STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) influences nearly every part of our daily lives and is an area of industry set to burgeon in the future. As a result, it has already become an important aspect of our curriculum.
Rather than focusing on just subject knowledge, Penclawdd Primary School encourages children to develop their skill set by finding out about the world around them. Inquiry learning is made more relevant through real-life links and self-led problem-solving projects.
Listening to one another’s ideas and building upon what is said exposes children’s preconceived ideas, opens their eyes to alternatives and lets them find the truth of these. Taking turns and sharing are important contributions in developing a systematic approach to problem solving, building up thinking, patience and resilience. These skills are transferable into life inside the school as well as out. At Penclawdd Primary a creative cross-curricular approach ensures that AoLE`s are linked with purpose.
We are a huge advocate of STEM, which are key subjects for securing positive opportunities and career paths for future generations. Primary school is the perfect starting point to encourage children to explore and begin to understand and realise the links between these subjects and why we study them.
“STEM is needed in primary settings as we prepare children for jobs that don’t yet exist”
Our pupils love STEM and it is a highlight of our curriculum.