It is widely recognised that we need a next generation of engineers and scientists to meet the challenges of the future. In primary school, we need to inspire and prepare today’s pupils to become tomorrow’s innovators. The STEM Projects series provides opportunities for pupils to creatively apply skills and knowledge in science, design and technology, mathematics and digital technology, whilst completing short- or long-term projects. By their very nature, these projects develop skills in communication, problem-solving, reasoning, leadership and resilience. Each set of cards contains a range of topics linked to the science national curriculum, but their variety also allows them to be successfully incorporated into a cross-curricular approach to topic teaching. Pressures on the curriculum often mean that it is difficult to ensure breadth and coverage of design and technology.
Each topic contains key learning objectives from the design and technology national curriculum and covers contemporary environmental themes such as recycling and horticulture. Each set of projects are cross-referenced to the design and technology strands of learning: cooking and nutrition; construction/structures; recycling; sheet materials including textiles; mechanisms; and horticulture. Each project allows pupils to work creatively in small teams, using effective communication and collaboration skills, to plan, design, make and evaluate a thoughtful and innovative solution to a given task. When satisfied with their solutions, pupils are given a range of ways to showcase and discuss their designs, explaining how science was used throughout the project.
STEM Projects @ Kilburn Park, Brent.
The layout of the task cards was easy to follow. The tasks were fun and the pupils enjoyed the experience of using them. The resources needed for the tasks were affordable and easy to find around school so there was no additional cost which makes a difference when starting something new. The feedback from our pupils has been very positive and we are looking into getting the full set for the school.M. McMahon, Primary School Teacher, Scotland
These look really great and could work either to support class teaching of specific topics, for a STEM club or as part of a STEM challenge centre within a classroom.N. Munroe, Primary School Teacher, Scotland
Another excellent approach. The lesson plans are detailed and cover both skills and content aspects of the curriculum. We have quite set foundation subject methods, however it was easy to adapt some of the Prim-Ed resources into our planning and made assessing the children's learning easier and much clearer. I have shared this resource with some subject leads and look forward to it feeding into planning next year particularly. Furthermore, the use of concept cartoons throughout have given me a rich base of resources to draw on for assessing in SciencAlex Gilbert