Tuning Into Traditional Farming Methods

Tuning Into Traditional Farming Methods

Lesson 1 of 11 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students will explore the history of agricultural practices in Australia. They will research traditional agricultural practices since European arrival in Australia, the challenges that farmers faced and how practices were altered to suit the technological advances and methods of the time.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the history of farming in Australia since European arrival and how/why farming practices have changed over time
  • explore some of the economic and technological factors that have impacted agricultural productivity in Australia.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • describe the challenges farmers have faced on Australian soil since European arrival in 1788
  • explain how technology and changing principles have shaped Australia’s farming practices over the last 200+ years.

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Lesson details


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • communication
  • collaboration

Curriculum Mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions - Geography Year 9

Students learn to:

  • understand the challenges to sustainable food production and food security in Australia and appropriate management strategies (AC9HG9K04)
  • understand the environmental, economic and technological factors that impact agricultural productivity, in Australia and a country in Asia (AC9HG9K03)

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 9 Geography achievement standards:

Students analyse the interconnections between people and places and environments. Students analyse strategies to address a geographical phenomenon or challenge using environmental, social or economic criteria.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 2: Zero Poverty

Target 2.4: By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality

UN SDG 15: Life on land

Target 15.3: By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world

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Additional Info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low to medium - assist students as required, guide supported students, lead discussion as required.

Special thanks to:

This lesson has been developed with the support of the Macdoch Foundation.

This lesson includes video content of the brilliant new feature documentary from WildBear Entertainment, New Town Films and Regen Studios - go to Rachel’s Farm to see the entire film.

Cool.org's curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

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