Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Humanities - Form an Alliance: Resources

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Humanities - Form an Alliance: Resources

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Join forces to enrich learning through cross-curricular work.

My smile is fixed on my face, but my heart sinks. I've just been approached by a young science teacher eager to "do something cross- curricular" with the history department.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for experimenting with different ways to teach. But "cross-curricular project" used to make me think of well- meaning schemes utterly lacking in rigour. Could cross-curricular projects work if you started with what you would like your pupils to know? I would love pupils studying the Renaissance, for example, to have more exposure to the music of the period - could the music department help?

Or perhaps the art department could advise my Year 11s, studying the Spanish Civil War, on the story behind Picasso's Guernica. Renaissance art emphasised the true human form and experimented with perspective. Could the art teacher also give guidance on which paintings would best complement historical study of this period of change?

We look at some of the great discoveries and inventions of the Industrial Revolution in Year 8, but we history teachers are not experts on the "how". The science department could advise us on ways of adapting a lesson to reveal the science behind the invention. …

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