What is STEAM?
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. These skills are imperative in ensuring our students are best prepared for the future of education and the workforce.
Most parents love the notion of promoting self-sufficiency in their children. However, there are a number of barriers to overcome when it comes to putting the concept into practice.
Time is a common barrier. It can be simpler to make their lunch/get them out of bed/sort out their friendship problem rather than leaving these things for them to do. Somehow we need to strike a balance. Another barrier is an attitude to risk, our natural protective instinct.
In a previous blog provided some great ideas about what you can do at home to support Mathematics. Here are some terrific ways you can support English.
Student reports provide you with a clear picture of your child’s progress. They are used in all Victorian government schools to report student achievements from Foundation to Year 10.
The student reports are so everyone has a clear picture of your child's current achievements and the progress they have made.
Your child’s report will have clearly written comments that tell you what your child knows and what they can do. The report will also identify areas in which your child needs further help or can improve and de- scribes what Streeton Primary School will do to support your child.
Student reports bring mixed feelings for parents. They can range from pleasure and pride if your child is performing well and considerable angst when your child is not progressing as you hoped. Reports can mean anxious times for students too. ‘Will my parents be disappointed or proud?’ ‘Will they over-react or will they be level-headed?’ ‘Will they look at the negatives or will they focus on the positives first?’
Mathematics provides students with access to important mathematical ideas, knowledge and skills that they will draw on in their personal and work lives.
Number, measurement and geometry, statistics and probability are common aspects of most people’s mathematical experience in everyday personal, study and work situations. Equally important are the essential roles that algebra, functions and relations, logic, mathematical structure and working mathematically.
The Mathematics curriculum focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, reasoning, modelling and problem-solving. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematics to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently.