Environment 5: Grade 04

Grade 4: Eco Curriculum

SOCIAL SCIENCES (Municipal district)
• Settlement features:
• classification (urban, rural)
• Food production in your country:
• subsistence and commercial farming
• main crops grown and animals reared (including fish harvesting)
• location and processes
Beliefs linked to natural features of local area.
Indigenous environmental practices.
Place names, names of rivers, mountains and other land marks.

Historical Enquiry
The learner will be able to use enquiry skills to investigate aspects of the past using, objects, pictures, written sources, buildings, museum displays and people (oral history).
E.g. with the help of various given sources (oral, written, maps graphs, tables, objects, buildings monuments, museums) indicate the ways in which natural resources in the local environment has been used in the past as food, protection, decoration, habitation and more.
Communicate the knowledge and understanding in a  variety of ways, including discussion, writing a paragraph, constructing a book, collaged, poster, artwork, drama, dance and music (communicate the answer).

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 actions taken by people and secondly noticing similarities and differences between past and present ways of doing things.
E.g. explain how either good or bad environmental stewardship in own community has lead to the present state of the local environment.

Historical Interpretation
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 and gives reasons for the selection of key objects that represent an aspect of the past of the local area (representation of the past)
E.g. environmental symbols that were and are still in use to represent culture and practices of the area.


Life and Living

Life processes and healthy living:
Summery: Green plants make the energy from the sun available to other living organisms.
• Green plants produce their own food and grow by using water and substances from the air and soil. Energy from light is needed to change these substances into food and plant material. Green plants are the only organisms that can produce food in their own bodies.

Interactions in Environments:
Summery: An ecosystem is where animals and plants and other natural elements co-exist in an inter-dependent fashion.
• Animals cannot make their own food, and so some animals eat plants for food while some animals eat other animals. All animals depend ultimately on green plants for their food.
• Ecosystems are self-contained areas where a wide variety of plant and animal species live and reproduce. They depend on one another and on the non-living environment. The life and reproduction of all organisms in an ecosystem depend on continuing growth and reproduction of plants.

Bio-diversity, Change and Continuity:
Summery: Plants reproduce through seed dispersal, bulbs and other methods.
• New plants can grow from certain parts of a parent plant. This is called vegetative reproduction and does not need seeds. The new plants have all the characteristics of the parent plant. (focus on our role in the agricultural sector and in the conservation of plant heritage)

The Planet Earth and Beyond

The Changing Earth
Summery: Proper management of the catcment areas is crucial to the quality of our water.
• Earth materials are solid rocks and soils, water and gasses of the atmosphere.
• The quality of water resources is determined by the quality of catchment area. Proper care and the management of catchment areas and water resources are essential, and factors affecting the quality of water resources and catchment areas may be investigated. (Links with Life and Living)
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.