The aim of our STEM curriculum is to inspire and engage our children and prepare them for their future life and career path. Children at West End are provided with the foundations that they need to understand the world around them, to challenge what they already know and to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity. Through the STEM subjects, the pupils are given the knowledge that their skills can be applied in real life situations to solve challenges in a practical environment which allows for the collaboration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
As a school and in accordance with the National Curriculum’s expectations, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
Each year group has long term plans for the STEM subjects ensuring a range of skills, knowledge and experiences are developed. Skills and knowledge progress as the children move through school and these are assessed by teachers and monitored by subject leaders. The STEM curriculum requires deep thinking and encourages learners to work using questions as a starting point. They do this through collaborative work, testing and developing ideas and evaluating their outcomes. This investigative approach enables the children to develop theories and hypotheses that they test, modify and evaluate. Simulating real life scenarios in school, and using models to explore these, enables the STEM subjects to become real and relevant. In maths, the enquiry approach is used to develop mathematical reasoning skills and mastery of maths is achieved through our use of the White Rose Maths Scheme. In Science, a focus on scientific skills allows pupils to adopt an investigative approach. In DT, the process of design, implementation and evaluation further develops children’s research and critical thinking skills. In computing, children are taught the three strands that underpin the curriculum; Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. These electronic skills are of increasing significance as children learn to navigate the online world and by being ‘Internet Legends’ we ensure that they can be E-safe.
The main source of impact will always remain the quality and breadth of work seen in pupil’s books and the learning environment. As a school, we are striving to raise the expectation of learners and the quality of work they produce from a rounded and connected curriculum. We ensure that there are always opportunities for application of learning within and across short disciplines.
The impact of our curriculum will be measured by assessment procedures which allow us to measure outcomes and progress against targets. Curriculum leaders, through their action planning, enable their subject to constantly evolve towards improved outcomes.
Furthermore, the impact of the STEM curriculum is measured by how effectively it helps our pupils develop into well rounded individuals who embody our values and carry with them the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will make them lifelong learners and valuable, future citizens.