KS3 Curriculum Overview: STEM


Year 7

Autumn Term 1

Augment Ourselves

Can we change our bodies to enhance ourselves?

Ethos links

STEM – investigation process, significance of STEM in health and technology

Character – developing aspects of Respect, Responsibility, Kindness

Knowledge & Skills

Be able to apply knowledge to novel situations:

  • Artificial limbs
  • Mental health and relaxation
  • Testing eyesight
  • Designing footwear
  • Considering how technology can help us
  • Analysis and evaluation of ideas and asking whether if we can do something, should we?    

Key STEM Skills

  • Problem Solving
  • Creativity
  • Teamwork
Assessment
  • Staff assessment
  • Self-Review

Autumn Term 2

STEM in a Pandemic

How can STEM help us in a pandemic?

Ethos links

STEM – understanding how our actions can affect our own and others health

Character – respect, responsibility, and leadership

Knowledge & Skills

Be able to apply knowledge to ideas around the spread and containment of diseases:

  • Mathematical modelling of the spread of disease
  • Using models to predict future pandemics
  • How do face masks work
  • Modelling vaccines

Key STEM Skills

  • Aiming High
  • Staying Positive
  • Teamwork
Assessment
  • Staff assessment
  • Self-Review

Spring Term 1

Science Fair Projects

Can we develop an experiment and share it?

Ethos links

STEM – investigation skills

Character – leadership and teamwork

Sustainability – making use of materials in an unusual way

Knowledge & Skills

Students able to work collaboratively in order to produce a project:

  • Planning skills
  • Investigation skills
  • Evaluation skills
  • Presentation of work to peers

Key STEM Skills

  • Speaking
  • Aiming High
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
Assessment
  • Class assessment
  • School wide show and and competition

Spring Term 2

Zombie Apocalypse

How could we use STEM to survive in a survival situation?

Ethos links

STEM – applying STEM ideas to unusual scenarios

Character – listening respectfully and critically

Knowledge & Skills

Using ideas of STEM in order to “survive” a global disaster:

  • Designing soundproof shoe coverings
  • Creating pressure pads using a circuit
  • Measuring
  • Creating a catapult
  • Using reflection to create a periscope
  • Using morse code

Key STEM Skills

  • Creativity
  • Listening
  • Staying Positive
Assessment
  • Peer and staff

Summer Term 1

Scratch Cyber Challenge

Can we use technology to promote safer use of the internet?

Ethos links

STEM – coding skills

Character – considering personal safety online

Knowledge & Skills

Students able to use coding (block code) in order to create and online game promoting on-line safety.

We won the top three places in the 2022 competition, so we are expecting great things here!

Key STEM Skills

  • Problem Solving
  • Aiming High
Assessment
  • Class and year group entries
  • National competition

Summer Term 2

Movies & Magic

How real is what we see on the big screen?

Ethos links

STEM – investigation skills

Character – leadership and teamwork

Knowledge & Skills

Students able to look at what they see on TV and at the cinema and consider the STEM aspects behind it:

  • Static charge and forces
  • Magnetism and magnetic fields
  • Future transportation
  • Forces and rockets
  • Zoetrope and moving pictures

Key STEM Skills

  • Teamwork
  • Aiming high
  • Creativity
Assessment
  • Peer and self
  • End of theme feedback

Year 8

Autumn Term 1

STEM on a Desert Island

How could we use STEM to survive in a survival situation?

Ethos links

STEM – investigation skills

Character – leadership and teamwork

Sustainability – making use of materials in an unusual way

Knowledge & Skills

Using ideas of STEM in order to “survive” a global disaster:

  • Making rope from plastic waste
  • Creating clean water
  • Using the Sun to tell time
  • Making paper from waste
  • Using chemicals to make inks
  • Water power
  • Evaluating our use and need for materials

Key STEM Skills

  • Creativity
  • Listening
  • Staying Positive
Assessment
  • Staff assessment
  • Self-Review

Autumn Term 2

Physical Computing

How can we program to make a device respond to us and then do something?

Ethos links

STEM – using coding to make devices that respond

Character – perseverance (it will definitely go wrong at some point)

Knowledge & Skills

Students able to use coding (block code) in order to use Micro:bits to receive instructions and then carry out a response to external stimuli:

  • Basic Micro:bit coding
  • Understanding the use of inputs
  • Understanding how processes are carried out in a computer
  • Generating an output from a program and from inputs.

Key STEM Skills

  • Creativity
  • Staying Positive
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
Assessment
  • Staff assessment
  • Self-Review

Spring Term 1

Engineering Entertainment

How is light and sound used?

Ethos links

STEM – understanding how light and sound are generated

Sustainability – using light in vertical farming

Knowledge & Skills

Students able to apply knowledge about waves (science curriculum):

  • RGBugs – mixing colours
  • Primary colours of light
  • Light in efficient vertical farming
  • Bumble-Beeps – changing the pitch of sounds
  • Understanding resistance and using it to control circuits that generate sounds

Key STEM Skills

  • Speaking
  • Aiming High
  • Leadersship
  • Teamwork
Assessment
  • Peer and Self
  • End of theme feedback

Spring Term 2

Sustainable Futures

How can we use STEM to help us provide an environmentally sustainable future?

