2nd Edition

Cross-Curricular Teaching in the Primary School
Planning and facilitating imaginative lessons

ISBN 9781138787919
Published February 16, 2015 by Routledge
272 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

How can teaching across the curriculum improve children’s learning?

How can you plan meaningful, imaginative topic work? 

Cross-Curricular Teaching in the Primary School helps teachers plan a more imaginative, integrated curriculum by presenting in accessible language a rationale and framework for teaching across the subjects. This second edition has been fully updated in light of the new curriculum, and shows how cross-curricular work can contribute to deeper subject knowledge.

Illustrated throughout with examples of effective topic work in successful schools, this book provides guidance on the underpinning theory and strategies to facilitate cross-curricular work with young children. With a new structure to emphasise the importance of careful planning and preparation, issues covered include:

  • How children learn
  • The theory and rationale behind the cross-curricular approach
  • Developing the curriculum and lesson planning
  • Teaching and learning in an integrated way at KS1 and KS2
  • Cross-curricular approaches for maths
  • Whole school approaches and team teaching for cross-curricular teaching
  • The role of support staff in cross-curricular teaching
  • Improving children’s thinking skills
  • Supporting children with special needs
  • Using new media and drama to facilitate cross-curricular learning
  • Assessing cross-curricular learning.

Cross-Curricular Teaching in the Primary School provides much needed support for busy student and practising teachers. Packed with practical ideas, it offers an accessible guide to all aspects of introducing an integrated curriculum.

Table of Contents

PART 1 Some theoretical issues 1. Introducing cross-curricular teaching: the conceptual underpinning 2. Learning, cognition and cross-curricular teaching PART 2 Cross-curricular learning and teaching in EYFS and Key Stage 1 1. Cross-curricular teaching to support child-initiated learning in EYFS and Key stage 1 2. The cross-curricular approach in Key Stage 1 PART 3 Cross-curricular learning and teaching in Key Stage 2 1. The cross-curricular approach in Key Stage 2 2. Mainly mathematics: cross-curricular activities in key stage 2 PART 4 Helping exceptional pupils in cross-curricular lessons 1. Inclusion in cross-curricular context 2. The most able within an integrated curriculum at KS2 3. The contribution of support staff to cross-curricular learning: strengths and issues PART 5 Planning and assessing cross-curricular work 1. Planning and preparation for cross-curricular learning and teaching 2. Assessment for cross-curricular learning and teaching PART 6 Some specific techniques for cross-curricular teaching and learning 1. The role of media in cross-curricular teaching 2. Team teaching: an advanced skill to support cross-curricular learning PART 7 Drawing together the threads of cross-curricular thinking 1. Questioning the supremacy of ‘disciplines’: some conclusions and recommendations Index

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Trevor Kerry is the University of Lincoln’s first Emeritus Professor, and Visiting Professor at Bishop Grosseteste University.


'Overall, this is an excellent and reassuring book, giving all school staff the confidence to embed the approach.'- Sarah Brew, Parents in Touch