A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, and processes. However, it is also important pupils appreciate how scientific knowledge can be applied. Therefore Greet has chosen a STEM approach opposed which makes purposeful links between science, design technology, maths and computing.
By taking such a STEM approach we want to encourage our pupils to be curious about the world they live in, prepare them for secondary school programmes of study, and help our pupils to prepare for a future where there is likely to be a rapid rise in jobs in the science, research, engineering and technology fields. The 2016 report commissioned by EDF Energy and conducted by the Social Market Foundation predicts that there is likely to be 142,000 new jobs in STEM from now to 2023. At present there is a huge shortfall in the number of graduates and apprentices available to fill these roles. For example, there will be a 40% shortfall in engineering (EDF & Social Market Foundation) 2016).
STEM at Greet is organised around lines of enquiry which draw objectives from the Primary Science National Curriculum and the Primary Design & Technology National Curriculum. Therefore each line of enquiry teaches pupils factual scientific knowledge, scientific enquiry skills, gives them the opportunity to design and then construct models and items.