Community support

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

We would like to offer primary aged children and their families in the local community, the opportunity to experience learning through STEM. STEM, or science, technology, engineering and maths is traditionally associated with secondary school aged children in a science laboratory, not reception children at a sand table. However introducing STEM early can ignite the imagination and curiosity through fun, engaging, hands-on learning. We want children to explore, investigate and develop skills such as planning, predicting and observing. Early introduction can enable children to develop a strong understanding of STEM concepts as they get older.

The STEM Club will take place at various times, after school, evenings and weekends, to give all members of the community the opportunity to be involved. We would like to use the funding to purchase resources, pay for specialist staff and provide Professional Development for staff and volunteers which will allow us to continue the project in the future after the funding has finished.

Our focus is to establish STEM at an early age, inspiring children to become interested in STEM subjects through taking part in fun, current experiments such as the Tim Peake’s Primary School Rocket Seed Challenge the school recently took part in and Mad Science Workshops. We also aim to encourage families to be involved and take part in activities to learn together, share and build solid relationships. We want families to understand what Science is and how it affects the whole world that we live in. If parents are involved and interested, they are more likely to continue this area of learning in the home just as they would with reading and writing.

We would like to provide workshops designed for parents and guardians such as safeguarding children around technology and setting up parental controls. Most families have access to technology in the home, and most are aware of the potential dangers, however many are unaware of how to protect children from these dangers. We would like to offer support to parents to keep children in our community safe. Other community support we would like to offer is to those whose lives could be enhanced by technology. Although technology is prevalent in many homes particularly where children are present, there are still many people who do not have access or experience with computers. People who may benefit could be the elderly or immobile and knowing how to order groceries on the internet could really make a difference to their lives.

This inter-generational learning will bring new opportunities to members of the local community. It will enable members to meet new people, learn new skills, gain confidence and become aware of STEM and how essential it is to the future of our economy and children's success. With continuing advancements in Science and Technology, STEM related job opportunities are dominating the job markets and we can give the local children a boost by instilling this area of learning in them now and giving STEM the importance it deserves.

Friends of Higher Walton Primary School

Location: Higher Walton

We are a small school and although funds are limited, the staff, PTFA and volunteers work hard so that the children still have the same experiences as those at larger schools with bigger budgets. We work as a team to achieve our goal of providing opportunities and a better community to live in.
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