Monthly Archives: January 2014

Soil Investigation

We are currently studying various soil types in Natural Sciences and today we investigated sandy, clayey and loamy soil.  The children worked in groups and had a hands-on experience.  They had to discover the properties of each soil type by looking at the size, density, colour and texture of the particles.  They recorded their findings in a tabel.  This was an excellent activity for our tactile learners!

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No, you’re not supposed to TASTE it.

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Clayey soil – definitely mushy.

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Densely packed particles with very little air and humus.

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An even closer look at soil…

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I’m dirtier than you!

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So this is what we discovered…

Earlier this week the Grade 5’s drew pictures portraying the life that is found in soil.  I just had to share these two pictures with you.

Life in Soil 1

Life in Soil 2

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Afrikaans Alfabetspeletjie

Die kinders het vandag geoefen hoe om mekaar in Afrikaans te groet en hoe om hulleself bekend te stel. Hulle het daarna ‘n speletjie gespeel met flitskaarte oor al die woordeskat wat hulle geleer het. Hulle moes saam met hulle maats werk om groepies woorde in alfabetiese volgorde te rangskik. Afrikaans is altyd pret as ons speletjies kan speel!

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Ons ken die alfabet in Afrikaans – A, B, C, D…

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Watter woord kom volgende?

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Car Survey

This week the Grade 5’s embarked on a car survey.  We wanted to see how many of each colour car we could count.  The children stood on the side of the road and filled in a tally sheet while they were counting.  Later, once they were back in class, they filled in their totals and then they used the information which they had gathered in the field, to construct a column graph and a pictograph.  This exercise helped the children to see how a real life experience can become relevant in the classroom and be used as a teaching tool.

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Receiving our instructions

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Now to sit and watch the traffic…

 

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Have you ever seen so many white cars in one place?

 

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Who says Maths isn’t fun?

 

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Grade 5 2014

Seaweed has many functions

Seaweed has many functions

Refreshing water on a hot day

Refreshing water on a hot day

Cooling down on a hot day

Cooling down on a hot day

This is the life

This is the life

On top of the world

On top of the world

Relaxed and happy

Relaxed and happy

Friends

Friends

Beautiful smile

Beautiful smile

This beats being in class

This beats being in class

New friends

New friends

Having a break and warming up

Having a break and warming up

Fun day out

Fun day out

fun on the jungle gym

fun on the jungle gym

One place all boys like to be.

One place all boys like to be.

The Manne

The Manne

Warming up and tanning

Warming up and tanning

Grade 5 has got off to a good start.  Lots has been happening in the first week and a half of the year.  From getting to know our teachers, treasure hunts, being sprayed in the heat to our annual Beach outing.  What a wonderful day we had today for all to bond and get to know each other a little better.  The weather was just right, the teachers and parents relaxed, the waves were a perfect size to have fun in and time spent out of the class amongst friends….what could be better?

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