Challenges Of Hands On And Cross Curricular Learning Essay

872 Words Dec 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
There are some challenges to hands on and cross-curricular learning, within our activity we came across some areas that could have been developed, Hayes (2010) argues that hands on learning its heavily resourced. We agreed with this as the amount of resources we had available were limited. We also didn’t ensure we had planned for a child with a medical need, and therefore had to re arrange the activity a quarter of the way through the lesson to ensure she could join in. One key area that we identified was that children became more involved with the way the house looked in a creative sense, rather than the scientific reasoning. This challenge is also identified by Jarvis (2009) who expresses that one of the risks to cross-curricular learning is that one subject takes over in response to children’s enthusiasm and interest, this is of a loss to the other subject.

Other challenges addressed by Jarvis (2009) included the flexibility of including hands on lessons in the school’s current timetable as there is pressure to prepare children for SATs, this often results in limited time for creative science. However, to overcome this challenge, teachers should ensure they use the National Curriculum as the starting point for planning to ensure progression within the subject, this means the aims of the lesson must indicate what National Curriculum objectives will be covered. Overall, delivering science creatively within a hands on approach provided a more realistic context for…

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