During the Primary Years learning is characterised by:
- Learners developing a sense of identity in relation to their peers, communities and the consumer world.
- Learners comparing their own thoughts with real-world situations, and realise that designs and technologies can affect people and their environments.
- Learners investigating reasons why technologies develop and appreciate the importance of how they are used and being aware of the consequences of allowing for more critical, socially just and environmentally sustainable discussions and reviews of design and technology in society.
- Learners critiquing, identifying and describing many different aspects of designs and technologies and speculating on why these aspects are featured and others are not.
- Learners thinking and assessing critically how their and others’ designs, products and production processes can affect individuals, households, communities, environments and their futures.
- Learners developing their literacy, numeracy and information and communication technologies literacy in many ways.
- Learners developing new ways of recording and communicating their design ideas and thinking.
- Learners developing aware of how products and systems work, and apply this knowledge to their own designs.
- Learners plan and organise their work, identifying tasks and deciding on individual and cooperative ways of working.
- Learners relate to resources and other people, and communicate in many ways to achieve their goals, developing skills in cooperation and the value of others’ experience and knowledge to their own work.
Extracts from The South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability (SACSA) Framework Companion documents DECS 2004