To be dynamic and provide the modern education our young people need to succeed in the future, we need to ensure that they are as at home in the digital domain as in the natural world. That is why STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) is such an important part of our curriculum.
Our engineering programme evolved from our Innovative Design Technology (IDT) curriculum, which introduced pupils to applying software to products, and covered topics such as robotics and electronics.
We saw how engaging, relevant and useful these topics were, and so in the last couple of years we have developed the breadth and depth of our engineering curriculum. Children are undertaking more complex digital tasks such as using GPS for treasure hunts, creating digital escape rooms, building files for sound engineering, and creating webpages.
We have three modern science and engineering labs which help us deliver our programme and develop it as technologies evolve. We are always thinking ahead and looking to make use of advances such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality. Some classes have already created their own AR displays.
A range of STEM clubs are available to pupils so that they can continue their learning in activities outside the classroom.