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Primary STEAM Team

My name is Claire Vowell and I have been a Primary teacher for nearly 20 years. The last 2 years I have been given the exciting, new challenge of leading STEAM. My resources share the lessons and plans that I am making to help children become independent learners as they explore STEAM lessons. My characters "The Steam Team" are how I help KS1 engage with STEAM content and self reflect on the learning they are doing. There will also be additional resources from my year 2 class.

My name is Claire Vowell and I have been a Primary teacher for nearly 20 years. The last 2 years I have been given the exciting, new challenge of leading STEAM. My resources share the lessons and plans that I am making to help children become independent learners as they explore STEAM lessons. My characters "The Steam Team" are how I help KS1 engage with STEAM content and self reflect on the learning they are doing. There will also be additional resources from my year 2 class.
STEAM I think, I wonder bubbles for predicting and recording ideas
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STEAM I think, I wonder bubbles for predicting and recording ideas

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We use these all the time in class to help children record their predictions or thoughts during STEAM activities. I have a wallet of each on the display board. “I think” - Children use this if they are fairly certain about their prediction and can back it up with real life examples. I think…because… “I wonder” is used if children have a sudden thought they want to record, that may change the direction of their investigation. I wonder if/why…
STEAM Spaceship/Rocket building planning and resources - Steam day/club/lesson
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STEAM Spaceship/Rocket building planning and resources - Steam day/club/lesson

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This was the planning and resources that I used with my class for a 2 day Rocket/Spaceship building event. I invited parents to drop in any time they were free over the 2 days to see what we were doing and help children fulfill their ideas. The parents were NOT there to do the planning and thinking for the children. Overview planning of the 2 day event. This could also be a unit for a STEAM week or a STEAM club. Planning worksheet. Costume evaluation sheet. 4… Spaceship evaluation Spaceship judging form so children can grade their own ship and their peers against the rocket success criteria. Letter to parents to explain about the event. Sheet of recommended websites for home learning or class based research.
Year 2 KS1 SATs maths paper 1 practise questions
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Year 2 KS1 SATs maths paper 1 practise questions

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5 differentiated question sheets practicing the different questions found in the KS1 Maths SATS paper 1. Sheet 1 covers PK4 objectives. Sheet 2/3 addition, up to sheet 5 fractions . I targeted the gaps in learning with specific sheets, or children can just complete them all!
STEAM colouring page for book cover
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STEAM colouring page for book cover

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My children have these on the front of their STEAM journals. They help the children to feel more ownership over their books. The characters featured are The STEAM Team that I use with my class.
STEAM award certificate
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STEAM award certificate

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I print 2 of these onto A4 card and use them to reward any aspect of STEAM learning I want to celebrate at the end of a lesson. It may be resilience, creativity, resourcefulness, team work, big ideas etc
The Primary STEAM team characters - bring STEAM to life
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The Primary STEAM team characters - bring STEAM to life

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The Primary STEAM team characters help bring STEAM lessons to life. I created them when tasked with teaching specific STEAM lessons throughout the school. You can use a character to set the learning of a specific lesson, comment on the learning etc. You will receive a poster of each of the 5 STEAM Team characters. A poster with pictures of the characters and their names. An A4 sheet with the character details We draw small characters on our work now to signify the different subjects we are covering eg: If you measure the distance your paper aeroplane travels you would draw a small Rory Ruler to show it is a maths objective. I started off with posters of the characters and my class loved them so much I made them into felt plushies!
Year 1-2 common exception words powerpoint.  Morning activity
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Year 1-2 common exception words powerpoint. Morning activity

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Power-point of the Y1-2 common exception words with 6/8 words per screen. I put up a screen of this power-point every Thursday and the children read the words to each other and write them in their dictionaries. They then write the words in their morning activity books in a variety of ways.
STEAM or Science investigation write up framework/outline
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STEAM or Science investigation write up framework/outline

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One side of A4 write up template to help children structure the recording of an investigation. I have laminated one of these per pair to help children structure their work. It is there as a guideline, some use it, some don’t. I don’t personally use it as a writing frame, but it could be.
STEAM working wall poster
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STEAM working wall poster

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I created the lettering for the poster to match the STEAM team characters that I use. © 2019 Vowell Learning. All rights reserved