A short week

This past week was a short one after the long weekend but in true ‘ Elkanah style’  managed to create a jam packed week filled with new insights, discoveries and explorations. We celebrated Green and Blue week and the whole school was buzzing with environmental issues. We chose to explore deforestation with the children and we looked at various videos, had discussions and debates, used a flipped classroom approach and allowed the children to get their creative juices flowing. Their end product will be the creation of an iMovie which will tell a story about deforestation. The creative part is that they have been briefed to design and draw their own visuals using mixed media in order to put across their story. This is work in progress and we will touch on this again with final products and beautiful artwork in the weeks to come.

We also managed to squeeze in an outing to our beautiful Kirstenbosch. It is admirable to hear the children mention so many aspects relating to their learnings in the passed term. The visual world becomes the real insight to them and the learning becomes embedded. We looked at the trees in the area, discussed the fresh air full of oxygen, looked at various plants and their uses and the children are always fascinated with the stories of our Fynbos. Climbing the trees and side roots at Kirstenbosch is a real favourite of our children and we are reminded that they truly are still children who love to use their imaginations relating to the ‘Monkey King’ while they are at play. Kirstenbosch remains a rich and useful playground to all children and parents. IMG_2992

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Exploring the Fynbos with magnifying glasses.

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Day 1 at High Africa

Day 1 started off with great excitement. We arrived at quite a warm campsite and we were treated to a swim pretty soon after arrival to cool off before starting our activities. The children were divided into 5 groups and started a rotation of activities.

The first one was the Leap of Faith. For some it was a challenge of heights for others it was a breeze to the top. They enjoyed the swing at the top. The next was wall climbing.  There were awesome moments as the children scaled the 11m high wall. The Long Walk to Freedom tested some teamwork among the children. The raft building was a firm favourite as they got to be out in the water again.

Our evening commenced with a starter as the children made their own stokbrood followed by a wonderful supper of chicken, roast potatoes and salad. We certainly don’t go hungry here.

We ended the day with a night walk to see the beautiful stars away from the city lights. Take a look at our photos of the day…

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Creatures that live in the soil

The Grade 5’s spent a busy and productive 3 days during their Integrated Learning Task this week. Working in pairs, they presented the research they had done last week, firstly as a visual poster and secondly in the form of an oral presentation.img_6117img_6109Summarising information and putting it into their own words, is a skill they are still developing. They were encouraged to avoid plagiarism and to acknowledge their sources. Some very attractive and interesting posters were produced, while sticking to the deadlines set.                                                                                                                              img_6115Well done Grade 5’s! I think we all learnt a lot from each other!img_6129img_6125img_6131img_6120img_6122img_6113

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Soil gives life!

Part of our soil investigation was taking a closer look at what is happening underground. Here are a few of the children’s interpretations of how they see life in our soil.

 

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Picture drawn by Joley

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Picture drawn by Caitlin

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Picture drawn by Kate

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Exploring Fynbos

We had the privilege of visiting Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens this week. The children learnt all about the four main types of fynbos that we find in the Western Cape, they heard about the history of Kirstenbosch and about the rocks and soil that we find on and around Table Mountain. Walking across the Boomslang bridge was a highlight for most, and for a few it was an opportunity to conquer their fear of heights! And while we’re on the topic of “boom”, everyone had a chance to show off their tree-climbing skills. Of course there was also time for a picnic and rolling down the hill. As it was a very hot day, we were relieved to be able to cool off in the little river.

We all had a wonderful day in the outdoors, enjoyed spending time together as friends and gained a new appreciation for this beautiful spot in the world that we call home!

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A week packed with endless fun and memories

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Colourful beach girls 🏖🏖🏖

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Boys know how to have fun 💥💥

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DEAR and a little play time. 🍭🍭

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….and never forget the learning. MATHS !!!

We loved starting our week by celebrating friendship day! I love the colours permeating through our school on this day and I enjoy watching the children interact on this day where we are given the right to reach out to others. Red hearts, chockies, baked biscuits and icing, sweet notes and hugs galore were the order of the day. It is always a good time to visit the ‘ kindness/ giving/ friendship/ warmth / reaching out theme on this day.

