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

Masters degree in Education for Sustainable Development

Kindly note that a new Masters degree in Education for Sustainable Development is being offered by the Centre for Environmental Education and Research within the UOM as from next Feb 2012.
For more information click here
or contact
Dr C. Mifsud PhD
Centre .For Environmental Education and Research
University of Malta at mark.c.mifsud@um.edu.mt
 

Hundreds die as strong quake rocks eastern Turkey

 A powerful earthquake, 7.2 on the Richter scale struck eastern Turkey on Sunday, 23 October 2011 at 13:41 local time. It was so powerful that it managed to reduce multi-storey buildings into twisted rubble. Extensive areas sustained heavy damage to their structures, and as many as 250 people are already confirmed dead but as many as a thousand are feared dead. Multiple news reports suggest that up to 1300 are injured as a result of the earthquake with many still stuck under rubble.  

 Around 98 percent of Turkey is prone to earthquakes, while about a third of the country is at high risk, including the areas around the major cities of Istanbul and Izmir and the region of East Anatolia.

Three major fault lines, where geological plates meet, cross Turkey and small tremors are a daily occurrence. Two of these fault lines are located right below Van and Ercis, some 100 km to the north of the provincial capital.

In 1939 almost 40,000 people died in a massive quake in eastern Turkey, while the last major earthquake occurred only 12 years ago, when a 7.4 magnitude quake killed up to 20,000 people in north-western Turkey.

 

 

 

People rescue two women trapped under debris in Van eastsern Turkey

 

Watch this video showing victims being pulled alive from rubble.

Worst Floods in Thailand



Thailand is currently facing its worst flooding in 50 years. Heavy monsoon rains since the end of July have flooded swathes of the country and left more than 350 people dead. Flood waters have swamped more than two-thirds of the country, submerging rice fields and shutting down hundreds of factories while over 900,000 families and businesses have been impacted and hundreds of lives have been tragically lost. National relief efforts are now focused on providing essential food, clean water and shelter to displaced people and restoring damaged infrastructure.

Widespread flooding in Thailand after heavy monsoon rains.

Residents read newspapers in their flooded homes

Watch short video clips on the devastating impacts of these floods (1), (2), (3), (4)

Global Education Week

Teachers of geography are encouraged to participate actively in the Global Education Week activities which are going to be held between the 14th and the 18th of November of this scholastic year. The theme chosen for this year is Act for Our Planet and as in previous year the co-ordinator of this project is Ms. Rita DeBattista (Head of Department- Geography).

More details and suggestions of activities that can be carried out can be found on the letter circular which can be downloaded from here.

Schools that are willing to participate in this cross-curricular project are to fill in the participation form which is available 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.

New Zealand oil spill: grounded ship threatens environmental disaster

A 47,000 tonne container vessel “Rena” hit Astrolabe Reef off New Zealand’s North Island about 22 kilometres off the coast of Tauranga leaking oil into the sea.  The  oil leak from the Liberian-flagged freighter has spread over an area of four kilometers and if the ship breaks up, it could release 1,700 tonnes of heavy fuel oil into the Bay of Plenty, home to whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and a variety of other birds.

The Astrolabe Reef is covered with colourful sponges and anemones, according to the Department of Conservation, with seals and gamefish such as marlin common in surrounding waters. Maritime authorities have said they are treating birds including little blue penguins brought in covered with oil. Animal welfare workers said the disaster had struck in the middle of breeding season for native birds on the bay.

New Zealand navy and salvage ships are working to pump off the ship’s fuel oil and move it to safety before attempting to free the ship. Dispersants sprayed from the air on to the slick have not worked and bad weather is expected to hamper the containment effort.

An oil slick is seen coming from the grounded vessel Rena, on October 9, 2011 in Tauranga, New Zealand. The Rena, a Liberan container vessel, struck a reef on Wednesday causing an oil leak that has spread over five kilometers.

The 47,000 tonne Rena is stranded on Astrolabe Reef, off one of New Zealand's most spectacular coastlines. Oil leaking from the ship has created a 5km (3 mile) slick.

A penguin found on the beach coated in oil gets washed at the Oiled Wildlife Response unit set up in a makeshift camp. The belly of the penguin is normally coloured white.

Visits to Argotti Gardens

As in previous years the University of Malta in collaboration with the Curriculum Management & eLearning Department (DQSE) will be holding visits to Argotti Botanic Gardens.

 Booking form and details regarding the drawing competition that is being organised can be downloaded from here.

Nature Walks at Il-Majjistral Nature and History Park

Guided nature walks are again this year being organised by Nature Trust at Il-Park tal-Majjistral limits of Mellieħa. Teachers of geography are encouraged to take students studying the subject to explore various geographical and environmental issues present in the area including geology, coastal geomorphology, rich biodiverdsity and adaptation of various Mediterranean species, agricultural practices etc.

Find information how to book a visit here.