Engineering and Maths
At St Catherine’s, we’re equipping children with the STEM knowledge and skills that they will need to take an active role in our increasingly scientific and technological society.
Through our Science, Design Technology, Computing and Maths lessons, as well as through our enquiry–based creative curriculum, we encourage children to see the values and opportunities these subjects offer.
We also reach outside the classroom, to enhance and enrich the school curriculum by making links with the world of work, so that children can relate school STEM subjects with real world experiences; this is especially relevant in Spring, where STEM is our main curriculum focus.
Through taking part in lessons, workshops, demonstrations and activities linked to the enquiry–based curriculum, our children have valuable experiences that will encourage them to raise their aspirations, spark their interest in STEM and help them prepare for the demands of the 21st century workplace.
Who Wants to be an Engineer?
In the Spring 2018 term, each of our year groups worked with an engineer, taking part in the following projects:
Year 1 – Building a safe, waterproof house
Year 2 – Designing a pulley to move through the canopies of the rainforest
Year 3 – Designing a sustainable greenhouse
Year 4 – Designing a pond information board
Year 5 – Creating a water filter from recycled products
Year 6 – Designing a structure that would survive an earthquake
Our external STEM Ambassadors gave each class their project in a golden envelope, and worked with them to make the projects a reality!