About The Workshop

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (NRF-SAASTA), a business unit of National Research Foundation (NRF) in collaboration with The South African Environmental Observation Network (NRF-SAEON), also a business unit of National Research Foundation hereby wishes to invite the grade 10 Life Sciences educators to participate on an online workshop on the subject of biomes. The online workshop will take place on 2 September 2021. The workshop will take a maximum of two hours and will start at 14H00.

Overview of the workshop

SAEON undertakes long term ecological observations to understand the drivers of change in our environment. SAEON’s environmental science education programme focuses on education and outreach programmes for educators and high school learners. The aim of this training workshop is to make life science exciting and easy to understand when the classroom has limitations to teaching science. Through the use of their manual, learners will be remotely travelling through the different parts of our beautiful land South Africa. Through this workshop you will embark on a journey and you will acquire immense knowledge of vegetation, climatic conditions, geography and biodiversity for each biome.

The biomes e-learning manual was developed as an additional educator support material that contains a variety of activities that can be adapted and reproduced. The content in the biome manual is based on the grade 10 Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS). The purpose of this manual is to ensure that the subject content knowledge on biomes is better understood as the learner activities promote inquiry based thinking. The activities are structured around the use of data to illustrate scientific phenomena. The world is being driven by data and there is a need for our learners to be able to use analytics to make informed decisions as we prepare for the 4th Industrial Revolution. Through engaging in the biome activities in this manual, learners will enhance their quantitative and critical thinking skills. This will help create interest and passion for life science and mathematics amongst learners.

Thembi Mdlalose

Thembi Mdlalose

Project Officer