STEM – Science Technology Engineering Maths

STEM VISION

Our vision for STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) is that all students leave Evendons Primary School inspired by their experiences and equipped with the skills to achieve success in their future STEM education. The children are taught key skills and concepts in individual subject areas, while cross-curricular links are clearly identified to ensure joined up thinking between STEM subjects. 

At Evendons, the children are given a wealth of opportunities to take part in trips and visits which enhance their understanding and enjoyments of STEM subjects. They take part in competitions, run by science and technology companies, which challenge them to think beyond the curriculum, applying their science, design and computing knowledge. Our STEM clubs give the children further opportunities to flourish, as they develop new interests and skills which from part of their STEM journey.

From an early age the children will become confident users of a variety of hardware and software tools which enhance their learning in all subject areas. Every child will have access to a chromebook which they will use to learn skills such coding, publishing, wordprocessing skills and multimedia skills. 

The children’s enjoyment of STEM subjects is always a joy to see, and our goal is that these early positive and exciting experiences will lead to a continued enthusiasm and many successful future careers in science and technology.

INTENT

Children experience excellent teaching in science, DT, maths and computing. Cross-curricular links are identified within the individual STEM subjects’ curriculum documents. Teachers will look for opportunities to enhance the learning in each subject by linking skills from other areas e.g. using Google sheets for graphs and tables in maths, using bar charts in science, using knowledge of forces in DT projects. 

As they move through the school, the children will enjoy a wide range of inspiring STEM experiences. These will include:

  • STEM ambassadors for every year group, qualified and experienced people working in science and technology. They will help to make the learning exciting and memorable, by bringing the subject to life and giving it a real-world context. Examples include geologists, doctors, nurses, space engineers and airline pilots; teachers are always looking for opportunities to invite experts from among the parent group and the wider community.
  • Taking part in STEM competitions with other schools. This gives the children a chance to apply their classroom learning, to share ideas and develop team-working skills. Children can have the opportunity to meet STEM professionals and receive feedback from them. This is a great way to develop confidence and build self-esteem.
  • Engineering projects which begin with the design and technology skills taught in class. There is a clear progression as the children move through the school, culminating in the year 6 children working in teams to build and race electric go-carts in the Green Goblin challenge.
  • A range of STEM clubs, to enthuse and excite the children, widening their experience of science and technology through the use of both high-tech equipment such as VR headsets and 3D printers, but also giving them time to explore scientific ideas and follow their interests. 

The annual STEM week, to take place in June, gives yet another opportunity for children to have fun and deepen their understanding of what STEM is, and what it means to be a STEM school. 

By Catherine Reeves

Evendons STEM Lead