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Sustainable Farm Design

stage 5


Science, Digital Technologies, Geography, Humanities (Geography)

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This unit is a project based student-led, inquiry learning experience for students in Years 9 and 10. It is designed to be delivered over a period of 7-8 weeks in which students will be presented with opportunities to identify a real-world problem and work towards identifying a solution to the issue that produces a tangible product or strategy. They must incorporate the information and skills learnt during the unit.

The pedagogical framework for this unit is based on the 5Es learning model, commonly used in Australian classrooms and identifiable by both teachers and students. The process follows a student - centred (constructivist) approach and is represented by easily definable stages which can be explored as a single session or extended across several sessions according to the needs of the students.

Students will understand:

  • The need for sustainability in the Australian farming industry
  • The definition of sustainability
  • The importance of conducting research to understand the needs of a group
  • How to work collaboratively to solve real-world problems
  • The importance and range of alternative energy source
  • The importance and range of alternative farming techniques
  • Interactive whiteboard presentation with supporting resources
  • Activity sheets to support student thinking and learning

Advances in scientific understanding often rely on developments in technology and technological advances are often linked to scientific discoveries.  (ACSHE158)

Values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research. (ACSHE228)

Values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research.  (ACSHE230)

Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere.  (ACSSU189)


Define and decompose real-world problems precisely, taking into account functional and non-functional requirements and including interviewing stakeholders to identify needs.  (ACTDIP038)

Evaluate critically how student solutions and existing information systems and policies, take account of future risks and sustainability and provide opportunities for innovation and enterprise. (ACTDIP042)

Plan and manage projects using an iterative and collaborative approach, identifying risks and considering safety and sustainability. (ACTDIP044)


Human alteration of biomes to produce food, industrial materials and fibres, and the use of systems thinking to analyse the environmental effects of these alterations. (ACHGK061)

Environmental, economic and technological factors that influence crop yields in Australia and across the world. (ACHGK062)

Human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability. (ACHGK070)