Various UK based primary practitioners have recently been blogging on the benefits, pitfalls and idiosyncrasies of using ‘topic’ based learning in the National Curriculum. I’ve enjoyed reading these, an interesting range of views have been aired and there have also been some nostalgic glances back to ‘topic webs’ etc.
Teachers in UK schools may be interested to know about The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme’s take on cross-curricular or ‘trans-disciplinary’ learning.
The PYP has at its heart a Programme of Inquiry which is structured around 6 Trans-disciplinary themes, which students return to on an annual basis; these are:
Who we are—an inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.
Where we are in place and time—an inquiry into orientation in place and…
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