Swalwell Primary School

Working together, learning together


STEM in Year 6

Year 6 have been lucky to be one of 10 primary schools in the North-East selected to work with Success4All; a small educational charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne. 

Success4All aim to empower young people to work together to discover new learning and solve problems – skills that are key in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). They will run a project called the STEM Challenge programme, which is specifically designed for KS2 children and provides a series of practical, hands-on, investigative activities that lead children and young people to explore “real-world” challenges and meet the people working on those challenges in the STEM industry. 

The Chemistry STEM Challenge, which has been funded by The Royal Society of Chemistry, will explore key learning from the KS2 primary science curriculum, with a focus on sustainability and recycling. The pupils will investigate the different properties of materials, why it is important to recycle, including the effect that plastic pollution is having on the environment, and the process of separating materials at a recycling plant.


We will be spending the next 5 weeks investigating decomposition. The children have all set up an experiment to keep observing. They also looked at recycling old paper to make new paper and we can’t wait see the results next week!