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Teaching Resources

This comprehensive section is for teachers and students. It is full of teaching resources, worksheets, interesting facts and information to help you teach and learn about how New Zealand farmers raise pigs with pride, care and expertise. There are also resources that link to the New Zealand Curriculum including art, mathematics, health, languages and social sciences - see our teaching resources menu here.


NEW! Starters & Strategies teaching activity – Exploring pig farming styles in New Zealand - Years 5 - 9

This teaching activity and lesson plan (most suitable for Years 5 - 9) uses five videos that explores pig farming styles in New Zealand. The resource includes are series of worksheets for students related to each individual video. Supporting teacher notes have been provided for this resource. 

Click here to download the lesson plans

Click here to download worksheet 1 & 1a

Click here to download worksheet 2 & 2a

Click here to download worksheet 3

Teacher notes for downloadable worksheets

On Farm Videos 

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Here you’ll find links to learning resources to support teachers in engaging active learning related to pigs and pig farming in New Zealand. Some of the resources we have compiled here are linked to the New Zealand Curriculum and some are from overseas. 

The pork industry is small and very different to other New Zealand livestock farming industries. Yet it is an important part of our primary industry sector and the local economy. The pork industry does not export product, it's product is grown solely for the local market. 

Weaner pigs



Art/Junior Classes – Drawing and Colouring





Social Sciences



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Dutch Artist and PIG 05049

A truly fascinating 9min TED.com video clip - Christien Meindertsma, author of "Pig 05049" looks at the astonishing afterlife of the ordinary pig.

Parts of ‘Pig 05049’ make their way into at least 185 non-pork products, from bullets to artificial hearts. Christien Meindertsma uses art (and craft) to expose the hidden processes and connections of our modern life.

Junior Classes – Drawing and Colouring

Resources for where learning to draw simple diagrams, or colouring in with borders are the desired learning outcomes.


English Research study on Dick King-Smith (author of ‘The Sheep-Pig’)

A well-constructed Research learning task on the TKI website aimed at the English curriculum Levels 4-6

Animal Farm by George Orwell

A set of teaching Resources and ideas relating to Animal Farm by George Orwell including:

  • Wordsearch as a simple way of introducing pupils to some of the themes and characters involved in Animal Farm. It analyses the text of two of the songs that feature in the novel. These provide a quick and accessible method of identifying some of the key issues within the novella which can lead to discussion about issues and ideas which the pupils identify.

  • Script writing activity combining text analysis with a piece of creative writing

  • Character profile sheets allow pupils to create simple revision tools about some of the key characters within Animal Farm. These can then be used for reference purposes, or as part of a compare and contrast exercise.

Picture Books

  • Olivia by Ian Falcone: Olivia the pig is a fictional character in this series of children's books. Olivia knows exactly who she is and will charm adults and children alike.

  • Gaston and Josephine by Georges Duplaix: The now famous Little Golden Book.

  • Mrs Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald: A classic series.

  • The Tale of Pigling Bland by Beatrix Potte: A classic book, famed for its illustrations.

  • Pigsty by Mark Teague: Wendell Fultz's room isn't a mess, it is a total pigsty! Wendell's mother tries to encourage him to clean it up but when it doesn’t work she lets him experience what it is like to live in a messy room. Soon the pigs show up and make the mess all the worse.

  • Piggybook by Anthony Browne: Piggybook examines modern gender-roles in a humorous way. Mrs. Piggott cooks, cleans, irons, and generally waits hand and foot on her spoiled husband, Mr. Piggott, and their sons. They are demanding, unappreciative, and just plain rude. But one day, Mrs Piggott gets fed up…

  • Piggies by Audrey and Don Wood: The antics of ten marvellous little piggies who romp from fingers to toes in this original fantasy bedtime story.

  • Perfect Pigs, An Introduction to Manners by Marc Brown and Stephen Krensky: A simple introduction to good manners to use with family, friends, at school, during meals, with pets, on the phone, during games, at parties, and in public places.

  • Pigs Will Be Pigs by Any Axelrod: Learn about maths and money concepts as Mr. Pig, Mrs. Pig and their piglets must add, subtract, multiply, and divide, and think about the way money works to satisfy their big pig appetites.

  • Piggie Pie! by Margie Palatini: Just what is Piggie Pie? Gritch the witch wants her piggie pie. She tries to make the pie and discovers she has all the ingredients but the main one, pigs.

  • The Pig In A Wig by Alan MacDonald: Piggoty Pig thinks she is beautiful, pink, and perfect until the other farm animals call her fat, pink, and bald. Piggoty regains her self-esteem as she finds she is just right the way she is.

  • If You Give A Pig A Pancake by Laura Numeroff: Baths lead to bubbles, bubbles lead to rubber ducks, rubber ducks lead to wanting a trip to the farm. If You Give a Pig a Pancake is a delightful exploration of the scenario "if you give an inch, they'll take a mile."

