Fulbridge Academy, a primary academy based in Peterborough, explains how they have been using DKfindout! to create cross-curriculum lesson plans
As a school we love using DKfindout! It’s a fantastic interactive resource to use with the children to promote independent learning and allows the kids to investigate facts and educate themselves.
We started using DKfindout! in the autumn term 2014 although we have been using the books in the school for years. www.dkfindout.com has high quality images to stimulate discussion, it is a safe and reliable source for information and, best of all, it’s FREE! We also love it as it provides kids with an opportunity to learn for themselves allowing us as teachers to facilitate learning rather than owning the learning.
Who are we?
Fulbridge Academy is a large 3 form entry, moving to 4 form entry primary academy with significant ethnic diversity in a high deprivation area. In 2012 we achieved Outstanding under Ofsted and before that we were a National School of Creativity. We are a topic-based, cross curricular school who value creativity and free thinking. Recently we have joined the Cambridge Primary Review Trust and are working with leading educational practitioners, including Michelle Larbey, Jonathon Solity, David Reedy and Alan Peat. As a school we are a pioneer in Life after levels, having worked with and designed a course for Pearson on the subject.
How to use DKfindout!
Here we will take you through an example of how we have been using DKfindout! to conduct cross curriculum lessons.
The lesson opened with “The Big Question”: What can we discover about the Pyramids? We began by exploring DKfindout! together and then allowed the kids to discover the sections through questioning. We wanted the children to discover the link between the pyramids, and other areas of the national curriculum on the class iPads. DKfindout! is a web based, cross platform resource that the children can access on any device with an internet connection.
We began by looking at real pyramids, then discussed properties of square based pyramids and related this to 3D shape knowledge. The next questions we posed was: What other shapes would be good as a structure for a building? This was the maths element of the lesson. We then focused on literacy by creating a proposal about how the pyramids might have been made and what we have learnt about the shape the Egyptians chose. The kids were asked to present their findings to the class. Following this we discussed, as a group, that we need to write in past tense and modal verbs to show our understanding of the past. The literacy section of DKfindout! gave children an understanding of the meta language and features we were using, while the history section provided the information and the historical facts.
So why DKfindout?
DKfindout! engages the kids with their education and motivates them to learn more for themselves. It enables us as adults - and teachers - to become a facilitator and create ‘awe and wonder moments’ with ease. It enables deeper learning in a breadth of subjects: history, maths, science, English, and geography. In our example lesson, DKfindout! enabled the kids to not only gain a good understanding of the Ancient Egyptians but also allowed us educators to incorporate other areas of the national curriculum into the lesson seamlessly.
Written by Ben Erskine, Vice Principle
Andrew Currie, Reading Coordinator
Rhys Maddox, Digital Media Coordinator
All from Fulbridge Academy