“Children need the freedom to appreciate the infinite resources of their hands, their eyes and their ears, the resources of forms, materials, sounds and colours.”

Loris Malaguzzi

At Hempland, we aim for all children to foster a love of enquiry, of problem solving, and of creativity. STEM is our doorway to this, allowing children to collaborate and develop resilience in order to achieve a goal.

What STEM looks like at Hempland

  • All children engage in STEM activities across a range of curriculum areas.
  • Design Technology and Science lessons in particular are used to support STEM learning.
  • STEM days and STEM weeks are used to promote the subject and inspire the children to take part in STEM activities.
  • Extra curricular STEM clubs are established for a range of different year groups.
  • STEM is taught explicitly for one half term of the year, to work alongside the science curriculum.

How we entwine STEM with our Hempland school values


Children learn to collaborate in order to achieve a common goal, respecting the opinion of others. Children will learn about the achievements of famous engineers from the past and learn to build upon these achievements.


Children have the opportunity to work alongside STEM professionals through the STEM Ambassador programme. They take part in visits to see the impact of engineering in real world applications and take part in local and national competitions. Children also have the opportunity to attend extra curricular STEM clubs.


Problem solving is at the core of STEM and children must be ambitious in order to succeed at problems and approach tasks with a positive mindset. The STEM curriculum will also have a long term impact on ambition, as an aim will be to inspire children to take part in STEM education post-16, and then into STEM professionals.


Learning is done best through mistakes and failure. Taking risks and learning what does not work is more important than getting things right first time. The value of ‘tinkering’ (evaluating and improving) is key.

How we know our STEM curriculum is successful

  • Children will begin to adopt an ‘Engineering’ mindset in other curriculum areas, planning, implementing and then evaluating and improving.
  • Children will take part in a wide range of inspiring, motivating and educational activities which support the subject knowledge gained in Maths, Science and Design Technology.
  • Children will have a positive view of STEM and Engineering in particular, and will be inspired to proceed with STEM education further through their learning journey.