Science and the Technologies (STEM)
STEM incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Our pupils have many opportunities to develop a wide range of skills as part of the science and design technology curriculum in our specialised STEM lab. We strive to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and designers by delivering engaging, practical lessons. Not only does STEM ensure growth of subject specific skills, but also those that are needed in everyday life.
Working scientifically is the bedrock of science learning. The main skills that children develop throughout their school career are as follows;
Observing over time
Identifying and classifying
Comparative and fair testing
These skills are applied during an investigation that answers a range of scientific questions that relate to a topic. Please see below for yearly topic overviews and how children apply the skills needed to become an effective scientist.
Through investigations, pupils have opportunities to use a broad range of science equipment and resources, which allow them to explore and pursue answers that impact and cement scientific knowledge. Along with this, we embedded the use of maths skills when gathering and interpreting results. Our science lesson weave in elements of writing when prediction, observing and methodologies.
Design and Technology aims to develop children’s ability to design, build and evaluate a wide range of products. Children are encouraged to create items for a purpose and to become proficient in using a range of techniques, materials and tools.
The inspiration for the children’s work often originates from other topics in class and strong links are made with art, science and maths to support this.
We also promote healthy eating through the curriculum with each class cooking at points throughout the year.
For more details of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Science in Key Stages 1 & 2, please click here.
For more details of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Computing in Key Stages 1 & 2, please click here.
For more details of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Design & Technology in Key Stages 1 & 2, please click here.