STEM

STEM

Details of the approach to the curriculum in year 9

In Year 9 STEM is taught as a standalone subject with two hours a week of curriculum time, where learners will cover three 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 term @2hrs per week. Each group will be taught by a specialist teacher for the whole year.  Marking will follow the school policy of every two weeks with moderation of work will happen at about the midpoint and end of each project with work assessed against the six STEM skill areas which link to the learning muscles. Projects will be taught on a linear basis where they will have access to the specialist STEM room.

Term 1 Seating

Key Learning Objectives To know how to use hand tools on woods and create a quality finish. To work to a set tolerance. To understand the need for safety. To know how to assemble components using Jigs. How to develop textile prints from visual research. Safe working practices in textiles  
Key Activities / Homework Learners widen their knowledge and understanding of woods, textiles and hand tools by undertaking a FPT making a deckchair. Key activities focus on the planning and making stages of the design process when constructing the deckchair from given drawings and instructions. Learners then design and manufacture a a textile print that can then be added to the manufactured chair.

Homework will be set on a weekly basis to support the learning done in lessons.

 
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 half term – Practical outcome and supporting design sheets assessed against the six STEM skill areas which link to the learning muscles.  
Suggest reading & support materials http://www.robives.com/blog/passive

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Term 2 Sound

Key Learning Objectives To know how sound is formed. How sound can be amplified. How to model designs in a variety of media. Understand the need for accuracy.  
Key Activities / Homework Learners widen their knowledge and understanding of speakers and how sound can be amplified by undertaking a FPT making an amplifier for a mobile phone. Key activities focus on the planning and modelling stages of the design process when modifying and redesigning the original amplifiers to meet the needs of a specific target market. Learners then manufacture a passive speaker and investigate how quality of sound is effected by the 3D form and materials used.

Homework will be set on a weekly basis to support the learning done in lessons.

 
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 half term – Practical outcome and supporting design sheets assessed against the six STEM skill areas which link to the learning muscles.  
Suggest reading & support materials http://www.robives.com/blog/passive

www.technologystudent.com

 

 Term 3 Light 

Key Learning Objectives To know how light is formed. How light travels. The different ways of making light, and how lighting can affect our environment. How to model designs in a variety of media. Understand the need for accuracy.  
Key Activities / Homework Learners widen their knowledge and understanding of light and how light is created. Key activities focus on the planning and modelling stages of the design process when designing and modifying a mood light to meet the needs of a specific target market. Learners then manufacture the lamp and investigate how quality of light is effected by the 3D form and materials used.

Homework will be set on a weekly basis to support the learning done in lessons.

 
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 half term – Practical outcome and supporting design sheets assessed against the six STEM skill areas which link to the learning muscles.  
Suggest reading & support materials http://www.robives.com/blog/passive

www.technologystudent.com