Environmental topics and issues lend themselves to being studied in an integrated, cross-curricular manner. Many of the
activities in this resource could be adapted to integrate learning across more than one learning area: for example, you
could integrate the Natural Sciences activity Invasive and indigenous with Mathematics and assess how well the learners apply mathematical skills in a fieldwork setting. You could also integrate the Arts and Culture activity Nature’s publicity company with Language by getting the learners to present their media product orally.
Integration makes learning more meaningful. Learners can study a topic in depth, investigate many aspects of an issue, and draw on knowledge and skills from a range of learning areas. You can save time by assessing a number of learning outcomes through a single lesson plan. It takes time and commitment to plan integrated programmes, especially when
different teachers are responsible for different learning areas – but it is worth the trouble!
In this section we see how Susan Kogelenberg, previously of Groote Schuur Primary School, developed an integrated lesson on Rondebosch Common that included Language, History, Natural Sciences and Arts and Culture. This lesson was enhanced by the involvement of members of the community who shared their knowledge of the Common with the learners.