Monthly Archives: September 2014

Grade 5 Stationery delivery to the Pebbles organization

Sorting out the stationery.

Sorting out the stationery.

Sweet interactions.

Sweet interactions.

A walk to the dam sharing songs all the way.

A walk to the dam sharing songs all the way.

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Ben the master bubble- blower.

Ben the master bubble- blower.

It is amazing how quickly these Clubs and Societies have come upon us this term. Some of the Grade 5’s came along to the Pebbles organisation on the Villiera Wine Estate. We delivered stationery which has been collected by our Grade 5’s as part of their charity concern for this year. It is wonderful to see the children interact so sweetly with the children on the farm. Games were played, bubbles were blown, songs were sung down at the dam and chockies were hidden in the garden as an after lunch treat. A great day was had by all.

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Snipits from the week

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Puppets and a Shaka Zulu oral

Puppets and a Shaka Zulu oral

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A Brocken arm does not stop Kieran playing with sharks.

A Brocken arm does not stop Kieran playing with sharks.

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My classroom is bulging with Pyramid constructions, camel art pieces , shaduf technology creations and exciting puppets which were made as a combined project during drama and art. Suffice to say that there is never a dull moment in the lives of the Grade 5’s.

The Penguins presented their SS orals to me yesterday. The children were put into pairs and given a historical figure ( mostly South African/ or connected to South Africa) to research. They had to answer certain questions about the person and then present their findings,with pictures, on their iPads using the Keynote App. I had the likes of Shaka Zulu, DF Malan, Sol Plaaitjies and many more visit my class yesterday. The children love any opportunity to dress up and perform. They are so comfortable to engage in orals and get on with it without any complaints. I see this as the fruit of having done many orals from a young age at Elkanah.

Our Aquarium visit was a highlight this past week. The children love exploring the exhibit tanks and there is always a new discovery no matter what age group walk through there. Patterns on fish, textures, colours, and fascinating creatures enthrall them all. I was pleased that we made the decision to change our lesson topic to the one on Sharks. A smart board is used to enhance the lesson and to keep the children’s attention. The following pictures share the real experiences.

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Aquarium outing

The Louries and Rainbirds went off to the Aquarium for a lovely day out.  They learnt all about sharks.  They even got to touch a little Shy Shark, which not all children were sure about.  But what an amazing day out!

 

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Louries explore Ancient Egypt

Dividing the site into a grid

Dividing the site into a grid

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Working in a group for three days, using mathematical, language, IT, technical and artistic skills is a great challenge for any Grade 5 scholar.  Learning to work collaboratively – listening, sharing, negotiating and compromising – our Grade 5’s are developing life-skills which most adults still struggle to attain!

One of the favourite ILT activities was the archaeological dig. Each group was allocated their own mini-site to excavate, following the correct archaeological procedure. Every artifact was carefully dug up, cleaned, bagged and recorded.

 

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Learning, learning and more learning around Ancient Egypt in Grade 5.

The Penguin class have also been really busy for the past week. It is great to see the enthusiasm and learning which took place around the Ancient Egypt task. The photos tell it all !!

Excavations underway

Excavations underway

Constructing and decorating pyramids

Constructing and decorating pyramids

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Grade 5 ILT

The last 3 days have been action packed full of activities.  “This has been our favorite ILT” has been a common sentence in the Rainbird class over the last few days.  From building pyramids, creating camels, designing landscapes to doing an archaeological dig there has rarely been a dull moment for us all.  Take a look at the progression of our pyramid building.

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The final product

The final product

The final product

The final product

The final product

The final product

The final product

The final product

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The Exciting Egyptians

Egypt day hit Elkanah on Friday with much excitement.  There was a wide variety of glits and glamour.  The children went the extra mile as they put together beautiful costumes that contributed to a very colorful day! The day was filled with activities such as moulding their own mummies out of clay wrapping it up and placing it in their home made sarcophagus and learning more about this fascinating ancient civilization. Now they are ready for the ILT where they will have more hands on activities about ancient Egypt.

 

 

 

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