Grade 1: Eco Curriculum
Basic needs – eat / breathe / drink / shelter
Resources to help meet these needs – food / air / water / various building materials (mud, straw, sticks, bricks, IBR sheeting…
Wants – extravagant toys, vehicles, clothes, …
Familiar places – public toilets / parks / shops / industrial areas / mine dumps
Dangers associated with these places and actions to prevent danger like adult supervision or going in a group.
The value people put on these places, for example relaxation or environmental education in a park, buying necessities and playing games in shopping centre.
Life and Living
Life processes and Healthy Living:
Summery: Animals and humans have similar needs.
Compare human body parts (and their function), human needs (eat/drink/breathe) and their homes with that of various animals.
Interactions in Environments:
Summery: Co-existence between humans, animals and plants involves benefits as well as dangers.
Dangersassociated with animals – sicknesses and pests; attack in self-defense
Benefits of animals – food, milk, pets, beauty & variety (reserves)
Plants – edible / non-edible / poisonous / medicinal
Plants – functional: making thatch roofs / arts and crafts / products (paper/tea/…)
If we do not eat sufficient variety of vegetables we become weak and are prone to sickness.
Bio-diversity, Change and Continuity:
Summery: Distinguish between biotic and a-biotic elements.
As there are different animals and plants and landscapes – deserts / forest / grass lands.
The Changing Earth:
Soilalso has different characteristics that contribute to the type of vegetation and animals living there.
LIFE ORIENTATION SPECIFIC THEME: Take care of your environment; take care of yourself
In the National Curriculum Framework no theory, but only practical application has been identified for this learning area.
The Economic Cycle:
Summery: Understanding one’s role in looking after resources and goods.
- Identifies own personal role in home as a consumer and the roles of others as e.g. savers and buyers.
- Recognises that different advertising media influence personal needs and wants.
- Starts understanding that goods (clothes, food) and services (electricity, water) have a price.
Sustainable Growth & Development:
Summery: Keep in mind your responsibility to the environment in all your efforts.
- Name ways and the importance of using limited classroom materials without waste.
- Use artistic skills (drawing, cutting, measuring, pasting) to design and use environmentally friendly products that could be sold or exchanged in the community.
Technological processes and skills:
Summery: Realising responsibility towards the environment
- After choosing a suitable material or substance to make a simple product to satisfy a given need and making it, explain own feelings as to how it affects the environment.