A guide to STEM for parents

Why STEM education is important

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills are a big part of UK education and the UK economy, particularly on the Isle of Wight. These opportunities for our children both locally and nationally will strengthen the island’s and nation’s success for the future.

STEM is a gateway for some of the most exciting, diverse and rewarding careers out there. It is fundamental to the world we live in and will ensure development for individuals on their path to a good career.

The decline of STEM subject take up at universities means that there is currently a 200 million person shortfall in filling jobs in these areas throughout the UK. That means that there is a lot of opportunity for great, lasting careers for our children.

Understanding STEM

Many students and parents believe that STEM subjects are not as popular as they could be and are wrongly perceived as too difficult or boring. This is not the case, the aim of the engaging and rich STEM curriculum being introduced at our academy is to put these myths to rest.

Pupil Benefits

Students from Key Stage 3 will learn to identify problems, use data, form opinions and come up with varied solutions as part of a team.

Logic will be applied through critical thinking, analysis and evaluation.

Classroom theories will relate to real world problems so pupils can learn to apply these skills in innovative ways.

Being inventive and making things will allow students the confidence to produce working designs from their ideas.

Encouraging children

As parents and teachers, we must move away from the negative views of STEM subjects, encouraging our children to realise they are exciting, valuable and creative subjects when applied to solving problems in varied ways.

A short video demonstrating fun and engaging STEM activities – Source 9 Dots Curriculum

What a STEM lesson will look like

Rich content STEM lessons will allow students to explore solutions, focusing on real-world issues or problems. Following a development process from problem identification through to creating, developing, testing and evaluation. Students will engage in hands-on and explorative activities working in groups using skills from Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths together in many different subject areas.

It is this exciting approach to our curriculum that we know will be of benefit to all.