Monday, December 11, 2006

Cross Curricular Links

Working with other subject areas tends to be a low priority for many teachers who feel that they are quite busy enough with their own topic and curriculum targets. Often this is a great shame as it leaves each subject in a discrete box and fails to show pupils how their different lessons interlock and compliment each other.

In fact, setting up and running a project, or themed set of lessons, isn't that difficult and far from being more effort for every teacher, it can be a real bonus with shared preparation, more enthusiastic pupils and a coherent set of outcomes where everyone benefits.

In the hope of convincing a few wavering teachers, or re-inspiring the tired and overworked, we've added a new page to the Citizenship section of the Geography Site, entitled Making Cross-curricular Links. It looks at some of the benefits of cross curricular activities and offers a simple example of a successful project based on rationing during World War II.

Take a look, and perhaps you too may be inspired to undertake a little cross curricular teaching.


At 12:07 AM, Anonymous said...

Hi, I fully agree and wish more teachers would do the same.

At 7:46 PM, Anonymous Bower.Park.Geography said...

I agree cross curicuar is what Geography especially and all Humanities subjects are about. We are in our first year of developing a course based on the RSAOpening Minds competency curriculum. It's amazing how easy it is to slt geography in some other subjects are a bit more precious but heh we've started.

At 11:27 PM, Blogger croberts said...

Hi, I couldn't agree more. The cross curricular approach allows children to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in a context that makes sense - they can relate to it because its relevant. Teaching isolated lessons hinders children's ability to use these new skills, knowledge or understanding in a different context to the literacy, numeracy or whatever lesson it was taught in. I advocate this style of teaching.

At 11:28 PM, Blogger croberts said...

I couldn't agree more, the cross curricular approach enables children to aquire skills, knowledge and understanding in a context which is relevant and not in an isolated literacy or numeracy lesson.

At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Sarah L said...

Having just taken over geography responsibility in my school, I couldn't agree more. Geography is a subject which should be given a biger priority - who doesn't need to know about the localilty they live in, or how to get to other places, or the state of the world? I'm currently teaching a literacy unit based on information texts about the rainforest. The children love the topic, are using atlases with ease and are writing for a reason and they can understand what information writing is used for. It's great.


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