Birmingham and the wider West Midlands is the largest UK hub for Science and innovation outside of London and with this rapid expansion of STEM industries, however, comes a widening skills gap which leaves thousands of highly skilled roles left unfulfilled each year’. We believe that for many of our pupils STEM related study and employment are a realistic prospect. It is our responsibility to provide the opportunities for them to engage with these areas of learning, and gain the necessary skills, knowledge and enthusiasm ready for the next stage of their educational journey. The seeds must be planted here at primary school.
We are developing our curriculum to ensure that the STEM subjects have clear progression and that there are planned opportunities for embedding learning, using research from Cognitive Scientists. We are designing our STEM curriculum around research into cognitive load theory, the benefits of forgetting, spacing, interleaving and retrieval practice. We are able to support this with resources that will foster ingenuity and creativity, build resilience, encourage experimentation, encourage teamwork, encourage knowledge application, encourage tech use, teach problem-solving and encourage adaption. These resources have been provided through a grant from Millennium Point Trust and include class sets of Lego WeDo 2.0, Lego Spike and Lego Coding Express.
In response our computing curriculum is currently being re-designed to bring inspirational and creative sequences of learning that not only will provide full statutory coverage of the National Curriculum for Computing but will help pupils to become creative, confident and safe in the digital world.
Watch this space for further details...
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