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Primary STEM

Children experience a stimulating block of skill-based experiences in master classes supported by STEM ambassadors from Jacobs..

Primary 1

  • A study of Polar lands provides learners with an understanding of floating and sinking.
  • Secondary science team deliver showcase demonstrations based on the  “Mr Marvel” book. 

Primary 2
The children participate in

  • The Living Eggs Project and the Butterfly Project, as part of a block of learning around Life Cycles.
  • An outdoor learning experience at Mugdock Country Park where they enjoy pond dipping and mini beast activities.
  • A Minibeasts topic with a study of bees and pollination.
  • Plant sunflower seeds supported by the school science technician.
  • The children meet a range of health professionals who share information about their careers as part of a Healthy Living topic.
  • There are relevant STEM links developed within the interdisciplinary topic,  the Ancient Egyptians.
  • Pupils undertake a topic on Extreme Weather around the world. This work is enriched by an inspiring visit from a STEM ambassador in the Environmental team.
  • Pupils are introduced to the island state of Hawai’i and learn why ocean plastics is an issue for Hawai’i and how big the problem is.
  • Classes visit the science department for a hands-on lesson on “Science in the middle-ages” linked with their Castles topic. 
  • Space
  • Body Systems
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean provides the focus for the challenge of energy sustainability and to begin thinking about sustainable energy sources.
  • P5 attend a lesson in the science department in preparation for their transition into P6 weekly lessons.
  • As part of a wider focus on Scotland, pupils learn about the island of Great Cumbrae and are introduced to the challenge facing Cumbrae and communities around the world: sustainable food supply 
  • P6 participate in Clyde in the Classroom initiative.  This project uses the life cycle of the brown trout to encourage children to engage with and develop a  positive attitude towards their local environment and its conservation. Pupils take on the responsibility for raising brown trout from eggs in a special hatchery before releasing them into the wild in a local river. 
  • P6 pupils attend a weekly, hands-on, practical science lesson in the science department to enhance their experience in science and their practical skills. 
  • The study of  Tropical Rainforests is enriched with a STEM ambassador visit. They explore the underwater environment of the Island of Reunion with a focus on the coral reef environments, their importance to the island’s economy and the challenges facing them.  
  • P7 pupils attend a weekly, hands-on, practical science lesson in the science department to enhance their experience in science, their practical and investigative skills and their preparation for secondary science.

This competition challenges pupils to research engineering and interview a range of parents in the local community who are engineers.

Pupils learn about engineering careers from practising engineers who convey the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in their daily working lives.  From these discussions, pupils generate some of their own inventions and ideas. 

Pupils cultivate chilli and pumpkin plants from seed with guidance, competition and support from the Eco and Horticulture Groups.  The competition culminates in an awards assembly.