Course Overviews

List of Program themes/ topics to be used

This list of themes shows my line of thinking and the topics to be followed under the various themes. These themes will take approximately 2 years to complete.

Courses will run as a mix of options.

Introduction: Understanding our earth through physics and chemistry – 2 lessons

(all need to do the introduction as it sets out the aims of the entire program.)

This will involve a series of basic physics and chemistry demonstrations and explanations as to how they help us to understand our complex world.

After the introduction we will then choose themes from below following a logical sequence.

volcanoes

Earth science themes

  • The earth,its structure, composition,crust and dynamic changes  – chemical composition of earth density,energy transfers, pressure, gravity-       1 lesson
  • Volcanoes – how they work and their relevance to us  – Thermodynamics-          2 lessons
  • Earthquakes – How they work – wave physics –        1 lesson
  • Earth’s mountains – types and formation –                1 lesson
  • Earth’s minerals and rocks – crystal structure, density –         2 lessons
  • Ores and mineral extraction –  experiments –                1 lesson
  • Principles of weathering and erosion – experiments – 1 lesson
  • Erosion carries out by rivers and wing –             2 lessons
  • Erosion carries out by ice and the sea –            2 lessons
solar

Astronomy Themes

  • Our solar system, it’s scale,our place in it – Newtons laws of motion, universal gravity –       2 lessons
  • Our moon, it’s structure, tides, eclipse – law of gravity –               2 lessons Dangers from the sky, meteorites and comets –                   1 lesson Rockets, how they work. probes into the solar system –             1 lesson Deep space, stars, galaxies –                      2 lessons
lightening

Atmospheric Science Themes

  • Earths atmosphere, composition, function, properties –  volume –                 1 lesson
  • Heat and water vapour, and the formation and identification of clouds –                 2 lessons
  • Storms, their origin and types –                               2 lessons
  • Thunder and lightning – Electricity –                1 lesson
  • What is weather? –           1 lesson
  • What is climate ? –              1 lesson
  • The great biomes of the world – 2 lessons
Models04

Mapping and practical model making themes

  • Build a model landscape and learn about contours and symbols – 4 lessons
  • Learn basic mapping skills. How to read and use maps – 2 lessons
  • Practical orienteering exercises –
  • Learn to use to make intricate and complicated toys – 2 lessons
  • Learn to use cardboard and paper to make models – 2 lessons
seafloor

Oceanography

  • The link between the atmosphere and the oceans – 1 lesson
  • The seafloors – 1 lesson
  •  Life in the oceans – 1 lesson
out

Out and about. Family day trips and practical excursions

  • Optical astronomy evening or overnight – 1 lesson
  • Meteorite impact crater visit and explanation – 1 lesson
  • Practical orienteering exercises – 1 lesson
  • Understanding caves and their formation – chemistry – 1 lesson
  • Historical day trips – museums, geological sites – 1 lesson
history

Historical themes

  • SA history chronology/world history Chronology – 3 lessons
  • The story of Johannesburg – 1 lesson
  • The story of Pretoria – 1 lesson
  • Diamonds/ Gold and war – 2 lessons
  •  Early SA history – 1 lesson