At Hampton Prep we are very much aware of how the modern world is quickly evolving, particularly with regards to technology and the role this plays in the work place. Through our STEM provision we aim for our pupils to be as prepared as possible for this ongoing development by encouraging them to identify the link between theory and practical activities. This, combined with the ability to problem solve, collaborate, demonstrate resilience, appreciate the notion that making mistakes helps you reach an end goal, and developing leadership skills, all contribute to our STEM programme.
Pupils explore a variety of different practical activities through their DT sessions. Using engineering skills to design and construct, pupils work on projects from truss bridges to model electric cars equipped with the theory obtained through the teaching and learning in the various STEM based subjects. Pupils deepen their understanding and heighten their enthusiasm for this area of school life in equal measure through our co-curricular programme which has STEM related activities on offer throughout the year. These include a coding club and participation in the CREST Awards scheme which encourages children to think like scientists and engineers. As in the adult world, this sort of thinking often veers off in all sorts of unexpected ways. We often find that our pupils’ initial preconceptions about how a project might evolve are frequently challenged by their own research and from following a ‘trial and error’ approach when using the latest technologies. Pupils love our curriculum theme days, often supported by relevant visiting experts, who come to add to the excitement of our STEM work by demonstrating the latest skills and technologies out there.