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Elementary School Design

DESIGN

Why teach design?

Design is a weekly specialist class for grades 2-5 students. Design helps prepare students for a volatile, unpredictable, complex and ambiguousElementary School Design Cycle future. The design cycle teaches students to engage with problems, needs, or wants; develop a plan of action; create a prototype or product; evaluate what they make, and then seek to improve upon it.  

Throughout the design cycle students develop their thinking, self-management, social, research, and communication skills. You can find out more about each stage of the process in the boxes below. 

Our beliefs

We believe design should connect, inspire, challenge and make a difference. It will do this by: 

  • Providing a balance of authentic, experiential physical and digital projects. 
  • Integrating with units of inquiry (transdisciplinary). 
  • Teaching responsible use of a range of physical and digital skills. 
  • Being transparent to all stakeholders. 
  • Using design thinking and the WAB design process. 
  • Being inclusive of all abilities, genders and nationalities. 
  • Preparing students for MYP design.

Inquire & Develop

Create and Evaluate

Key Skills