STEM at Clarendon
The science team at Clarendon has achieved the Primary Science Quality Mark, GILT Award, to aid achieve this mark we worked to build our children’s science capital. This is the notion that through a variety of activities and given opportunities, children will want to continue to study science into further education, eventually pursuing a career in an area of science.
To build a science capital we have put emphasis on the importance of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). To do this we have introduced half termly STEM activities into our science lessons. A STEM activity can be a practical activity which all the children can be involved in. The activity will tie the STEM subjects together and allow children to develop their science, computing, mathematical, and engineering skills. So far we have completed computer programming activities using microbits and SAM Labs, we have had a times tables rockstar day, been on school trips, created our own lava lamps, made a skittle rainbow, learnt about careers in science and we can’t wait to continue our STEM activities throughout the year.
The WOWs are recorded in STEM learning journals which will follow each class of children through the school. The learning journals show variety of exciting and engaging science activities alongside the progress of each class from EYFS to year 6.
STEM Ambassadors are professionals who work within a science, technology, engineering or mathematical background; all of whom have been trained and are registered with STEM Learning. Through a range of activities STEM Ambassadors aim to inspire children to want to join the world of STEM subjects and careers. We aim to have STEM Ambassadors visiting each class at Clarendon once a half term to share their expertise and work alongside our children.