The cross-curricular teaching of IT, English and Art in Grade One at Pythagoras Academy
The core problem was that the plastic body parts cannot be attached to the vegetables on their own. Once students noticed the problem, they used their problem solving skills to figure out how to attach the parts to the vegetables. Let’s take a look at how they finally solved this problem.
First, the children brainstormed how to link the components and the vegetable bodies. Some students suggested glue, some suggested pins, and finally they agreed that they needed a connector. Under the guidance of Homeroom teachers, the students designed what the connectors should look like. They discussed practicality and appropriate sizes to fit the body parts. Then, the IT teacher assisted the children to print out the designed connectors using 3D printer. The children excitedly assembled their own vegetable dolls using the connectors.
After all the lessons have been delivered, the teachers are planning to share the short videos of the children’s stories.
The BC curriculum defines the big idea of IT as letting children develop their natural curiosity towards design. Nurturing children’s imagination means encouraging them to explore ideas and learn to change through experience. In the early years, learning is embedded in knowledge memory, cultural history and storytelling, with a focus on children’s curiosity and engagement.
With the educational philosophy of cross-curricular teaching and equal emphasis on Arts and Science, Pythagoras Academy takes “whole-person education” and “lifelong learning” as its ultimate goal in nurturing children. Pythagoras Academy firmly believes that cross-curricular learning allows the full integration of academic subjects and fine art subjects, which broadens our students’ view and perspective towards the world.