Design and technology in the junior primary years is characterised by:
- Learners playing in and exploring environments.
- Learners building and pulling things apart. They learn that combinations of parts are what make up whole objects. They satisfy their curiosity by interacting with the worlds around them in schools, homes, communities and virtual communities.
- Learners making connections between different aspects of the products that they encounter. Growing their vocabulary as they name objects and identify their features.
- Learners discovering new ways of doing things
- Learners trying out new ideas, inventing and solving problems experiment, trying out creative ideas, investigating and acting out scenarios.
- Learners thinking about what they are doing and communicating with others about their ideas, revising and adapting in response to feedback.
- Learners interacting with the world of products, processes and systems made by others. Extracts from The South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability (SACSA) Framework DECS 2001
Extracts from The South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability (SACSA) Framework Companion documents DECS 2004
Junior Primary Projects
The purpose behind demonstrating this working system to a group of students is multi-faceted:
- it develops knowledge and understanding of various technical systems including simple pneumatic, cam,pulley, and lever systems
- it engages students and builds up their curiosity in the subject matter
- it is a concrete and hands on approach to learning concepts that are otherwise difficult to comprehend
- it sparks students imagination and creativity
- it provides opportunity to create multiple links to areas of the Australian Curriculum
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