gSTEM Pedagogy

At Gomer, we have seized the opportunity to increase the understanding of how learning in school links to the real world we live in, by enriching our curriculum with integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) projects for half a day a week in every child’s class.  We aim to enable our pupils to be motivated by and understand real world applications of STEM subjects by experiencing hands-on STEM activities that innovate, inspire and bring learning and career opportunities to life.

In addition to this, our pupils have the opportunity to join our new gSTEM club.  Pupils from across the school,  work on exciting gSTEM based projects after school, which are rewarded through the British Science Association’s CREST Star Award programme..

We use the gSTEM wheel to help us structure our gSTEM work. With thanks to Dave Hill from Portsmouth University for providing this for us.

Engineering Habits of Mind (EHoM) 

Detailed below (with thanks to the RAE) are the EHoM which help drive gSTEM and structure our facilitation of the children’s learning. EHoM transfer across our curriculum and compliment our own Foundations of Learning.

 Why the need? Please see the presentation below, created by our gSTEM Curriculum Leader, Mrs Digby. With her, Mrs Mulhall and Mrs Toone shared this at the Portsmouth STEM Hub upon invitation from the group, on March 7 2017, having heard fabulous things Gomers’ pioneering gSTEM journey. The relevance of the colleagues in attendance is due to our curriuclum success being a whole team effort. The presentation was adapted from material shared with our parents/cares in December 2015. We have really embedded STEM in to our curriculum making it leading edge.

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