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.

Ways to Enhance Curiosity in Primary Design and Technology

Ways to enhance curiosity in primary design and technology

Chapter Objectives

After reading this chapter you will:

  • have a strongly developing understanding of how curiosity impacts on learning in design and technology;
  • be able to see how the key elements of a successful design project can enable curiosity;
  • identify how, through authentic design projects, curiosity can lead to creativity and innovation in young learners.


In the last chapter the key elements of a design and technology project were determined: that a user is identified, and that the product has a clear purpose when designing and making a product. Igniting the learner's curiosity through open-ended enquiry, and design through the iterative design cycle were linked to Kimbell et al.'s (1991) hand and ...

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