STEAM

STEAM is the new STEM. STEAM is an approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, discussion, and critical thinking. Adding the Arts acknowledges the importance of innovative and creative thinking.

Our students become people who take thoughtful risks, engage in experimental learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century.

Talks and workshops for all pupils

The careers our children will encounter in their future will require teamwork, creativity, adaptability, inventiveness, problem-solving and the close observation and critical analysis that both artists and scientists share in common.

To develop these skills we run a fortnightly programme of visiting speakers and subject specialist led workshops for all our pupils. Some of the exciting topics include a talk from a meteorologist, a maker session to produce wearable technology, photographic software for image manipulation, 3D building design and the link between nature's patterns and maths. 

Every two weeks we get to do something really amazing.

Current Pupil

STEAM Awards

Each year pupils in Years 2-8 have the opportunity to apply to participate in the STEAM Award run by the STEM organisation. The Award helps to develop vital literacy and communication skills and opens up our pupils’ aspirations. Supported by our STEAM staff, pupils write up a report on a STEAM professional they have met, either in the workshops for the wider school group or on a dedicated visit. Awards have seen us working with a leading international architect, a University of Oxford microbiologist, Intel, Dyson, Hewlett Packard and Cranfield Defence Academy and a visit to the Castrol Office to see the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car. 

All pupils who take part in the STEAM Leaders Award receive a graded certificate and the best reports are published on the STEAM website, and on our own website here.

We believe strongly in the power of STEAM - and that's not just because we are a few miles away from Isambard Kingdom Brunel's world famous engineering genius - the Great Western Railway, and the Steam Museum.

Mrs Paddock, STEAM Leader
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