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Cross-curricular Approaches to Teaching and Learning
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Cross-curricular Approaches to Teaching and Learning

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October 2009 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
What does an integrated primary curriculum look like? How can cross-curricular work help children to learn more effectively?

With practical ideas on how to join-up the primary curriculum, Cross-Curricular approaches to the primary curriculum uses history and geography to explore different contexts and strategies for making links between subjects, so that learning is more integrated and relevant to learners. It also demonstrates how these subjects can serve as the basis upon which values can be developed in the curriculum. There are powerful case studies, including examples of pupils' work and talk, and teachers' reflections. A companion website contains further examples.

Chris Rowley and Hilary Cooper bring together a group of practising teachers and university tutors who offer suggestions on cross-curricular approaches to teaching, keeping values education at the heart. This book will be invaluable to practising primary teachers, student teachers and all those involved in curriculum design.

Chris Rowley is in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cumbria and is a Member of the Geographical Association and SAPERE, The Society to Advance Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education.

Dr Hilary Cooper is Professor of History and Pedagogy at the University of Cumbria Ambleside Campus


Chris Rowley & Hilary Cooper
Cross-curricular learning and the development of values
Jan Ashbridge and Jo Josephinou
Who am I? How can we learn to value ourselves and others through thematic work supporting the development of children's knowledge and understanding of the world in the Foundation Stage
Hugh Moore
Where do I come from? History linked to mathematics, geography and language
Chris Barlow & Andrea Brook
Valuing my place: How can collaborative work between geography and art help make the usual become unusual?
Rob Wheatley
Learning to value another place: Promoting cross-curricular learning with geography and ICT through a local school link
Sue Temple with Lisa MacGregor
Challenging my preconceived ideas: An alternative to Florence Nightingale for a history focused cross-curricular theme with RE
Jen Ager
Comparing my life today with someone's in the past: History, geography, literacy, mathematics, science, art, design and technology
Chris Rowley
Thinking through environmental values: Planning for a long term cross-curricular theme using local change and partnership - geography, art and science
Martin Skelton and Graham Reeves
What it means for primary-aged children to be internationally minded: The contribution of geography and history
Donna Hurford
Using dialogue to engage children with challenging ideas: Geography and global citizenship
Chris Rowley and Hilary Cooper
Conclusion

Good range of curricular areas used to explore links across the primary curriculum
Good balance of underlying theory and practical case studies for student and practising teachers to engage with and reflect upon for own practice.
Considering the apparent lack of confidence in teaching mathematics in a cross-curricular way, it’s a shame this area isn’t more widely included. To quote Barlow and Brook (page 54) one could substitute mathematics into the sentence….. mathematics “is about thinking creatively, solving problems, working co-operatively, and developing observant and curious young people”!!

Dr Elizabeth Jackson
Faculty of Education, University of Cumbria
February 24, 2011

We shall certainly recommend both the early years and general primary trainees to read this book as part of our cross thematic short course

Mrs Lorna Hill
Primary PGCE, University of Birmingham
September 14, 2010

This book will be useful for a variety of modules as a supplement to extend and challenge our learners to develop a broader range of viewpoints. I can see it becoming used on a variety of modules and whenever we discuss planning and approaches to planning in my area particularly.

The format of the book is engaging and well- structured to lead the reader through a variety of focus areas.

Mrs Su Lowe
Education , University of Cumbria
May 4, 2010

Well written material from a good range of experts; the theme of cross-curricularity runs through the book but there is a wide variety of useful example and case studies. Good illustrations, diagrams, tables etc. Extensive references at the end of each section. A valuable addition to this area.

Dr Richard Greenwood
Primary Education, Stranmillis University College
November 23, 2009
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Chapters 6 & 7