Designed by education specialists School Kit, DairyNZ’s in-school education programme fits within the New Zealand curriculum to meet teaching requirements. Instead of teaching dairy as a specific subject, it looks at curriculum areas such as science, technology, economics and geography, and uses a dairy context to teach compulsory curriculum areas within these subjects. All the teaching resources can be found online at dairynzschools.co.nz.
The learning modules are easy for teachers to use, packaged with a teacher guide, fact sheet, a tangible teaching kit and a video. They are innovative, interesting and appealing to children, helping to increase awareness and understanding of the dairy sector and its contributions to New Zealand.
Linking urban and rural
An annual activity in the education programme is the DairyNZ CLASS-ified Game of Moostery, which links 150 rural schools with 150 urban schools around New Zealand.
It challenges children to put on their detective hats and figure out their partner school’s name and location using clues in the form of a photographic scavenger hunt and a video chat session. This resource aims to increase understanding and create empathy and real-world connections between rural and urban children.
A taste of science
Introducing dairy into the science curriculum at an early age not only increases children’s knowledge about dairy farming and where their milk comes from, but it can also spark an interest in a career in the dairy sector and introduce a pathway into agri-science.
A recent education module took the approach of starting with the products children already know and love – ice cream and milk – and introducing them into the science curriculum area of investigating a change of state (in this case from liquid to solid). In addition, an extra challenge of creating a breakfast flavoured ice cream was thrown into the mix. In the module, children got to find out about what products are made from milk and where that milk comes from.
Teachers who are using DairyNZ’s education programme in the classroom can also experience what they have been learning about first hand by visiting a local dairy farm through DairyNZ’s farm visit service.
DairyNZ Schools is a website for teachers to access DairyNZ's free, curriculum-based, engaging learning resources. They can also sign up to visit a farm and see all the photos other teachers have shared!