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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End of 2016

Dear Grade 5 Parents

As we end off a successful Grade 5 year, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of you for your support and encouragement towards your children and us as teachers.

We bid farewell to you all and wish you all the best in 2017 as the children head off to Grade 6 to face new exciting adventures.

We wish you all a very restful holiday, a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year ahead.

Kind Regards

Renate von Schumann

 

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Who are we?

We in the Rainbird class have been learning a bit more about our self-image. What wonderful conversations have been taking place around who we are, how is our self-image formed, what affects a low self-image can have on us and so much more. It has been a good investigative task as the children were challenged to look at themselves and see how they would describe themselves. Their honesty and vulnerability was amazing to witness as they opened up during our discussions. They task was then followed by a practical activity where the children traced around each other’s head and they then went through magazines to find different images and words that would describe them. What amazing individual end-products were created. Take a look at the photos below to see what the Rainbirds created.

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Birthdays, Solar Ovens and Roald Dahl cheers.

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Cycle tests, assessments and the conveying of the last few pearls of wisdom from teachers, have been the order of the day in our classrooms for the past few weeks. In between all of this it is also great to celebrate. We have had Birthdays in abundance in the Penguin class these past few weeks. It is lovely to stop and think about the child who is celebrating their Birthday and we do that by sitting on the mat and quietly reflecting on the special character of the child whose Birthday it is. We light a candle and the children are given a chance, by choice, to share something special about the Birthday child. It astounds me to see how children reflect and have such insight at such a young age. It is lovely to see the ‘Birthday girl or boy’ being uplifted in such a kind and loving way. It is also so special to see how the children’s comments have developed since the beginning of the year- personal growth is after all as important as the academic growth. Kate celebrated her crown Birthday this week and the children loved getting ice lollies on a warm day. The children chose to be unicorns for the photograph. I just love their minds.

At the end of last term I was thrilled to have two Penguins standing up in assembly to receive a little award for their art contributions during our Roald Dahl celebration week. Luke and Sabrina were commended for their delightful efforts.

We had good discussion and input into ideas behind renewable energy this past week and it is so good to develop an awareness amongst the children in this regard. We constructed solar ovens out of pizza boxes and the most fun part was melting some chocolate at the end of all the hard work. The children had to hold on to their ovens outside as the South Easter swirled around, but we were fortunate to have our reliable South African sun shine brightly that day.

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Big on Birthdays

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Roald Dahl art competition

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Science Wizards

We recently celebrated Science at Elkanah House Senior Primary, with our Science Expo.  It was truly a celebration, as it brought out the best in our children.  The Grade 5’s topic was ENERGY, and believe me, there was more than enough energy doing the rounds on Expo Day!  The children researched an experiment or an investigation of their choice, related to energy.  After attempting the experiments, photographs were taken and posters were made to communicate their findings.  The children had to consider their aim or the question that they wanted to explore, the apparatus that was needed, the method that had to be followed, the observations made through the results and then draw a conclusion.  On the day of our Science Expo, the judges made their rounds and the parents and visitors came to view the experiments and talk to our children to get firsthand knowledge about their findings.  Our children were well-prepared and confident when answering the public’s questions.  They were very excited to demonstrate their experiments.  So much learning, problem solving and critical thinking happened during this task.  This was so much more than just Science!

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Here are some of the Pelicans making their posters.

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Take a look at some of our final “products”.

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Having fun, using the 5 C’s…

Creativity … Critical thinking … Collaboration … Cooperation … Communication …

These skills were the focus of our Integrated Learning Task this term, using Ancient Egypt as our theme. This ILT is one of our Grade 5 highlights. It involves research about Howard Carter and King Tut’s tomb, mummification, Ancient Egyptian farming and Ancient Egyptian family life. The children collaborate and share their findings with one another. They use the content of their research as a vehicle to implement these very important 21st century skills.

The children wrote Diary entries for English, built pyramids together, performed an archaeological dig in groups, used their pyramids to complete a measurement and shapes task for Mathematics, created an informative Powerpoint slide on pyramids and wrote a letter to their friends in Afrikaans, telling them about our recent Egypt Day activities.

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