Elizabeth Park Schools’ ‘Business Manufacturing Technologies (BMT)’ Specialisation
Elizabeth Park Primary School is now offering a specialisation in ‘Business Manufacturing Technologies (BMT)’.
Elizabeth Park Schools has a vision of specialising in Business Manufacturing Technologies based upon developing students’ skills in:
- innovative and entrepreneurial ‘micro-business’ development
- manufacturing design and food production
- project implementation and environmental management
- Pathway one: This pathway provides the opportunity for all students in years 5 to 7 who have identified their area of interest to work closely with the Business Manufacturing Technologies specialists as part of the current primary Negotiated Layered STEM Curriculum
- Pathway two: This involves mentoring small groups of identified Tier 3 students who are referred to the program by our Students of Concern referral team. These students are mentored by the Specialists to enhance their personal development and educational outcomes and become ‘experts’ in their class.
We have developed a Negotiated Layered Curriculum that leads students from building basic knowledge & comprehension through to application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation based on Blooms taxonomy. (lower order through to higher order thinking skills).
This involves the upper primary students working in collaborative teams or ‘companies’ developing a 'micro-business' around a theme that involves manufacturing and/or food production linked to the school’s themes.
These students work through a series of layered activities over a term developing their micro-business model and product, creating a sales pitch, logos, adverts, sometimes even a share market with stocks.
The classes involved work in with our kitchen garden program and our small tech studies workshop. The idea is for students to develop career paths to higher education and the Northern food bowl involving innovating on industrial technologies and food production.
Integral to this specialisation is the ‘Building a Stronger South Australia’ focus that will enable our students to have access to more specialised education that leads to jobs for the future. It is about exposing our students to the possibilities of new innovative entrepreneurial opportunities within the Northern Food Bowl development, the expansion of the present horticultural areas in the north that are transforming the State’s primary sector and employment opportunities.
Elizabeth Park Schools is working closely with Playford International College related specialist electives in 2018. It supports pathways planned for transition from school to further education, training and employment: As well as Playford International College we are developing links with ‘The Food Forest’ and local TAFE. Currently EPS is negotiating with St Patrick’s Technical College Trade School as further pathway.
The Business Manufacturing Technologies specialisation will build upon and add value to the learning opportunities of Elizabeth Park students in two pathways.
Elizabeth Park’s ‘Business Manufacturing Technologies’ Specialisation directly links to DECD Strategic Plan “Education for a Stronger Future” key priorities and the State Priorities. In particular, the key priorities of ‘Learning in Partnership’ and ‘Better Futures’ so that all our students will attend school and stay engaged, learn 21st Century skills, be equipped to engage globally and work in expanding SA industries.