With bushfires increasingly threatening houses and communities, many people are beginning to turn their thinking towards bushfire-resistant building standards as a way of combatting the impact of bushfires. This unit of real-world learning invites students to consider these options, taking them on a journey through the design process of defining... 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. Bushfire-Resistant Housing – Empathise Phase – Design and Technologies – Years 7 & 8
    Bushfire-Resistant Housing – Empathise Phase – Design and Technologies – Years 7 & 8

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. Bushfire-Resistant Housing – Define Phase – Design and Technologies – Years 7 & 8
    Bushfire-Resistant Housing – Define Phase – Design and Technologies – Years 7 & 8
  2. Bushfire-Resistant Housing – Research Phase – Design and Technologies – Years 7 & 8
    Bushfire-Resistant Housing – Research Phase – Design and Technologies – Years 7 & 8

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. Bushfire-Resistant Housing – Ideation and Prototyping Phase – Design and Technologies – Years 7 & 8
    Bushfire-Resistant Housing – Ideation and Prototyping Phase – Design and Technologies – Years 7 & 8

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. Bushfire-Resistant Housing – Evaluation Phase – Design and Technologies – Years 7 & 8
    Bushfire-Resistant Housing – Evaluation Phase – Design and Technologies – Years 7 & 8