STEAM learning

The 'STEAM learning at Paddington Public School' (4 mins 58 sec) journey demonstrates deep learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics in the Paddington Public School makerspace.

A student timing and measuring the temperature of a paper house

Transcript of 'STEAM learning at Paddington Public School' video

Location: Oxford St, Paddington

Level: Primary School, Kinder to Year 6

Enrolment: 329 students (students originate from 39 different nationalities)

The journey

Paddington Public School was built in 1856 and is one of the oldest schools in NSW. With an enrolment of 325 students, our students originate from 39 different nationalities. This provides for a context of rich cultures in which students from all different backgrounds can learn and thrive together.

Our school has an emphasis on quality teaching and learning through rigorous professional learning for staff and an affiliation with the Community of Schools in the Eastern Suburbs (CoSiES), the University of Sydney and academic partners. Our vision is to support all students to become creative, collaborative, curious and critical learners who think deeply and actively engage in their own learning.

With international research indicating that 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations require STEM skills and knowledge, Paddington Public School's leadership team decided that STEM was to be a key priority within the school. Science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics and inquiry based learning became one of our strategic direction initiatives. A maker space was developed after P&C fundraising initiatives and a specialist STEAM teacher was engaged to lead learning in the space.

The school community are very appreciative that we offer specialist STEAM learning and we are very proud of the fact that we are truly a future-focused educational setting. Qualitative data analysis is demonstrating improved student engagement and motivation across the school, particularly in Stage 3.

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