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Cross-curricular teaching in the primary school: planning and facilitating imaginative lessons

Cross-curricular teaching in the primary school: planning and facilitating imaginative lessons

Kerry, Trevor, editor

How can teaching across the curriculum improve children's learning? How can you plan meaningful, imaginative topic work? Cross-Curricular Teaching in the Primary Schoolhelps 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 Schoolprovides 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

Book. English.
Second edition.
Published London: Routledge, 2015

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Statement of responsibility: edited by Trevor Kerry
ISBN: 1138787914, 9781138787919
Note: Includes bibliographies and index.
Note: Previous edition: 2011.
Note: Includes index.
Physical Description: xxii, 272 pages : illustrations (black and white), tables ; 25 cm.
Subject: Education, Elementary Curricula.; Elementary school teaching.


  1. PART 1 Some theoretical issues1. Introducing cross-curricular teaching: the conceptual underpinning 2. Learning, cognition and cross-curricular teaching
  2. PART 2 Cross-curricular learning and teaching in EYFS and Key Stage
  3. 1. Cross-curricular teaching to support child-initiated learning in EYFS and Key stage 1 2. The cross-curricular approach in Key Stage 1
  4. PART 3 Cross-curricular learning and teaching in Key Stage
  5. 1. The cross-curricular approach in Key Stage 2 2. Mainly mathematics: cross-curricular activities in key stage 2
  6. PART 4 Helping exceptional pupils in cross-curricular lessons
  7. 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
  8. PART 5 Planning and assessing cross-curricular work
  9. 1. Planning and preparation for cross-curricular learning and teaching 2. Assessment for cross-curricular learning and teaching
  10. PART 6 Some specific techniques for cross-curricular teaching and learning
  11. 1. The role of media in cross-curricular teaching 2. Team teaching: an advanced skill to support cross-curricular learning
  12. PART 7 Drawing together the threads of cross-curricular thinking
  13. 1. Questioning the supremacy of 'disciplines': some conclusions and recommendations Index

Author note

Trevor Kerryis the University of Lincoln's first Emeritus Professor, and Visiting Professor at Bishop Grosseteste University.