Design and Technology in Today’s World: A First Look introduces primary students from Year 3 to Year 6 to the building blocks of Design and Technology (D&T). These building blocks are presented as eight units of study supported by eight activity sheets.
What is the range of activities?
The activity sheets contain a range of activities: individual research, small-group task(s) and/or classroom discussion. The classroom discussion activities are an opportunity to broaden the scope of the topic. They also provide a platform to address students’ related interests as well as introducing any ‘news-of-the-day’ topics regarding design and technology. Teachers may adjust the topics and the scope of activities to suit different year levels and class needs.
Classroom discussion is also a chance for students to learn more about D&T from each other. It is an opportunity for every student to raise points of interest that they wish to discuss.
What content descriptors do the activities address?
Design and Technology in Today’s World: A First Look is written to address the Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6 bands of the Australian Curriculum: Design and Technologies, as well as individual states’ and territories’ Design and Technologies primary curricula.
The units of study explore the strand, ‘Design and Technologies: Knowledge and Understanding’, while the activity sheets explore the strand, ‘Design and Technologies: Processes and Production Skills’.