At Parsons Green Prep we are huge advocates of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), which are key subjects for securing positive opportunities and career paths for future generations. Primary school age is the perfect opportunity to encourage children to explore and begin to understand and realise the links between these subjects and why we study them. We pay attention to integrating STEM skills across the curriculum, with a view to inspiring and encouraging pupils to develop their enthusiasm and skills in these areas. Through STEM, pupils also develop a valuable set of skills including teamwork, independence, reasoning and critical and creative thinking.
STEM at PGP is promoted in a variety of ways. Each term we have whole school STEM-linked activities, including assemblies, curriculum-themed days, workshops and a weekly STEM after-school club. CREST activities (creativity in engineering, science and technology) are another way of inspiring our children and enriching our STEM-led curriculum. Designed by the British Science Association, our activities enable children to solve science, technology, engineering, and maths problems through practical investigation. Engineering is incorporated into the school curriculum through weekly STEM lessons throughout the school. These tasks encourage creativity, problem solving and teamwork.
STEM ambassadors are invited to the school to enhance the children’s learning experience. These ambassadors come from a variety of backgrounds and include zoologists, climate change scientists, engineers of all disciplines, geologists, physicists, nuclear physicists and architects. Their enthusiasm and commitment help encourage young people to engage in STEM subjects and see the career possibilities that come from learning and linking STEM subjects.