Pupils will experience STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) projects during KS3 rotations for Design and Technology. Pupils experience a range of problem solving, project-based tasks to support the development of metacognitive skills with an interdisciplinary and applied approach being taken.

Year 7

Year 7 projects develop planning, creating and evaluating skills. Making mistakes and revising plans supports resilience in pupils. Projects may include:

  • Bin bag dresses – how can we make clothing out of bin liners?
  • Hydrogels
  • Bridge Building

Year 8

In Year 8, pupils further develop their problem solving skills further through project-based learning which requires a combination of working individually and in groups.

Year 8 projects may include:

  • My travel – what sort of journeys do we make each week, and can I reduce my carbon footprint?
  • Code breaking – how can we break and create codes?
  • Sustainable Buildings – how can we prepare our buildings for the future?

STEAM also features highly in our curriculum enhancement provision with Year 9 pupils visiting the Big Bang Fair each year. The Smallpeice Trust works with pupils in-school on Curriculum and Achievement Days on projects such as ‘HS2’.