Boxing it up - a cross-curricular approach

Wesley Till
1996, Vol. 1, No. 1,


This article describes how the DATA primary unit of work on packaging was also used as a basis for cross-curricular activities.

A few months ago my colleagues and I set about writing a scheme of work for design and technology for our school. We initially discussed and identified the specific opportunities, skills, and areas of knowledge and understanding that would be covered during each year. Together with our overall theme plan we then identified units of work which could be used to ensure coverage of the Programme of Study for design and technology. We used many of the units from the DATA Guidance Materials for Key Stages 1 and 2, and in a similar style, we are writing other units to fit into other theme and curriculum links. Put together, these combined units of work will eventually form our scheme of work for design and technology.

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