Monthly Archives: July 2013

Happy Birthday Madiba!

We celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday yesterday.  It was very special to see how excited the children were to share what he means to them.  We completed a timeline of his life, focussing on all the important events.  We looked at him as a leader and discussed how he has inspired us as South Africans.  The children used the information to write a blog post about how they have been inspired by him as individuals.  See below what two of our students wrote about this great man!

BLOG POSTS BY TWO OF OUR GRADE 5’S

Thank-you, Madiba, for standing up for what you believe in! The world would not be what it is now if it wasn’t for you! Thank-you for showing me never to back down from what you believe in. I’ve got your book “The Long Walk to Freedom” and I really enjoyed it! I read it over and over again! You will always be my hero and the one I will look up to. Thank-you for your 5 years of service as president. Thank-you for all the charities you helped. You had a dream and you made it come true. I hope I can do that too one day.

By: Cami

 

I think that Mr Mandela is the most important person in South Africa. He is such an inspiration to our country. He persevered through tough times, even though the government put him into prison. He was always gracious to people and he was always respectful to his fellow prisoners and the prison wardens. And even through tough times he kept on believing and he kept having faith. When he was let out of prison he did not come out in rage, but instead he asked the government to let black and white people come together as one. Nelson Mandela is a great inspiration of mine. He kept on persevering even when people put him down. I am proud to be a part of our beautiful rainbow nation that Mr Mandela created. We love you Tata Mandela!!!!

Blog post by Sarah

Mr Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom

 

Mandela and his wife Graca Michel

 

 

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Dustbin Investigation

This week during Social Sciences the Grade 5’s had so much fun “digging through the dustbins” of fictitious families …  The children were given bags with various “artifacts” that were supposedly found in dustbins and they had to examine the evidence to try and piece together information about different families, i.e. which people make up the family, which country they are from, what they like to eat, what they do for entertainment, what pets they have, what work they do, etc.  The artefacts included coins, till slips, various packaging, photographs, magazine pictures, newspaper clippings, etc.  They had so much fun being investigators and drawing conclusions.

This family enjoyed their vegetables

This family enjoyed their vegetables

What can we find on this piece of paper?

What can we find on this piece of paper?

These children have hamsters as pets

These children have hamsters as pets

Recording our findings

Recording our findings

 

 

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