Wool … natural, sustainable and renewable … is an eco-fibre fit for the future and yet it’s been around for 10,000 years.
Found today in a multitude of places, wool’s history weaves its way back in time, through the early days of New Zealand settlement, through an era of global discovery and exploration, into the Renaissance, the Dark Ages, and all the way back through Greek and Roman history to the time of cave men and women.
The process of growing wool – naturally, on the back of sheep – has stayed pretty much the same throughout those 10,000 years. But the complexity and versatility of wool’s unique fibres have led to an amazingly broad range of uses, from clothing and carpets to health and safety, without placing a burden on the planet.
Now you can see and feel the different stages of shorn New Zealand wool, even try out a fleece for size. We’ve converted a shipping container into The Wool Shed and it’s visiting schools around the country. Find out when The Wool Shed is in your area and book it to be delivered to your school.
The Wool in Schools project aims to help you understand wool’s place in our lives, and how and why it is part of our future. We have identified or developed resources that support New Zealand curriculum teaching of year 7 and 8 students. These have a range of applications, including Science, Technology, Mathematics and Economics, History, English and Art, for you to tailor to your needs. You could even create a full-on fibre factory, from Fibre to Finished Product, complete with marketing campaign.
Our Woolly Blog for teachers includes syllabus ideas, experiments, activities and scenarios shared by teachers around the country. It’s where you can find out how wool is capturing the attention of children. Have a read, help yourself if you like something, and add your own ideas.