SNC-General Knowledge-Overview

AIMS OF GENERAL KNOWLEDGE CURRICULUM

 

This Curriculum is designed for the young students to develop basic knowledge, skills, values, interests, and attitudes that will lead them to productively learn and understand the aforesaid areas of knowledge more deeply in later grades. The main goal is to produce young critical thinkers, capable of understanding and evaluating information, developing knowledge, skills, values, positive attitudes, healthy habits, civic sense and making informed decisions.

This Curriculum has been developed with the following emphasis:

  • Broadening the learning space (out of the classroom learning).
  • Strengthening the interface with pre-primary and secondary school curricula.
  • Developing understanding of ethical values.
  • Integrating students' learning experiences with emphasis on patriotism and sustainable development.
  • Promoting life-long learning and enhancing 21st century skills.
  • Developing students' independent learning.
  • Enhancing interest and appreciation in society and curiosity in science & technology.
  • Putting emphasis on students' holistic development and providing them real life quality experience, based on inquiry and hands-on activities/experiences.
  • Developing the understanding about human diversity.

 

Benchmarks

 

ETHICS AND VALUES

Standard 1: Students identify aspects of good character and good manners and learn to practice them in their lives.

Benchmarks Grade I-III Students will:

    1. identify aspects of good character such as using polite words, speaking the truth, practicing kindness, forgiveness and honesty.
    2. understand the importance of kindness, compassion and sharing with others and apply in these values in their daily lives.
    3. recognize etiquettes of eating and drinking.
    4. recognize that all human beings should be equally treated with respect.
    5. understand and practice community services.
    6. resolve conflicts and disputes through peaceful ways

 

 

 

PROGRESSION BETWEEN THE LEVELS

GRADE I

GRADE II

GRADE III

  • Good qualities
  • Respecting family members
  • Greeting others
  • Practicing good qualities
  • Eating manners
  • Bathroom etiquettes
  • Sharing things
  • Way of helping others
  • Need to respect all people
  • Ways to respect all people
  • Avoid hurting others
  • Ways to reduce the hurt
  • Forgiving others

 

  • Common conflicts/ disagreements
  • Causes of conflicts/ disagreements
  • Impacts of conflicts
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Preventing conflicts/ disagreements

 

 

RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP

Standard 2: Students recognize the need to respect rules and rights, fullfill their responsbilities and appreciating diversity at local and global level.

Benchmarks Grade I-III Students will:

    1. demonstrate disciplined behavior at home, school, on the road and in the playground.
    2. identify and practice responsible behaviour to keep their home and surroundings clean and green.
    3. recognize role of Government and rights and responsibilities of good citizen.
    4. appreciate diversity at local and global level.
    5. show respect and care for children and adults with special needs.

 

PROGRESSION BETWEEN THE LEVELS

GRADE I

GRADE II

GRADE III

  • Rules of playing games
  • Common traffic rules
  • Safety rules and road scence
  • Cleaning homes
  • Respect for worship places
  • Obeying school rules
  • Roles and responsibilities of government
  • Right and responsibilities of people/ citizen
  • Sustainable consumption of water
  • Ways to save water and land
  • Fairness and Unfairness
  • Promoting fairness
  • Individules and community
  • Key problems in the community
  • Need of government
  • Government and People
  • Good citizenship

 

 

 

DISCOVERING SELF AND IMMEDIATE ENVIRONMENT

Standard 3: Students recognize their own needs, those of others and understand their role within their community and environment

Benchmarks Grade I-III Students will:

    1. introduce their family members, friends, their interests and charactrise places around them.
    2. identify diffrent types of rules for personal safety.
    3. identify the ways of keeping oneself clean and demonstrate healthy habits for personal hygiene.
    4. explain that germs causes disease and how to avoid germs.
    5. understand need of staying safe in daily life situations.
    6. identify the safety rules indoor and outdoor.

 

PROGRESSION BETWEEN THE LEVELS

GRADE I

GRADE II

GRADE III

  • What is neighbourhood?
  • Key places in neighbourhood
  • Kinds of houses
  • Introduction to self
  • Importance of cleanliness
  • Way of cleanliness
  • Cleanliness and health
  • Family members
  • Key characteristics of a village and city life
  • Comparison of village and city life
  • Factors for healthy living
  • Past and present things
  • Differences in past and present things
  • Indoor safety
  • Outdoor safety

 

PATRIOTISM AND KNOWLEDGE OF COUNTRY

Standard 4: Students recognize the respect and value of their country Pakistan, its map, its founders, and the significance of its flag.

Benchmarks Grade I-III Students will:

    1. demonstrate love and loyalty towards their country.
    2. recognize national flag and understand symbolism in it.
    3. recognize the map of Pakistan and learn the full name of the country, its provinces and areas (AJK, GILGIT BALTISTAN and ICT).
    4. articulate   the   distinguished   historical   figuers   of   Pakistan   (Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal).
    5. recognize the religious and cultural festivals of Pakistan.

