Science and Technology
Computing and robotics are embedded into the curriculum from age two
Technology is integrated into all areas of learning. Our very youngest children develop language skills and creativity using Lightboxes, iPhone walkie talkies and Tinker Tables. They have fun learning coding using Code-a-pillars and Beebots and this also helps to build perseverance and organisational skills.
As the children progress through the school, technology continues to be embedded within their learning. All year groups use iPads across the curriculum and pupils from Year 4 upwards have their own iPads bringing a world of independent learning and research into every lesson. Use of the green screen and special educational applications give the children extensive experience with software and hardware.
In their computing lessons, they are introduced to 3D design through CAD software and more complex robotics and coding. Our Lego Robotics team are UK finalists in the annual worldwide Lego Robotics competition. (link here to the news story)
The children learn coding and robotics in our PC suite and Apple Mac-equipped robotics lab
Investigation is a fundamental part of science lessons and the children are encouraged to be inquisitive. We firmly believe that hands on experiences are the best way to answer scientific questions and the children are encouraged to be excited and curious.
Science starts in Kindergarten with textures, magnifying glasses and lots of fun. From Year 3, lessons build on the children’s scientific skills and by the time they reach Year 6, they can confidently design investigations to answer their own questions as well as carrying out directed investigations such as dissecting a heart.
Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM)
STEM is a curriculum which draws together science, technology, engineering and maths into practical lessons which teach children to be creative problem solvers. Year 5 and 6 have weekly STEM classes and the skills and attitude to learning they acquire carry over into other lessons with a particularly positive impact on problem solving in maths.