This Design Thinking unit has been developed in partnership with Visy. For over 70 years Visy has been committed to finding sustainable solutions for Australia’s recyclables and helping to reduce local landfills. Visy collects, receives and sorts paper, cardboard, glass, plastics, steel and aluminium from households, businesses and schools with t... Read more »

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. Visy Education – Design Thinking – Empathise – Discovering the Waste Problem – Years 5 & 6
    Visy Education – 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. Visy Education – Design Thinking – Empathise – Understanding the Waste Problem – Years 5 & 6
    Visy Education – Design Thinking – Empathise – Understanding the Waste Problem – Years 5 & 6
  2. Visy Education – Design Thinking – Define, Ideate – Interpreting Information for Ideas – Years 5 & 6
    Visy Education – Design Thinking – Define, Ideate – Interpreting Information for Ideas – Years 5 & 6
  3. Visy Education – Design Thinking – Ideate, Prototype – Imagining a Design Solution – Years 5 & 6
    Visy Education – Design Thinking – Ideate, Prototype – Imagining a Design Solution – Years 5 & 6
  4. Visy Education – Design Thinking – Prototype – Seeking Feedback – Years 5 & 6
    Visy Education – Design Thinking – Prototype – Seeking Feedback – Years 5 & 6
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  9. Visy Education – Design Thinking – Prototype – Refining the Solution – Years 5 & 6
    Visy Education – 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. Visy Education – Design Thinking – Test – Implementing the Solution – Years 5 & 6
    Visy Education – 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. Visy Education – Design Thinking – Reflecting on Design Thinking – Years 5 & 6
    Visy Education – Design Thinking – Reflecting on Design Thinking – Years 5 & 6