Cross-Curricular Approach

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Science and literacy are essential at present, as we live in an information-saturated society that is dominated by media and news reports (Alexander et al, 2008). Therefore, it is important for children to learn the skills to access this information, hence why the bone activity comprises of a mixture of both, to learn the conventions for reporting experiments and data handling. Alexander et al (2008) deem this as a worthwhile task, as it incorporates purposeful literacy writing within the theme. However, they explicitly state that children must be aware that it is being delivered in an interdisciplinary approach, in order to see how writing can be used within other areas. Having a clear purpose for writing encourages and engages all children, …show more content…
They must know that a report tells the story of how a researcher came to carry out their research, the methods used, and the meaning of their results (Kellett, 2005). Once they can understand the structure, language and presentation of a report they will need to engage in capturing their own ideas, ready for their writing. Bearne (2002) outlines that talk and writing are essential tools, that when combined allow children to organise ideas by giving information to others. Therefore, providing children with the chance to play with their ideas through oral drafting, enables them to explore ways to communicate and arrange their writing. This rehearsal would benefit those with English as an additional language, as they can model and recast the vocabulary before writing it down (Verhoeven, 1994; DCSF, 2008; Grainger et al, 2005). Consequently, within my theme children will partake in oral rehearsal of their report, by taking it in turns to be a reporter and the archaeologist. As they talk thorough their findings the teacher could write up good sentences that they heard to share ideas amongst the …show more content…
The clear links between the subject in the theme discussed show how Science can be used as a context to investigate and gather data for the purpose of mathematics, and how the knowledge gained from the two can combine to make a clear context for writing. Cross curricular learning enables children to develop a holistic understanding of each and how they are used in real life situations. Literature suggests children are more engaged within this type of learning, mainly due to the hands on approach. Therefore, for my future practice I endeavour to plan creative learning experiences that combine a number of subjects together in a cross curricular way to ensure my pupils gain a deeper understanding of the knowledge being

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