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NSW Syllabuses

Science K–10 (inc. Science and Technology K–6) - Early Stage 1 Working Technologically


A student:

  • STe-5WT

    uses a simple design process to produce solutions with identified purposes


  • Students explore and define a task by:
  • identifying the purpose and use of existing products, places and spaces
  • describing their likes and dislikes of existing products, places and spaces
  • discussing the purpose and main features of what they need to produce and suggesting the materials they could use
  • Students develop ideas and produce solutions by:
  • using play and imagination to explore possibilities of products, places and spaces
  • following a series of steps to draw or model ideas or construct solutions
  • safely using common classroom equipment, resources and techniques to shape and join familiar materials
  • Students evaluate by:
  • recounting the steps taken to reach a final solution L
  • discussing their likes and dislikes in relation to what they have produced PSC
  • reflecting on what they did and the usefulness of the final solution

Background information


In Early Stage 1 students learn about and participate in designing and producing as a structured series of activities. They observe the use of existing products, places and spaces. Students explore tasks set by the teacher with a particular emphasis on the purpose of their designs and how their designs relate to similar products and places in their immediate environment. In Early Stage 1, modelling is a common technique for developing design ideas. Drawing may be used to stimulate and communicate imagination and ideas. In Early Stage 1, little distinction need be made between developing ideas and producing solutions, and modelled ideas may often be regarded as a solution. Students reflect on their solutions in relation to perceived 'usefulness' in the wider world.