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Reading is STEMsational – Get Involved!
In partnership with Reading Rocks, All About STEM is delighted to be able to offer teachers, STEM Ambassadors and other interested partners the opportunity to get involved in our new Reading is STEMsational programme by coming along to one of the project launch events.
Primary teachers! Come and find out how to get your pupils involved. You will have a chance to see the fabulous texts and get ideas for developing a STEM Week at your school, as well as the chance to win a STEM Week planning session with Heather Wright of Reading Rocks, named as one of the TES’ ‘Ten Most Influential People in Education 2018’. We advise coming in pairs from a school, ideally the Science Lead, the Literacy Lead and/or a member of SLT.
STEM Ambassadors and other partners! Come and find out what you could do to share your STEM skills, activities, knowledge and expertise to support the schools as they plan their STEM Week programme.
There are two launch sessions to choose from:
Tues 14th Jan, 16:00-18:30
The Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4PF.
Weds 15th Jan 2020, 16:00-18:30
Beamont Collegiate Academy, Long Lane, Warrington WA2 8PX.
What does the project involve?
Reading is STEMsational is a literacy project which supports primary teachers to deliver a school STEM week. The programme has recently been piloted in three primary schools in the North West and now we’re ready to launch the programme more generally.
We have curated sets of fiction and non-fiction texts, focused on particular STEM themes, which primary schools can loan from All About STEM, free-of-charge. Teachers use the texts as the basis for their STEM Week literacy and Science lessons and as a spring-board for the rest of their weekly planning. Assemblies, other subject lessons and extra-curricular activities for the week all focus on the STEM theme explored in the texts.
Each themed book set references the relevant Science national curriculum content for year groups 1-6 and includes:
- A whole school text (one copy for each year group) to provide a focus for the topic
- A class set of a ‘driver’ text for each year group
- Several smaller sets of ‘satellite’ texts that can be used for guided reading in small groups
- A couple of additional texts, relating to the topic, that the teacher can use as they see fit
In addition to using the texts, the school’s STEM Week should be enriched through visits from other organisations (including STEM Ambassadors) and activities planned to engage with parents, in order to develop pupils’ careers awareness and to encourage pupils’ involvement in STEM activity outside of school.« Back To News