Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths Subjects (STEM)

Science

Science gives 鶹AV a knowledge of the physics, chemistry and biology of their world but we aim to do more. We challenge our 鶹AV to be scientists, to question, to experiment, to make and answer their own questions together.

Technology

When learning about digital technology, we focus on Computing – not simply teaching 鶹AV to be ‘end users’ of digital tools but by learning about physical computing and coding, to take control of the tools themselves.

Engineering

In Design Technology, 鶹AV learn the skills of construction with a wide range of materials but we aim for more - for our 鶹AV to be designers, inventing problems, creating solutions, engineering the three-dimensional world.

Maths

Arithmetical skills are essential in Maths but there can be more to Maths than this. At 鶹AV College School we aim to develop mathematicians who can problem solve and pursue their own investigations and by doing so deepening their mathematical understanding.

How we teach STEM

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is an integrated approach to these curriculum areas that develops the 鶹AV’s understanding and ability to apply their learning. Children complete STEM activities in every year group within the individual subject lessons (of Science, Design Technology, Computing and Maths) and at Senior House, as part of their annual STEM faculty afternoons.

In addition, the Form 2 鶹AV (Year 4) have a weekly timetabled STEM afternoon where they work in the Senior House Science and Computing Laboratories.  In these sessions, the 鶹AV tackle a range of projects with specialist teachers to guide them. Tasks such as the designing, building and testing of bridges (Form 2 STEM Bridges Project 2020) and researching, building and programming a lighthouse are presented to the 鶹AV who must make design decisions and solve challenges using aspects of all four of the STEM disciplines.

This integrated curriculum approach not only gives 鶹AV knowledge and it also gives them ‘agency’ – it develops them as active learners, who take responsibility for their own learning.