During their early years we show our pupils that all learning is interesting, that it is relevant to their lives, and that it is fun to find out about new things and how they work!
We foster a lively interest in all subjects everyday and our ‘Lessons in action‘ page directs you to real examples of the lessons we share with our pupils including: Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (which the educational world likes to call “STEM”) are within our overall learning curriculum.
We make good use of different tools and materials to provide our children with technology focussed activities. These show children how to solve real life problems and achieve their goals using science, or engineering, or mathematics, or a technology such as a computer program. In the case of building and controlling a robot many of these areas overlap to produce the working robot.
Our children need to learn how to solve problems with a wide variety of tools and skills. They are learning how to bring different subjects together ready for their further education and beyond. Whether they one day develop into engineers, lawyers, doctors or economists our pupils will need to use their great problem solving skills to achieve their goals as efficiently as possible.
Below are links to some “STEM” based problem solving classes at this school. We teach children about the fundamental scientific and mathematical principles first so they know how and why their solutions are working as they progress to using motors to power a car up a hill in a high gear or a low gear. Or as they progress to controlling a robot’s movements remotely. A new pupil must understand these principles first – they will not be jumping on the iPad the moment they arrive at school.
- The 6 fundamental human machines – also known as ‘simple machines‘
- Using simple mechanics to build machines that do things for us
- Adding motors and building devices that function using the simple “machines”
- Robotics and coding (programming movement , reacting to sensor data and pulling different loads)