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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 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
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
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.
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!
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.
STEAM/STEM  Global Goal 14, Feather cleaning investigation, SIAMS R.E Wesley inspection lesson
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STEAM/STEM Global Goal 14, Feather cleaning investigation, SIAMS R.E Wesley inspection lesson

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This STEM/STEAM lesson was taught during our SIAMS inspection. Our RE topic was our Wonderful World and we have been looking at the Wesley value of Generosity. The activity the children had to discuss and solve was the problem of cleaning oil from a feather (link to ocean pollution). I have included: A powerpoint of images, a lesson plan, Wesley quote, Global goal 14 poster and sheets to help with recording. I linked the lesson to the UN Global Goal 14 for water conservation and life below water. We reflected on how we could be more generous and help the environment. I used the power-point images to help the discussions. I took the whole morning for the activities, to really allow the children to think and reflect. This activity was with a year 2 class, but I will also be teaching it with year 4 later in the week. The feather clean up activity was shared with me by the fabulous National STEM Learning Centre in York. Global Goal 14 Poster from https://www.globalgoals.org
STEAM Science seeds, pine cone investigation - STEM club
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STEAM Science seeds, pine cone investigation - STEM club

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STEAM pine cone lesson/investigation. Links to seed dispersal, conditions for growth, habitats etc, Also used for growth mindset lessons where children ask their own questions and take control of their own learning. Children plan an investigation to see whether they can make a pine cone open or close. Contains lesson overview, planning sheet, evaluation sheet and I think/wonder bubbles.
STEAM fractions of shapes lesson - year 2
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STEAM fractions of shapes lesson - year 2

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This was an year 2 observed STEAM lesson for fractions of shapes. It was child led with lots of resources to differentiate and support. Fractions of shapes are always equal. Some shapes cannot be cut in half. Some shapes can be divided in different ways. Lesson outline, lesson resources and stretch questions. You will need your own 2D shape outlines.
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 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…
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/STEM sentence starters and banned words
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STEAM/STEM sentence starters and banned words

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These are sentence starters that children can use for oral or written STEAM thinking. As a class we have also put the words IT and No in jail, so they cannot be used in STEAM lessons. IT is too generic. NO does not allow for harmonious group discussions!