This resource supports and encourages the use of books in interdisciplinary projects across your school.
Watch this short video to find out more about key area 2.2.2 Interdisciplinary book projects. This is part of our series of webinar shorts, 5 to 10 minute training videos focusing on each key area of the Reading Schools framework.
Books can be drawn into a number of subjects and a good knowledge of those texts can help to either weave them into existing projects, or use them as a base to build rich and meaningful activities for your learners. Some schools take the traditional route of using art and creative expression, others will explore themes drawn from texts across science subjects, languages, history and modern studies. In any case, a rich catalogue of books can help create fantastic experiences for your learners while also bringing colour and vibrancy to other areas of the curriculum.
From using picture books in primary school settings to explore empathy, kindness and friendship, to using complex literature in secondary schools to examine real world events and key social issues, creating or enhancing a cross-curricular project using books can uncover a myriad of learning opportunities and offer a range of access routes for your learners to engage with activities.
We have also produced a number of resources and examples to support your interdisciplinary book projects across primary and secondary school settings; they can be used in their current form, or adapted and used as inspiration for your own book projects.
These are the resources we have produced along with other resources that you may find of interest:
- (this will open in a new window)'Tidy' cross-curricular book projects (ages 6-9, 9-11)
- (this will open in a new window)'Journey' cross-curricular book projects (ages 6-9, 9-11)
- (this will open in a new window)'The Hunger Games' cross-curricular book projects (ages 12-18)
- (this will open in a new window)'The Arrival' cross-curricular book projects (ages 12-18)
- (this will open in a new window)Interdisciplinary book projects at Cathkin High School article