Study 7.2.2 Excalibur Primary School,
|Title: The Human Body a Cross-curricular Approach|
|Main Whole School Strand: Formal Curriculum|
|1. Description of the School|
children, age range 4-11 years, seven classes. The school is situated
in the south - east corner of Alsager in Cheshire. Many pupils come from
outside the school’s catchment area.
|2. Aims and Outcomes of the Project|
Year 3 class of 30 children were involved in this cross - curricular project.
We are developing a cross - curricular approach to learning at Excalibur.
This project therefore links with our School Development Plan in the area
developing teaching and learning throughout the school.
|3. The Project: Content and Development|
Year 3 class teacher is already an expert in cross - curricular teaching
and learning. The theme that is the subject of this case study is the
human body. The purpose of this project is to promote crosscurricular
teaching. We believe that when teachers work in this way and learning
links across the curriculum then we are helping a pupil’s brain
to make those connections. This makes sense if, as we know, the brain
works intelligently by making connections. The children are therefore
able to transfer learning in one area to another. This also helps to make
sense of the learning and puts it in a useful context. In this project
there are opportunities for children to accept responsibility for their
own learning and to use their own preferred learning styles. The teaching
is flexible and varied to enable it to appeal to all learning styles.
|4. Drivers: a) External b) Internal|
a) This project links to the Local Education Authority’s promotion of Mind Friendly Learning.
of cross-curricular teaching and learning in our School Development Plan.
were assessed informally in their confidence and knowledgeable presentation
of their learning to
|7. Constraints or Difficulties in Developing the Project|
size is always a problem. Smaller classes will always maximise an excellent
|8. Benefits of the Project|
demonstration of the effectiveness of cross-curricular teaching.
|9. Future Developments|
our School Development Plan we are developing our policy and practice
in teaching and learning.
|10. Additional Comments|
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