The students of Goulburn North Public School unleashed their creativity and their inner Picasso while painting the life size fiberglass cow as part of an initiative by Dairy Australia.
"It has been such a great journey and the kids have loved it. The kids have been learning all about the dairy industry and looking at how calcium affects our bones," Leah Ross, a teacher at Goulburn North Primary School said.
"They wanted to paint a rainbow on one side of the cow and want to show what a balanced diet looks like on the other side," she said.
The students are learning about the importance of dairy for health and nutrition to tie in with their science and HDHPE classes, with some older students learning about the farm to plate journey of food.
"Every school receives their very own life-like cow to paint and decorate, which supports student-centered, interactive learning in addition to an exciting digital educational resource, Discover Dairy, which teachers can easily find materials that best fit within the lessons they are planning," Vanessa Forrest, Dairy Australia's School Communications Manager, said.
Picasso Cows is an initiative by Dairy Australia to explore key curriculum themes through a variety of purposeful, student-led experiences.
Developed in consultation with teachers and education consultants, the resources are part of the curriculum units, Farm to Plate and Health and Nutrition, and inspire learning through student creativity.
According to Dairy Australia Dietitian, Glenys Zucco, Picasso Cows provides an opportunity for students to learn the health benefits of dairy at a young age, to help ensure they eat a nutritionally balanced diet - essential for growing bodies.
"Scientific evidence supports the health benefits of eating dairy, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, and the Australian Dietary Guidelines indicate dairy lowers the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension and type 2 diabetes," Ms Zucco said.
"It's important children know that milk is a rich source of protein and calcium, essential to growing strong bones and healthy muscles."
For schools that follow the Farm to Plate curriculum, students gain knowledge about the $13 billion Australian dairy industry and the story of how milk goes from the farm to our fridge.
"With many children increasingly growing up in urban areas, they often don't know where their food comes from and Picasso Cows is a great opportunity to educate the next generation," Ms Forrest said.
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