Food and Fibre All Year Round Incursion
(90 minutes per lesson)
Lesson One: Seasons and Cycles on the Farm
(VCDSTC015, VCDSCD020, VCSSU041, VCSSU042, VCSSU043, VCSSU046, VCSIS050, VCSIS051, VCSIS054, VCSIS055, VCELY210, VCELY244, VCELT150, VCELY186, VCELY222, VCGGK067).
Throughout this lesson, students will have the opportunity to utilise their senses as they observe changes in the seasons and share their observations with others. Students will compare the seasonal calendar of the Traditional Owners of Victoria’s Eastern Kulin region with the four seasons calendar derived from Europe. This comparison will allow students to develop an understanding of the ways that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People apply their extensive knowledge of the land, sea and sky to measure the seasons. Students will listen and respond to a text about a year on a farm, utilising comprehension strategies to sequence the activities in the story. They'll then apply their design skills using different materials, equipment and techniques to create their own paper plate sheep craft.
Lesson Two: Planting and Growing Throughout the Seasons
(VCDSTC015, VCSSU041, VCSSU042, VCSSU043, VCSSU046, VCSIS051, VCELY174, VCELY210, VCELY244).
Students will have the opportunity to hear from a Victorian farmer about the operations that occur on their farm and how seasons influence the farmer, animals, plants and the environment. They will learn about the ideal conditions for plant growth and perform a first-hand investigation of how temperature can impact the germination and growth of seeds. Students will then continue to engage with the topic of growth throughout seasons, by completing an activity focused on displaying seasonal produce and observing features of selected plants from seed to end product. Students will conclude the lesson by performing an activity focused on data collection by creating a class graph of their favourite seasonal food.