Although knowledge and skills within these individual subjects are taught explicitly, we strive to make links between the STEM subjects wherever possible to develop an understanding of how these subjects are applied in the real world.
The children use their knowledge of scientific concepts to inform their design ideas when undertaking engineering projects e.g Year 4 designed and made some amazing burglar alarms to protect the crown jewels using their knowledge of electrical circuits, conductors and insulators!
Our annual STEM weeks and whole school competition provide children with the opportunities to showcase their engineering talents!
The science lessons and curriculum we provide help our pupils to make sense of the world around them and equip them with the skills to investigate a scientific question and review evidence. Our teaching principles for science (The 4 E’s) are; ENGAGE, EXPLORE, ENQUIRE and EVIDENCE. Children are engaged in activities that allow them to explore and experience, first hand, scientific concepts and phenomena. We aim to foster curiosity and actively encourage the children to ask and, where possible, investigate their own questions.
The enquiring skills are taught and applied by children using a variety of real-life contexts spanning the following areas of science; materials, forces, humans and other animals, plants, light, space and sound. We use ICT to support/ enrich learning in science wherever possible ( ipads, cameras, data-loggers and websites)
Below are some useful websites for children enthusiastic about science:
Design and Technology
Work in the area of Design and Technology, including Information Technology, is undertaken throughout the school in both cross-curricular and subject-based work. The Design and Technology lessons and curriculum aim to broaden the pupils’ understanding of technology and its uses, whilst giving them the chance to explore a range of materials and their properties. We provide our pupils with opportunities to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. They are taught to test and evaluate these products and, if appropriate, redesign them in the light of what they have discovered. Materials as diverse as wood, paper, card, cooking ingredients, sewing materials and commercial construction kits are in use.
In Key Stage 1 the children work on the design and make projects involving textiles, cooking and nutrition, mechanisms and structures.
In Key Stage 2 the children work on the design and make projects involving electrical systems, mechanical systems, structures, cooking and nutrition and textiles. We hope that through evaluation of past and present Design and Technology, the children develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
- http://www.wildginger.com/ – textile and fashion design sewing pattern software
- http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/– cooking and nutrition website
We are fortunate to have an amazing facility with our Cook School. Sessions are made available for all children from Pre -School to Year 6, both in the Cook School itself or whole class sessions in the classrooms.The recipes that are chosen for any particular year group are usually linked to their classroom topic, adding to their learning and helping to bring the subject alive. There is always the encouragement for children to try new foods and flavours and there is an emphasis on healthy eating, food seasonality and where food comes from. The children really enjoy their Cook School sessions and are incredibly proud when they take their food home.