The STEM Curriculum

Curriculum aim

Intent: To develop confident, highly numerate learners who have good conceptual understanding, mathematical fluency in the use of concepts, and the ability to apply mathematical skills across a range of KS3 disciplines and in the real world. Finally, they understand the role that STEM plays within the modern world and how being highly numerate is an advantage to them. Students will be able to confidently articulate STEM careers and have an understating on what role numeracy plays within that role.

Details about curriculum structure

The curriculum is based around 3 stages. Stage 1 develops student numeracy skills to be able to access STEM subjects across the curriculum and develop their basic numeracy skills they require for everyday life. Stage 2 focuses on applying these numeracy skills in order to solve problems/scenarios which relate to STEM subjects and careers. Stage 3 builds on this and allows student to access the computer science curriculum in which they will apply their problem solving and numeracy skills to a challenging but rewarding subject.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students in Stage 1 and 2 will focus on develop their numeracy skills. Stage 2 will then progress onto applying these to STEM based scenarios. They will begin with a SOL based around a Mission to Mars and then develop their understanding of how to respond to Natural Disasters. These will work on and solve a series of problems that the team may encounter from satellite design to working out how big the space colony will be.

Year 8

Developing on from year 7 student will continue to develop their numeracy skills and apply them to STEM based scenarios. This year they will focus on a scheme of learning based around Mission to Mars and responding to Natural Disasters. They will discover how natural disasters causes various problems and how people with STEM based skills are required to solve these in order to save lives. This can range from working out how many shelters we can fit on a site to figuring out how much time they will have to respond to a disaster.

Enrichment and extracurricular opportunities in the subject

Numeracy through STEM will help students with a range of after school clubs that take part in TMHS. From science club all the way through to engineering club. They will be able to apply the skills they have developed in the various enrichment clubs that link to STEM.

Where could this subject ultimately take you?

Numeracy through STEM will develop a range of in demand skills for the future. One of the underlying principles of the subject is to develop student’s problem solving skills through a range of tasks. This has been identified as one of the most valued skills required by future employers. As part of the curriculum pupils will discover a range of STEM careers and how the skills they are developing are utilised by these careers. Any STEM based career will benefit hugely from completing the STEM and numeracy curriculum.

Contact details to find out more about our curriculum

Mr T Harmer: