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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

PRIMARY SCHOOL SYLLABUS AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE CURRICULUM
[*October 2001]

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction Goals of The Agricultural Science Curriculum for Primary Schools Summary of The Curriculum Infant Year One Profile Term II ……………………………………………………………. Infant Year One …………………………………………………………………………………… Infant Year Two…………………………………………………………………………………… Standard One Profile Term II …………………………………………………………………… Standard One ……………………………………………………………………………………… Standard Two Profile Term II…………………………………………………………………….. Standard Two………………………………………………………………………………………. Standard Three Profile Term II…………………………………………………………………….. Standard Three …………………………………………………………………………………….. Standard Four Profile Term II……………………………………………………………………… Standard Four ……………………………………………………………………………………… Standard Five Profile Term II……………………………………………………………………… Standard Five………………………………………………………………………………………. Assessment………………………………………………………………………………………… Appendices………………………………………………………………………………………… Acknowledgements………………………………………………………………………………….

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INTRODUCTION “Every man, woman and child has the inalienable right to be fee from hunger and malnutrition in order to develop their physical and mental faculties.” FAO 1974 World Food Conference. The original Agricultural Science Curriculum subscribes to the above believe and was used in our schools effectively , so much so that to this day , the garden and quiz competitions are dynamic aspects of the curriculum in the primary schools of the republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Revision of this curriculum started in 1998 and is now completed, having been piloted successfully in over two hundred [200] schools in the eight Educational Districts. This Draft {2001} has been modified using feedback from Primary Schools Principals, teachers as well as pupils, parents, Schools Supervisors and Curriculum Facilitators. This Curriculum introduces the integrated approach to teaching Agricultural Science at the primary level. Its main premise is to guide teachers in the creation of effective learning experience leading to the development of skills and basic concepts in Agricultural Science. The Curriculum is also intended to focus the pupils’ minds on the importance of the preservations of the environment as well as on developing technologies in modern day agriculture. The content of this curriculum exposes the pupil to agriculture as a career and attempts to clear misconceptions about agricultural pursuits.

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GOALS Certain goals were identified in formulating this curriculum in Agricultural science. They are as follows:1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. The practice and principles of healthy living including mental, physical and emotional well- being. The demonstration of basic understanding of elementary concepts in Science and Technology. Development of an understanding of the environment and problems caused by its degradation. The practice of habits which demonstrate care of the environment. Appreciation of the value of entrepreneurship, self- reliance and a positive work ethic. Demonstration of the skills in crop and animal husbandry and soil conservation. Development of knowledge and appreciation of career pathways in agriculture.

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Summary of the Agricultural Science Curriculum This curriculum consists of eleven main topics. These topics are as follows:1. ENVIRONMENT. 2. ROOT MEDIA /SOIL 3. CROPS 4. LIVESTOCK. 5. TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT 6. FERTILIZERS, MANURES AND ARGRICULTURAL CHEMICALS 7. WEATHER 8. AGRO-PROCESSING 9. CROPPINGS METHODS 10.NURSERY 11.FARMSS, AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS IN ARICULTURE Each topic was constructed with relevant sub-components that are critical to facilitate the pupils’ appreciation and understanding of this curriculum. Each content, skills and practical activities that are outline within this curriculum are inter- related and together promote integration amongst the other curricula of the...
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