As a school we value the integration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) which embraces teaching skills and subjects in a way that resembles real life.
With STEM we are teaching skills the way they will be used in the workforce, and the real world. Rarely does a job require only one skill set like Maths. For example, architects use science, maths, engineering and technology to do their job. The subjects do not work on their own, instead they are woven together in practical and seamless ways allowing the architect to design complex buildings.
STEM and STEAM are not new, they are simply ways of understanding and applying an integrated form of learning that resembles real life. Instead of teaching maths as separate from science, they can be taught together in a way that shows how the knowledge from those two fields compliment and support each other. Inclusion of the A (arts) is to ensure that facet of learning doesn’t get forgotten in our lessons and was suggested, as an addition to STEM, by our pupils.
We have adopted a STEM/STEAM focus since 2016 with our first ever STEM week and have continued with this every year since then. Our pupils say they enjoy taking part in all the learning activities organised and presented by a range of visitors including Network Rail, Friends of the Earth and Bedfordshire Police. A real buzz is created around the school and some of our pupils are inspired to make the world better, such as, engineers, astronauts and doctors. (See Future World Changers under the Children tab on our website for more information.)