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Life skills

Grade 3

Travelling in our country

Module 2



The homes of the people in South Africa also differ a lot. Perhaps you have seen many different homes when you travel by car. Mum and Dad are looking for a home that will meet their needs. They would like the house to be close to a school and they must be able to afford it too.

  • Describe to a friend what your house looks like.
  • Draw a picture of your house.
    • What makes your house special to you?
    • Would you like to live in a different type of house?
    • Why do you say so?
    • Write a short paragraph about your dream house.

Here we have an example of a Ndebele home . Their houses are always decorated very beautifully. The Ndebele tribe are very proud of their houses. Note the many different patterns.

  • Now draw a Ndebele home, decorating it with patterns of your own design.
  • Remember that their houses are always very colourful.
  • Find two more pictures of other traditional homes. Paste them below.


  1. Fold an A4 paper in four parts.
  2. Draw patterns using a black koki (find examples in magazines and other books).
  3. Colour your patterns with pastels or wax crayons.
  4. Iron the back of the page with a hot iron.
  5. Have it laminated or cover it with cling wrap.
  6. It can now be used as a place mat.

Hints: use the paper landscape.

Work from the top of your page to prevent smudging.

Remember to repeat your colours.

Apply the colours well.

Building materials

  • Have you seen that all the houses are not built from the same material?
  • See if you can find the right building material for each house: clay, reeds (straw), stone, wood, bricks, corrugated sheets.
  • Discuss in class why these houses differ.

  • Cut out an advertisement of a house that is for sale from an old newspaper and paste it below:
  • Answer the following questions:
  • What is the price of the house?
  • In what neighbourhood is the house situated?
  • Is the house big enough for your family?
  • Would you like to live in a house like that?
  • What changes would you like to make to the house?
  • Design a poster about one of these problems.
  • Suggest some possible solutions.
  • Now we have reached the end of our journey.
  • I hope you enjoyed it thoroughly.
  • Tick off, making a cross (no) or a tick (yes) to indicate how you feel about the journey.
Now I know exactly where I live.
I enjoyed speaking a different language.
I enjoyed listening to our guest speaker.
All the different houses are pretty.
It worries me that there are not enough homes for all the people in our country


Learning Outcomes(LO’s)
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT The learner will be able to demonstrate an understanding of and responds to constitutional rights and social responsibilities, and to show an understanding of diverse cultures and religions.
Assessment Standards(ASs)
We know this when the learner:
2.3 explains relationships with members of the family, extended family, school and broader community.
REFLECTING The learner will be able to reflect critically and creatively on artistic and cultural processes, products and styles in past and present contexts.
Assessment Standards(ASs)
We know this when the learner:
2.1 ( dance ) – identifies how feelings and moods are expressed through the body and face, the use of energy and the choice of movement.
LO 4
EXPRESSING AND COMMUNICATING The learner will be able to use enquiry skills to investigate the past and present.
Assessment Standards(ASs)
We know this when the learner:
4.3 ( drama ) – uses the voice, gesture and body shape to express feelings and thoughts.


  • Learners can work together in groups to build different houses. (This is an enjoyable project where learners can build the houses in class and work together in groups.)
  • Ask learners well in advance to collect advertisements of houses for sale.
  • Art: Use an A4 folio on which learners can draw four rows of patterns (Ndebele patterns). Colour them in with pastel crayons. The outlines are drawn with a thick, black koki pen. It can also be laminated and used as a place mat.

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