STEM at Stamfordham Primary School
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STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating pupils in the four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an
The purpose of STEM education is to develop STEM Literacy – an ability to engage with understanding in modern debates and scientific and technological developments and their implications.
STEM is a means of offering between the individual curriculum subjects explicit and enhance learning in all of them.
e.g. Picture an architect, they use science, math, engineering and technology to do their jobs.
The subjects do not work on their own, instead they are woven together in practical and seamless ways allowing the architect to design complex buildings.
STEM aligns so much with the way children’s minds learn and work from a very early age and the best way to foster a love of STEM is to .
From a young age encourage children to question, to explore and to play. This can at times be lost as children move through Key Stage 1 and 2, with the pressure of curriculum coverage and statutory assessments.
Through our STEM provision, we strive to
All children are curious about the world around them and how things work. At Stamfordham Primary School Primary we aim to foster inquiring minds, logical reasoning, and collaboration to prepare them for a world where skills in science, technology, engineering and maths are increasingly important. We provide a wealth of opportunities for pupils to engage in practical investigation making links between science, maths, technology and developing engineering skills. This helps to encourage critical and creative thinking and makes the acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant and interesting.
As a school we try to integrate the STEM subjects, encouraging children to think independently and find solutions to problems. We follow the maths mastery approach, allowing pupils to develop mathematical fluency solving problems by reasoning rather than resorting to rote learning and memorising procedures. In science, pupils study a varied curriculum and learn to develop their practical investigative skills by making predictions, planning and carrying out experiments; selecting and using appropriate materials; calibrating accurately; observing and recording methodically; communicating discoveries and critically evaluating their results.
Children consider issues which affect their own lives, and the lives of others. Eco reps encourage recycling and the conservation of energy, water and resources.
The school recognises the importance of encouraging children to be aware of the outside world.
This year we have started a programme of forest school activities and this is an area we wish to develop. The children also have the opportunity to study, grow and harvest plants in the school allotment.
The school has a successful wellbeing in wellies gardening club.
Our (2021 - 2024) outlines how we plan to develop and embed our STEM provision including:
At Stamfordham Primary School, we have invested in Lego Education as their educational resources provide
Lego WeDo engages and motivates our children’s interest in learning science and engineering related subjects. Through the use of motorised LEGO models and simple programming, WeDo supports a hands-on, “minds on” learning solution that gives our children the confidence to ask questions, and the tools to find answers and solve real-life problems.
Children learn by asking questions and solving problems. WeDo does not tell children everything they need to know, instead it makes them question what they know and explore what they do not yet understand.
WeDo uses a project progression defined by three phases:
Through WeDo, children develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding, as well as practical skills. Elements of the National Curriculum for Computing, Geography and Design & Technology are interwoven throughout.
Our class pages will take you to a gallery of STEM fun in all year groups...enjoy!