industry. Photos and videos are of the farms, practices, crop and the technology used to grow and process the cotton crop. They include the plant at various stages, flowers, bolls, farm machinery like pickers and seeders, bales and cotton gins.

Video

Out and about on farms: teacher video

This video supports the unit of work by the same name. Presented by a classroom teacher who has trialled the unit the video reflects on the inquiry based pedagogy and the unit's value in terms of curriculum alignment and student engagement. The teacher discusses the opportunities the unit offers to engage with the cross-curriculum ...