As part of our exploration of shapes, the children discovered the names of various three-dimensional shapes by looking at their properties. Once they had learnt the properties of polyhedrons and prisms, they applied their knowledge as a group and set out naming the shapes – and they were very successful!
Vir Afrikaans het die kinders ‘n taalspeletjie in hulle groepe gespeel, om hulle aan te moedig om te gesels. Die kinders het antwoorde op vrae voorberei en moes daardie vrae aan hulle groep in volsinne beantwoord wanneer hulle op daardie blok op die bord beland. Die kompetisie-gees het hoog geloop en die kinders het mekaar beter leer ken. Hulle het ook dieper vrae beantwoord soos: Hoe voel jy wanneer iemand jou terg?
We have been taking a closer look at how we are feeling and taking our emotional temperatures. Some open and honest discussion took place in the classroom and we came to the conclusion that there is no such thing as a “wrong” emotion. The differentiator in our relationships is how we choose to act upon our emotions. The children worked in pairs to prepare skits that display four different types of emotions. It made for a good few laughing opportunities, which of course forms part of everyone’s favourite emotion – joy!
The children worked in groups to conduct a seed search using a variety of fruits. Paw-paw, kiwi fruit, tomatoes, avocado pears and many more were brought along for our seed party. They discovered and recorded the size, shape, position, colour and texture of the seeds and made some beautiful drawings. Everyone took part in eating the spoils afterwards, even the lemons!
Last week the Grade 5’s had their second term ILT where the aim of this ILT was to foster an appreciation of local cultures of Southern Africa and to create an awareness of how culture has influenced housing.
They were put in groups and had to research one of our historic South African cultures. They had to take the information and present it to the class in the form of an informative dramatic presentation based on fact. They had to write their plays in the form of a script and then had to perform their play to teach the rest of the class about their specific culture.
In their groups they also had to price a number of materials to help Bob the Builder to build a new house for Mr Preston. They were given a Builder’s Warehouse catalogue to choose the materials from but had a budget to stick to.
Lastly we then watched a number of videos on the housing in informal settlements and the children then wrote individual blog posts of a day in the life of a child in an informal settlement.
Great little helper
It has been tremendously ‘ On the Go’ in Grade 5 during the past few weeks, with a multitude of assessments and cycle tests. In the busyness of it all it is just wonderful to stop and think of others too. On Wednesday 17 May we had ‘ One day without shoes’ and we managed to collect 550 pairs of shoes, which will be distributed in DuNoon to those in need. The children came to school barefoot on the day, in order to really get to grips with what it is like to go without shoes for the day. The children certainly rose to the challenge and were wonderfully committed to the cause.
We are all practicing our times tables like crazy at the moment and what better way to do it than with a helpful App on the iPad. Drilling , practicing and testing are beneficial skills to get the children on top of their tables.
During our Social Science lesson the children were introduced to scale and the children did a practical task afterwards. They had to measure each other and then draw a picture of their friends to scale in their school books. The children love seeing how tall they really are.
We have also been having discussions around the topic of bullying and cyber safety during our life orientation lessons. These discussions are invaluable to all and I am sure that the children will continue to benefit from the sharing and opportunity to be informed around these topics.
The Grade 5s had a challenging first term in the Design and Technology lessons learning to manipulate wire and work with pliers but their hard work paid off with beautiful end results! This was a new project taken on this year and they certainly reaped the rewards of their perseverance and positive attitudes. Look at how stunning these cacti are!