Whitehill Street West, Stockport, Cheshire, SK4 1PB

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Whitehill Primary School

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At Whitehill Primary School, we incorporate a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) approach to our wider curriculum learning.

Wider curriculum areas of learning: Science, History, Geography, Art & D&T, are carefully planned and delivered to create cross curricular links with the aim of the children to use their knowledge and skills to solve a project based problem relating to their learning.

The children have the opportunity to lead their own research, plan, make/do, review and present their own solutions to a problem.  

End of unit projects take place each half term.

Autumn 1 STEAM Projects

Year 4

As part of the wider curriculum, Year 4 have been learning about the River Nile and states of matter. To build on prior knowledge of the Ancient Egyptians (from Year 3) and Materials, our end of unit project was to use natural resources available to the Ancient Egyptians to create a dam to stop the River Nile from flooding. First, we research dams and how they were built. We collected our ideas together using Jamboard and presented them as post-its. Next, we planned and drew our dams so we knew what materials we would need and how it was going to look. Then, we collected natural resources from our forest school and created the dams in our class trays as they make ideal containers to simulate a river. We then poured 1 litre of water into one side of the tray and waited 10 minutes to wait as see if our dams were successful in their purpose. Finally, we evaluated our dams and presented our findings to Year 5 and 6.

Year 6

Task - Create a dish for the soldiers returning home from the trenches.

We used Chromebooks to research what food people ate during World War 1 and some of the main ingredients available. We then shared our information with each other using Jamboard. We used our research and knowledge about WW1 and healthy bodies to plan a meal that we would make for the soldiers. We created our meals using the ingredients available during World War 1 and were creative to ensure that our meals were as tasty as possible. Following on from our research, we made our meals involving WW1 rations. First, we gathered all of our ingredients to be prepared. It was important to ensure our workplace, utensils and ingredients were clean. After this, we diced and sliced the vegetables to a uniform size for a similar cooking time. We added the vegetables to the slow cooker with our vegetable stock. However, we didn’t add the beef at this point due to diet requirements of the class. For those who eat Halal, we used suitable alternatives and added the “bully beef” for the children who are able to eat non-Halal food. We then reviewed how successful our meals were by eating and sharing our dish with other classes to find out their opinions.