“Paddock to Plate” – Teacher Resource

Tour Focus

On this tour, children are encouraged to make connections between the animals and plants they see on the farm and the food that ends up on their plate. By discovering where their food comes from, they are gaining deeper insight into the world and how things work. The main curriculum focus of this tour is the Victorian Curriculum (F-2) Science, as well as links to Design and Technology and Geography (Indigenous Perspectives). As in all CCF tours, Personal Capabilities are fostered as children engage practical listening and participation skills, while gaining some confidence around the animals.

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Animals visited on this tour:

  • Cows

  • Sheep

  • Goats

  • Bees

  • Pigs

  • Poultry

  • Garden




Identify what kind of animal products each animal provides. Discuss how plants and animals are grown to give us food and fibre, and how these can be changed or combined to create more products.

Curriculum Links

Identify what kind of animal products each animal provides. Discuss how plants and animals are grown to give us food and fibre, 


Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter (VCDSTC015)


Everyday materials can be physically changed or combined with other materials in a variety of ways for particular purposes (VCSSU045)

(eg. Milk to make dairy products)


Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (VCSIS050)

(predict what animal products come from which animal)

Learn and use correct terminology for animals (as well as their products) and plants.

Curriculum Links


Understand the use of vocabulary in familiar contexts related to everyday experiences, personal interests and topics taught at school (VCELA167)


Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met


Develop personal capabilities such as listening, taking turns and participating in group activities. Children will be supported to gain confidence interacting with animals.

Curriculum Links


Name and practice basic skills required to work collaboratively with peers (VCPSCSO006)

Recognise and appreciate the farming practices of the original caretakers of the land, the Wurundjeri people.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Country/Place on which the school is located and why Country/Place is important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the ways in which they maintain special connections to particular Country/Place(VCGGK066)

Australian Cross-Curriculum Links

Indigenous Perspectives

OI. 2 Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions

OI. 5 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ ways of life are uniquely expressed through ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing.

Before You Come to the Farm

Before you come on the Paddock to Plate excursion, we recommend a brief introduction so children can get the most out of their experience. Things you could discuss (particularly if your class has not had any farm/animal experience):

  • What kind of animals live on a farm?

  • What is the difference between a farm animal/pet/wild animal?

  • What behaviour is appropriate around farm animals?