What is STEAM?
The STEAM curriculum is an integrated skills based approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding pupil enquiry, dialogue and critical thinking.
Nansledan School's STEAM curriculum is broad and balanced and built around the principles of active discovery and experiential learning. It is broken down into four main stages which reflect the key stages of the National Curriculum, but encompass the STEAM theme as an organising principle.
The four key stages will be:
- Explorers: Early Years Foundation Stage
- Discoverers: KS1/Y1 & Y2
- Innovators: Lower KS2/Y3 & Y4
- Pioneers: Upper KS2/Y5 & Y6
In every year group the STEAM Curriculum consists of theme-based approaches to learning that are firmly rooted upon teaching of skills that are progressive. These themes involve ‘hands-on’, often outdoor experiences delivered in an unreserved spirit of adventure, and are appropriate for the interest levels and stage of the pupils, yet flexible enough to allow for the academic rigor needed to challenge the most able.
Themes last from two weeks to six weeks as appropriate.
There are planned cross-curricular links, links to the world of work and external partnerships to bring richness and depth to subjects through the explicit use of art, music and drama. The planned use of ICT and technologies support the teaching and learning of all curriculum areas.
The STEAM Curriculum will be guided by the philosophy:
“Aut viam inveniam aut faciam”
I will either find a way or make one
Curriculum Virtues & Values
Nansledan School aims to ensure all pupils achieve their potential in all dimensions of their life — spiritual, moral, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, aesthetic, social and physical: intelligence plus character.
Aspire Academy Trust wants its pupils to develop a determined, independent spirit, taking responsibility for themselves, their relationships with others, and the world around us. We believe that through the deliberate nurturing of intellectual curiosity, self-reliance, tenacity of purpose, and commitment to others, our pupils will make a difference in a complex and changing world.
At all times the STEAM Curriculum promotes informed awareness, tolerance and respect for diversity in both the school and the community. An example of this is through the naming of our classes, reflecting inspirational individuals from diverse backgrounds. The children attending the school are expected to be predominately white British and so we ensure explicit celebration and teaching of diversity of cultural, religious, social, environmental and ethnic backgrounds to foster citizens of a global community and promote equality and justice.
We ensure an exciting range of activities to nurture integrity, independence and self-control, inspire pride and develop leadership and inter-personal skills. Our pupils contribute fully to the life of the school, both in the classroom and beyond, with high standards of behavior expected at all times.