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"Pen Pals", School Journal, level 2, September 2018

08 September 2018

The first two pages of the pen pals school journal article

In this report, students from Arataki School describe how they are getting to know the residents at a retirement home by becoming their pen pals.

You can find the article and the teaching notes here: Pen Pals, School Journal, level 2, September 2018

Other useful resources

Learning about technology through toys

These students learnt about toys from the past and created their own toy. The students could discuss favourite toys with their pen pals.

Technological systems in a toys context

These students learnt about technological systems, visited a museum and looked at toys from the past, and then made their own toy that was a technological system. The students could discuss with their pen pals a toy that they play with that is a technological system and ask their pen pals if they can remember a toy that they have played with that was a technological system.

Technological systems

Moira Patterson describes how exploring technological systems is essential – and fun.

Discussion questions

These could include:

  • My favourite toy is … Can you tell me about your favourite toy as a child?
  • Are you able to tell me about what it looked like, for example its size, shape, colour, smell, texture, components (physical attributes). How did you play with the toy and what did the toy do? (functional attributes)
  • What is the relationship between the physical and functional attributes. For example: the soft fur-like fabric that the toy is made from makes it soft and cuddly, the lego pieces are interlocking blocks so that you can build structures with them.
  • Did you ever play with toys that once you turned them on or wound them up they continued to go without any further input from you? What were the physical and functional attributes of these toys?

Indicators of progression for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technological outcomes
  • describe what technological outcomes are and explain how they are different to natural objects and other things created by people
  • identify a technological product and describe relationships between the physical and functional attributes
  • identify a technological system and describe relationships between the physical and functional attributes
Technological systems
  • describe the change that has occurred to the input to produce the output in simple technological systems
  • identify the role each component has in allowing the inputs to be transformed into outputs within simple technological systems.

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