I managed to capture a few shots of my children enjoying DEAR – the reading in our class is on the GO and books are being completed and shared at a rate of knots. I am so happy to see the children also haul out there books once their allocated tasks are completed. I loved watching my boys also tackle the ‘ army men’ box during some free time during the week. I am always in awe as to how their imaginations can run wild. I try and remain in earshot so as to get a sense of how their game is working that particular time.

We were fortunate to go to Small Bay for a beautiful beach outing this past week. We managed to dodge the rain and cold wind and we ended up having a great time filled with plenty of swimming, games, chats, climbing and the much needed and most important ice cream buying. It is also a lovely time to include our parents on this outing and to all get to know each other a little better.

It was certainly not all play and no work… we introduced place value and expanded notation to the children and I hauled out some practical number concept activities which proved to allow for worthwhile interaction and learning to take place. The children paired up with their ‘Shoulder Buddies’ in order to take turns building large numbers which I had set for them. Children had to keep quiet during their turns, but then their partner could give feedback once the child had completed their turn. I also then allowed them to build allocated numbers together with a set time limit. It proved to be an exciting lesson.

We also started a research process for Natural Science. The children have paired up and have chosen a soil creature which they will do research on, write summaries and do a picture search in order to prepare for their ILT next week.

The children are all settling down well after 5 weeks in Grade 5 and it is amazing to see them become accustomed and comfortable with our ways and teaching styles. Here’s to a fabulous week ahead.

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Friendship day ❤️

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New friends. New year

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Beach outing

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Ice cream is the MOST important 🍧🍧

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Fantasy to Reality

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The Gr Fives enjoyed researching some unusual characters from African fantasy last week. They followed this up by creating their own fantasy people – writing and speaking about them. They certainly produced some very unusual ideas!

Back to reality meant punctuating sentences correctly and reading texts carefully for information. Language and comprehension skills are the foundations on which we can share and communicate our creative ideas!

In Afrikaans we are trying to get our communication skills off to a good start by practising basic greetings in small groups and pairs. Keep practising those ‘Vraagwoorde’!

On the Maths front, gathering real data and presenting it in graphs can be fun! Tallying and comparing different coloured cars travelling along a busy road nearby our school produced some interesting results. It was another opportunity to extend learning beyond the confines of the classroom.

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A snapshot at our week

The children investigated different soil types. They physically got hands on touching and looking at the various soils. They came up with good ideas deciding which of the 3 soil types were best for plants to grow in.

One of the basics we have to get under the belt is vraagwoorde in Afrikaans. One of the ways we try to get the children acquainted with these words and practice their translations is through the memory game.

We practiced our Mental Maths skills by playing the Checkerboard game. A good way to refresh the rusty minds before tackling more complex calculations.

We have a class challenge for the term which is to complete a puzzle of the world to round off our SS theme. It is a great temptation to anyone walking past the table or something to do when they have finished work. Let’s see how long it takes to complete.

Take a look at some snapshots from our week.

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2017 – On your marks, get set …

And go!

 The Grade 5’s started their new school year with a bang!

One of our first activities for the year was a treasure hunt.  The children “worked” (or shall we say “ran, brainstormed, panicked”) in their groups and had to scan QR codes for clues that sent them all around the school in search of puzzle pieces, which they had to put together.  This was a great test of their team work skills, as they had to move together as a team and make decisions as a team.

Being a little rusty after the holidays, we had to “oil” our brain machines by playing a few times table games, using cards and dice.  They enjoyed competing with one another, to see who could answer first!

Vir Afrikaans het hulle ‘n dialoog vir die klas aangebied.  Dit wat baie pret!  Die kinders het gedink dat dit baie snaaks was.  Hulle het geskater van die lag.  Ons moes heelwat van die uitsprake so ‘n bietjie oefen, maar daar is geen twyfel nie – dit was hierdie week een van ons hoogtepunte!

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We are learning about the different types of soil at the moment.  As an introduction, the children brought soil samples from home to compare with one another.  They examined the colour, texture, smell, size of the particles, etc.  We had a lively discussion regarding the importance of soil and the fact that there is such a little topsoil available to us for growing food and plants.

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Welcome

Dear Grade 5 Parents

We would like to welcome you to our blog. We are looking forward to a wonderful year with your children. We will be going to Small Bay for a beach outing next week, Friday, 27 January. Parents are welcome to join us at Small Bay that morning.  We are looking forward to meeting all of you at our Parent meeting on Tuesday, 24 January!

From the Grade 5 team

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