The Body: Enquiry

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What would be the benefits for children’s learning if we were to take a more integrated approach to the different subjects that relate to knowledge of the body, health and wellbeing?

Enquiry question

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We invite classroom teachers, curriculum leaders, parents and other interested persons to give us feedback on our new life-based learning themes.

The Body learning domain [outlined in the proposed MAC learning programme] identifies four study action areas which integrate children’s knowledge about and care of the body:

  1. A whole-school activity programme
  2. Physical development
  3. Learning about the body
  4. Looking after the body

An example of children learning about the body and care of the body across different subjects is the December 2014 National Curriculum in England framework document. It identifies body-related knowledge in the separate subject areas of science, design and technology, physical education and PSHE (Core Theme: Health and Wellbeing).

In contrast, MAC integrates children’s learning about the body and how to look after it. This includes provision for daily exercise, which some schools have already incorporated into the school day (via the Daily Mile, for example). MAC recommends this for all schools.


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