Primary Thematic Units: STEM

Supporting the statutory requirements for the Areas of Learning of the NI Curriculum at Key Stage 2. Read more...

Norn Iron's Ordinary Heroes

A comic celebrating people who have achieved extrordinary success in the areas of STEM. Read more...

STEM in Minecraft

Pupils develop empathy for how people lived in Viking times by overcoming a number of problems encountered through everyday Viking life, in Minecraft! Read more...


Case Studies

Promoting STEM through the NI Curriculum

Making Learning Connections

STEM Innovation

CCEA adopted innovation as a tool that could be used by schools to bring about lasting change in terms of adding value to their STEM provision. Schools were given the opportunity to gain an insight into and discuss innovation in STEM education. Read more...

Assessing UICT through STEM Futures

This case study shows a good example of how careful selection of curriculum material leads to work which satisfies several statutory requirements at once. Read more...

STEM Heroes

Schools across Northern Ireland had the opportunity to celebrate and share STEM Heroes in their local community. This booklet gives a summary of some of the exciting work that was carried out by pupils in both Primary and Post-Primary schools. Read more...


Staging an Event



Who Sullivan Upper School and Holywood Primary School
Duration 10 weeks
Key Stages 2 and 3
Subject Strands Science, Technology and Design and Mathematics
Cross-curricular Skills Using Maths and Using ICT
Key Elements Employability, Citizenship and Economic Awareness
Business Links Busy Bee Events

The primary pupils met with Year 10 pupils at Sullivan Upper School during the early stages of the project and at the end of the project. During the rest of the project pupils worked within their own schools on similar activities. In Sullivan Upper School activities were delivered within Science, Technology and Design and Maths.   

Pupils were tasked with designing and making a stage model, including lighting and sound effects. The idea was that the model could be used to create a ‘real’ stage as a venue for a charity event. Pupils had to choose a charity cause for their event. An Events Manager from Busy Bee Events provided a real world setting for the project by sharing her experiences of managing major events such as ‘Tin the Park’ and the ‘Brit Awards’.