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Design and technologies / Year 3 and 4 / Design and Technologies Processes and Production Skills

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Curriculum content descriptions

Generate, develop, and communicate design ideas and decisions using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques (ACTDEP015)

Elaborations
  • exploring ways of joining, connecting and assembling components that ensure success
  • generating a range of design ideas for intended products, services, environments
  • identifying the properties of materials needed for the designed solution
  • visualising and exploring innovative design ideas by producing thumbnail drawings, models and labelled drawings to explain features and modifications
  • planning, sharing and documenting creative ideas and processes using digital tools such as a class blog or collaborative document
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Problem solving,  Technical drawing,  Modelling,  Graphic arts,  Computer graphics

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