Education And The National Curriculum Framework

1675 WordsApr 8, 20167 Pages
While teaching in state-maintained schools, it is necessary that the National Curriculum Framework is followed and children are taught the relevant skills and knowledge stated within each Programme of Study. Therefore, there must be structure to the lessons where these skills and knowledge are to be developed throughout the academic year. Previous teaching strategies required teachers to follow a rigid plan where each individual lesson was to last one hour and be taught at a certain time on a certain day (i.e. The Literacy Hour). These strategies are no longer necessary for teachers to follow anymore; it is now possible for teachers to integrate lessons using a central theme, enabling them to teach pupils in a more imaginative and original way, which will stimulate children’s interest and engagement whilst still developing the necessary skills and knowledge specified in the National Curriculum (Sewell, 2015). This integrated curriculum allows children to pursue learning in a holistic way without the restrictions often imposed by subject boundaries (Kelly, 2001). ‘Subject integration provides an opportunity for students to make natural and meaningful connections between and among multiple content areas’ (Bogan, King-McKenzie, & Bantwini, 2012:1055). The human brain does not separate knowledge into discrete partitions but creates a complex web of information that recognises patterns…’, thus thematic teaching works with the brain rather than counter to its natural function
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