Knowledge – at the end of the module the learner will have acquired the practical and theoretical understanding to:
Theme: Living Nature
a) Describe what soil is made of , its properties as the growth medium and alternatives to soil.
b) Explain the main characteristics of given types of soil with special reference to the local types.
c) Explain the water cycle.
d) Name given types of Maltese trees, shrubs and plants.
e) Explain the plant structure and the functions of the various parts of the plant.
f) Explain the key characteristics of Maltese plants.
g) Describe the different habitats of particular plants (e.g. a sunny corner, facing south is important to grow a cactus plant).
h) Explain the web of life with particular reference to Maltese flora and fauna.
i) Explain the main characteristics of different landscapes (garigue, fields, hills, beaches, etc.)
j) Name different patterns in nature (such as spiral, branching and nets).
Theme: Growing Food
k) Explain the basic gardening tools and equipment used and state how they can be maintained.
l) Explain safety related risks and describe the basic safety principles applied when using such tools/equipment and products.
m) Explain the difference between hybrid and heirloom seeds.
n) Describe different agricultural systems (traditional, sustainable, green revolution...) from an environmental, health and farmer’s perspective.
o) Explain different gardening techniques (with particular reference to no-till gardening, raised beds, wicking beds, container garden, and keyhole garden).
p) Explain the technique of composting and vermicomposting.
q) List the advantages of mulching and composting.
r) Recall the main characteristics of student’s portfolio making reference to self-reflection.
s) Explain the budgeting procedures required.
t) List at least three sustainable development principles with special reference to water saving techniques.
u) Define what an ‘active citizen’ means.
v) Describe social integration and cultural appropriate behaviour.