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Technology Unit Planning: Personalised Pen Planning Unit: Overview


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Year 7 Materials

Description of Context: Writing Tools

Key Focus: Transformation of Information/Energy/Material (Highlight)

Class Description/Students Past Experiences:
Year 7 students/no experience in the Technology rooms. Little understanding of Technological Practice.


Key Focus: (Technological Practice)


  • Planning for Practice
  • Outcome Development and Evaluation
  • Introducing the Technology Cycle
  • Functional models

Context specific skill/knowledge:


  • Experience in working with plastic.
  • Sketching and rendering.
  • Construction of MDF models
  • Safe use of tools and equipment.
  • Correct use of tools and equipment.

Predetermined Specific learning outcomes:



  • Develop skills in working with plastics.
  • Develop knowledge of plastic performance.
  • Develop 2D sketching and rendering techniques.
  • Develop an understanding of the Key stages in the technology cycle.(CoT)
  • Undertake own time management to ensure the completion of a quality outcome. (PfP)
  • Undertake modelling as a form of testing and trialling. (ODE and TM)
  • Apply knowledge and skills in the manufacture of a quality solution. (ODE)

Assessment Strategies:


Observation of tool selection and use to produce an outcome.


Discussion with students about knowledge of how to work materials to form products.


Teacher checks through ongoing formative discussions with each student and marking of portfolios to ensure all students have: developed concepts, tested mock-ups, completed an outcome in given time, evaluated outcome against performance specs.


Observation of cooperation between students.


Learning Links

Key Competencies:


  • Using language symbols and text
  • Managing self
  • Relating to others
  • Thinking
  • Participating and contributing


Cross Curriculum:


  • Maths – measuring
  • Problem solving
  • English – evaluative skills

Learning Environment Considerations

Safety Issues (Refer to MOE Revised Health & Safety Guidelines.)



  • Safe use of hand tools
  • Use of scroll saws
Resources Required:


  • 3mm Acrylic, card, masking tape, coping saws, scroll saws, ink refills
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Personalised Pen: Overview | Lesson sequence | Assessment (45kb, .doc) | Worksheets (71kb, .doc)

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