Interdisciplinary Learning (IDL) is one of the four contexts within Curriculum for Excellence which states that: ‘The curriculum should include space/opportunities that enable children and young people to make connections between different areas of learning’ Curriculum for Excellence.
At Kemnay Academy, pupils in S1 and S2 personalise their curriculum by choosing from a range of stimulating, relevant and challenging IDL experiences. The IDL experiences enable our learners develop transferable skills while focusing on appropriately grouped experiences and outcomes, which gives them the opportunity to make meaningful connections between subject areas across the curriculum. In their curriculum, our pupils develop transferable skills for life, learning and work, with opportunities to visit places and work with visitors to our school.
If you would like to find out more or support our IDL experiences, please contact Mr C MacKenzie, PT Curriculum via the school office.
S1 IDL Experiences (2019-2020)
School of Rock
Pupils work with both ICT & Enterprise and Music to develop leadership skills, organisation, social skills, musicianship and teamwork skills. In Music pupils are given the opportunity to form bands with their peers, play a range of instruments and learn and perform two songs of their choice in their groups. In ICT & Enterprise, pupils are given the opportunity to design the identity of the band, including merchandise. They consider the marketing mix and how to apply this to generate success, as well as planning a tour of various venues.
CSI:Kemnay is aimed at providing pupils with evidence based problem-solving skills. Increasing their resilience in learning, building on skills in; analysis, practical skills and creative writing. This gives pupils experience of debating, teamwork and intricate, hands-on practical.
Bees, Birds and Biodiversity – Art in Nature
Students have opportunities to investigate the living environment around the school. They explore the school grounds to survey and identify different species, learn about taking images of nature and propose and plan projects to improve the school grounds for biodiversity. They develop transferable skills such as topic research, observation, group work, and how to engage responsibly outdoors in a sustainable and safe manner. They develop their digital literacy by using technology to plan their projects and collaboratively reflect on their learning on platforms such as Teams.
Engineering in the Movies
Engineering in the Movies allows students to explore the creative and practical side of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) in the movie industry, while introducing the important roles engineers have in the movie industry. Through a range of activities, pupils will see how the subjects they learn in school can be applied in real-world engineering.
A range of movies across the decades, from The Wizard of Oz to San Andreas, influence the activities pupils participate in. Through exploring these movies pupils will discover careers such as: Computer Software Engineers, Animators, Mechanical Engineers, Prop Designers, Chemical Engineers and Light and Sound Engineers.
The learning experiences for students will vary as they work through their movies, some requiring independent learning and others focussing on team work. Through these experiences students will develop skills including leadership, teamwork, presentation and communication alongside numeracy, literacy and health and wellbeing.
Nutrition for sport – fuelling the body for top level performance
This course has 2 areas that are covered, first of all in theory classes pupils work through a range of lessons including sensory tasting of sports drinks, cereal bars and sport snacks, pupils then evaluate the sugar/fat/salt content and discuss suitability for sport. The practical lessons that follow are based on introducing starchy carbohydrate dishes to the pupils: each recipe has identified the ingredients rich in carbohydrate. The nutritional message is that starchy carbohydrates rich in fibre provide slow release energy for sustained physical activities.
In PE, pupils learn how athletes develop their performance. Pupils complete a range of fitness testing, followed by looking at how we improve fitness and the impact this has on our performance in sports. Pupils also complete skills testing and looked at the way in which we develop skills, from beginner through to expert, in a variety of team sports.
S2 IDL Experiences (2019-2020)
Mental Health and Wellbeing
During the Mental Health and Wellbeing IDL, pupils have the opportunity to investigate different mental health conditions and the stigma related to these. The pupils have a chance to experience different coping strategies for these conditions such as: learning new skills, engaging in outdoor learning, being mindful, giving back and becoming more physically resilient. Throughout the IDL the pupils are responsible for researching and presenting on a chosen charity. The pupils then take part in a “3 peaks Bennachie challenge” to fundraise for their chosen charity.
During the Film Making IDL, pupils work in groups learning about different structures within genres of Drama and entertainment. They watch and discuss storylines in one of the oldest forms of television entertainment: Soap Operas and develop their own hard hitting and complicated storylines which they present to the class. As well as exploring structure, pupils also learn about character development, applying different characterisation techniques to characters from their animation in order to gain a deeper understanding.
Fitness Business Model
During the Fitness Business IDL, pupils work in groups to create their own website focussed on a sport of their choice. This involves developing a brand name and vision, demonstrating a bank of physical skills within their sport and leading a session for peers. The pupils use digital technologies such as iPads to record, edit and upload their work to their website, with a final focus on marketing.
Pupils in this course have taken part in a variety of tasks throughout the year, we have visited a local quarry and we have also had a number of guest speakers in to enrich the delivery of the course with some real context examples and experiences.
Pupils have used a range of software and taken part in practical group work activities and experiments allowing for a breadth of understanding and experience within the context of construction, architecture and interior design.
Food and the Environment
Students have the opportunity to investigate the environmental impact of the food we grow and consume. They explore the journey of food from farm to fork, taste and evaluate different foods and research the effect of food and plastic waste. There is an emphasis on developing transferable skills such as topic research, experimental skills, group work, letter writing and use of digital technology such as blogging and video creation.