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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.

Randvaal/ Henley Program 2018

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

Term & Dates Lesson topic and description

Term 1

Wed 24 Jan Project: Revising science. What we know about Deep space. Theory + build a 3D model of the Orion Constellation. Part 1
Wed 14 Feb Project: Revising science. What we know about Deep space. Theory + build a 3D model of the Orion Constellation. Part 2
Wed 28 Feb Earthquakes. A lesson in physics. Understanding waves
Outing Fri 23 Feb For those interested in a science outing to Sci Bona – Talks and treasure hunt
Wed 7 Mar SA History – Pre history + SA 1652 to 1806
 Outing Friday 23 March  JHB Planetarium and JHB Geological Museum

Term 2

Wed 9 May SA History – 1806 to 1865 + start of class family tree presentations
Outing Friday 11 May Visit to the National Weather Service Centurion. For those interested. We did weather in 2017
Wed 30 May SA history – 1865 to 1899 + delivery of class family tree presentations
Wed 20 June SA History – South African War 1899 to 1902

Term 3

Wed 25 Jul SA history – 1902 to 1994
Outing Fri 27 Jul SA Museum of Natural History + Pretoria walk. NB History outing
Wed 15 + 22 Aug Climate expanded. The earth’s great Biomes. Learn the fascinating factors that control the distribution of the earth’s great biomes. 2 lessons
 Outing Fri 25 May or 22 June BMW Motor assembly plant in Pretoria. You can choose. Will add another date if required.
 Outing Fri 24 Aug Walter Sisulu Gardens – Geological trail to test knowledge – orienteering/landforms/ minerals and rocks.

Term 4

Outing – Camp Tue 11 + Wed 12 Sep Parys camp overnight: Geology, orienteering, mapwork and astronomy
Wed 19 Oct Project: Revising rocks – Intro to geological sub structures. Build a 3D model of underground geological structures – Science
Wed 17 + 31 Oct Forces shaping the earth surface – Weathering and erosion – Many experiemnts + spectacular geography examples
Wed 14 Nov

Outing Fri 26 Oct

Project: The science of metallurgy – Extracting minerals from ores- Make dye to cast with furnace melt  End of year outing – JHB to Magaliesberg – Cable Way – Study landforms

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 West ( Discovery) Group 2018 - year 2

- 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

 Tues 23 Jan  Intro lesson 2018 – Revising key concepts from 2017 – Laying out 2018 – Science /matter/energy – Many experirments /visuals
Tues 6 + 20  Feb Project: What is weather – How do we record, graph and interpret – Build instrument + cloud model. Part 1/2
Outing Fri 23 Feb Practical outing to Sci Bona – Workshops + treasure hunt – Related to this years theme
 Tues 13 Mar Weather project continued to completion. Large amout of practical work.
Tues 27 Mar Waht is the difference between weather and climate – Global climate overview + explanation
Outing – Fri 11 May Visit to the National Weather Service In Centurion – Vital practical outing covering our weatrher and climate section

Term 2

Tues 15 + 29 May The miracle of the earth’s great biomes – Distribution and relation to global climate – Part 1 and 2
Tues 5 June Project: Expanding our study of mineral and rocks and landscapes – Intro to geological structures – model build
Outing – Fri May 26 Haartebeeshoek Radio Astronomy: Telescopes and satellites lesson + tour of facility andeveningc star viewing
Tues 19 June Mapwork practical – Learn to understand and use topographical amps – practical class using maps part 1
Outing 25 May or 22 June Outing to BMW Motor Assembly Plant in Pretoria. You choose date. If required will add extra date.

Term 3

Tues 24 Jul Mapwork practical – Learn to understand and use topographical amps – practical class using maps part 2
Outing Fri 27 July SA Museum of Natural History + Pretoria walk. For interest or for those doing history class.
Tues 14 Aug Mapwork practical – Learn to understand and use topographical amps – practical class using maps part 3
Outing Fri 24 Aug Walter Sisulu Gardens. Geological trail to test – Orienteering/ mapwork/ geological landforms and rocks and minerals.
Tues 28 Aug 4 + 18 Sep Science of weathering – Concepts and experiments. Agents of erosion: Gravity, water , wind, oceans, ice. All the spectacular geography
 CampTues 11 + Wed 12 Sep Full practical camp to Parys – Story of Vredefort impact, astronomy, mapping, orienteering, min and rocks + science

