Topic: Solar System
Has part of ensuring that the sustainability of the EUNAWE Project in the Western Cape, I have partnered with the PSP Foundation Phase team to hold joint workshops.
Master educators from the Foundation Phase were invited to attend this workshop and would be responsible for retraining the educators at their schools. There were 42 Master educators present, including the Southern District Foundation Phase Curriculum Advisor.
The focus of the EUNAWE workshop was the Solar System which
is part of the Grade 3 Life Skills Curriculum in the third term. Educators were given a Solar System Search worksheet, a strip of newspaper and a template of the Sun. Educators had to identify charactertics of the planets, with key words given. They then went on to colour the planets and add distinguishing features like a red dot on Jupiter.
Educators cut out an each planet and placed them the correct sequence on the newspaper band. I advised educators to have their learners colour in the newspaper strip first to ensure they are not distracted by the background print. This strip can be pasted on their learners desks, for a point of reference when they doing the solar system.
The final task was to create a mnemonic to assist the learners remember the sequence of the planets. The workshop was well received and the Curriculum Advisor suggested that schools in the southern districts contact me in the third term for school visits and the focus will be on the Grade 3 curriculum.