The desire to form cross-curricular links is often expressed by teachers, and education professionals. This can be particularly difficult when dealing with pupils for whom English is a second language, it is often tricky for these pupils to access the higher level material required to fully engage with the subject. However, new research has shown that learning English as an alternative language through science has been shown to be effective. The Primary Science Teaching Trust has developed this new learning approach (PSTT, n.d.), the approach is called "Thinking Science".

The project aims to take advantage of the logic skills often associated with science, and provide a real life background for this knowledge of Language. It is our feeling, here at blen that taking advantage of cross-curricular methods is advantageous to the learning process.


THINKING IN SCIENCE - CURRICULUM MATERIALS | PRIMARY SCIENCE TEACHING TRUST (n.d.). Thinking in Science - Curriculum Materials | Primary Science Teaching Trust. [online] Available at: [Accessed 31 Mar. 2017].

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A recent study has been done of Primary Schools in the UK.

The study shows that 20.1% of students at Primary School are exposed to a language other than English at home.

What challenges does this present in the classroom? What can be done to help these pupils achieve good grades in English?

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