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Cross Curricular Ideas
Abel Smith Primary School in Hertford offers some cross curricular ideas from their learning with the International Primary Curriculum.
Take a look at this article from Teaching and Learning Magazine.
In this article Carol Hodge, class 5 teacher from Abel Smith Primary School in Hertford offers some ideas for cross-curricular learning within an international curriculum.
What have chocolate fridge cakes and mixing vinegar and sodium bicarbonate got to do with volcanoes? They are just two of six weeks of activities, learning in a cross-curricular way, that were part of our volcanoes and earthquakes unit; one of the themed units of our International Primary Curriculum. Here is what we did:
Launching the unit
I introduced the unit to the class through a ‘disaster day’ where we imagined the school was a safety zone, an area designated safe from a volcano. It gave the children a real sense of how a disaster such as an earthquake or volcano immediately impacts every single person. The children all took part in setting up their safety zone. It was a huge success.
The following day we did a knowledge harvest to identify what we already knew about earthquakes and volcanoes. There was a little bit of knowledge but absolutely no understanding. I encouraged the children to think about what they had at home linked to earthquakes or volcanoes that they could bring in and share with the rest of the class. Someone brought in a piece of volcanic rock from Mount Vesuvius, someone else brought in a video from their holiday in Iceland flying in a helicopter over an active volcano. It gave us a wealth of resource material to directly support our learning.
A week after our knowledge harvest, the earthquake in England happened (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/humber/7266731.stm). The timing couldn’t have been better! We compiled the Abel Smith school newspaper report featuring interviews with people in school who’d experienced the quake, geographical information about the earthquake and how different areas of the country dealt it. There was some excellent research and recording work and lots of great descriptive writing because it was real and relevant. We watched the Newsround investigations. The language that the children were hearing linked directly to their learning in the classroom putting it all into context. This was a good example for me about being prepared to be flexible. It was an opportunity that was totally unanticipated but I just had to grab it because the learning experience that it provided was phenomenal.
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