Crofton Junior School

STEM@CROFTON  

(SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS)

 

STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are at the very heart of our planning and teaching here at Crofton. We use the STEM principles to develop our continuous curriculum right across the school from Reception through to Year 6.

 

Why are STEM subjects so important?

 

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects (and the careers that are associated with them) are quite often seen as being ‘hard’ or ‘boring’ or ‘for boys’. Contrary to this, STEM subjects and careers involve displaying great teamwork, creativity, outside the box thinking and sharp communication. They go far beyond sitting in a lab or crunching numbers and often address current issues society faces. A STEM education is becoming more and more important and with good reason. They promote necessary skills in today’s tech-savvy world, and they represent a pathway to some of the most in-demand and vital jobs.

 

At Crofton Junior School STEM is an important part of our curriculum. STEM subjects provide the children with the opportunity to develop their problem solving and creative skills. Through careful planning, we have created exciting and engaging blocks of lessons that present the children with a challenge that tests their skills to the limit!

 

An example of some of the challenges that each year group have faced are:        

 

Year 3

A board game company has commissioned the chn to create a game to highlight the awareness of rainforests in decline. The game is to be targeted at an audience of a similar age group.

Year 4

A chocolate company have commissioned the class to design a new chocolate box that will slow down the melting process of chocolate.

Year 5

An engineering firm have commissioned the class to design a new building that will be Earthquake safe ensuring that it will comply with design and cost allowances.

Year 6

Designing an eco-friendly and sustainable outdoor area for London.

 

Throughout the block of STEM lessons, the children are:

  • Answering and generating key questions.
  • Taking part in practical investigations.
  • Designing, making, evaluating and fair testing.
  • Researching and recording.
  • Taking into account costing of materials and ensuring measurements are accurate.
  • Using technical language.

 

ADDITIONAL STEM PROVISION AT CROFTON JUNIORS

 

As well as an exciting STEM packed curriculum, Crofton Juniors provides the children with additional STEM rich activities:

 

  • STEM in Forest School
  • STEM ICT Club
  • Gardening Club
  • Construction Club
  • CREST Awards (coming soon)