By: Ruth Steggles – Head of Pre Prep, Framlingham College Prep School
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths or STEM for short are probably considered subjects for older children. However the natural tendency of young children to explore and discover can be harnessed with careful planning to help children learn the skills required for STEM as these pictures show.
As part of our Space topic the children in the Early Years attended Astronaut Training school and took part in a number of challenges.
We had to help the robot get across the river using the stepping stones by giving one clear instruction at a time, this activity promoted communication, maths and early coding skills. Then we had to create an obstacle course to train on; design, engineering and team work. Following this we had to help the astronaut get out of the water without putting our hands in; problem solving and science. As well as these activities carried out in groups the trainee astronauts, could explore magnets and build block towers following a pattern to reinforce their learning in science and maths. Taking part in these activities also helped to build creativity, independence, resilience and perseverance. All skills vital for learning at any time of life.
All the astronauts passed their training with flying colours and had a great time learning while having fun.