Ethos links

STEM – investigation skills

Character – leadership and teamwork

Sustainability – making use of materials in an unusual way

Knowledge & Skills

Applying an understanding of STEM in order to look at alternative approaches to global issues:

  • Energy generation
  • Equality and reliability of energy security
  • Waste management
  • Alternative power supplies
  • Using sensors to help monitor food production

Key STEM Skills

  • Creativity
  • Listening
  • Staying Positive
Assessment
  • Staff assessment
  • Self-Review

Summer Term 1

Mission to Mars

What engineering, scientific, and mathematical skills would we need to move to another planet?

Ethos links

Character – listening respectfully and critically

STEM – applying STEM ideas to unusual scenarios

Knowledge & Skills

Students able to use STEM skills in order to solve technical problems involved in off-world exploration:

  • Forces in launching
  • Mathematically modelling flight paths
  • Surviving the journey
  • Supplying provisions – looking at diet and food supply
  • Generating resources on a new world
  • Long range communications

Key STEM Skills

  • Problem Solving
  • Aiming High
  • Creativity
Assessment
  • Peer and Self
  • End of theme feedback

Summer Term 2

Engineering the Movies

How can we make the effects we see in the movies?

Ethos links

STEM – Investigation skills

Character – Leadership and teamwork

Knowledge & Skills

Students able to look at what they see on TV and at the cinema and consider the STEM aspects behind it:

  • The use of green screen
  • Special effects
  • Use of digital technology for production and transmission

Key STEM Skills

  • Teamwork
  • Aiming high
  • Creativity
Assessment
  • Peer and Self
  • End of theme feedback

Year 9

Autumn Term 1

Asteroid Impact

How could we use STEM to survive in a survival situation?

Ethos links

STEM – investigation process, significance of STEM in health and technology

Character – developing critical but kind evaluation of others

Knowledge & Skills

Be able to apply knowledge to novel situations:

  • Artificial limbs
  • Mental health and relaxation
  • Testing eyesight
  • Designing footwear
  • Considering how technology can help us

Analysis and evaluation of ideas and asking whether if we can do something, should we?

Key STEM Skills

  • Problem Solving
  • Creativity
  • Teamwork
Assessment
  • Staff assessment
  • Self-Review

Autumn Term 2

Physical Computing

How can we use Python to make a device respond to us and then do something?

Ethos links

STEM – using a computer language to achieve a physical interaction

Character – resilience (it will go wrong at some point)

Knowledge & Skills

Students able to use coding (Python) in order to use Micro:bits to receive instructions and then carry out a response to external stimuli:

  • Advanced Micro:bit coding
  • Understanding the use of inputs
  • Understanding how processes are carried out in a computer
  • Generating an output from a program and from inputs.

Students will also (week2) be taking part in a National computational thinking competition in conjunction with their Computing lessons (Bebras)

Key STEM Skills

  • Aiming High
  • Staying Positive
  • Resilience
Assessment
  • Assessment through Computing (Coding)
  • National competition (Bebras)

Spring Term 1

STEM in Sport

How can technology improve sporting performance?

Ethos links

STEM – investigation skills

Sustainability – making use of materials in new ways

Character – thinking about rights and wrongs

Knowledge & Skills

Students will apply various aspects of their STEM skills to looking at how sport can be enhanced. Performance, accessibility, and fitness:

  • Materials technology
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Prosthetic enhancement
  • Equipment for sports
  • Adapting sports to match needs
  • Evaluating the ethics of using technology in sport
  • Presentation of project

Key STEM Skills

  • Speaking
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
Assessment
  • Class assessment of presentations

Spring Term 2

The Future of Flight

How will air transport evolve in the future?

Ethos links

Sustainability – the environmental impact of flying

STEM – understanding how things fly

Knowledge & Skills

Using STEM ideas too understand developments in the aviation industry:

  • Designing and testing wing shapes for aerodynamics
  • Considering applications of drones
  • Analysing and evaluating the use of fuels used in flight and the impact this might have on the global environment

Key STEM Skills

  • Creativity
  • Problem Solving
  • Aiming high (ha ha!)
Assessment
  • Peer and staff

Summer Term 1

Measuring Up!

Can we make our own measuring devices?

Ethos links

STEM – measuring and manipulation of number

Character – perseverance and resilience

Knowledge & Skills

Students will be able to use simple resources in order to measure a variety of physical quantities based on an understanding of the STEM principles behind them:

  • Building and calibration of a thermometer.
  • Building and calibration of a microbalance (aiming for 1/100th of a gramme)
  • Using electric circuits to measure physical properties of materials

Key STEM Skills

  • Problem Solving
  • Aiming High
Assessment
  • Peer and Self
  • End of theme feedback

Summer Term 2

A Future World

How can STEM solve (or cause) issues on a global scale?

Ethos links

STEM – investigation skills

Character – leadership and teamwork

Sustainability – global environmental understanding

Knowledge & Skills

Applying an understanding of STEM in order to look at alternative approaches to global issues:

  • Using STEM to improve crop yields around the world
  • Fair access to energy resources
  • Water supply around the globe
  • Dealing with changing populations

Key STEM Skills

  • Teamwork
  • Aiming high
  • Creativity
Assessment
  • Peer and Self
  • End of theme feedback
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