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Western Cape Primary Science Programme (PSP)

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We welcome the wide use of these materials. Please acknowledge Western Cape Primary Science Programme © PSP (2007)

Tools for Planning your Natural Sciences Curriculum

RATIONALE

These materials were written to support teachers with planning and assessment of the Natural Sciences curriculum. The booklet offers examples of frameworks, tools and formats to facilitate the planning and assessment process. These can be adapted for the other Learning Areas and different school contexts. This planning and assessment process works within the requirements of the National Curriculum Statement (NCS).

This booklet provides information for the Intermediate Phase. But the information can be adapted for use in the Foundation Phase and the Senior Phase as well.

We have provided examples of Learning Programmes (phase plans), Work Schedules (grade plans) and Lesson plans as well as assessment on the Natural Sciences strand Planet Earth and Beyond. These are included as Section 7.

This booklet, together with a DVD on ‘How to plan your Natural Sciences Curriculum ’ was developed as a joint venture between the Western Cape Primary Science Programme (PSP), the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) and Chevron.

CONTACT DETAILS

Western Cape Primary Science Programme (PSP)

Edith Stephens Wetland Park

Lansdowne Road, Philippi, 7785

P.O. Box 24158, Lansdowne 7779 South Africa

Tel: 021 691 9039 Fax: 021 691 6350

E-mail: info@psp.org.za Website: www.psp.org.za

Box 24158, Lansdowne 7779 South Africa Tel: 021 691 9039 Fax: 021 691 6350 E-mail: info@psp.org.za
Box 24158, Lansdowne 7779 South Africa Tel: 021 691 9039 Fax: 021 691 6350 E-mail: info@psp.org.za
Box 24158, Lansdowne 7779 South Africa Tel: 021 691 9039 Fax: 021 691 6350 E-mail: info@psp.org.za

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SECTION 1: The Natural Sciences Learning Outcomes and Assessment Standards

 

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The Natural Sciences Learning Outcomes and Assessment Standards

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SECTION 2: The Core Knowledge and Concepts of the Natural Sciences

 

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SECTION 3: Developing Learning Programmes and Work Schedules

 

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Information about the Learning Programme (phase plan)

 

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Example format for a Learning Programme for one term

 

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Example format for a Work Schedule for one term

 

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SECTION 4: Developing Lesson Plans, Assessment Tasks

 

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Example formats

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SECTION 5: Resources for developing lessons, assessment tasks and criteria

 

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SECTION 6: Recording and reporting

 

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Example formats

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SECTION 7: Example Learning Programme (grades 4 –7)

 

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