Courses for 2018

If requested we will present a course in an area where a venue is provided and a large enough group can be assembled – Group minimum is 18 in this case.

Midvaal/ Henley Program 2017

Combined science/ geography/ history continued. Run Wednesday 1 x per month. Venue: Midvaal library.

Term & Dates Lesson topic and description

Term 1

Wed 18 Jan Please note that This program is being updated for 2018 – Complete by Monday 11 Dec 2017
Wed 15 Feb Geog/ Science: Understanding weather – Includes practical cloud model build
Wed 15 Mar Geog/ science:Understanding weather: clouds – Includes practical cloud model build continued
Outing Thurs 16 Mar Visit to the Weather Service in Centurion. Practical aspects of weather and climate studies
Outing – Sat 25 Mar Tswaieng Meteorite crater North of Pretoria: Comets and meteorite talk + comet build. Walk into crater
Wed 26 Apr Geog/ science: Completion of weather concepts + brief overview of the major climate control factors

Term 2

Outing Fri 12 May Council for Geoscience core sheds and Sammy Marx Museum
Wed 17 May Geog/ science: A study of the earth’s hydrosphere
Wed 21 June Geog/ science: The changing earth – volcanoes
Outing – Fri May 26 Haartebeeshoek Radio Astronomy: Telescopes and satellites lesson + tour of facility and evening star viewing

Term 3

Wed 26 Jul Geog/ science:The changing earth – Earthquakes. Science aspect is the study of the types of waves
Wed 16 Aug History : What is history? Brief global overview of world history events
Wed 20 Sep History: World history events at the time of the birth of South Africa
Note: A few more history lessons my be added in here

Term 4

Outing Wed 11 + Th 12 Oct Parys camp overnight: Geology, orienteering, mapwork and astronomy
Wed 18 Oct The living earth: The biosphere – Ties back into climatic zones
Wed 15 Nov
The living earth: The biosphere – Ties back into chemical links and systems
Outing: Fri 24 Nov CSIR Laser Div + Melrose House or TVL Museum

Note: costs: R140 per kid for the 4 hours + notes and materials: concession: R120 2nd R100 3rd

Commitments: Parents participating are committed per term. Double lessons are either practical’s or cover extensive material.

Lesson continuity: Please see these classes, not as a collection of isolated topics, but a vast integrated story which is built onto.

Outings: Not mandatory but form a vital practical part of the lessons as well as offer an opportunity for the whole family to participate

Johannesburg new Group 2017 - year 1

- Science/geography/history. Tuesdays 2 x per month 10am to 2pm. Venue: Scout hall in Discovery Roodepoort

Term & Dates Lesson topic and description

Term 1

Term 1 Tues 24 Jan Please note: Program for 2018 being loaded – Complete by Monday 11 Dec 2017
Tues 7 Feb Intro to science/ the earth/ systems of measurement – Lays out groundwork/ science methods for the year – exp +
Tues 21 Feb The story of the solar system – Scale/ details/ practical model build – Design and build
Outing – Fri 24 Feb Practical outing to Sci Bona . Talks. Science treasure hunt to carry out practical aspects of lesson 1 and 2
Tues 07 Mar The story of the solar system – Scale/ details/ practical model build – Completion, painting, slides
Outing – Sat 25 Mar Tswaieng Meteorite crater North of Pretoria: Comets and meteorite talk + comet build. Walk into crater
Tues 28 Mar Systems of measurement used in science: Brief overview and completion

Term 2

Tues 2 May The earth and time: Seasons, tides, phases of the moon. Basic climatic zones of the earth
Tues 23 May The physical earth: structure, composition, basic plate tectonics
Outing – Fri May 26 Haartebeeshoek Radio Astronomy: Telescopes and satellites lesson + tour of facility andeveningc star viewing
Tues 6June Basic minerals and rocks of the crust: Igneous rocks
Tues 20 June Basic rocks of the earth: sedimentary and metamorphic rocks

Term 3

Tues 25 Jul Earth’s mountains + intro to landscape model build
Tues 01 Aug Plaster model Practical build – Build a landscape – Design and build
Tues 08 Aug Plaster model Practical build – Build a landscape – Paint
Tues 29 Aug The earth’s Atmosphere. Highly practical gas experiments ect
Outing – Sat 9 Sep Cross JHB geology practical to test knowledge of rocks and identify landforms
Tues 12 Sep The earth’s Hydrosphere

Term 4

Tues 10 Oct The changing earth: Volcanoes
Tues 24 Oct The changing earth: Earthquakes
Tues 07 Nov The living earth: The biosphere – Ties back into climatic zones
Tues 21 Nov The living earth: The biosphere – Ties back into chemical links and systems

Note: costs: R140 per kid for the 4 hours + notes and materials: concession: R120 2nd R100 3rd

Commitments: Parents participating are committed per term. Double lessons are either practical’s or cover extensive material.

Lesson continuity: Please see these classes, not as a collection of isolated topics, but a vast integrated story which is built onto.

