Technology and Enterprise
Until the Australian Curriculum releases the curriculum for Technologies, teachers plan and assess Technology and Enterprise (T & E) under the guidelines of the WA Curriculum Framework. This is organised into the areas of Technology Process, Materials, Information and Systems.
At Burrendah Primary School, teachers adopt a “design, make, appraise” approach to T & E activities where students are encouraged to design or modify products, processes, systems or environments in order to meet a need or solve a problem. To do this, they often research information, investigate systems and materials, and make judgements to improve their design or product.
Technology and Enterprise activities and projects are often cross-curricular, taking in concepts and requiring the use of skills developed in Science, English, Mathematics and Art. Due to the nature of the activities planned and the fact that most T & E projects are completed in small groups, students put into practice many of the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities of Literacy, Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking and Personal and Social Capability. The Cross Curriculum Priority of Sustainability is often a key feature of T & E projects. The safe use of tools, materials and the internet are focal teaching points in primary school T & E lessons.
When students progress into high school, many of the skills they have learned in T & E lessons will be further developed as they undertake studies in Design and Technology, Cooking, Clothing and Fabrics, Art and Design, and Woodwork.