Tairangi School Procedure Statement
TECHNOLOGY NAG 1 Curriculum
Technology is a creative, purposeful activity aimed at meeting needs and opportunities through the development of products and systems, or environments. Knowledge, skills and resources are combined to help solve practical problems. Technological practice takes place within and is influenced by social contexts.
The following procedures are to be followed by the school:
- Each syndicate will provide a technology programme that is based on TNZC.
- There will be a yearly budget allocation for technology based on the technology buying plan.
- Staff will be encouraged to participate in teacher professional development on a school need basis and adequate funding will be provided to support this.
- When developing a technology programme staff will ensure that the environment, equipment and the planned learning experiences are all safe in the terms of the age range and levels of competence of the students.
- Students must be made aware of their responsibility for their own safety and that of others and therefore the importance of using equipment and materials correctly.
- Programmes and resources will be gender inclusive, non-racist and non-discriminatory.
- Programmes of work will give a broad coverage of the technological areas and contexts. Achievement Objectives will all be covered over time.
- Most units of work will include objectives from all three of the strands.
- As technology is on of the seven essential learning areas, due consideration must be given to timetabling and balance, in order to meet the requirements of the document.
- The link between school and the community is important to a technology curriculum.
- Outside experiences enhance, reinforce and clarify classroom learning, by providing stimulus and expert resources.
- Exploring technology in the community gives students an appreciation of the relationship between technology and society.
- Careful consideration needs to be given to how and the reasons for contacting community groups.
- All objectives of Technology in the New Zealand Curriculum will be covered as determined in the 2 year long term plan.
- The Long Term Plan includes the assessment focus and possible contexts for study.
- Two technology units will be covered across each school year.
- The Long Term Plan will commence in 2000, following on from the curriculum development initiated by the Technology Curriculum Committee.
- The Long Term Plan will be reviewed during Term 3 of each year.
- Teachers have the flexibility to select a relevant, purposeful activity.
- Achievement Objectives have bee pre-selected and included in the Long Term Plan.
- School-wide planning sheets will be used to plan units.
- Syndicates should plan their units co-operatively.
- Units should be relevant to the children’s interests and needs.
- When planning units, Risk Management must be taken into account.
- Utilise community expertise where practical.
- Identify and incorporate cross-curriculum links.
- Achievement Objectives from across the 3 strands should be selected.
- Teachers should identify technological knowledge and skills they want the students to develop within each technological area.
- Year 7-8 students will attend technicraft at an outside provider (Titahi Bay Intermediate) where aspects such as Food, Materials, Production and Process will be covered.
- Not all achievement objectives selected within a unit will need to be assessed. The assessment focus will be recorded on the Long Term Plan Sheet for each unit.
- The Technology Curriculum Committee will be responsible for overseeing the development of the school’s technology programme. It will be their responsibility to ensure staff are aware of planning, topic development and assessment trends within the school. Ultimately this group will be responsible for tracking Technology with in the whole school context.
- The Technology Curriculum Committee will make budget recommendations to the Principal.
- The school programme will be reviewed annually.
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