Outings: Not mandatory but form a vital practical part of the lessons as well as offer an opportunity for the whole family to participate

Midrand Program 2017 combined: geography/ science year 2

Thursdays: 2 x per month 10am to 2pm. Venue: Walton Street Crowthorn. Ages: Established group 10 years and older

Term & Dates Lesson topic and description

Term 1

 Thurs 19 Jan Please note: 2018 Program being loaded – Complete by Monday 11 Dec 2017
Thurs 26 Jan Geog and science: Understanding weather – Includes practical cloud model build continued
Thurs 02 Feb Geog and science: Understanding weather – Includes practical cloud model build completion
Thurs 09 Feb Geog and science: Understanding the major climatic controls of the earth
Outing: Thurs 16 Mar SA Weather Service Midrand: Practical weather and climate visit and discussion
Thurs 23 March Geog and science: Revision of rocks + intro to geological method
Thurs 30 Mar Geog and science. Extracting minerals from their ores

Term 2

Outing: Fri 12 May Visit to the Council For Geoscience Core shed + Sammy Marx Museum
Thurs 18 May Geog and science: Understanding the concept of weathering
Thurs 15 June Geog and science: Erosion by gravity, water and wind
Thurs 29 June Geog and science: Erosion by ice and the oceans
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Term 3

Thurs 03 Aug Introduction to landscapes/ landuse and GIS
Thurs 10 Aug Geog and science: Mapwork and orienteering
Outing Frid 25 Aug Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens: Geology and orienteering outing
Thurs 31 Aug Geog and science: Mapwork and orienteering continued
Thurs 14 Sep Geog and science: Mapwork and orienteering completion
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Term 4

Outing Wed 11 + Thurs 12 Oct Parys camp overnight: geology, orienteering, mapwork and astronomy
Thurs 19 Oct Geog and science: Deep space study + constellation build
Thurs 02 + 09 Nov Geog and science: Deep space study + constellation build. Continue with lessons and project
Outing: Friday 24 Nov CSIR laser division + Melrose House or TVL Museum of Natural History

Note: costs: R140 per kid for the 4 hours + notes and materials: concession: R120 2nd R100 3rd

Commitments: Parents participating are committed per term. Double lessons are either practical’s or cover extensive material.

Lesson continuity: Please see these classes, not as a collection of isolated topics, but a vast integrated story which is built onto.

Outings: Not mandatory but form a vital practical part of the lessons as well as offer an opportunity for the whole family to participate

2017 – Northern JHB – Pure history class

Thursdays: 1 x per month 10am to 2pm. Venue: Veronica Street Kloofendal. Ages: Speak to Barry but 10 and older.

Term & Dates Lesson topic and description

Term 1

Thurs 23 Feb Please note: This class is being updated for 2018 – Looking for new class members. Please contact Barry if you wish to participate in a pure SA history class in 2018
Thurs 9 March History – World history time line. Brief overview of world history main events + its organisation
See term 2 Below

Term 2

Thurs 04 May History: World history events leading to the founding of SA + SA history prior to 1652
Outing – Fri 12 May Visit to Council for Geoscience Core Sheds + Sammy Marx Museum
Outing Fri 09 June History: Transport Museum and the history of transport and cities
Outing Fri 23 June Voortrekker Monument and the story of the Voortrekkers

Term 3

Thurs 27 Jul History: Group presentation of family history – Family tree
Thurs 17 Aug History: Family tree presentation and start of SA History 1860 to 1902
Thurs 21 Sep History: SA history 1860 to 1902
Outing Fri 22 Sep History of JHB – Visit to Northwards + Braamfontein Cemetary

Term 4

Thurs 26 Oct History: History of JHB and Pretoria and the Anglo Boer War
Thurs 16 Nov History: Modern SA history 1902 to 1994
Outing Fri 24 Nov CSIR Laser division + Melrose House or the TVL Museum of Natural History

Note: costs: R140 per kid for the 4 hours + notes and materials: concession: R120 2nd R100 3rd

Commitments: Parents participating are committed per term. Double lessons are either practical’s or cover extensive material.

Lesson continuity: Please see these classes, not as a collection of isolated topics, but a vast integrated story which is built onto.

Outings: Not mandatory but form a vital practical part of the lessons as well as offer an opportunity for the whole family to participate

2017 – Northern JHB

– Junior science / geography/ history class. Mondays: 2x per month 10am to 1pm. Venue: Weltevreden Park JHB. Ages: Aimed at group 6 to young 8

Term & Dates Lesson topic and description

Term 1

Mon 30 Jan Please note: 2018 Program being loaded. Complete by Monday 11 Dec 2017
Mon 13 Feb The study of types of energy continued: Many practical experiments
Outing – Fri 24 Feb Practical outing to Sci Bona . Talks. Science treasure hunt to carry out practical aspects of lesson 1 and 2
Mon 13 Mar A study of the physical earth: stricture and main characteristics
Outing – Sat 25 Mar Tswaieng Meteorite crater North of Pretoria: Comets and meteorite talk + comet build. Walk into crater
Mon 27 Mar The earth and time: Seasons, phases of the moon, tides

Term 2

Mon 24 Apri The earth today – continents/ rivers/ mountains and countries
Mon 8 May l The changing earth: Drifting continents – Cut out puzzle of the super continents
Outing – Fri May 26 Haartebeeshoek Radio Astronomy: Telescopes and satellites lesson + tour of facility and evening star viewing
Mon 29 May The changing earth: Drifting continents – Cut out puzzle of the super continents continued
Mon 12 + 26 June Minerals and rocks of the earth

Term 3

Mon 31 Jul Earth’s mountains + intro to landscape model build
Mon 14 Aug Plaster model Practical build – Build a landscape – Design and build
Mon 28 Aug Plaster model Practical build – Build a landscape – Paint
 Outing – Sat 9 Sep Cross JHB geology practical to test knowledge of rocks and identify landforms
Mon 18 Sep Cardboard construction project

Term 4

Mon 16 Oct Cardboard construction project
Mon 30 Oct Cardboard construction project
 Outing Mon 13 Nov Visit to Miniland

Note: costs: R140 per kid for the 4 hours + notes and materials: concession: R120 2nd R100 3rd

Commitments: Parents participating are committed per term. Double lessons are either practical’s or cover extensive material.

Lesson continuity: Please see these classes, not as a collection of isolated topics, but a vast integrated story which is built onto.

Outings: Not mandatory but form a vital practical part of the lessons as well as offer an opportunity for the whole family to participate