Grade 5: Eco Curriculum
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Your country)
• links between natural resources and economic activities (like mining and manufacturing) in your country, and the impact of these activities on settlement now and in the past
• renewable and non-renewable resources
use and abuse of natural resources in your country
focus on water and energy resources
Life and Living
Life processes and healthy living:
Summery: Organisms receive nutrients from plant material in order to be healthy.
• Living things need food for energy, to move, grow, and repair damage to their bodies (’tissues’). Animals including humans have digestive systems for getting nutrients from food. Humans need a balanced diet from certain groups of food t be healthy.
Interactions in Environments:
Summery: Good quality water and soil is crucial to the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem.
• Ecosystems depend on soil. Soil forms by natural processes from rock and dead plant and animal material, but it takes an extremely long time to form. Substances which plants take from the soil must be replaced to maintain fertility of the soil. (Links with soil in Planet Earth and Beyond)
• Water plays an important role in ecosystems, sustaining both plant and animal life. Industrial, agricultural and domestic activities may have a serious impact on the quality and quantity of water available in the area. (Links with soil in Planet Earth and Beyond)
The Planet Earth and Beyond
Our place in Space
Summery: Exploring how these varying conditions influence the behavior of animals and birds.
• The effect of regular change on nature – plants and animals. Noticeable patterns and its role in sustaining life.
The Economic Cycle:
Summery: Government responsibility regarding resources
Identify and describe the role of government in the use of resources and services.
Sustainable Growth & Development:
Summery: Personal steps that can be taken to improve the environment
Describe the changes in lifestyles, living standards and patterns of consumption from self-sufficient societies to modern societies.
• Explain the concept of economic growth and development, and its impact on the development of communities and society.
• Explore personal steps and attitudes to improve the standard of living (e.g. developing entrepreneurial skills, using time and resources productively and promoting a healthy environment).
Technological processes and skills:
Summery: Focusing on people explain the positive and negative effects that technology has had on health and progress.
• Find out about the background context (e.g. people, environment, nature of need) when given a problem, need or opportunity and list the advantages that a technological solution might bring to people.
• Find out about existing products relevant to the problem, need or opportunity, and identify some of the design aspects (who is it for / what is it for / what does it look like) that make them suitable as a solution.
• Perform a scientific investigation about concepts relevant to the problem, need or opportunity using science process skills:
• planning investigations;
• conducting investigations;
• processing and interpreting data;
• evaluating and communicating; findings.
Technology, society and the environment:
Summery: How technology affected health and environment.
Indigenous Technology and Culture
Recognise how products and technologies have been adapted from other times and cultures.
Impact of Technology
Identify possible positive and negative effects of scientific developments and technological products on the quality of people’s lives and/or the health of the environment.