Scotland has a strong tradition of excellence and innovation in technological research. Scotland’s young people need to be skilled in technologies and to be aware of the impact of technologies on society and the environment, now and in the future. Learning in the technologies provides a strong foundation for the development of skills and knowledge which are, and will continue to be, essential in maintaining Scotland’s economic prosperity.
Technologies relates to contexts that provide opportunities for pupils to develop technological skills, knowledge, understanding and attributes through creative, practical and work-related activities. In St Conval’s, we endeavour, even from the early stages, to develop the life skills that are recognised as being important for success in the world of work.
The Technologies curriculum has six organisers:
• Technological developments in society
• ICT to enhance learning
• Computing science
• Food and textiles
• Craft, design, engineering and graphics.
Through carefully planned Technologies activities, St Conval’s aims to help pupils:
• develop an understanding of the role and impact of technologies in changing and influencing societies
• contribute to building a better world by taking responsible, ethical actions to improve their lives, the lives of others and the environment
• gain the confidence and skills to embrace and use technologies now and in the future, at home, at work and in the wider community
• become an informed consumer and producer who has an appreciation of the merits and impacts of products and services
• be capable of making reasoned choices relating to the environment, sustainable development and ethical, economic and cultural issues
• broaden their understanding of the role that information and communications technology (ICT) has in Scotland and in the global community
• broaden their awareness of how ideas in mathematics and science are used in engineering and the technologies
• experience work-related learning, and establish firm foundations for lifelong learning, and specialised study and careers.
St Conval’s Primary continually seeks to tap into pupils’ natural inventiveness and their desire to create and work in practical ways. We draw upon a wide variety of approaches to enrich the experience of our pupils, with a balance of collaborative and independent learning.
Being skilled in using digital technology is vital if St Conval’s pupils are to develop into effective contributors who are able to communicate and interact on a global scale. Computers are used across all areas of the curriculum to develop skills in digital technology.