Children as Researchers

Beekeeping and Cross-Curriculum Learning

Challenging students to think deeply and make connections is not always easy, but can pay dividends in the long run. Julie McGrane and David Leat show how Thinking Skills can be employed in an innovative, cross-curriculum approach.
Students in beekeeping clothing examining bees on a screen.

The challenge of securing good progress and raising standards of attainment in core subjects has been a constant in the lives of primary school teachers over the last decade. But there is a change afoot. While progress in maths and English remain central, the wider primary curriculum is under scrutiny. Ensuring this ‘broad and balanced curriculum’ (Ofsted School Inspection Handbook) provides an exciting opportunity for schools to re-evaluate their curriculum.

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