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Friday, 6 March 2015

STEAM - An integrated approach

As the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy becomes closer to beginning work and ultimately moving into our multi-million pound Maritime House Campus, I am using this time to reflect. Tonight, I reflect on how learning can be inspired through an integrated approach.

While thinking about integrated approaches, I came across this post from the #UKEdChat community. The post highlights how Teachers at a Primary School in Northamptonshire have showcased the work of their pupils when the whole school embraced on a Minecraft inspired project called ‘Bridgecraft’. The cross curriculum project became a whole-school theme at Bridgewater Primary School, with pupils re-creating a real new world for the Minecraft character (Steve) whose world had earlier been destroyed.

The cross curriculum element is explained by teacher Stacey Ramm:

“I’d been doing some training with the University of Northampton in an area called STEAM, which stand for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths – so we felt we’d be looking at those subjects with something that the children had been trying to teach me about – Minecraft. So we wanted to see how we could incorporate something that the children were already engaged with and hijack it for learning in school.”

The school have created a video (see below) which showcases the success of the project – possibly being an inspiration for others – and was supported by their own Bridgecraft Blog, which further highlights some of the work completed during the focus.

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