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Preliminary report on Population Census

The Preliminary report on the population census has been released and can be downloaded by clicking here.

It shows that the Maltese population has doubled in the past 100 years, reaching 416,000 in 2011. The rate of growth is however declining.

The northern harbour area remains the most densely populated – home to 28.9% of the population. However, the northern area is seeing the fastest growth.

Birkirkara still has the largest population total with 21,533 residents and Mdina the smallest with 237 inhabitants.

Malta has an average of 1,562 people per square kilometre while Gozo has 454. Sengles (17,027 persons per square kilometre) is the most densely populated locality while Għasri  (85 persons per square kilometre) is the least densely populated.

A new textbook for Environmental Studies

A new textbook entitled Environmental Education – Malta and Beyond, edited by Mr George Said Zammit, has been published. It provides students and teachers with a resource from which to get the most out of Environmental Studies as offered in schools.

It follows the requirements of the Environmental Studies SEC 13 syllabus.

The book is written for students of average and above average ability and encourages both students and teachers to address the wider environmental issues of the 21st century.

The book, whose authors are experienced practising teachers, follows the specifications of the syllabus closely, covering the six themes: The World-Our Home, Management of Resources, Human Resources, Human Population, Human Communities, Work and Leisure and Managing a Nation.

Contemporary issues such as climate change, biodiversity, renewable sources of energy, waste and water management, housing, health services, transport, heritage, the economy and work in Malta are also covered.

This textbook provides clear and precise information, facts and case studies; well-explained concepts and current issues; full colour photos, maps and diagrams to help illustrate points; a bright and colourful layout; coverage of the three-year course; a clear explanation of geographical processes; ideas for the practical component of the exam; an easy-to-follow format, with difficult words explained in the glossary and a list of related references and websites.

New Form 1 and 2 Geography Curriculum

The Geography section within The Curriculum Management and eLearning Department informs all stakeholders that the new Geography curriculum documents for Forms 1 and 2 are now available in the syllabi page of this website as well as on the curriculum website at: www.curriculum.gov.mt .

They will replace the current Form 1 and 2 state school syllabi as from September 2012.

The curriculum documentation consists of a revised handbook for the teaching of each subject, curriculum units with examples of teaching activities for each form together with another document listing the teaching objectives and learning outcomes that need to be covered in a year.

 

These documents promote constructivist approaches for effective learning and teaching, where learners are actively engaged in using a wide range of resources including communication technologies (ICT). They also provide teaching objectives along with pedagogical suggestions for good practice. They are meant to inspire teachers and are flexible enough to allow teachers develop their own ideas and activities in order to meet the different abilities of the students in their classrooms. 

The objectives, teaching activities and outcomes of the curriculum units have been designed to accommodate teaching approaches that support the learning needs of all students. They encourage teachers to ensure that all students have the maximum opportunity to learn whatever their level.

These documents are available to download from:

 Handbook for the Teaching of Geography.  Click here

Teaching Objectives and Learning Outcomes Form 1.  Click here

Form 1 Curriculum Units with examples of teaching activities.  Click here

Teaching Objectives and Learning Outcomes Form 2.  Click here

Form 2 Curriculum Units with examples of teaching activities.  Click here

 

New Wall Map of the Maltese Islands

The Geography Section within the Curriculum Management and eLearning Department has just produced a large wall map (100cm x 70cm) of the Maltese Islands which will be distributed to schools this scholastic year. Each and every class will be supplied with such a map. The map was designed by Mr John Barbara and Mr Conrad Fenech under the assistance and advice of the Geography Department.  

These new maps are an excellent teaching tool and a stunning addition to any classroom wall. The map will enable students to display, record and analyse information about their local physical and human environment. Teachers are encouraged to make extensive use of this new resource in class since understanding and using maps involves the simultaneous use of a number of concepts and skills including aerial perspective, proportion, map language and arrangement. Students should be given the opportunity to develop their map literacy so that they can use the map to discover and interpret their country in a critical and informed way. The map displays all major towns and villages as well as the principal roads. The physical content includes the main water courses and valleys, headlands and beaches as well as the altitude represented in five different colours. 

 

download a large copy of the map from here

The Climate of Malta: Statistics, Trends and Analysis 1951-2010

The National Statistics Office has just published  The Climate of Malta: Statistics, Trends and Analysis 1951-2010.

This publication encompasses two sections:

(1) a time series of climatological observations which affords an insight into how Malta’s climate has changed in the recent past;

(2) an analysis of climate anomaly trends, with a possible correlation with socio-economic events.

The compilation and analysis was carried out by Dr Charles Galdies, basing on observations conducted  throughout the years by the Malta Airport MetOffice and by the NSO. Included are statistics on air temperature, precipitation, atmospheric pressure and relative humidity, among others. The range of information provides an insight into how Malta’s climate has changed in the recent past.

You can download a pdf version of this publication from here.

Energy: Let’s save it!

A family starts wasting energy carelessly and unknowingly, from the moment they wake up. Until they realize that something is going wrong. In 3 minutes 40 seconds, this cartoon shows both the bad and the good behaviour in energy consumption. It presents, in a cartoon style, simple and basic energy saving tips to save the planet and to save money, would it be at home, at work, or on the way to work

The video was produced by the EC Directorate-General for Energy and Transport Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign. View video here.

Water Changes Everything

Did you know…

One billion people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water and sanitation—half of those are children. More than 2.6 billion people live without proper sanitation. One out of every six people lack safe drinking water and two out of every five people lack adequate sanitation.

Watch this video on the water crisis the world is facing and discover some of the solutions available.