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Tuning in

A tuning in activity helps students to define and focus on the issues they will be dealing with in the unit of work.

  1. Bright Sparks – Design Thinking – Empathise – Discovering the Waste Problem – Years 5 & 6
    Bright Sparks – Design Thinking – Empathise – Discovering the Waste Problem – Years 5 & 6

Finding Out

Students will need to obtain more information about the issues they are going to investigate. They can identify questions of interest and research these either in small groups or on their own. Once information is gathered, it can be shared using chosen communication methods e.g. short presentations. Students can continue finding out by completing a range of investigations, including gathering data. They use appropriate methods to present and communicate what they have found out.

  1. Bright Sparks – Design Thinking – Empathise – Understanding the Waste Problem – Years 5 & 6
    Bright Sparks – Design Thinking – Empathise – Understanding the Waste Problem – Years 5 & 6
  2. Bright Sparks – Design Thinking – Define, Ideate – Interpreting Information for Ideas – Years 5 & 6
    Bright Sparks – Design Thinking – Define, Ideate – Interpreting Information for Ideas – Years 5 & 6
  3. Bright Sparks – Design Thinking – Ideate, Prototype – Imagining a Design Solution – Years 5 & 6
    Bright Sparks – Design Thinking – Ideate, Prototype – Imagining a Design Solution – Years 5 & 6
  4. Bright Sparks – Design Thinking – Prototype – Seeking Feedback – Years 5 & 6
    Bright Sparks – Design Thinking – Prototype – Seeking Feedback – Years 5 & 6
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  9. Bright Sparks – Design Thinking – Prototype – Refining the Solution – Years 5 & 6
    Bright Sparks – Design Thinking – Prototype – Refining the Solution – Years 5 & 6

Considering Social Action

Students are given opportunities to apply their learning in real world situations, in the classroom, school, home or the local community.

  1. Bright Sparks – Design Thinking – Test – Implementing the Solution – Years 5 & 6
    Bright Sparks – Design Thinking – Test – Implementing the Solution – Years 5 & 6

Assessment and Reflection

Reflection time provides students with an opportunity to value what they have learnt and the learning processes in which they have been involved. Evaluation or assessment tasks during the unit of work will need to conclude.

  1. Bright Sparks – Design Thinking – Reflecting on Design Thinking – Years 5 & 6
    Bright Sparks – Design Thinking – Reflecting on Design Thinking – Years 5 & 6