PIEF has released its November 2014 newsletter ... read more.
PIEF annual report 2013-14
PIEF has released its annual report for 2013-14 ... read more.
New learning materials for primary school students to be launched
PIEF has partnered with Landcare Australia to develop learning materials for primary school students to improve their understanding of where food and fibres come from and how they are produced on farms.
The teaching and learning sequences will be launched on 28 November 2014 by former governor general, the national Advocate for Soil Health, the Hon. Major General Michael Jeffery.
They will be available with other Australian Curriculum resources on the online portal Scootle, as well as via Landcare Australia's website at www.juniorlandcare.com.au. There will also be links to the new materials on Primezone, which is PIEF's web portal to education materials focused on primary industries.
Ahead of developing the complete teaching sequences, Landcare Australia and PIEF recently released a set of five double-page "How To Guides" on topics such as creating a food garden or frog pond, growing plants with natural pesticides and enhancing and restoring habitats.
The teaching and learning sequences will build on these topics in straightforward teaching scenarios covering a range of issues related to Landcare. Landcare Australia CEO Tessa Jakszewicz said Landcare was not only concerned with the environment and growing food, but also involved mathematics (how much soil for the garden), science, and community engagement.
PIEF CEO Ben Stockwin said the Foundation worked closely with farming organisations and State and Federal education departments to ensure there was an appropriate coverage of food and fibre included in the curriculum.
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.