PSAC History & Geography

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Both History and Geography play an important role in the primary curriculum as they prepare children for the world they live in and for their adult life. They seek to promote an understanding of the complex and interdependent world and to impart a broad set of common values such as valuing our own selves, our families and our local communities, other peoples and places, and the environment.

History analyses the changes that happened over time and studies the evolution of places where people lived and worked. Geography develops knowledge of places and its environments throughout the world.

HISTORY

History is an account of events that happened in the past. It explains the decisions, the ideas and activities of men and women who lived in the past. It also analyzes the changes that happened over time and studies the evolution of places where people lived and worked. Since it is difficult to give a complete account of the past at primary level, a selection of topics has been made after careful study. The level of understanding and interest of pupils from different backgrounds and varied abilities have also been considered.

History can contribute to the harmonious development of the child at it involves acquisition of knowledge about past events and at the same time develop thinking skills.The study of the past also provides cross-curricular links with other subjects.An understanding of the past will contribute to a greater sense of citizenship.

AIMS OF PRIMARY CURRICULUM

The aims of the study of History are to encourage pupils to

-acquire concepts about the past

-develop skillsin interpreting the past.

-acquire communication skills: both written and oral

show an appreciation of our heritage

OBJECTIVES

At the end of the primary level, pupils will be able to:

-identify and explain changes in personal and family life

-identify and explain changes in the locality and its links with the history of the country

-identify the various stages in the settlement of Mauritius

-explain the major developments of the past

-explain economic activities in the past and present

-identify and explain the achievements of a few importantpeople in the past

-communicate their ideas about the past and the presenting various ways: written, oral, painting, drawing, dramatization and projects

-make effective use of I.C.T

The learning outcomes will be helpful in the understanding of people and events in the past and also in the present. They will be able to explore aspects of socio-economic developments and changes that happened over the years and the contribution of a few administrators in the government of the country. They will recognize the importance of heritage and museums as well as the celebration of important events. A study of the past will enable them to explain the different origin of people and their role in the development of the country and thus realize the need for harmonious co-existence of people with different cultures, languages and values

GEOGRAPHY

From earliest times people have sought to explore, describe and understand the world in which they live. This quest is at the heart of geography and is reflected in the origins of the subject’s name in the Greek words ge (the Earth) and grapho (I write).

Geography is the study of the Earth, its inhabitants and the inter-relationship between them in the context of place, space and environment.

·Place:Geography is concerned with the nature of places and it explores and describes the peoples and features (natural and human) which give places their distinctive character.

·Space: The concept of space involves the study of spatial patterns, exploring how natural and human features are distributed on the Earth and how and why they relate to each other.

·Environment: Geography has always been conceived with the inter relationship of humans and the Earth. And geographers have indeed been among the first to alert us to the potentially serious impact of our actions on the environment at various levels, local, regional and global.

Furthermore Geography also incorporates a distinctive set of skills which allow us to explore and understand the Earth’s environments: observation, measurement and collection of data, drawing conclusions about places, events and phenomena and realised the inter-relationships among all these; representation of spatial, locational and other geographical information in plans, maps, models and other forms of graphical representation including through electronic means.

The major concepts and geographical skills outlined above prepare children for the world they live in and for their adult life.They also foster an informed appreciation of environments, a sense of personal and community responsibility for environmental care and the notion of people as custodians of the Earth for future generations

The aims of the study of Geography are related to the development of:

1.an interest in and enthusiasm for the study of self, the family, local community, region and country and their links with the wider world

2.knowledge and understanding of how people and environment interact through time and space

3.an understanding of the basic concepts of space and location and causes and consequences

4.an awareness of the importance of critical enquiry: asking questions, searching for facts and relationships, critical thinking and communication skills.

5.a sense of individual and community responsibility for environments.

Source :: National Curriculum Framework (Primary)

Link::

http://ministry-education.gov.mu/English/educationsector/Pages/Primary-Education.aspx


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Binyamine Kurmally
Binyamine Kurmally

Born and raised in the paradise Island of Mauritius.

Did his primary schooling at Jean Lebrun Government School

Was at John Kennedy College from 1999 to 2003.

Finished Secondary Schooling at Royal College Port Louis in 2005.

Graduated from the University of Mauritius in 2010 with a Bsc Honours in Mathematics.

Currently working at ICCPL; Islamic Cultural College Plaine Verte.
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