Design and technologies / Year 5 and 6 / Design and Technologies Processes and Production Skills

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Curriculum content descriptions

Critique needs or opportunities for designing, and investigate materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to achieve intended designed solutions (ACTDEP024)

Elaborations
  • exploring the steps involved in the process to satisfy a design brief, need or opportunity
  • investigating designed solutions from around the world to make suitable, quality decisions that meet the design brief, challenge or scenario
  • identifying the importance of complementary parts of working, everyday systems by deconstructing the components, structure and purpose of products, services or environments
  • testing a range of materials, components, tools and equipment to determine the appropriate technologies needed to make products, services or environments, for example a moving vehicle
  • investigating how to minimise material use and manage waste by critiquing the environmental and social impacts of materials, components, tools and equipment
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Scientific inquiry,  Materials,  Design,  Fibres (Materials),  Tools,  Deductive reasoning

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Design dilemma

This series of lessons aims to develop awareness of the needs of diverse commuters on our public transport system. Students investigate the challenges involved in getting on and off public transport for users with additional needs, for example commuters in wheelchairs. They work collaboratively in teams to investigate possible ...

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A century of plastics

This lesson plan and supporting student resources looks at the development of plastics over the last century. The lesson explores how plastics have been engineered into a range of everyday and specialist products. Students are guided to investigate how selection of plastics as a material in products today considers the ...

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Build a Big Wheel

This lesson plan and supporting student resources Students learn how big wheels have been designed throughout history, and then work in teams to develop a design for their own pasta wheel. Teams plan their wheel, execute construction, troubleshoot, evaluate their own work and that of other students, and present to the class.

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Sustainable farming in Asia

This learning activity consists of a series of online resources supporting students to engage, explore and reflect on methods of conserving and recycling nutrients in food and fibre production in the countries of Asia. Students analyse videos and online resources to determine the success of low input sustainable agricultural ...

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Biodiversity and farming for a healthy planet

This is a digital resource containing information and resources, such as printable games, that relate to biodiversity and farming, and how food and materials can be produced while protecting the Earth's natural resources. It includes an extensive glossary of important terms, and external links to teacher and student resources ...

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Fruit, vegetable, crops - unit 5

This is a teacher resource that contains a program outline, student activities, an interactive game, and links to images and videos relevant to teaching primary students about growing and processing fruits, vegetables and crops in a variety of settings including the farm, laboratory and classroom. The program outline and ...

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Farm animals - unit 4

This is a teacher resource that contains a program outline, student activities, and links to images and videos relevant to teaching primary students about farm animals that are raised for food and fibre, with a particular focus on livestock needs and farming technologies. The program outline and supporting documents can ...

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International year of natural fibres

This is a digital resource containing information, videos and images that highlight natural fibres. It looks at the uses of a range of plant and animal fibres such as flax, jute, silk and cashmere, and considers characteristics, production and sustainability. The resource profiles 15 of the world's major fibres, and contains ...

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Exploring sustainable practices in food and fibre production:producer video

This is a video about how trees are grown and harvested by Green Triangle Forest Products and how facial tissues are made at Kimberley-Clark's South Australian mill. In the first part of the video, Linda Maddern Marketing Manager for Green Triangle Forest Products describes the size and importance of Australia's forestry ...

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Australian inventions timeline

This is a resource that uses the topic of Australian inventions and innovations to explore trade marks, patents and registered design. The resource includes learning activities that examine significant Australian inventions and innovations, the impact that these inventions and innovations have had on the development of ...

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Discovering past methods of food and fibre production: producer video

This is a video about the native food plants of the Mount Gambier region in South Australia and how they were used by the local Buandig Aboriginal people. It is introduced by ethnobotanist and author Neville Bonney who shows a wide range of local plants, often giving their names in Bungandidj language. The plants include ...

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Working with wind energy

This activity explores the growing use of wind energy to generate or augment energy in businesses and homes worldwide. Students work in teams to design and build their own windmill out of everyday items which they select and purchase with a budget. They test their windmill, evaluate their results, and present reflections ...

Interactive Resource

The Orb

The Orb is a collection of multimedia learning resources about Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures. It explores the interconnections between people, Country, culture, identity, and the living community. The multimedia resources have between three and five sections in which Tasmanian Aboriginal people share their ...

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Choice: nutrition

This is a web page providing reviews of various food products and supplements in terms of nutrition, covering frozen yoghurt, supermarket diet foods and fast food including vegetarian fast food. It also looks at omega-3 supplements, probiotics, protein supplements and beneficial foods - blueberries, fish, ginger and chilli, ...

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Choice: food warnings and safety

This is a web page providing reviews of various food products, packaging and production in terms of food safety including food hygiene, genetically modified food, pesticides and food additives. It covers Bisphenol A (BPA) in canned foods, pesticides in vegetables, plastic and plasticiser contamination in food, food additives ...

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Design and Make a Financial Plan for a Market Garden

This is a teacher guide providing suggestions for Maths activities based on designing a sustainable market garden and developing a budget for creating and maintaining the market garden as a profitable enterprise. It highlights the need for researching factors such as crop growing conditions and sales potential, and provides ...

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Cotton Australia: posters

This page provides links to 5 posters that can downloaded as PDFs. The posters include: field to fashion process, sustainable cotton farms and a map showing where cotton is grown. Variations of the posters are available for primary and secondary students. The web page also provides a link to order free hard copies if required.

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The innovator

This is a short animated film highlights the versatility of wool as a natural fibre. The wordless film journeys through the ages and offers a unique view on how wool has been used - and continues - to clothe humans. The video provides an humourous stimulus resource to highlight the range of properties of wool.

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Choice: groceries

This is a web page providing reviews of various grocery products and results of taste comparison tests. It covers sausages, bread, liquid breakfasts, breakfast cereals, Christmas puddings, cake mix, frozen fish and salad dressing as well as looking at Stevia sugar substitute and the major steps beef goes through from the ...

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Game changers and change makers: resource book of ideas for National Science Week 2018

This resource book includes ideas to support students’ involvement in investigating, exploring, experimenting, designing, creating and communicating their understandings about game changers and change makers from the past who have solved some of the seemingly unsolvable problems, to game changers and change makers of today, ...