Specialist teachers are highly skilled as classroom practitioners who have an expertise in a specific program area. We are lucky to have outstanding specialist teachers in the Junior School and I am excited to welcome Mrs Nicole Parker to the new role of STEM Specialist.

STEM education offers TKS students a myriad of valuable skills that lay a strong foundation for their future academic and professional success. STEM cultivates critical thinking and problem-solving abilities in young minds. By engaging in hands-on activities, experiments, and projects, students learn to analyse complex problems, break them down into manageable parts, and devise solutions. These skills extend beyond the classroom, enabling students to approach real-world challenges with confidence and adaptability. STEM fosters creativity and curiosity, encouraging students to explore and experiment, which ultimately sparks a passion for learning and discovery.

STEM education equips primary school students with strong teamwork and communication skills. Collaborative projects and group activities are common in STEM classrooms, requiring students to work together to achieve common goals. As they collaborate, they learn to respect diverse perspectives, share ideas effectively, and negotiate differences constructively. Such experiences build essential interpersonal skills that are crucial for future academic and professional endeavours, where teamwork and effective communication are highly valued. Additionally, exposure to STEM at an early age can help break gender and cultural stereotypes, promoting inclusivity and diversity in these fields, leading to a more equitable and balanced society in the future.

At the heart of STEM learning lies an emphasis on solving problems. The importance of this cannot be overstated as we look around the world and grapple with environmental, health and technological issues. By teaching STEM through hands-on experiences and experiments, we can cultivate a culture of curiosity and inspire budding scientists, engineers, and technologists.

The job market of the future is increasingly shaped by technology and automation, with an increasing number of career paths requiring STEM-related knowledge. Our positioning in STEM also aligns with our focus on skill development and the “Six Cs” across all departments at The Knox School. The ability to think critically about issues, collaborate to find solutions and think creatively and innovatively has never been more important. I look forward to developing our STEM program in the Junior School alongside Mrs Parker and I am excited to foster a culture of innovation amongst our students. It is they who will ultimately navigate the challenges of the 21st century.

Mr Simon Cowell
Head of Junior School