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Full STEAM ahead July 2022!

We continue to work with Gateshead College and during July our 'full STEAM ahead' month involved the whole school participating in activities and workshops that introduced them to the opportunities of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths (STEAM), the world of work and 'Understanding the World' in the EYS.

STEAM is about inspiring and being dedicated in developing young people’s achievement in STEAM subjects and careers.

All areas of STEAM are a focus for 'full STEAM ahead'; children could experience an assortment of challenges which required teamwork, resilience, cooperation and critical thinking skills: the staff were as excited as the children!

The feedback from KS2 children, staff and governors, who participated in workshops at the Gateshead College sites said it was exciting for these children to venture outside the classroom to enhance and enrich our curriculum by making links with the world of work, so that children can relate school STEAM subjects to real world experiences. Through taking part in these projects, linked to businesses and industry, our children are gaining an insight into the various job roles open to them and are inspired by the new directions their learning could take them on.

Please see every 'Class Page' on the website for the variety of STEAM activities during 'full STEAM ahead', with some examples below. From EYS, KS1, LKS2 to UKS2, the range of STEAM activities included:

- Engineering and Science fairytales: Goldilocks and the Three Bears needing a chair that doesn’t break, Jack and the Beanstalk lifecycles of beans, plants and the habitats of bees in our community, the Hancock Museum Stretchy STEM Stories.

- Peter Pan: investigating how shadows are formed and creating new shadows for Peter Pan.

- The Three Billy Goats Gruff: children acting as engineers in order to help the three Billy Goats build a bridge: the bridge needed to be 40cm long, strong enough to support three soft toys after being built, tested and improving a design to demonstrate how their design worked.

- ice: deciding how to unfold a frozen t-shirt and which team could be the quickest!

- Static Electricity: various activities which demonstrated how it is that a force can work without any contact, e.g. moving a pencil on top of a bottle, picking up pieces of paper - see the 'race-can' below!

- See Science Curriculum website page for Miss Wasiejko, some Y5 girls and the STEM outreach team at Newcastle University for the variety of 'Girl Power' weekend activities.

- See Sustainability and Special Events website pages for STEAM links with Gateshead College, Eco-team and Wrekenton Recycling Centre and Green Heart Collective: Design technology, Art and Maths.

LKS2 - Full STEAM Ahead

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STEAM: 'Special Events' website page:

Please see the Special Events website page for the STEAM projects in the 21-22 academic year and community links with Shipley Art Gallery, Newcastle University, Hancock Museum and the different sites at Gateshead College.