  • The True Story Of The 3 Little Pigs! by A. Wolf, as told to Jon Scieszka:You may think you know the story, but only one person knows the real story. What really happened? You decide.

  • Cars, Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry: This author’s famous picture books always feature pig characters.

  • All Pigs are Beautiful by Dick King-Smith:It’s true what they say: pigs are beautiful! Curious young minds will love learning about their habits in this picture book which combines story with information

Young Readers

  • The Book of Pigericks by Arnold Lobel: Limericks for littlies, perfect for any 4-8 year old.

  • The House at Pooh Corner by A A Milne: The most famous literary bear in the world’s adventures accompanied by his porcine friend, Piglet.

  • The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith (made into the movie “Babe”):When Babe, the little orphaned piglet, is won at a fair by Farmer Hogget, he is adopted by Fly, the kind-hearted sheep-dog. Babe is determined to learn everything he can from Fly. He knows he can't be a sheep-dog. But maybe, just maybe, he might be a sheep-pig.

  • Ace, the Very Important Pig by Dick King-Smith: Meet Ace, the great-grandson of Babe. Named after the Ace of clubs (because he has a club-shaped birthmark), he doesn't want to go where his brothers and sisters are going. And Ace is a special pig – one who understands what his human is saying and can communicate back.

  • Lady Lollipop by Dick King-Smith:Lollipop is no ordinary pig. According to her young trainer, Johnny Skinner, she’s the smartest pig in the entire kingdom. When people stare into Lollipop’s bright, intelligent eyes, it somehow changes them for the better. But can Lollipop win over the spoiled Princess Penelope - and her not-so-pig-friendly parents, the King and Queen?

  • Pigs Might Fly! By Dick King-Smith: Daggie Dogfoot, the runt of the litter, is in danger. The pigman, who takes all runts from their pens, is coming for him! But Daggie is a pig of remarkable qualities, and he's not about to let the Pigman get him. Instead, he runs away and decides to learn how to fly. But when he tries leaping off a cliff, he discovers another talent -- a talent he'll need to save the entire farm...

  • Freddy the Pig by Walter R Brooks: This classic series of children’s adventure books featuring Freddy the Pig and other anthropomorphic animal inhabitants of the "Bean farm" in upstate New York was written by American writer Walther R Brooks.

Young Adult Readers

  • Charlotte’s Web by E B White:This enduring classis is the tale of how a little girl named Fern, with the help of a friendly spider, saved her pig Wilbur from the usual fate of nice fat little pigs.

  • The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander: Hen Wen, a very important pig with the power of prophesy, plays a pivotal role in this epic fantasy series classic

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen, by Steven Erikson: Fener the Boar of Summer features in this book from Erikson’s epic fantasy series.

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell: Classic allegorical tale of the abuse of power.

  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Attwood: Pigoons, horrific genetic hybrids, roam freely in this post-apocalyptic novel by famed Canadian author.

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding: The classic, startling, and perennially bestselling portrait of human nature.

  • Pyg: The Memoirs of a Learned Pig by Russell Potter: The story of Toby, a truly exceptional pig who lived in late eighteenth-century England. After winning the blue ribbon at the Salford Livestock Fair and escaping the butcher's knife, Toby tours the country, wowing circus audiences with his abilities to count, spell, and even read the minds of ladies (but only with their permission, of course). He goes on to study at Oxford and Edinburgh. Quirky, beguiling, and endlessly entertaining, this memoir of a "remarkable sapient pig" is a sharp and witty delight.

  • The Pig Did It by Joseph Caldwell: A spoof of the Irish Lyric Novel and first in a series of ‘Pig’ books, the pig escapes from its pen and roots up the garden of Kitty McCloud, a bestselling novelist who “corrects” the classics. What the obstreperous little pig unearths is evidence of a possible transgression that the novel’s three Irish characters—the plagiarizing Kitty, her blood-feud rival Kieran, and a swineherd named Lolly—are convinced the other has probably benefited from.

  • The Pig Scrolls by Paul Shipton: Comedy adventure novel about a talking pig (Gryllus) and his endeavours to save the world. Set in Ancient Greece with many, often comical, references to ancient Greek mythology and life.

  • Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl: "Pig" is from the short story collection Kiss Kiss, which includes ten other devious and shocking stories. In "Pig", Roald Dahl tells a sinister story about the darker side of human nature. Here, a boy who grows into an accomplished cook goes in search of a final, elusive recipe …

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Food a Fact of Life

Free resources to stimulate learning and teaching about healthy eating. UK based, the information is still relevant to the New Zealand.

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These links show the cultural impact of introduced foods such as pigs which were incorporated into the traditional Maori diet.

Introduction of Pigs Impact on Maori.  There is little doubt that the arrival of pigs in New Zealand had an impact on Maori culture – and likely on their role in the early settler economy.  This document summarises some of the research.

Maori Language of Kai

Other than a reference to Poaka, this article contributes little to an association with pork. It is however a good dictionary of Maori Language associated with foods Te Mahi Kai.

