SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (STEM)
As outlined in our Curriculum Statement we follow a STEM-based approach to learning, so that our children will have the skills to make connections in what they have learnt, self-evaluate and develop a desire to learn as they go to their next stage of learning. Science and technology teaching is driven by skilled teachers who put enquiry at the heart of lessons so that children learn by working through experiments. The curriculum sets out to sustain young people’s natural curiosity and learning is informed by accurate assessments of how well children understand scientific and technological concepts. The key c concepts from the curriculum are embedded in our curriculum design so that children develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. The aim is to ensure that children are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. Adaptation and innovation are also at the heart of technological practice and quality outcomes for children are the result of planning which allows for thinking and practices that are informed, critical, and creative. We hold an annual Science week in March, where the children’s learning is celebrated. We also offer additional science sessions for able learners and children have the opportunity to attend local Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM ) events. The Discovery MAT is currently working with Babcock and City College to develop exciting STEM opportunities for all the children in our MAT.