Con­tent fits with school cur­ricu­lum

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

New Zealand pri­mary school chil­dren have a new re­source to help them learn more about one of the coun­try’s lead­ing in­dus­tries – dairy farm­ing.

DairyNZ has launched its Go Dairy ed­u­ca­tion web­site, a ded­i­cated web­site (www.GoDairy.co.nz/ed­u­ca­tion) for teach­ers and their pupils.

‘‘It’s part of our work to in­crease the aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing of the dairy in­dus­try,’’ said DairyNZ cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Sarah Fraser.

‘‘The re­source had three key cri­te­ria: it had to meet an iden­ti­fied gap in the cur­ricu­lum, it had to be easy for the teach­ers to use, ap­peal­ing to the chil­dren and to use dairy­ing as the con­text for learn­ing,’’ she said.

It has been de­vel­oped by ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ists Lift Ed­u­ca­tion and is aligned with the New Zealand cur­ricu­lum, and when com­pleted next year will cover from lev­els 1 to 8.

Cur­rently lev­els 1 and 2 are avail­able. Lev­els 1 and 2 fo­cus on the con­cept of in­no­va­tion, with en­ter­prise be­ing the fea­ture for lev­els 3 and 4, and lev­els 5 to 8 fo­cus­ing on sus­tain­abil­ity.

In cur­ricu­lum lev­els 1 and 2 stu­dents are able to learn how a cow works, dis­cover the dif­fer­ent types of milk­ing sheds and dif­fer­ent types of milk­ing, and learn how milk is turned into dif­fer­ent dairy prod­ucts.

The web­site con­tains dig­i­tal texts and dig­i­tal learn­ing ob­jects, as well as hard copy re­sources.

There are down­load­able, print­able teach­ing units for a range of learn­ing ar­eas – English (lit­er­acy), maths, science,

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