 

 

PROGRESSION BETWEEN THE LEVELS

GRADE I

GRADE II

GRADE III

  • Name the country
  • Date of existence
  • Flag of Pakistan.
  • Significance of the National Flag
  • Places of worship for Muslims and others

 

  • Reconize the map of Pakistan.
  • Provinces of Pakistan
  • Significance of the National Flag.
  • Religious and cultural festivals of Pakistan.

 

  • Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah: events and contributions
  • Allama Muhammad Iqbal: events and contributions

 

 

GOODS AND SERVICES

Standard 5: Students understand the concept of interdependence by classifying the role of goods and services in our lives and the need for respect for all occupations.

Benchmarks Grade I - III Students will:

    1. analyse the importance and variety of occupations, and demonstrate respect for them.
    2. identify different modes of transportation.
    3. demonstrate disciplined behavior at the public places e.g. bus stop, railway station, airport etc.
    4. differentiate amongst natural, human and capital resources as source of good.

 

PROGRESSION BETWEEN THE LEVELS

GRADE I

GRADE II

GRADE III

  • People in school
  • Activities in school
  • Means of transportation
  • Activities at airport, railway station, bus stop
  • Common professions in the village/ city
  • Processing (making products)
  • Common professions/ occupations in villages and cities.
  • Professions/ occupations they like
  • Natural resources
  • Human resources and capital resources
  • Goods and services
  • Buyers and sellers
  • Scarcity

 

 

LIFE SCIENCES

Standard 6: Students begin to understand and demonstrate curiosity about basic concepts and processes of the living world around themselves.

Benchmarks Grade I-III Students will:

    1. differentiate between living and non-living things.
    2. describe body parts and senses by their functions.
    3. describe feature of a healthly life.
    4. differentiate between different plants and animals is a type of living thing and recognize them as a major source of food.
    5. name major crops of Pakistan and their by products.
    6. explain growth and change is a important features that make plants and animals living things.

 

PROGRESSION BETWEEN THE LEVELS

GRADE I

GRADE II

GRADE III

  • Major parts of the human body and their function
  • Senses (touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing)
  • Common plants and animals
  • Need of plants and animals
  • Importance of plants and animals
  • Living places of animals
  • Wild and domestic animals
  • Food for animals
  • Caring for things around us
  • Living and non living things.
  • Major parts of a plant and their functions.
  • Plant and seeds
  • Growth and change in plants.
  • Uses of plants
  • Animals on land and in water
  • Growth and change in animals
  • Major crops in Pakistan
  • Live stock
  • Habitats
  • Kinds of habitats
  • Eco system
  • Characteristics of habitats
  • Life cycle of some animals and plants
  • Plants’ and animals' food
  • Basic food groups
  • Balanced diet

 

PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Standard 7: Students recognize simple forms of Physical phenomena (matter & energy) and relate everyday use to their lives.

Benchmarks Grade I-III Students will:

    1. understand the physical effects of light (shadows and directions)
    2. recognize states of matter by observing their basic physical properties
    3. recognize the basic sources of energy and uses.
    4. recognize and identify simple machines and their uses.
    5. explain the concept of inventions.
    6. identify push and pull as forces and their effects on objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRESSION BETWEEN THE LEVELS

GRADE I

GRADE II

GRADE III

  • Slow and fast means of transportation
  • Common sources (natural and human made)
  • Uses of heat and light
  • Methods of producing heat.
  • Intensity of heat and light
  • Importance of resources
  • Natural materials
  • Human made objects
  • Role of sunlight in the Formation of shadows
  • Sunrise and sunset
  • Using the sun for guidance
  • States of matter
  • Observing matter
  • Common sources and uses of energy
  • Common inventions
  • Effects of inventions on lives
  • Simple machines
  • Push and pull as a force
  • Uses of force
  • Force and motion

 

 

EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE

 

Standard 8: Students characterise the physical features and environmental changes of Earth as aspect of its been that as a relationship with celestial bodies in the sky.

Benchmarks Grade I-III Students will:

    1. identify features of Earth and other celestial bodies like sun, moon and the stars.
    2. recognize the natural sources and understand importance of their conservation including the protection of animals.
    3. define the term “pollution” and name its types.
    4. recognize the role of humans in reducing pollution in their environment.

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PROGRESSION BETWEEN THE LEVELS

GRADE I

GRADE II

GRADE III

  • Shape of earth
  • Earth’s feature
  • Celestial objects
  • Some natural resources
  • Importance of natural resources
  • Importance of water
  • Sources of water
  • Human management of water
  • Natural material and human made
  • Wastage of water and land
  • Problems caused by wastage of water and land.
  • Pollution
  • Protecting the endangered animals
  • Extinct animals
  • Natural disaster
  • Human activities and the natural habitats
  • Changes in the natural enviornment
  • Conserving the natural enviornment