Through STEM students engage creatively in real world problems, applying their understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in integrated and innovative ways.
STEM is for everyone here at St Saviour’s Primary School.
Since 2018, we have embarked on a three-year STEM project to ignite in students a passion for STEM. We have been fortunate enough to work in partnership with STEMPUNKS (a company who facilitate programs to inspire children and adults to learn about STEM in a fun and interactive environment).
Providing opportunities for students to build STEM capabilities throughout their schooling is a priority here at St Saviour’s Primary School.
Students in our school will become active participants in a digital world that is ever changing and evolving. At St Saviour’s Primary School, we strive to provide an education that equips students with the digital skills and knowledge to not only strive in their learning, but strive in their lives beyond the school walls also. We provide many opportunities to develop skills with digital tools, educate students on the importance of being safe online and how to become critical users of technology. Our learners have access to two digital platforms: Apple products and the suite of Microsoft products. Prep – Year 3 students have access to school banks of digital devices. Students in Year 4-6 utilise a 1- 1 digital device in their learning at school and home.
STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Through STEM, children learn to:
Science provides an empirical way of answering interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world. The knowledge it produces has proved to be a reliable basis for action in our personal, social and economic lives.
Science aims to ensure that students develop:
The St Saviour’s Primary School community is committed to providing its students with the skills and understandings to live and participate in a multimedia world. We believe that the use of ICTs not only enhances the undertaking, but also provides an excellent forum for developing the skills of lifelong learning.
At St Saviour’s Primary School, it is recognised that the computer is a tool for learning and not an end in itself. Computing is not taught as a separate subject at SSPS, but computer technology provides tools that are used across the curriculum to improve student learning outcomes. Computer technology provides rich, interactive learning environments for students, not only through use of ‘exploratory’ programs, which allow them to interact with information, but also with ‘constructive’ software which allows students to create and express their own creativity and develop their own information packages. Facilities extend from text only environments to an emerging growth in the use of multimedia. Multimedia provides opportunities for differing approaches to learning, so that students’ wide range of individual learning styles is easily accommodated. Through multimedia formats, each student can receive instruction appropriate to his or her learning style.
Success in computer-based learning at SSPS results from a model which guides students to a familiarity with relevant technology through ‘scaffolding’ and ‘fading’. In the scaffolding process the teacher provides hints and comments and carries out parts of the task the learners cannot yet handle on their own. The teacher then gradually removes support. This is the process of ‘fading’. ‘Scaffolding’ structures are set in place at SSPS in the form of instruction in house, to provide a step-by-step guide to a particular process, set in context of a unit of study.
Students become familiar with computer and ipad techniques.
Students become familiar with computer, ipad techniques and produce text and pictorial based presentations.
Students become skilled in text attributes and the draw component and combine these skills to develop presentations related to their class work.
Students develop skills of desktop publishing, using text, draw and paint programs to create original presentations which communicate information in a variety of ways.
Students are introduced to the development of multimedia through linear slideshows. They experiment with the interrelationship of text, pictures, sound, video and animation.
Students extend their multimedia experiences to the development of non-liner, interactive multi media authoring. Development of non-linear projects challenges learners to high levels of complex thinking and problem-solving.
Students continuing with the computer technology program to Year 6 at SSPS have been shown to be highly accomplished in their secondary schools. They can confidently undertake computer projects put before them and are able to utilise the technology independently in other curriculum areas. They have the skills, understanding and experience to select from a range of presentation options and are thus not confined to the medium of text.
St Saviour’s Primary School has always been at the forefront of the use of technologies to support student learning.
Prep to Year 3
Utilise school iPad bank (no purchase necessary).
Years 4 to 6
Utilise Microsoft Surface Go devices as per the Digital Program (see school fees for further information).
Learning mathematics creates opportunities for and enriches the lives of all Australians.
Mathematics provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. Mathematics aims to ensure that students: