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
• Health and Welfare:
• distribution of disease types including cholera, malaria, tuberculosis and diseases related to mining
• exploring why some people are more at risk than others
• ways of reducing risks associated with disease (such as contracting and spreading of disease)
• taking precautions and preventative actions
Historical Knowledge and Understanding
The learner will be able to demonstrate historical knowledge and understanding by firstly grasping how the cause-and-effect principle relate to events that had taken place and secondly noticing similarities and differences between past and present ways of doing things.
E.g. explain how environmental conditions (drought / floods / climate change / fauna / flora) and legislation (groups area act) in own country has influenced and shaped the present state of the local environment.
The learner will be able to interpret aspects of history. Knowing that there can be more than one point of view about the same event in the past, the learner selects items which represent an aspect of the past being studied to contribute to a class display or school museum (representation of the past)
E.g. environmental symbols across the country that stood for something specific, like war, eating habits, cultural habits, decoration,…
Life and Living
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)
LIFE ORIENTATION SPECIFIC THEME: Take care of your environment; take care of yourself
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).
Entrepreneurial Knowledge & Skills:
Summery: Using natural resources to sustain business
Identify enterprises and events in own community (e.g. sporting events, craft work) where specific goods and services are being sold to satisfy consumers’ needs and generate profit.
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.
Technological knowledge & understanding:
Summery: How to make things work using energy resources.
Systems and Control: Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of how to use energy resources to power mechanical systems in order to make a product move in some way.
Report on the effect it has on the natural environment.
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.
Describe possible consequences that the lack of access to technological products or services might have on certain groups of people.