Curiosity is a fabulous thing. Curious children explore, investigate, experiment, build their own understanding, share their findings with others and want to know more. Curious teachers learn as they teach, reflecting on their practice and following new routes to enhanced teaching and learning. Curiosity has the potential to enhance learning in all curriculum subjects but it has a special connection with scientific thinking. A curious approach can open up learning in science, computing, design technology and mathematics. This text explores how teachers can harness the power of curiosity in their classroom. Full of practical teaching ideas for engaging learners and making lessons more exciting, this text highlights the ways in which STEM subjects can be taught together.

Curiosity in Primary Design and Technology

Curiosity in primary design and technology

DESIGN IS A FUNNY WORD. SOME PEOPLE THINK DESIGN MEANS HOW IT LOOKS. BUT OF COURSE, IF YOU DIG DEEPER, IT'S REALLY HOW IT WORKS.

STEVE JOBS (1996)

Chapter Objectives

After reading this chapter you will:

  • understand the importance of curiosity in design and technology;
  • know which aspects of design and technology are most influenced by curiosity;
  • see how teachers can enable curiosity in pupils;
  • appreciate a wide range of ways to develop curiosity in design and technology.

Overview

This chapter will explore how learners confidently build ...

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