Agriculture a career for everyone: Primary school resources

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Mathematics on the farm

Lesson overview

Farmers, farm managers and farm financial advisers use sophisticated mathematics on a daily basis when running their farming business. Students will apply mathematical skills to solve a variety of questions with an agribusiness focus. 

Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences; Mathematics

Economics and Business

  • Year 5 and 6 - Apply economics and business knowledge and skills in familiar situations (ACHES015)

Numbers and Algebra

  • Year 5 - Use efficient mental and written strategies and apply appropriate digital technologies to solve problems (ACMNA291)
  • Year 6 - Select and apply efficient mental and written strategies and appropriate digital technologies to solve problems involving all four operations with whole numbers (ACMNA123)


  • Calculator
  • Ipad
  • Dictionary

Tuning in

Discuss - Do you think that maths is an important skill for farmers? Brainstorm the jobs and decisions that farmers make that require mathematical skills.

Whole class introduction

The business of farming does not involve only the physical planting and harvesting of a crop. Farmers undertake many roles and being a good business manager is important to ensure a successful enterprise. Mathematical skill and knowledge is used daily in farming enterprises.


Nikki Poulish