Year 2, Term 2: Agriculture

Focus: Precision agriculture

Scope and sequence: Problem solving

Learning intention: Students explore how agricultural processes are used to grow plants and raise animals.

Overview: Agriculture is another word for farming so it includes growing crops and well as raising livestock.  This unit builds on prior knowledge from SILO F.3 'Living things' and leads into SILO 5.1 'Food and fibre'.  The main focus is on introducing children to current farming practices and investigating how problem solving can be used to develop solutions for increased efficiency and yield.  The concept of biosecurity is also introduced as another application of problem solving to reduce waste and disease
NSW Syllabus
Australian Curriculum (version 9.0)
"A student describes how agricultural processes are used to grow plants and raise animals for food, clothing and shelter." (ST2-5LW-T)
"Students learn to explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter." (AC9TDE2K03)

Week 1

Introduction to the topic

Water and irrigation

The following screenshot is from a video (2:03) about irrigation.  It can't be embedded on external websites so you will need to go to YouTube using this link (  After watching this, see if you can recall the three main types of irrigation.

Flood irrigation

Drip irrigation

Spray irrigation


Week 2

The importance of valves

The direction of fluids is discussed in this video (5:23) about valves, arteries and veins.

Week 3


This video (2:48) from the UK shows how Salmon are farmed commercially.

Week 4

This video (5:30) features Rachel Wilson who is an Australian free-range egg farmer from WA.

Week 5


Week 6

Panama TR4

The following video (4:55) tells the story of Panama TR4 in Queensland titled, Charlie goes bananas.


Week 7

Week 8

UNE Smart Farms


Week 9

Week 10

Moderated self-assessment


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