Curiosity is a fabulous thing. Curious children explore, investigate, experiment, build their own understanding, share their findings with others and want to know more. Curious teachers learn as they teach, reflecting on their practice and following new routes to enhanced teaching and learning. Curiosity has the potential to enhance learning in all curriculum subjects but it has a special connection with scientific thinking. A curious approach can open up learning in science, computing, design technology and mathematics. This text explores how teachers can harness the power of curiosity in their classroom. Full of practical teaching ideas for engaging learners and making lessons more exciting, this text highlights the ways in which STEM subjects can be taught together.

Harnessing Curiosity Across a Whole School

Harnessing curiosity across a whole school

Chapter Objectives

After reading this chapter you will:

  • understand how you might harness curiosity across a whole school;
  • be excited about and know how to draw on different primary STEM subjects within one context;
  • know how motivating curiosity is for learning.

Overview

This chapter focuses on two schools that have used curiosity to inspire, motivate and teach learners in a different way. School A, which this chapter focuses mainly on, utilises three different strands to achieve high levels of curious children while School B shares many similarities in approach too.

School A: Chapel Break Infant School, Norwich, Norfolk

Chapel Break Infant School (www.chapelbreakinfant.norfolk.sch.uk) is a two form entry school which is situated on the edge of the City of Norwich in ...

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