STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, 4 key subjects that benefit all children. STEM subjects prepare students for life, regardless of the profession they choose to join. It teaches children how to think critically and how to solve problems - skills that can be used throughout life.
At Kenilworth we follow Hamilton Trust science plans as the basis of our curriculum. We ensure that science lessons are practical, giving the children the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge through enquiry and investigation.
In March, we celebrate British Science Week – enjoying experiments at lunch and competing in the annual Setpoint challenge. Last year the challenge was ‘Brilliant Birds’ a paper engineering challenge where the children made amazing bird sculptures, using only one sheet of paper.
In DT, children are given opportunities to design, make and evaluate a wide range of products – each with a clear purpose and audience.
We participate in textiles, food technology, woodwork and construction. In each unit the children are given the opportunity to refine their skills and create exciting new products.
The children are also given the opportunity to learn how to incorporate mechanisms into their models, including electrical systems.
In January 2020, we were lucky to receive a grant from Edufund, giving us £1000 towards our DT curriculum.
We use Purple Mash as the basis for our computing curriculum, with all children given the opportunity to learn core information technology skills.
Within our curriculum, we also prioritise the importance of computer safety, through lessons, assemblies and annual Year 5/6 and parent workshops.