STEM

STEM

Details of the approach to the curriculum in year 7

In Year 7 STEM is taught as a standalone subject with two hours a week of curriculum time, where learners will cover several topics throughout the year.  The curriculum has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the practical application of their scientific and mathematical knowledge and understanding and practical skills whilst solving engineering based problems and challenges.   Wherever possible project work is linked to a real life context.

Each project has approximately one half term @2hrs per week. Each group will be taught by a specialist teacher for the whole year from the eight members of staff.  Moderation of work will happen at about the mid point of each project with work assessed against the six STEM skill areas which link to the learning muscles. Projects will be taught on a rotational basis where both students and staff will move to the specialist room for that unit.

Term 1 (7 weeks induction)
Key Learning Objectives Understand about structures and the forces that act on them.   Investigate methods of strengthening structures and how bridges work waste and complete the structures challenge. What are smart materials and how they can be used in modern design.
Key Activities / Homework Learners investigate different structures and how they work, about alternative types and ways in which a structure can be strengthened.   This leads to the structures design challenge.     Learners investigate bridges, the different types, how they can be identified, and are then given a design problem that will challenge them to design and make their own bridge.

Through challenges learners will also have the opportunity to investigate different smart materials

Homework will be based around the challenges set in lessons where learners will have the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and understanding

 

 

Assessments Written and verbal feedback provided in line with the Academy’s marking policy. Summative assessments in the form of a written paper to test level of knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles covered during this project – Assessed against the STEM assessment criteria.
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KS3 Bitesize       http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

 

After the induction project learners will then cover the other projects on a rotational basis. These units are

Nets
Key Learning Objectives Understand about nets and how they work. Investigate different nets and methods of construction, leading to a design challenge based on nets
Key Activities / Homework  Learners investigate nets and how they work, about alternative construction types and ways in which they can be strengthened.   This leads to the nets design challenge.     Learners investigate nets, the different types, how they can be developed, and are then given a problem that will challenge them to design and make their own net that meets a given need.

Homework will be based around the Net challenge where learners will have the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and understanding of how nets transform 2dimensional shapes into 3dimensional forms

Assessments Written and verbal feedback provided in line with the Academy’s marking policy. Summative assessments in the form of a written paper to test level of knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles covered during this project – Assessed against the STEM assessment criteria.
Suggest reading & support materials www.technologystudent.com            

KS3 Bitesize       http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

 

Microbits
Key Learning Objectives Understand about programming. Investigate how to programme a Microbit, leading to a design challenge based on programming a Microbit in order to solve a specific problem.
Key Activities / Homework  Learners investigate programming and simple code in order to programme a BBC Microbit to undertake specific tasks.   This leads to the Microbit challenge.     Learners will have to be able to programme a Microbit in order for them to solve a given problem.

Homework will be based around the Microbit challenge where learners will have the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and understanding of programming

Assessments Written and verbal feedback provided in line with the Academy’s marking policy. Summative assessments in the form of a written paper to test level of knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles covered during this project – Assessed against the STEM assessment criteria.
Suggest reading & support materials www.technologystudent.com            

KS3 Bitesize       http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

Electronics
Key Learning Objectives How a circuit works, what different components do. Be able to make a working circuit both accurately and safely and then design and make a suitable casing for this circuit.
Key Activities / Homework  Learners investigate electronics and components, how they work, about alternative circuit designs and how to solder a working circuit.   This leads to the nets design challenge. Learners investigate circuits, the different types, how they are constructed, and are then given a problem that will challenge them to design and make their own circuit and casing that meets a given need.

Homework will be based around the Electronics challenge where learners will have the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and understanding of electronics.

Assessments Written and verbal feedback provided in line with the Academy’s marking policy. Summative assessments in the form of a written paper to test level of knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles covered during this project – Assessed against the STEM assessment criteria.
Suggest reading & support materials www.technologystudent.com            

KS3 Bitesize       http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

Biomimicry
Key Learning Objectives What is Biomimicry and how can this be used in order to develop creative ideas and avoid stereotypical responses. How to imitate nature through design
Key Activities / Homework Learners investigate Biomimicry, what it is and how it is used in order to develop designs.   This leads to the design challenge. Learners will first work in groups and then as an individual to design imitating nature to solve a given scenario/problem.

Homework will be based around the Biomimicry challenge where learners will have the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and understanding of Biomimicry.

Assessments Written and verbal feedback provided in line with the Academy’s marking policy. Summative assessments in the form of a written paper to test level of knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles covered during this project – Assessed against the STEM assessment criteria.
Suggest reading & support materials www.technologystudent.com            

KS3 Bitesize       http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

Mechanisms
Key Learning Objectives The main aim of this unit is to develop Learners’ understanding of simple mechanisms with an emphasis gear systems and to apply this understanding when designing and making models. There will be a series of theory inputs followed by problem solving activities under-taken by learners working on a design challenge. Learn about systems and types of motion.
Key Activities / Homework Learners will investigate simple mechanisms, how they work and are used to make our lives easier. This will be done through a series of design challenges leading to a final challenge where this newly found knowledge will be put to the test

Homework will be based around Mechanisms challenge where learners will have the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and understanding of Mechanisms

Assessments Written and verbal feedback provided in line with the Academy’s marking policy. Summative assessments in the form of a written paper to test level of knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles covered during this project – Assessed against the STEM assessment criteria.
Suggest reading & support materials www.technologystudent.com            

KS3 Bitesize       http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p