Cross-Curricular Teaching in the Primary School: Planning by Trevor Kerry

By Trevor Kerry

How can educating around the curriculum enhance children’s studying? how are you going to plan significant, imaginitive subject paintings? Cross-Curricular educating within the fundamental tuition is helping academics plan a extra imaginitive, built-in curriculum by means of providing in obtainable language a reason and framework for educating around the topics. Illustrated all through with examples of potent subject paintings in profitable faculties, this ebook offers information at the underpinning idea and methods to facilitate cross-curricular paintings with childrens. matters coated contain: how kids examine constructing the curriculum and lesson making plans educating and studying in an built-in manner at KS1 and KS entire university ways and crew instructing for cross-curricular educating the function of aid employees in cross-curricular instructing bettering children’s pondering talents assisting teenagers with distinct wishes utilizing new media and drama to facilitate cross-curricular studying assessing cross-curricular studying. Cross-Curricular instructing within the fundamental college offers a lot wanted aid for busy scholar and training lecturers. filled with sensible principles, it deals an available consultant to all elements of introducing an built-in curriculum.

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For these reasons, from this autumn, we shall pilot a professional development programme designed to ensure secondary teachers know how to teach higher-order thinking skills through their subjects. htm; my italics) To redress some of this balance the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) has recently attempted to overlay the NC with some intentions about teaching thinking. They are couched in the now-familiar platitudes of government-driven initiatives, and they contain the inevitable agendas about citizens as economic units which are often traced back as far as Callaghan’s Ruskin College speech in 1976 (Docking 2000: 4, 158).

Indeed, where this does not happen, any experimentation may prove at best ineffectual and at worst disastrous; Kerry and Wilding (2000: 259–71) reported just such a case. The problem with government-led curriculum reform, along with related views about pedagogy and assessment, has been that Britain has been overly prescriptive, as noted by Power, in order to ‘Position subjects in ways that hark back to some imagined past, rather than forwards into more globalised times’ (2002: 103). Reflection What do you think will be the skills needed of learners when your pupils are at the peak of their working lives, in twenty or thirty years’ time?

I could tell you about the precautions that were taken for the population: gas masks, shelters, ‘digging for victory’, and eventually evacuation of the children. I could enliven this bit by showing you a picture of kids, labelled and suitcased, bidding a tearful farewell. . . and I could feel you slipping away already, entranced by Wayne’s five-legged spider in a matchbox under the desk. Only another three weeks to go but distraction is setting in. So you could be told to read about it instead so you didn’t get fidgety.

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