Cross Curricular Learning

Cross Curricular Learning

We are very excited about the use of our ‘big books’ and how we capture Cross Curriculum learning. Cross Curricular or project based learning is hugely engaging and designed to ensure that all of our children succeed and love to learn. Children can see the relevance of their learning to the world around them and understand the way that different aspects of their work link together as they investigate an “essential question” across a term.

This approach involves taking a more creative approach towards the planning and delivery of lessons in order to immerse the children in their topic and create a “need to know” as they prepare work for their exhibitions at the end of each term. The knowledge that an authentic audience will see their work gives the motivation to ensure that it is completed to the highest possible standard.

At Leedstown, we have a big book which captures the evidence of children’s questions and responses. These have proven to be a fantastic resource and the children are able to use these to talk about their learning very effectively and independently.

Some key aspects of project based learning are:

Personalised Learning At Leedstown, we endeavour to find out what interests the children and how they want to learn. Children have the opportunity to contribute to their learning with ideas for their projects. We plan and design learning opportunities that are relevant and engaging and have real world outcomes

Project Based Learning Children gain knowledge and skills by investigating and responding to an “essential question” across a term. Project based learning involves several skills and stages which are embedded across the curriculum, enabling clear links to be made.

Environmental Stimulus Learning environments take on the appearance of a time, place or event being explored and are changed with every new theme. Classrooms have a variety of flexible learning spaces, which can be adapted for different lessons and which allow children to make decisions about how they would like to learn.

Challenge Based Learning Children apply skills to real life problems and are encouraged to use a range of resources and approaches; the children start with a challenge and can then make their own choices to solve the problem, often working with others to do so.

Engagement Pedagogy The curriculum is planned around a termly theme which drives the children’s learning and the teachers’ planning ensuring an integrated, cross-curricular approach. Themes are complemented by visits / visitors and real-life tasks. Core subjects are integrated into the theme.