Te Reo Maori

Hami’s Lot

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Patterns: Students design and construct homes for the three pigs. Each of the homes is made and filled with patterns that we explore.

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A Lego/Duplo Activity

This simple make a farm lesson plan is aimed at younger kids who can use their imagination to help make the activities work effectively.

Pigs and Pork Resources

A useful resource from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Anatomy of Pig Heart

Two videos that Demonstrate the anatomy of the heart in a pig's heart (approx 2/3rds human size, but very similar anatomically) - presented by Dr David Quinn and Prof Malcolm Underwood, of the Department of CardioThoracic Surgery at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Caring for Animals: A Guide for Teachers, Early Childhood Educators, and Students

The online version of Caring for Animals, adapted from the print version published in 1999. Includes legal, ethical, and practical information on the use and care of small animals. (Go to TKI and search ‘animal welfare’).

Pig Cell Transplants

The Biotechnology Learning Hub provides teaching resources for primary and secondary schools. It contains a number of links to modern biotechnology in New Zealand as it relates to the school curriculum.

  • In this activity, Y11-13 students use role-playing to explore different perspectives on the issue of using pig cells to treat type 1 diabetes.

  • In this video conference find out why and how we might use pig organs to help people.

  • A Quicktime video clip filtering human blood through a pig's liver — science fiction, or modern medicine?

Implantation of a porcine (Pig) valve is a type of xenotransplantation, also known as a xenograft, which means a transplant from one species (in this case a pig) to another. the links belwo contain more resources and information.


Changing People in a Changing Land - Pig Farming

Pig Farming booklet from the cross curricula resource called Changing People in a Changing Land on sustainable agriculture for Year 9 to 10 students. This resource is about the importance of agriculture to New Zealanders and about what is involved in sustainable farming practice in New Zealand and has been developed to follow on from the Year 7 and 8 resource - Living With The Land. Pig Farming booklet is about making intensive pig farming activities or practices maintain or improve the natural resources of soil, water and air. Farm facts and figures Description of farm How the farm operates Farm work Inputs, outputs, equipment and buildings Income and expenditure account Environmental issues Pig farming in New Zealand.

Gateway Programme - Schools working with Agriculture ITO – secondary school
Introduced by the Government to offer structured workplace learning opportunities to senior students in decile 1 to 6 state secondary schools. The programme provides recognition to students who complete a work placement by having their learning in the workplace assessed against unit and/or achievement standards on the NQF and integrated with their current programme of study.

Health and Farming - Food Comes from Farms

A set of videos about pig farming in the USA. helping you learn about:

  • humanely raising the pork that feeds the world;

  • using corn grown on their land as feed for hungry pigs;

  • producing safe food and safe pork by enforcing strict biosecurity measures

  • providing humane housing and care for pigs

  • provide good housing for boars, sows and piglets

  • providing safe and healthy food supply to their animals

Talk to a Farmer

Instructions on how to set up an audio conference with a farmer. NZPork is happy to help you contact a farmer near your school.

Dutch Artist and PIG 05049

A truly fascinating 9min TED.com video clip - Christien Meindertsma, author of "Pig 05049" looks at the astonishing afterlife of the ordinary pig.

Parts of ‘Pig 05049’ make their way into at least 185 non-pork products, from bullets to artificial hearts. Christien Meindertsma uses art (and craft) to expose the hidden processes and connections of our modern life.

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Social Sciences

COoL - Country of Origin Labelling - NZPork resource

It's Simply Delicious: Social Sciences based classroom activities.

History of pig farming in New Zealand

This website chronicles the history of pig farming in New Zealand.

Talk to a Farmer

Instructions on how to set up an audio conference with a farmer. Nzpork is happy to help you contact a farmer near your school.

Where did Polynesian pigs come from? 

Polynesian Pigs Origin

Dutch Artist and PIG 05049

A truly fascinating 9min TED.com video clip - Christien Meindertsma, author of "Pig 05049" looks at the astonishing afterlife of the ordinary pig.

Parts of ‘Pig 05049’ make their way into at least 185 non-pork products, from bullets to artificial hearts. Christien Meindertsma uses art (and craft) to expose the hidden processes and connections of our modern life.

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Biotechnology: Future Fuels

  • Biomass waste products. Energy from pig poo can power farms while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

  • The project will evaluate different methods of converting methane emitted from farm manure into renewable energy resources that can be used to power the farm, or even exported to the local electricity network.

  • Steve’s farm, the Lepper Trust, was named winner in the Small–Medium Business category in the 2010 EECA Awards for an ingenious project that captures gas from the farm’s effluentand uses it to produce electricity.

Recycling Waste

  • Peter Hall from Scion talks about the different kinds of waste his team are researching to find out whether they can be used to produce energy.

  • This video looks at a wide range of waste resources. Forest harvesting residues, agricultural crop residues such as straw, municipal solid waste, municipal effluence, industrial wastes from diary factories, meat processing, land fill gas, dairy farm waste and wastes from intensive farming of pigs and poultry.


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