TERM 1 In this Unit students will begin to examine the lifestyle of the original inhabitants of Jamaica, the Tainos. They will describe the appearance and dress of the Tainos, and explore how they met their basic needs. They will be encouraged to appreciate the ingenuity of the Tainos and their close relationship with their environment. Students will be engaged in collaborative problem solving activities in order to develop responsibility for completing assigned tasks and responsiveness to the contributions of group members. They will also be encouraged to be innovative and creative by simulating Stone Age technology. Students will be required to gather information from no more than three (3) sources. Sources may include but are not limited to pictures, textbooks, videos, and internet sites
TERM 2 In this Unit, students will begin to use basic map reading skills such as using cardinal points to locate places in Jamaica, and Jamaica in relation to other Caribbean countries. They will begin to develop an awareness of the key physical features of Jamaica especially its rivers and plains. Students will be actively engaged in the learning process by observing the landforms in their immediate environment, and by examining relief maps which show physical features across the island. They will identify these features on maps. Students will also be engaged in a number of activities including games which are aimed at developing skill in the use of cardinal points. Further, they will be made aware of the importance of rivers and plains through gathering and classifying information about these features.
TERM 3 In this Unit students will recognize that Earth is one of eight planets in orbit around the sun. They will also become cognisant of Earth’s uniqueness among the eight planets and begin to appreciate that the solar system is a part of a vast universe. Students will be required to examine evidence and test hypothesis, in an effort to develop their critical thinking skills.