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...


The Planets



Who St Columbanus College
Duration 6 weeks
Key Stage 3
Subject Strands Science and Mathematics
Cross-curricular Skills Using Maths and Using ICT
Key Elements Employability and Spiritual Awareness

The STEM project was based around the theme of the Solar System and the Planets. The project ran over a period of six weeks. Teachers from Science, Mathematics and ICT collaborated to plan and deliver different project elements. 

During the project pupils researched information about the Solar System, Universe and the planets. They explored space travel and used bottle rockets to investigate forces and thrust. Pupils also received training from ‘Studio On’ in using the software package ‘Comic Life.’ They put this training to use by digitally recording their progress throughout the project and presented their work in comic strip form. Pupils also visited the Armagh Planetarium to learn more about the Solar System and planets.