Here, in Fenor NS, we place a strong emphasis on the teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths ( STEM). We endeavour to give our pupils hands-on experience with practical activities which develop the children’s scientific skills as well as literacy and numeracy skills. The focus is on inquiry-based learning where the children participate in simple science experiments and activities relevant to their everyday lives and environments.
Discover Primary Science and Maths Programme
This Programme (DPSM) is part of Science Foundation Ireland’s Education and Public Engagement Programme, which aims to increase interest in STEM among students, teachers and members of the public.
The children of Fenor NS have participated in this award TEN times and have received an AWARD for their efforts each year. The children really enjoy engaging in experiments and collaborating with each other while engaging in STEM activities.
Each year Fenor NS hosts a showcase of experiments conducted by each class which all the children participate in.
ESB Science Blast
ESB Science Blast delivered by the RDS, is a non-competitive class lead programme for primary school classes that invites children to investigate the science behind a simple question that interests them. The goal is to ignite children’s curiosity about the world around them, to promote curiosity, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking to enable them to better respond to the challenges of the future.
Last year, Mr. Conway's 3rd Class showcased an investigation in the RDS entitled, 'Why do we not feel the Earth's rotation?' They explored possible reasons why. The children also explored projects from schools around the country and attended showcases at the event. They received an AWARD and feedback for their achievements!
Engaging in these initiatives is a great learning experience for students to develop problem solving skills and working collaboratively on group projects.