Picasso Cows and The Great Wall of Dairy are free curriculum programs that encourage teachers to educate primary school-aged children about the Australian dairy industry and the health and nutrition benefits of dairy foods as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Schools involved in Picasso Cows are provided with a blank, life size fibre glass cow in which to paint and decorate in one of three allocated dairy related themes – Unbeatable Bones, Fuel for Life or Farm to Plate. Schools involved in The Great Wall of Dairy are provided with a 1 x 5 metre vinyl canvas and are required to complete the same design process as Picasso Cows. As part of each program schools must also complete a class learning journal that documents their program learnings from start to finish.
The programs have been written in accordance with the new Australian curriculum and they are supported by a selection of resources for teachers in the form of hard copy materials and online resources from Dairy Australia’s Discover Dairy website. The programs are highly interactive and motivational and they cater for many different learning styles. They also deliver strong knowledge increases amongst students in relation to the health benefits dairy foods and the importance of the dairy industry.
Each year a select number of regions across Australia are chosen to take part in the programs with up to 180 primary schools participating on an annual basis. This allows for each school to have the maximum support from Dairy Australia’s Program Managers throughout the year and for key program events such as the presentation days to deliver the best outcomes for all involved. Up until 2013 both programs have been run in primary schools across Australia’s dairy regions and have reached approximately 500 primary schools and 30,000 primary school students. This year Picasso Cows will be delivered to 80 schools located in Australia’s capital cities and The Great Wall of Dairy will have both a city and regional focus and will be delivered to 70 primary schools.