Year 5, Term 2: Manufacturing

Focus: Manufacturing

Scope and sequence: Project management

Learning intention: Students can solve problems through the safe and creative use of materials, tools and equipment.

NSW Syllabus
Australian Curriculum (version 9.0)
"A student plans and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity." (ST3-2DP-T)
"Students learn to explain how characteristics and properties of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment affect their use when producing designed solutions." (AC9TDE6K05)

Week 1

Revision: The design cycle

Introduction to the topic

Project management 101 (Price, quality and time).

A basic operating principle in project management is that there are three main considerations, namely; price, quality and time, and you can only have two out of three.  For example if you manufacture things quickly and cheaply you can't expect to have very high quality.


Week 2

Introduction to Modular Design


Week 3

Lean manufacturing

The five lean manufacturing principles were developed in Japan and used extensively by Toyota ( The five principles are:

  1. Identify value
  2. Map the value stream
  3. Create flow
  4. Establish pull
  5. Seek perfection

The following video (4:52) tells the history and significance of this story:


Week 4

Lean manufacturing principle # 1: Identify value


Week 5

Lean manufacturing principle # 2: Map the value stream


Week 6

Lean manufacturing principle # 3: Create flow


Week 7

Lean manufacturing principle # 4: Establish pull

The following video (4:05) explains the dynamics and efficiencies of pull systems.

Week 8

Lean manufacturing principle # 5: Seek perfection


Week 9


Week 10

Moderated self-assessment


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