Last year we embarked on a hugely ambitious and exciting new STEAM Curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and have continued to develop and now embed the curriculum this year. We are one of a few schools in the country offering such a dedicated and bespoke approach to our curriculum, ensuring that children are inspired and equipped to join a world being transformed by technology. The learning in our school has also been revolutionised by this new curriculum; the children work collaboratively each term towards creating a showcase project, these are then celebrated in an assembly open to all the parents and local community. The response to these has been wonderful and we have seen an uptick in parental engagement far greater than anything before. In the past, we have done things such as create an enormous indoor planetarium, complete with planets scaled to size. We have also created a working model of a lighthouse featuring a complex pulley system. The children have also produced some wonderful shields celebrating the local area’s connection with the Romans and Saxons.
Our STEAM curriculum has been specifically written and deliberately designed to best serve children living in Oxfordshire. We follow The National Curriculum and deliver it through a Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics lens. The STEAM curriculum is a vehicle to encourage children to aspire to work in the high technology industries within Oxfordshire and to develop a love of learning. Oxfordshire is the UK’s leading STEM hub with world experts in space engineering, motorsport, robotics, intelligence systems, medical research, scientific laboratories and research facilities; many of whom are closely linked with Oxford University and affiliated organisations.
See content and resources below. Please contact the school office if you would like a hard copy of our curriculum theory and research. Please also see year group areas and subject-specific areas on the left for more information.