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ERIC Number: EJ1155569
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Heads, Shoulders, Knees and … Beaks?
Barber, Ruth
Primary Science, n146 p16-17 Jan 2017
For many years teachers have been planning cross-curricular lessons to develop children's knowledge and understanding in two or more subjects at the same time, with the aim of showing children how to transfer skills from one subject to another and give greater purpose to their learning. However, following the revisions to the National Curriculum in England (DfE, 2013a), with its significantly raised expectations in English and mathematics, much of teachers' time and energy has been spent ensuring coverage and depth in the planning of these two discrete subjects. In order to fit more science lessons into a limited number of hours, teachers need to teach truly cross-curricular lessons. In this article, Ruth Barber explains how teachers at Wallace Fields Infant School and Nursery in Surrey took initial inspiration in their cross-curricular planning from a Hamilton Trust lesson plan, which suggested that year 1 children (ages 5-6) rewrite the popular children's song "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" to include other parts of the human body.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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