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Agriculture and Food in the Classroom

Agriculture and Food in the Classroom (AFiC) for Stage 2 and 3 is a six hour workshop that provides teachers with content and strategies to facilitate students' knowledge and understanding about production of a farm product, how these products change through processing and how they are marketed and distributed to the consumer.

Almost half of Australia's total land area is used for agriculture, yet, research shows that school student’s knowledge about the origins of food and fibre demonstrates a very low level of understanding, in fact 27% of students surveyed thought yogurt grew on trees!

AFiC has been prepared in response to the review into Agriculture in the curriculum, the push to implement more STEM based learning and the impending new Science & Technology Syllabus relating to food and fibre production right across K-6.

Now is the time to jump on board and prepare to implement this into your school ethos and programs.

Available Delivery Formats

  1. Host this event at your school**: If your school is interested in hosting this event in 2018, register your interest now. The workshop can be done in one six-hour session or split across three 2-hour blocks - whatever is most convenient for your school. Phone: 02 9704 1494

  2.  Join into a course being hosted at another school. Phone 02 9704 1494

Program Overview

Working through theory and practical activities with experienced industry trainers, teachers will be engaged in a discussion with the program leaders on how best to plan the delivery of these new resources to ensure learning objectives are highlighted. 2.1.2

The activity sheets used in the workshop will provide teachers with a coherent, well sequenced set of activities to use alongside up to date delivery resources. Teachers will also be given the skills to develop their own project based learning tasks to embed in their classroom programs. 2.2.2

The course equips teachers with the professional skills to develop classroom strategies to plan and sequence lessons to facilitate self‐directed and collaborative learning by students. 2.2.2

Teachers explore developing their own assessment tasks and rubrics to engage learners in an experiential context. The course provides frameworks for both the teacher as well as student workbook support materials for the classroom. 2.2.2

The Agriculture and Food in the classroom for Stage 2 and 3 program uses a range of resources from theory notes, training videos and practical activities. These will provide teachers with a suite of resources to engage students that address specific curriculum outcomes by delivering tasks which form the basis for project based learning. 3.2.2

The variety of delivery methods for content encourages students critical thinking and comparative analysis of the validity of information available in self-directed project research. 3.3.2

Working through the theory component of each topic will allow teachers to fully explore materials with the opportunity to ask presenters questions to clarify details or to discuss how best to share this information within class sessions. 6.2.2

Participating in practical sessions allows teachers to further update skills and knowledge. The completion of practical sessions allows teachers to fully explore the applications of materials discussed in theory sessions allowing them a fuller understanding of the topic area. 3.2.2

Agriculture and Food in the Classroom for Stage 2 and 3 Educators: train the trainer workshop will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of QTC Registered PD addressing 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 3.2.2, 3.4.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintain Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.