We use cross-curricular learning to teach the majority of history, geography and science knowledge at Greet. We believe that cross-curricular work offers a creative way to develop children's knowledge, skills and understanding while motivating them to learn through stimulating, interconnected topics. A study which crosses subject boundaries allows for investigations that engage children's imagination. It also gives teachers opportunities to encourage active enquiry, taking the initiative, and discussion and debate by children.
Through our cross-curricular teaching we ensure there is curriculum breadth and balance. This is considered at the long-term planning stage. Long-term plans ensure that the National Curriculum for Science, History, Geography, Art and DT are followed closely so that pupils receive their entitlement to the whole primary curriculum.
Links are made between subjects where there is a genuine connection between them, not all units include elements of history, science and geography; there is usually just one or two lead subjects which then provide a framework and a focus for the unit. The knowledge and skills for each subject are only taught where it occurs naturally however these are carefully mapped out across individual year groups and across the school to ensure breadth and coverage of the national curriculum.
Within the unit overviews and learning journeys the learning objectives for each separate subject and links to the national curriculum are included. Even though the teaching may be integrated, objectives are identified (within planning and to the pupils) as history, geography, science, art and DT. This ensures we achieve coverage of the primary curriculum overall as well as planning for progression in each subject.
Our cross curricular units have also been designed to give children key knowledge about their identity and their place in the world. We also ensure that children know how modern-day society has been shaped and the impact they can have in the future. In order to do this we have weaved five knowledge threads throughout our cross curricular teaching, the knowledge threads that appear within our cross curricular units are; ambition, equity, civilisation, sustainability and identity.
Pupils in Year 1 – 6 study a different unit every half term with an additional STEM unit overlapping October half term. Across these units pupils study science, history, geography, art and design technology. More details on what units are covered in each year group can be found on the ‘year group curriculums’ tab.