Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 3 and 4
The Planet Earth and Beyond strand is about the interconnecting systems and processes of the Earth, the other parts of the solar system, and the universe beyond. Students learn that Earth’s subsystems of geosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (life) are interdependent and that all are important. They come to appreciate that humans can affect this interdependence in both positive and negative ways.
Students also learn that Earth provides all the resources required to sustain life except energy from the Sun, and that, as humans, we act as guardians of these finite resources. This means knowing and understanding the numerous interactions of Earth’s four systems with the solar system. Students can then confront the issues facing our planet and make informed decisions about the protection and wise use of Earth’s resources.
PE&B3/4-1: Appreciate that water, air, rocks and soil, and life forms make up our planet and recognise that these are also Earth’s resources.
PE&B3/4-2: Investigate the water cycle and its effect on climate, landforms, and life.
PE&B3/4-3: Investigate the components of the solar system, developing an appreciation of the distances between them.