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GA Annual Conference 2007:  GA Annual Conference 2007 Lecture Plus : Cross-curricular Initiatives Chair Professor Simon Catling Oxford Brookes Contributors: Helen Martin –Shelley Primary School Rachel Bowles – Register of Research Jane Whittle :Edwalton Primary School Cross-Curricular Initiatives A Multitude of variations:  Cross-Curricular Initiatives A Multitude of variations Helen has given a very clear picture of how developing a cross curricular initiative works in her school and the results are shown in the Primary Exhibition on the gallery Also shown are the children’s work from schools beginning to follow a similar journey Other Ways:  Other Ways Importing technical and creative help such as the Creative Partnerships scheme run by the Arts Council Using the Curriculum Partnerships Primary Project Box Using the whole school initiative in becoming an Eco or a Healthy School Using the Geography Teaching Today CPD seminars online or face to face. Getting started:  Think about your discussions with your neighbour Think about what to discuss with your colleagues in school Consider the next slide – what kind of variations would you need for your school? Remember you are taking the National Curriculum guidance for your learning journey Getting started Cross-Curricular Initiative Routes:  Cross-Curricular Initiative Routes English and Mathematics with : Environmental Studies Science, Geography, Art, PE, Fieldwork History, Geography, Science, D&T, PE, RE Thematic Work Art; Mu; DT; Sc; PL; RE;,PE; ICT; Hi; Gg Creativity Art; Mu; DT; Sc; PL; RE;,PE; ICT; Hi; Gg Citizenship Art; Mu; DT; Sc; PL; RE;,PE; ICT; Hi; Gg Sustainability Art; Mu; DT; Sc; PL; RE;,PE; ICT; Hi; Gg Eco-Schools Art; Mu; DT; Sc; PL; RE;,PE; ICT; Hi; Gg Templates for Action:  Templates for Action Helen and the routes diagram have shown that to be cross curricular you are actually ensuring : Core subject and thinking skills are used to bring clarity and understanding to a large body of other subject information Science and Foundation subjects bring their own skills to develop understanding of the principles and concepts in Mathematics and English All the subjects are required to understand the concepts of citizenship, sustainability and environmental care. Logistics:  Logistics You need to set aside staff meeting time at least at the beginning of each term to organise the whole school medium term plan One successful school I know met in year groups each week and allocated preparation round the groups ( students included) – and at this point the coordinators, moving between years, could cover for progression. It is possible to have teachers following individual subject activities but incorporating the theme at appropriate points across a few subjects. This happened at Jubilee School next Another look at the Creative project ‘You are Here’ History, Geography and Art :  Another look at the Creative project ‘You are Here’ History, Geography and Art Jubilee Primary School ,Stoke Newington develops thinking skills and mental/mind maps in each class and with each project in conjunction with the principles of Howard Gardner's ‘7 intelligences’. They regularly work with artists from Creative Partnerships In Spring 2006 Year 1, 3, 4 and 5 used geographical mapping skills and art materials to make creative works of art Year One : Stick Man walked from landmark to land mark:  Year One : Stick Man walked from landmark to land mark Year 3 Mental Symbol Map and Felt map based on an aerial view of Hackney:  Year 3 Mental Symbol Map and Felt map based on an aerial view of Hackney Year 4 Used Wilmington Man and grid mapped a skeleton:  Year 4 Used Wilmington Man and grid mapped a skeleton Year 5 Lungs = leaves and were mapped using acetate gel :  Year 5 Lungs = leaves and were mapped using acetate gel See Jubilee School Summer 2006 1:  Jubilee School Summer 2006 1 Jubilee were awarded a Frederick Soddy Trust Travel grant at the Annual Conference 2006 This enabled classes to visit the National Maritime Museum ( Tudor maps and navigators) Slide14:  the Royal Geographical Society (Role play as new trainees (boffins) for using photographs and maps to prepare maps for a Northern France landing ( D-Day) Jubilee School Summer 2006 2:  Jubilee School Summer 2006 2 AND the Epping Forest FSC Centre where they were taught survival skills as well as mapping skills The grease paint helps Resources to help:  Resources to help Case studies on the Creative Partnership site which gives examples and case studies Global Dimension case studies Citizenship AND Subject Associations Curriculum Partnership:  Subject Associations Curriculum Partnership Primary Project Box :  Primary Project Box Written by teachers for teachers, the Primary Project Box contains five themed teaching units in booklet form, each with its own multimedia CD and web pages on the Subject Association website With links to individual association web pages PPB Contents 1 :  PPB Contents 1 The theme, ‘Our School/Our World’, develops subject knowledge and skills within the coherence of children’s experience. The lessons focus on Art, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, PE, Primary Languages and RE. Design and Technology and ICT are covered in detail in the teachers’ guide Teaching out of the box. PPB Contents 2:  PPB Contents 2 Pack contents: Unit 1: Our classroom and our school Unit 2: Inside, outside Unit 3: Our wider world Unit 4: Our changing world Unit 5: Our future world Teachers’ guide: Teaching out of the box Slide22:  Possible Questions and Themes for use in and around the classroom and school Whole School Approaches:  Whole School Approaches The Eco School site has many case studies explains the whole project clarifies much of the intentions with Scottish case studies similarly for Welsh schools Eco Schools – Two examples :  Eco Schools – Two examples Stifford Primary school has a long tradition of taking weeks ‘off-timetable’ i.e. weeks where the skills and knowledge of each subject area are subsumed to a common theme. E.g. an Enterprise Week to improve the school grounds, a Creative Arts Week looking at different continents, a Millennium Week and a World of Work Week. These weeks provide opportunities for creative planning, for involving the community and for giving impetus to whole school initiatives. All of these had a strong geographical bias; Slide28:  Stifford used these weeks over two years to develop a programme which led to the highest , Green Flag level at the first attempt – which they have retained There was a short and medium term Action Plan of small actions The long term plan involved curriculum development of a full range of sustainable topics Action Plan : Long Term Curriculum :  Investigate the packaging issue. Science, Geography, History , D&T, Maths Literacy Investigate use of local artist to construct sculptures based upon continents fauna and flora. Geography, Science, History, Art, RE, Consider a raised pond. D&T, Science, Geography, Also Create a meadow area. and log pile habitat Monitor water and energy usage and reduce waste Science, Geography, Mathematics, PSHE, History. Research the possibilities of using renewable forms of energy -wind turbines -solar energy.'