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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths)

The aim of teaching STEM is to inspire and engage children.  Children are provided with the foundations required to understand the world around them and the impact advances in science has upon technology. Through building up a body of foundational knowledge, pupils are encouraged to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. We teach children to partake in different types of scientific enquiries and to pose and answer scientific questions about the world around them. We then demonstrate how that knowledge can be applied in real life engineering situations to pose a solution to a problem. Children are then able to use their knowledge, gained through scientific research, to their own design and technology projects in a practical environment.

 

The aims of STEM teaching:

  • To prepare children for a STEM focussed future;
  • To inspire and engage children in STEM subjects;
  • To inspire the future scientist and engineers

Science

  • To teach children to ask question and planning lines of investigative enquiry;
  • To extend children’s natural curiosity and wonder about the world;
  • To help children make decisions concerning environmental, moral and social issues;
  • To develop scientific strategies and skills;
  • To work co-operatively and communicate scientific ideas to others;

Technology and engineering

  • To develop an understanding of technological processes, products, and their manufacture, and their contribution to our society;
  • To develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like  and dislike when designing and making;
  • To enable children to talk about how things work, and to draw and model their ideas;
  • To encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures;
  • To explore attitudes towards the made world and how we live and work within it;
  • Children should learn to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.