Children at Whitefriars Catholic School have the opportunity to participate in Science specialist lessons each week. This specialist opportunity to explicitly cover the Science curriculum ensures that children learn the foundation of Science and learn to work scientifically. Over the four terms, children learn each of the sub-strands in the Australian Curriculum: Earth and Space Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences and Physical Sciences. The Science Room is ever changing, capturing the children’s imagination and curiosity.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
The Definition for STEM Education is:
STEM Education is a term used to refer collectively to the teaching of the disciplines within its umbrella - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - and also to a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching that increase student interest in STEM-related fields and improves students' problem solving and critical analysis skills. (Education Council 2015)
In each of the classes, class teachers set up inquiry and research and look to integrate these different disciplines in real-life situations helping our children to see that Science, Technology and Mathematics are part of everyday life. The engineering part is the designing, making and problem solving component and this is often done in collaboration with others.