Term 4

Tues 16 + 30 Oct Project – The science of Metallurgy – Extracting minerals from ores. Make a dye to cast with furnace melt – 2 full lessons
Outing Fri 26 Oct  End of year outing – JHB to Magaliesberg. Study landforms
Tues 6 and 20 Nov Project – What is electricity and how does it work. Build a working circuit as part of the study of electricity
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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 2018 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 25 Jan What is science?/What is matter? /What is energy? – Experiemnt based investigative lessons parrt 1
Thurs 8 Feb What is science?/What is matter? /What is energy? – Experiemnt based investigative lessons part 2
Thurs 22 Feb Project – Light as a form of energy – Build a pin hole camera – study the characteristics and properties of light. Part 1
 Outing Friday 23 Feb  Practical outing to Sci Bona – Workshops and treasure hunt.
Thurs 01 Mar Project – Light as a form of energy – Build a pin hole camera – study the characteristics and properties of light. Part 2
Thurs 15 March Project – A study of the earth – Its dimentions, structure and how it works. – Build a fold out earth structure model Part 1
Outing – Fri 23 Mar Geog and science. Extracting minerals from their ores

Term 2

Thurs 10 May  A study of the earth continued
Thurs 24 May + 7 June Project – Study the earth’s surface and the story of of the drifting continents. Assemble a beautiful puzzle of how the surface has changed. 2 lessons
Thurs 14 June A study of the world around us – minerals/ rocks/ landscapes – Highly practical identification lessons x 2 aprt 1
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Term 3

Thurs 19 July
A study of the world around us – minerals/ rocks/ landscapes – Highly practical identification lessons x 2
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Thurs 16 Aug Project: Build a detailed model landscape incorporating all we have learned – Practical hand skills taught. Lesson 1 planning –
Outing Frid 24 Aug Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens: Outing to test knowledge of minerals and rocks as well as basic landforms
Thurs 30 Aug + 6 Sep Project: Build a detailed model landscape incorporating all we have learned – Practical hand skills taught. Lesson 2 Building – Lesson 3 6 Sep Painting
Thurs 27 Sep Project – Handwork with cardboard. Build a cardboard sailing ship from scratch. Part 1
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Term 4

Thurs 18 Oct Project – Handwork with cardboard. Build a cardboard sailing ship from scratch. Part 2 – Continue upper structure
Thurs 1 Nov Project – Handwork with cardboard. Build a cardboard sailing ship from scratch. Part 3 – Painting and finishing sails and detail
Outing Fri 26 Oct End of year outing – Will decide as a class
Thurs 15 Nov Spare lesson to absorb overrun from previous lessons

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

2018 – Northern JHB – Pure history class

Thursdays: 1 x per month 10am to 2pm. Venue: Proposed at Discovery Scout Hall. 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. Program would follow the same plan as below. Will add day and dates once I get participants
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

2018 – Northern JHB (Weltevreden Group)

– 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 29 Jan Intro lesson 2018 – Revising key concepts from 2017 – Many experiments/visuals
Mon 12+ 26 Feb Project: The beginning of science. Our Solar System and beyond – Build a detailed scale model of the Solar System.:
Outing – Fri 23 Feb Practical outing to Sci Bona . Talks. Science treasure hunt. Related to this years themes.
Mon 5 Mar Project: What is weather – how do we measure – Build an instrument + paint a cloud model – Reading the clouds. Part 1
 Mon19 Mar Project: What is weather – how do we measure – Build an instrument + paint a cloud model – Reading the clouds. Part 2
Outing Fri 23 Mar JHB Planetarium and JHB Geological Museum

Term 2

Mon 7 + 21 May Earth’s energy and how it shapes the crust – Mountains, Volcanoes and earthquakes. 2 Part lesson
Outing – Fri 11 May  Visit to the National Weather Service in Centurion
Mon 4 June Project – Follow on from model. – How do we map our world. Understand, create and read maps. Part 1.
Mon 18 June Project – Follow on from model. – How do we map our world. Understand, create and read maps P-art 2
Outing 25 May or 22 June BMW Motor Assembly plant – Pretoria. You choose date. Will add another date if required.

Term 3

Mon 23 Jul + 6 + 20 Aug Project – Follow on from ships – Cardboard structures + buildings. Part 1, 2 and 3
Outing Fri 24 Aug Walter Sisulu Gardens – geological trail to test knowledge – orienteering,/ mapwork/ mineral and rocks/land forms
Mon 3 Sep Project – While practical – Let’s work with clay. Combine clay with other materials
 Outing – Sat 9 Sep Cross JHB geology practical to test knowledge of rocks and identify land forms
Camp 11 and 12 Sep Full practical camp to Parys – Story of the Vredefort impact, astronomy, mapping, orienteering, min and rock + science
 Mon 17 Sep  Project: Electricity – What is it and how does it work – Build a circuit using the bare essentials. Part 1

Term 4

Mon 15 Oct Project: Electricity – What is it and how does it work – Build a circuit using the bare essentials. Part 2
Mon 30 Oct Cardboard construction project
 Outing Fri 26 Oct End of year outing – JHB to Magaliesberg – Cable Way: Study land forms
 Mon 29 Oct + 12 Nov  Spare lessons for requests or to absorb overruns or additions to year projects

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