In Technology at Coastal Taranaki School, we aim to develop creativity, skills and knowledge which students’ initiative and innovation are challenged to meet needs and opportunities through a range of contexts. Our students have the opportunity to experience technology in four main areas:
– Hard and Soft Materials Technology (Wood, Metal, and Textiles)
– Food
– Design & Visual Communications
– Digital Technologies

Technology has three strands – Technological Practice, The Nature of Technology, and Technological Knowledge. These strands provide a structure for the key ideas and practices that form the basis of technological literacy.

Students undertake their own technological practice within a particular setting and reflect on the technological practice of others.

Students learn how technological modelling supports decision making and how materials and systems enable technologies to function.

Students learn why technologies are developed in the way they are, and how technologies affect views, attitudes, and lives; including social and cultural perspectives. The Nature of Technology enables the students to bring everything into context.

Technology Subject Progression Year 5 Year 6 Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year 13
Hard Materials – Jewellery & Wood
Soft Materials – Fabric
Digital Technology
Design and Visual Communications (Graphics) * * *
Food (Including Hospitality)

*If numbers allow Design & Visual Communications (Graphics) is provided at Coastal Taranaki School otherwise it is provided by video conferencing.

Technology seeks to empower students to make informed choices. Students make specific choices in technology subjects from Year 11 through to Year 13 based on their experiences and aptitudes. From the senior levels of technology students can progress onto tertiary related studies or practical applications.