The Grade 9s of St Andrew’s College and DSG recently had a cross-curricular Single Focus day that was focused on living on a “dollar a day”. The English teachers saw the pupils first and then, afterwards, their FAL teachers saw them. English teachers introduced the idea of “a dollar a day” to their classes. Pupils were given R20 (roughly a US dollar) to cater for their main meal of the day. We then took our classes to pre-arranged shops where pupils bought their lunch. How they spend it and on what was part of the experience (which was then explored in their FAL classes). For the second part of the day, FAL teachers were encouraged to look at the lists of what was bought for a reflection (written or oral) where pupils reflected on their choices, as well as the limitations and the consequences of their purchases.
On a recent Chemistry Single Focus Day, the Grade 10s enjoyed solving a series of chemical “puzzles” to identify the unidentified solutions that they had been given. They tested each solution with different reagents and, based on their observations, identified the metal in each solution.