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Courses for 2020

In planning for 2020 we will be offering a number of classes (Midrand/ Discovery / Weltevreden and Randvaal) The main focus of all of these classes is to offer a combination of science, geography, history and general knowledge in a holistic approach to teaching.This is then reinforced by a lot of practical class work and outings.Traditionally , kids following a Cambridge curriculum have found these classes of great benefit in giving them a wide view of many interrelated subjects and topics.

Randvaal/ Henley Program 2020

Combined science/ geography/ history continued. Run Wednesday every third week. Venue: Midvaal library.

Term & Dates Lesson topic and description – Lessons to run on a Wednesday as a series of modules. These would run for a number of consecutive weeks to assist with continuity. Times: 10am to 2pm. Venue: Daleside library

Module 1

Wednesday 15 Jan Understanding light and photography – Follows on from our study of light as a science topic. In these two lessons we will learn how light is manipulated to when taking photographs
Wednesday 22 Jan Part two of light and photography
Friday 14 Feb Practical workshop at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden. 9am to 1pm
Outings Please note that some additional outing dates will be added to this section as optional extras: Sci Bona, Coke factory.

Module 2

Wed 4 March These 4 lessons make up the major science component of the year. Serves as an introduction to chemistrty. We will look at the periodic table, bonding of atoms. Will build a model of an atom as well as a number of molecules. Will then look at the basic chemical equasion and how they are balanced. Involves a number of experiments
Wed 11 March Part 2
Wed 18 March Part 3
Wed 25 March Part 4
Outings Some additional optional outing dates will be added

Module 3

Wed 5 Aug This module will cover everything to do with the study of deep space. Will look at the scientific methods and modelling. Will then cover all of the major concepts in this field: stars – birth and death, types, galaxies, galaxy clusters. Will build a three dimentional model of the local cluster of galaxies.
Wed 12 Aug Part 2
Wed 19 Aug Part 3
Wed 26 Aug Part 4
Outings Outing options will be added.

Module 4

Wed 02 Sep In this module we are going to look at man and his environment. Settlement patterns, human impact, issues of pollution, recycling, environmental mangement. All concepts contained in GIS.
Wed 9 Sep
Wed 16 Sep
Wed 07 Oct

Note: costs: R150 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 West ( Discovery) Group 2020 - year 1

- Science/geography/history. Thursdays 9:45 to 1:30pm. Venue: Scout hall in Discovery Roodepoort

Term & Dates Lesson topic and description. The program below is a new program aimed at introducing new kids and families to the exciting world of integrated science, geography and history teaching. Families doing Cambridge have found these lessons to give a good foundation to future study. Will run on a Thursday at Discovery Scout hall ( Roodepoort) Average age 10.   

Module 1

Thurs 16 Jan Laying a science foundation for the study of the physical earth. What is matter and energy? Project to build a pinhole camera
Thurs 23 Jan Topic continued
Thurs 30 Jan Topic continued
Outing Two outings will be linked to this topic: Sci Bona and Visit to the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

Module 2

Thurs 5 March The structure of the earth, it’s crust and the drifting continnets. Project to make a fold open earth and assemble a puzzle of the earths crust.
Thurs 12 March Topic continued
Thurs 19 March Topic continued
Module 3
Wed 06 May Earth’s place in the solar system. A detailed study of the solar system and to build a detailed scale model of the solar system.
Thurs 07 May
Thurs 14
Outing Topic will be linked into outings during the course of the year.
Module 4
Thurs 9 July Taking a closer look at the earth’s crust; The origin of minerals and the rocks they form. Project to grow some mineral crystals and build crystal model shapes
Thurs 16/21 July Topic continues. Outing: Geology practical at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
Module 5 3 Lessons: 8,15,22 Oct – Understanding the landscapes of the earth. Build a detailed plaster landscape model showing all of the major landform features. Outings during the year will link into this topic ( example Walter Sisulu Practical)
Module 6  Build a detailed model of a sailing ship. Group will decide on a program to be done in November if they wish to.

Note: costs: R150 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 2020 combined: New Earthscience class year 2

Mondays/Tuesdays: 2 x per month 09hoo to 13h00. Venue: Walton Street Crowthorn. Ages: Established group 10 years and older

Term & Dates Lesson topic and description. This year we cover topics in pure history and then move on to atmospheric science ( weather and climate) and finish our study with the great biomes of the world. Very practical program with much research, data gathering and interpretation.     

Module 1

Mon/ Tues 27/28 Jan An introduction to the study of history. We will look at the development of science through history. Then look at the progression of the world from the ancient to the classical world and then to the formation of modern Europe. From here we will look at the birth of South Africa. Will look at SA history highlights from 1652 to the Anglo Boer War and 1910
Mon/ Tues 10/11 Feb Program continued
Mon/ Tues 17/18 Feb Program continued
Outing Outings over the year will look at various aspects of our huge history study. Two main outings related to the section. Sci Bona and The Jame Hall Transport Museum at Wemmer Pan
Module 2
Mon / Tues 4/5 May The periodic table/ atoms and molecules. This section will build onto our study of energy and matter and look at how atoms bond to form molecules. Project to build a basic atomic structure and some simple molecules. Will lay the groundwork for our study of the atmosphere, weather and climate
Mon 11 May Program continued
Outing Sci Bona

Module 3

Mon/Tues 13/14 July Understanding the concept of weather., the instruments used to gather data and the science behind the different aspects of weather.: temperature, humidity, wind. Project: paint a basic cloud chart. Gather, represent and interpret data representing weather.
Mon 20 July
Outing May organize visit to the SA weather Service
Module 4
Mon/ Tues 12/13 Oct Having done weather we will now take a more in depth look at climate. How do we understand the concept of climate? What factors control climate? Project: Collecting and representing climate data. Understanding the concept of calculating averages.
Mon 19 Oct Program continued. Outing Weather Service
Module 5  The great Biomes of the world. This section brings together the concepts of weather, climate and the global distribution of life. 2/3 Nov + 09 Nov
Outings A number of optional outing will be added in due course.

Note: costs: R150 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

2020 – Northern JHB (Weltevreden Group)

– Junior science / geography/ history class. Mondays/Thursdays: 09hoo to 13h00. Venue: Weltevreden Park JHB. Ages: Aimed at group 8 to 12 years.rsoung 8

Term & Dates Lesson topic and description. This is a follow on Junior class and is aimed at covering a varied group of topics from history to science and the natural world

Module 1

Thurs 13 and 20 Feb SA History: Voortrekkers to the SA war and beyond. This section is a follow on from our study of world history and the birth of SA. Topic will fall under the headings: Sheep. Sugar, Diamonds, gold, railways and war. An overview of 70 years of SA history. Very interactive class
Mon 24 Feb Program continued
Mon 02 March Program continued
Outings Will be added in due course and form part of the year program. Transport Museum

Module 2

Mon/Thur 18/21 May The study of atoms and molecules. A project to study the basic periodic table and build a basic atomic structure and some basic molecules.
Mon/Thurs 25 and 28 May
Outings Will be linked into the year program: Sci Bona, Weather Service
Module 3
Mon 01 June The Great Biomes of the World. A study of the links between weather, climate and the distribution of life.
Thurs 04 June Program continued
Mon 08 June Program continued

Module 4

Mon 07 Sep The world’s Great Oceans. Here we will take an in depth look at the worlds oceans from the floor to the water mass to the life in the sea. The role of the oceans in controlling global climate
 Thurs 10 Sep
Mon 14 Sep

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