PIEF supports National Science Week 2014
PIEF has produced a 16 page flyer of school resources to support National Science Week 2014. Titled 'We love food and fibre' the flyer lists a number of resources for school teachers and students, each resource aligned to year levels and curriculum strands. They range from investigating pigs, the visual story of cotton, through to sustainability study guides, a virtual farm visit and lots more ... download flyer.
PIEF has released its August 2014 newsletter ... read more.
PIEF develops new resources and seeks partner schools
As part of PIEFs role with the federal Department of Education's 'Agriculture in Education' initiative we have committed to:
- develop 17 Units of Inquiry across all year levels and learning areas;
- produce two videos to match each Unit, one from a teachers perspective to teachers and one from a production perspective informing teachers of the technology behind the context contained in each unit;
- pilot a Primezone Partner program whereby PIEF will fund two partner schools in every state and territory to take a leadership role in resource development and teacher professional learning.
We anticipate expressions of interest for Primezone Partner school will be launched next month for appointment commencing in the 2015 calendar year. If your school would be interested in trialling the above Units of Work please email PIEF at firstname.lastname@example.org
PIEF's lead role in national Environmental Educators conference
PIEF is taking a lead role in the 2014 Association of Australian Environmental Educators conference to be held in Hobart from 2 to 5 November. PIEF research indicates the misperception that many teachers and students believe that farming damages the environment and they do not link primary production with sustainability. PIEF will be on the front foot by showcasing many wonderful examples of sustainability in action and resources that embed sustainable production in the curriculum. Conference information is available here.
PIEF's strategic plan 2013 - 2016
PIEF's strategic plan for 2013 to 2016 is now available ... read more.
PIEF has developed the Primary Industries Partnerships in Schools (PIPS) toolkit to build links between agribusiness and school classrooms and open up a wide range of career opportunities in Australia's primary industries ... go to PIPS toolkit.
Worrying levels of knowledge about agriculture in schools
A survey released by PIEF shows that student and teacher knowledge of food and fibre production has declined to worrying levels. It reveals that 75 per cent of students thought cotton socks were an animal product and 45 per cent could not identify that everyday lunchbox items such as a banana, bread and cheese originated from farms. The survey is a wake-up call to government says PIEF's Chair, Dr Cameron Archer.
PIEF acknowledges DAFF, Woolworths and PIEF members Meat and Livestock Australia, Forest and Wood Products Australia, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Australian Egg Corporation Limited and Cotton Australia as supporters of the survey.
Our website www.primezone.edu.au is a one-stop web portal of primary industries resources for schools and the community. The site is searchable by the Australian Curriculum subject areas. We welcome feedback and information about resources that teachers are using and recommend to others. We are keen to promote news and events related to primary industries education via our website.