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Social justice and celebrating differences in the world were the themes showcased at a STEM and science event held at Whitefriars Catholic School in September.

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Students designed, created, built and exhibited their STEM learning to the school community.

Early Years explored food and culture. The Reception classes looked at where food and resources come from, in particular the production of milk, honey, bread and wool clothing.

Year 1 students discussed different cultures from around the world and learnt about building structures. After investigating techniques for building tall towers that are stable and strong they recreated many famous landmarks from around the world using recycled materials.

Inclusion within a school setting and how to cater for disabilities was investigated by the Years 2-4 classes. The Year 2/3 group built models of classrooms catering for mobility, hearing and visual impairments and others requiring quiet spaces, while the Year 4 students used Minecraft to design projects that considered play spaces

The Year 5/6 classes investigated electrical circuits. They used pocket-sized computers called Micro:Bits to code and control games they designed.

Science teacher and STEM coach Danielle Pedler said Whitefriars had this year implemented a new science specialist rotation, with a focus on integrating STEM into classroom learning.

“As part of the integration of STEM this year, the staff at Whitefriars have explored the engineering design process and the new science program has been based on inquiry-learning and exploration,” she said.

“Students have been enthusiastic in their approach to the learning and have gained a great deal of knowledge and understanding about the world around them.”

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