Cross Curricular Learning Essay

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This assignment will discuss the challenges and benefits for pupil’s learning when Mathematics is connected to Science. This cross-curricular link has been chosen as I wish to further deepen my understanding of Science and its cross-curricular links to Mathematics. The essay will explain what role Mathematics and Science play within the National curriculum, what cross-curricularity means followed by the discussion of the challenges and benefits including examples of how these are applied in work-based practice at primary school within upper key stage 2.

The National curriculum states that in Mathematics teachers should use every relevant subject to develop pupils’ mathematical fluency. Confidence in numeracy and other mathematical skills is
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Cross-curricular experiences – where you link one core subject (Mathematics) with another (Science) – encourage the exploration of topics, problems and questions by engaging pupils in many varied mathematical opportunities (Barnes, 2012, cited in Driscoll (et al), Lambirth and Roden, 2012, p.236). Cross-curricular approaches help to make the fullest sense of the world. However, the idea of cross-curricular learning is not a new approach. Educators since the beginnings of formal education have been conscious that combined perspectives are required in order to understand aspects of physical, social or the personal world. This idea stems as far back as nearly two millennia ago by Plato (1955, p.155) who joined story, physical education and music. In his curriculum, Plato combined subjects to serve a higher goal than simple disciplinary instructions. He states…show more content…
It is clear that according to the academic literature the more you connect knowledge for a pupil the better they learn. This mode enables learners to perceive new relationships, new models and create new systems and structures in their thinking. If pupil’s capacity for critical inquiry is to be furthered, topics being studied must be located in a broader societal context, and this would be better supported by cross-curricular activities. It is unleashing the creative potential of the
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