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Dairy Australia launches new fun and engaging curriculum resources to discover more about the Australian dairy industry.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Giving teachers the tools to help kids Discover Dairy

Dairy Australia launches new fun and engaging curriculum resources to discover more about the Australian dairy industry.

Dairy Australia’s online primary school education program, Discover Dairy, has a fresh look and is packed with new and updated curriculum-linked resources to help teachers deliver the Food and Fibre and Health and Nutrition curriculum.

Developed in consultation with teachers, the online hub offers a range of resources including units of inquiry, activity ideas, videos, worksheets and interactives, designed to bring the dairy industry to life in the classroom.

Dairy Australia’s Schools Communications Manager, Emma Rundle said the new Discover Dairy resource hub is an easy tool for teachers to get students excited about key parts of the curriculum.

“The Australian National Curriculum guidelines are always evolving, and so too is our Discover Dairy primary school education program,” Ms Rundle said.

“Teaching students about agriculture, Food and Fibre and Health and Nutrition are core components of the curriculum so it’s important we help equip teachers to deliver these streams in the modern classroom.

“Alarmingly, children are increasingly disconnected from agriculture and lack an understanding of where their food comes from and the important role that our farmers have in providing nutritious, high quality food in Australia and abroad.

“In addition, primary school aged children are missing out on a number of nutrients needed for healthy growth and development.

“As one of the five food groups in the Australian Dietary guidelines, dairy is an important part of children’s diets, but nine out of ten Aussie kids are not getting enough dairy each day*,” Ms Rundle said.

The Discover Dairy resources highlight the farm to plate process, and how the consumption of dairy foods, as part of a balanced diet, can build and maintain strong, healthy bones during childhood and throughout life.

The resources have the flexibility to be adapted to suit teachers’ needs and are easily downloaded from the online hub for immediate use.

Kimberlin Education, a specialist education consultancy, supported the development of the resources.

Kimberlin Education’s Company and Education Director, Naomi Lindermeyer said Discover Dairy’s resource hub allowed teachers to effortlessly search for and save lesson plans that would best suit the year-level of their class, as well as the particular subject they are teaching.

“While putting together the one-stop-shop resource hub, our research revealed 87% of teachers said they would like to teach an inquiry led unit to their students based on farm to plate concepts.

“Teachers can select different types of teaching resources such as PDF’s, animations and video, depending on how it best fits with the lesson they are planning,” Ms Lindermeyer said.

Discover Dairy has been educating students about the importance of the Australian dairy industry since 2007.

Join the thousands of classrooms who have already discovered dairy and visit the online hub today at www.dairy.edu.au.

* Australian Health Survey: Consumption of Food Groups from the Australian Dietary Guidelines. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Released 11 May 2016.

Media enquiries:
Susan HunterMedia Relations Manager, Dairy Australia
03 9694 3727 I 0417 540 059 I susan.hunter@dairyaustralia.com.au

Cassie WhelanPR Manager, Dairy Australia
03 9694 3756 I 0422 677 476 I cassie.whelan@dairyaustralia.com.au

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