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)
Bio-diversity, Change and Continuity:
Summery: Most animal reproduction involves the participation of two different sexes.
• Sexual reproduction is the process by which two individual plants or animals reproduce another generation of individuals. The next generation of individuals look like the parents but always have slight differences (‘variation’) from their parents and from each other. (focus on our role in the in the preservation of animal/fish and heritage and resources)
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.
Atmosphere and weather
Summery: Weather has unique influences on water, soil, animals and humans.
• Weather may change from day to day. Weather can be described by measurable quantities, such as temperature, wind direction and speed, and precipitation.
The Changing Earth
Summery: The formation of soil takes place over a period of many years under various circumstances, contributing to its characteristics.
• Soil consists of weathered rocks and decomposed organic material from dead plants, animals and bacteria. Soil forms by natural processes, but it takes an extremely long time to form. Soils have properties of colour and texture, capacity to retain water, and the ability to support the growth of many kinds of plants, including those in our food supply. (Links with Life and Living)
• Erosion of the land creates the landforms that we see and also results into the deposition of rock particles that might be lithified to form sedimentary rocks. Erosion and deposition can be very slow and gradual or it can occur in short catastrophic events like floods.
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.