This curricular area includes creative, practical and work related experiences and outcomes in craft, design, engineering and graphics, ICT, computing science, food and textiles, and business.

To participate fully in modern life, children and young people need to be skilled and knowledgeable users of technologies and be ready to embrace further developments in the future. The technologies consider how knowledge can be applied for practical purposes. They provide exciting opportunities to develop children’s creativity and enterprising attitudes.

Learning in the technologies enables children and young people to be informed, skilled, thoughtful, adaptable and enterprising citizens, and to:

develop 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 skills and confidence to embrace and use technologies now and in the future, at home, at work and in the wider community

become informed consumers and producers who have an appreciation of the merits and impacts of products and services

be capable of making reasoned choices relating to the environment, to sustainable development and to 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 understanding of the applications and concepts behind technological thinking, including the nature of engineering and the links between the technologies and the sciences

experience work-related learning, establish firm foundations for lifelong learning and, for some, for specialised study and a diverse range of careers.

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