... D&T, Science, Geography, History, Mathematics Action Plan : Long Term Curriculum Links with Government policy:  Links with Government policy Stifford's ideas were developing in 2002 – 4 The diagram below came out in 2006 See Eastchurch School had implemented in all zones in the diagram and has been a Green Flag school for over 6 years Themes or ‘doorways’:  Themes or ‘doorways’ 3 East Church , Sheppey Maths, Science and Geography :  East Church , Sheppey Maths, Science and Geography Using data from their own solar panels Geography Teaching Today 1:  Geography Teaching Today 1 In the classroom, there are three bundles of energy or ‘resources’: the teacher, the learners and the subject. Each brings something different. We use these three in combination literally to ‘make the curriculum’ experience. Each of our own circumstances is unique in certain ways, so we often create our own local solutions to the curriculum. Here you can learn about some of the materials and approaches to topics that teachers have developed including cross-curricular approaches Geography Teaching Today 2:  Geography Teaching Today 2 Three CPD units 1. Primary Geography and ICT exploit your school’s ICT facilities to:  bring the world into your classroom?  access images of people, places and environments?  explore the spatial dimension through on-line mapping?  raise your pupils’ awareness of the impact of ICT on our changing world? . Geography Teaching Today 3:  Geography Teaching Today 3 Primary Geography and Citizenship How can geography in your school:  develop pupils’ understanding of their place?  help pupils to voice their views on improvements to their place?  develop a sense of being a part of the global as well as the local? Geography Teaching Today 4:  Geography Teaching Today 4 Primary Geography and Sustainable Development How can we:  educate for the future through real world issues?  develop through the geography curriculum the idea of living sustainably?  enhance understanding of our everyday lives through geographical understanding? Other possibilities Allocate pairs or more of subjects:  Other possibilities Allocate pairs or more of subjects With your neighbours decide what could be done in your school area to bring home the following points about an Olympic Games based in the UK Practice areas –swimming, football, gymnastics and so on. Do you have a velodrome near you?? Tourist places Open space New housing – where do you put displaced people? Long term residents? Immigrants? Travellers? Activities :  Activities What could your school do for Olympic inspired activities Re. using and making maps Investigating transport access and green transport Consequences of using existing sport venues e.g. Football stadia 4 Consequences of converting venues e.g. Greenwich Park, Horse Guards Parade - 5 Consequences of creating new stadia and Halls Consider local possibilities first and implications Role Play /De Bono Thinking skills Spectator and Athletes needs. Olympic maps :  Olympic maps What kind of map skills can you do with the map resources on the Olympic site ? Think of combining with Art to produce a legible, understandable map Use aerial views and maps for inspiration but art materials for construction Could the official maps be improved? Slide40:  The 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London will be based on an Olympic zone around Stratford in east London Olympic maps 1 Image removed for copyright reasons Slide41: Olympic maps 2 Image removed for copyright reasons Slide42: Olympic maps 3 Image removed for copyright reasons Slide43:  http://www.london2012.c om/en/news/press+room/Images/maps.htm Olympic maps 4 Image removed for copyright reasons Slide44:  Hampden Park Glasgow Football Millennium Stadium Cardiff Football Weymouth Portland Sailing St James's Park Newcastle Footbvall Old Trafford Manchester Football Villa Park Birmingham Football Weald Country Park , Essex Mountain Biking Further possibilities:  Further possibilities Green transport and its implications For school For the local Area For those adjacent to Olympic stadia For those travelling to the Olympic venues Think about the resources needed and research into a range of modes of transport. Whole School Possibilities :  Whole School Possibilities You may be an eco school and already do much – could this be increased- what are the implications You may be a healthy school – can you grow your own vegetables - what are the implications Move from local implications to national global implications – i.e. Olympic Green Thinking up an Eco - Code:  Thinking up an Eco - Code We love our planet We protect living things We re-cycle what we can We are water watchers We put litter in the bin We respect others Add at least three more actions What do children want to buy for their school? Do they have a real say in improving their environment?:  What do children want to buy for their school? Do they have a real say in improving their environment? This School Council voted to spend money on plants. Their treasurer was still smiling after paying for this lot. School Councils should have their own budget! The three slides above are from a slide show by Paula Owen on the GTT site Vol 1 Table 5.5 Environmental management :  Vol 1 Table 5.5 Environmental management Towards a One Planet Olympics Sport Environment Commmunity • Promoting healthier lifestyles • Fostering excellence • Engaging young people • Increasing participation • Low carbon games • Zero waste games • Conserving biodiversity • Promoting environmental awareness and partnerships • Celebrating culture and diversity • Improving skill levels • Boosting enterprise and economic development • Improving quality of life Source publications/Candidatefile/Candidatefile.htm Vol 1 Creating ownership and Fun:  Creating ownership and Fun Towards a One Planet School Sport Environment Community 1._______________________________________________________ 2._______________________________________________________ 3._______________________________________________________ 4._______________________________________________________ 5._______________________________________________________

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