STEM at Audley
All children are curious about the world around them and how things work. At Audley Primary we aim to foster inquiring minds, logical reasoning, and collaboration to prepare them for a world where skills in science, technology, engineering and maths are increasingly important. We provide a wealth of opportunities for pupils to engage in practical investigation making links between science, maths, technology and developing engineering skills. This helps to encourage critical and creative thinking and makes the acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant and interesting.
As a school we try to integrate the STEM subjects, encouraging children to think independently and find solutions to problems. We follow the maths mastery approach, allowing pupils to develop mathematical fluency solving problems by reasoning rather than resorting to rote learning and memorising procedures. In science, pupils study a varied curriculum and learn to develop their practical investigative skills by making predictions, planning and carrying out experiments; selecting and using appropriate materials; calibrating accurately; observing and recording methodically; communicating discoveries and critically evaluating their results. Children consider issues which affect their own lives, and the lives of others. Eco reps encourage recycling and the conservation of energy, water and resources.
The school recognises the importance of encouraging children to be aware of the outside world. This year we have started a programme of forest school activities and this is an area we wish to develop. The children also have the opportunity to study, grow and harvest plants in the school allotment and poly-tunnel. The school has a successful horticulture club which has won first prize from the Royal Horticulture Society for school gardening.
The school is collecting evidence for the Primary Science Quality Mark – a prestigious award which recognises the quality of science teaching at the school.
Have a go at our half term STEM challenge below. It would be lovely for you to send us some pictures of you undertaking the activity to our firstname.lastname@example.org