STEM includes Maths, science, DT and computing.
In Reception the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (2013). In Year 1 and Year 2 the children follow the new National Curriculum (2014), which we use at Little Gonerby as the basis for our broad, balanced and project-based curriculum.
The aims of the new National Curriculum for science are to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
- Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
- Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
The aims of the new National Curriculum for computing are to ensure that all pupils:
- Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
- Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
- Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
- Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
The children explore a variety of technology including: computer programs, apps for tablets, tablets for recording, beebots, cameras, CD players and sound recorders. Additionally, they will access parts of the computing curriculum through their everyday activities and explorations.
Key Stage One
The children will be know what algorithms are, program digital devices and create and debug simple programs. They will also be able to use technology to create, organise, store, manipulate and restore digital content. The children will be able to recognise common use of information technology beyond school and will be taught to use technology respectfully and safely.
Mathematics is an important part of everyday life and we aim to provide a fun and relevant mathematics curriculum to enthuse our children to want to learn more.
The new National Curriculum aims to ensure all children become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, can reason mathematically and apply their knowledge to solve problems.
The majority of the children's mathematics lessons are taught through problem solving sessions related to their current projects. This enables children to apply their knowledge in real life situations.
In addition to problem solving activities the children are taught discrete mathematical skills and are enthused about mathematics through daily marvellous maths session. The marvellous maths sessions encourage the children to become fluent in a variety of mathematical concepts by developing their understanding and ability to accurately and rapidly recall and apply their knowledge in an exciting and fun way.
The teachers develop the children's ability to reason mathematically by identifying patterns and using the children's understanding of relationships to develop an argument using mathematical language.
In the foundation stage the children learn through a variety of activities. These include those lead by adults, provided by adults but choosen to be completed by the children and through the children's own choices in the classroom environment.
The foundation stage curriculum has two elements:
Space, Shape and Measure
In Key Stage One the children are taught about:
- Number and Place Value
- Calculations: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division
- Properties of shapes
- Position and Direction
The teaching of mathematics provides differentiated opportunities for:
- group work
- paired work
- whole class teaching
- individual work
The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.