As well as learning within discreet subject areas, teachers have worked on updating our previous themes/topics in line with Curriculum for Excellence so that our interdisciplinary learning has a clearer focus on the learning and the relevance of this learning to the world beyond the classroom. Experiences and outcomes from two or three curriculum areas combine to give children a wide range of experiences so that our pupils can make connections across curricular areas.
At St Gerardine we have organised the contexts of our interdisciplinary learning within a framework of themes:
- Carrying Capacity
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Equity and Justice
- Uncertainty and Precaution
Teachers work with their stage partners (across three classes or trios) to plan and deliver their interdisciplinary learning, focusing on the “big ideas” which bind together the experiences and outcomes within the theme or context.
We encourage children to be involved at the planning stage, discussing what they already know as well as what they would like to find out. There are also elements of the learning where children can pursue their own interests and personal learning choices. Most of our children really enjoy their interdisciplinary learning and are enthusiastic and motivated by a broad variety of different themes.
Some of our contexts have included outdoor learning visits to the local area supported by parents or by community partners, for example, studying food webs in the local woodlands. Classes often invite parents in at the end of a block of interdisciplinary learning to share with them what they have been finding out and show them their work and the skills they have learnt.