School Programs



Dairy Australia's schools program provides innovative curriculum linked programs and resources that enable teachers to educate students about dairy.

The aim is for school students to be aware of dairy benefits, where dairy comes from, and the possibilities for dairy careers. The program recognises the need to ensure long term trust and demand for dairy - school students are the consumers of tomorrow.

Learn more about the schools program below.

Discover Dairy

Dairy Australia’s Discover Dairy hub offers a range of free curriculum aligned resources and programs for teachers to educate Aussie kids about the Australian dairy industry and products. Topics include the  farm to plate process, the health and nutritional benefits of dairy consumption, sustainability and careers. The resources include worksheets, inquiry units, activity ideas, videos, and interactive games that can easily be downloaded within the classroom. 

Since the launch in January 2019, the site has received over 100,000 visits and 23,000 resource downloads. 

A Discover Dairy e-newsletter called What's Moos is distributed regularly to share new information and encourage teachers to use the resources.

 

Picasso Cows

The popular Picasso Cows program continues to provide schools with a curriculum-aligned, interactive learning experience, bringing the dairy industry to life in the classroom. The program aims to educate kids about the Australian dairy industry, our people, and our products, all while decorating an almost life-sized, fibre glass cow and completing a learning journal. Teachers use the Discover Dairy resource hub to support learning throughout the program.

If you know of a school within hasn’t completed the program and would be interested, our registrations are open at Picasso Cows Discover Dairy or schools can email us using the email address displayed below.

Dairy Australia Schools Team
  • Media

    Picasso Cows has been inspiring creativity and a love of learning about the Australian dairy industry since 2009 and has reached over 1,000 schools.

    Term 2

    The Picasso Cows program was available to schools in term two and achieved significant attention from local media with newspaper articles and a segment on WIN News Illawarra and Shepparton.

    Term 3

    Picasso Cows received significant coverage again for Term 3 with further newspaper articles and WIN news TV segments.

  • Media  coverage downloads

    • Picasso Cows Border Mail News Article Daisy the cow helping students with tactile creative learning

      (23 July 2020)
      PDF, 295.69 KB
    • Picasso Cows Busselton Dunsborough Times News Article Artful cow an udder delight

      (09 July 2020)
      PDF, 273.89 KB
    • Picasso Cows Deniliquin Pastoral Times News Article Mathouras Picasso cow

      (09 July 2020)
      PDF, 287.14 KB
    • Picasso Cows Goulburn Post News Article Picassos in the making

      (09 July 2020)
      PDF, 489.45 KB
    • Picasso Cows Harvey Waroona Reporte News Article Moo ved by cow project

      (09 July 2020)
      PDF, 265.3 KB
    • Picasso Cows Kalgoorlie Miner News Article DAIRY ART PROJECT GETS RURAL KIDS MOO VING

      (09 July 2020)
      PDF, 351.59 KB
    • Picasso Cows Manjimup Bridgetown Times News Article

      (09 July 2020)
      PDF, 192.05 KB
    • Picasso Cows Manning River Times News Article Learning about dairy

      (09 July 2020)
      PDF, 280.58 KB
    • Picasso Cows Mansfield Courier News Article Primary School students show artistic flare

      (09 July 2020)
      PDF, 195.99 KB
    • Picasso Cows Riverine Herald News Article Winnie the cow has mooved into school

      (09 July 2020)
      PDF, 175.05 KB
    • Picasso Cows Southern Courier News Article Plenty to learn from Picasso Cow

      (09 July 2020)
      PDF, 316.37 KB
    • Picasso Cows Terang Express Article A moo ving piece of student teamwork

      (09 July 2020)
      PDF, 589.46 KB
    • Picasso Cows Warranga News Article Girgarre Primary School and the Picasso Cow

      (09 July 2020)
      PDF, 200.33 KB

    Rural cows downloads

    • Picasso Cows Kalgoorlie Miner News Article DAIRY ART PROJECT GETS RURAL KIDS MOO VING

      (09 July 2020)
      PDF, 351.59 KB
    • Picasso Cows Manjimup Bridgetown Times News Article

      (09 July 2020)
      PDF, 192.05 KB

Virtual Classrooms

Dairy Australia is partnering with Kimberlin Education to create a Virtual Classroom - live streamed curriculum-linked dairy lessons facilitated by a qualified teacher. Over terms 1 and 2, 2021 we will deliver eight 45-minute sessions featuring farmer Bonnie Ravenhill, who will share her knowledge and experiences on topics such as jobs on dairy farms, how dairy foods are produced, technology, sustainability and the health and nutritional benefits of dairy consumption. 

To support these lessons, activity guides for teachers to use pre- and post-the virtual classroom will be developed for use with existing Discover Dairy resources. Schools can now book in their session through the KE Teacher Event: Discover Dairy

 

National Science Week

Dairy Australia have partnered with National Science Week 2021 to promote the Discover Dairy website and programs through the teacher resource ‘Food: Different By Design'. Published annually by the Australian Science Teacher Association, Food: Different by Design covers a broad range of areas in food production and sustainable agriculture, enabling primary and secondary students to explore industries such as dairy. The resource was downloaded over 21,000 times in 2020 and will be published digitally in mid-February 2021 via the Australian Science Teacher Association website. This year science week will be held from the 15th – 23rd August 2021.

 

Healthy Bones Action Week

Dairy Australia’s Healthy Bones action week is a yearly initiative designed to educate all Australians to think about their bone health. Primary school is a crucial time for Aussie kids to build strong bones for life and ensure their daily routine includes the three key steps to maintaining good bone health.  

In 2020 to celebrate Healthy Bones Action week in schools Discover Dairy along with Kimberlin Education launched an ‘Expert Classroom video’ featuring Nutrition bone scientist, Dr Sandra Iuliano. This 10-minute education session explained the importance of bone health to students and the three simple actions to building and maintaining healthy bones, with a focus on dairy foods.

To follow up on their learning, students participated in a live Q&A with Dr Iuliano later in the week and download a healthy bones planner and jigsaw puzzle from the Discover Dairy website. The campaign achieved two new resource additions to the Discover Dairy website, over 5,000 resource downloads on the Discover Dairy website, 214 classroom video views and reached an estimated 10,000 primary school students. 

For more information visit dairy.edu.au or watch the expert classroom video.

Farm Visit Kit

Farm visits are a popular excursion for school groups to help bring to life classroom learning about the dairy industry and the farm to plate process.

Dairy Australia's Farm resource kit has been created to help dairy farmers prepare for school groups visiting their farms. The kit provides a variety of resources to help before, during and after the visit.

Each kit contains the following:

  • 2 x Farm to Plate poster
  • 2 x Cow Breeds poster
  • 2 x Food plate poster
  • 30 x kids activity booklets
  • 30 x dairy stickers

The OH&S guides and the promotional template are available below.

To request a copy of the Farm Visit Kit, please contact Dairy Australia's schools team using the email address below.

Dairy Australia Schools Team

Downloads

  • Discover Dairy explore a dairy farm

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 199.25 KB
  • Discover Dairy For Farmers SCHOOL VISITS TO DAIRY FARMS

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 690.3 KB
  • Discover Dairy For Teachers SCHOOL VISITS TO DAIRY FARMS

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 529.79 KB

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