Today the Grade 5’s began their 3-day Integrated Learning Task which focusses on the indigenous cultural groups of South Africa. The children, in small groups, will do research and present their findings in the form of an informative dramatic play on Friday. Working in groups is exciting and fun, but has its challenges too! Delegating responsibilities, listening to each other’s ideas, being willing to make compromises, and working to deadlines are important life-skills that our Grade 5’s are learning in the process.
Juaneque’s group busy on their research.
Abigail and Giam planning their presentation.
Emily’s group putting energy into practising their presentation.
Tyra’s group working together brilliantly!
Keenan and Jordan practising their parts.
Nissi and Emma dramatising what they have learnt.
Botho, Caitlin and Mimi finetuning ideas and making decisions.
At the same time, the Louries are busy with a Natural Science project in which the germination of the bean seed is being studied. Regular observations are being made and detailed notes and diagrams are being kept up to date.
Thomas checks his beans.
Emma is very pleased with her bean’s progress.
Britt wonders why her beans are taking their time to grow.
Tomorrow we are off to Builders Warehouse to investigate modern building materials and their prices, in preparation for a Mathematics activity. Apart from mathematical skills, listening and observation skills will be necessary in order to complete this assignment successfully!
We wish our talented and resourceful Grade 5’s all the best for the next two days of their busy ILT!
The Pelicans have enjoyed a very busy, but exciting few weeks this term. They were all very proud of their wire words that they made in Technology with Mrs Louw. There are certainly a few talented children in our class!
As an introduction to our upcoming Integrated Learning Task, we visited the SA Museum in Cape Town. The children received a brilliant talk about the lifestyles of the early inhabitants of SA, along with being able to view the very real-to-life exhibits. They were able to have a hands-on experience in a special room, made just for exploring and touching – just up their alley!
The children realised that we have to play a part in helping to keep our immediate environment clean and litter free, even if it means having to clean up someone else’s mess. I must say, they were all extremely positive about the Greenbelt clean-up, equipped with their black bags and gloves. Just look at these smiling faces! So parents, if you need the trash to be taken outside, feel free to ask. We’ve given them some good practice at school.
No offense to any of the other classes, but the Pelicans made the BEST hats for our Green Day celebrations. Their creativity was set loose and we were “wowed” by their designs. The children used recyclable materials and greenery to bring across the message of keeping our world clean and beautiful.
Investigating the Build of SA using physical maps from the Atlas, the children made a model using playdough to depict the coastal plain, escarpment, mountains and plateau of the land. This was a fabulous activity for the tactile learners and a bit of a challenge for the ones who prefer the pencil-and-paper activities. In the end, though, everyone had a better understanding of our country’s build.
Over the next few weeks, we will be tackling our ILT, which will allow so much opportunity for hands-on, creative learning. So watch this space … you’re in for a treat!