We would like to change a room in the school which is currently used as a junk room into a STEAM room. This is a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths room. Currently we have nowhere in the school where children can cook and fulfill their DT curriculum of cooking and nutrition. We have an unhealthy culture at the school where the community is surrounded by fast food outlets and obesity rates in the area are increasing. We would like to use the space as a community hub to run workshops for parents with their children to teach them about healthy eating also also provide this space to other local primary schools so this good practice is spread across the community. We have trained TAs and teachers and a school chef who will run these workshops. I am the STEM lead for Plymouth and this space would also become the base to train teachers and subject leads in innovative ways to teach the subject back in their schools. This will benefit all schools in the Plymouth.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This will create an area where parents can work alongside their children to use the facilities to learn about healthy eating to try and combat the obesity crisis in the area. This will also encourage parents into the school and learn vital lifelong skills which may help with their mental health (as we are seeing an increasing number). It will give opportunities for parents to meet other parents and help with their social skills. It will enable other teachers to meet each other and share good practice around the teaching of STEAM subjects. This will help equip the children at the school with a suitable space and resources to enjoy STEAM subjects and produce high quality work using equipment which is fit for purpose.
Steps to get it done:
I will help with community, mental health and increasing educational chances for children and parents in a deprived area.
About the space
Plymouth City Council