Urban spaces cross-curricular work: Literacy

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Published: 13th January 2011

This is part of a set of subject areas also covering History, Science, and Art & Design.

Cross-curricular learning

Public spaces offer a range of opportunities for children's learning, and can enable children to investigate, observe, wonder, record and create.

The starting-point is the green man carvings often to be found on public buildings. Wikipedia has an entry for the Green Man with several images - see <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_man" onclick="this.target='_blank'">Green Man. Also ask Google Images for 'Kirtimukha' the Hindu green man. And you may have a local group of morris dancers!

You can also read about another variant on the green man, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, helped by a text-breaker. See also the text-breaker notes at the end of Reading documents.
AFTER SATS: Might you use some of the ideas in The Tempest lesson here?

There is also a pollution debate - is the area more polluted now than about 100 years ago? For this you need <a href="http://www.warwick.ac.uk/staff/D.J.Wray/Ideas/frames.html" onclick="this.target='_blank'">Writing frames by David Wray.

Questioning and speaking and listening are at the heart of this material. It is based around two key questions:

  • What is your local urban space like now, and how is it used?
  • What was it like in the past, and how was it used then?

Much of this focuses on speaking and listening, as well as on reading and writing.