Content fits with school curriculum
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,