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Cross-curricular learning

The subjects at Wincham are organised into cross curricular themes or topics, taking learning objectives from the National Curriculum, but making the most of natural links between subject areas.  For example, a History topic about the Greeks lends itself to lessons about modern democracy as well as learning about the Golden Ratio in Maths and Art.  Each topic may last for a half or a whole term.  Wherever possible, the book being used in the English lessons will link to the topic. Key to all of this is developing an understanding of the global citizenship - preparing our children for life in the modern world.  To do this, we make the most of our links with Njoro DEB Primary School in Kenya, as well as explicit teaching about the Global Goals to ensure that chidren understand the relevance of their learning.

Key principles for our cross curricular teaching:

  • A key question forms the focus for the topic eg What did the Romans ever do for us? Who’s Afraid Of the Big Bad Wolf?  Can you travel around the world in 80 days?

  • Skills and knowledge based objectives are from the National Curriculum, using the non-statutory content as support 

  • There will be an exciting ‘hook’ for learning eg wearing historical costumes and food tasting/ ice sculpting to empathise with Arctic explorers/ a trip or visitor to school which then inspires the learning 

  • Wherever possible, the book for the half term links to the topic 

  • Links between Science and topic work will be made wherever possible

  • Links to Global Goals to show the children how what we learn impacts others around the world.

  • A pre learning mind map is completed by all children in or before week 1.  The pre learning mind map is used to inform teaching content. The skills that are taught remain the same, but if lots of children want to know about the Roman army, that becomes the focus of the teaching skills, not other things the children already have some knowledge of.  This is balanced carefully by the teahers to ensure the statutory content of the National Curriculum is covered.

  • Post learning mind maps are completed at the end of a topic to show progress.

  • Child generated key questions form part of the classroom display so that the work done over time answers those questions.

  • Links to Computing skills eg planned teaching of digital literacy as part of the Geography curriculum. 

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