Egypt Day was a welcomed break in our busy schedule of work and routine. The excitement was in the air as the children arrived in their beautiful costumes. They made a tremendous effort and they are sure to take many memories with them with the numerous photos taken. As they entered the world of Ancient Egypt they focussed on their artistic and creative side while making canopic jars, mummies and sarcophagi. These clay creations will be used in their ILT a little later this term. There was plenty of time to enjoy the lighter side of life while chatting, mingling and having a more relaxed day. Take a look through our gallery of photos…
Monthly Archives: August 2016
This past week was marked with an enormous amount of hard work. The children were kept exceptionally busy so we were all grateful to have had an outing to the Aquarium. One often thinks that this territory in the Waterfront is old territory for the children, but once they embark on the journey through seaweed, salty water experiences, bulging fish eyes, lumo floating jellyfish, shark encounters and so much more, then I realise how special these visits to the aquarium really are. We are fortunate to have experienced a lesson in one of the auditorium classrooms and a delightful young lady shared her knowledge on sharks with the children. The lesson is enlightening as it not only explains the details about sharks in general, but it also covers issues around shark awareness, their environment and their threats. The children loved getting to finally open the plastic tubs in order to touch the baby camouflaged sharks.
The new section at the aquarium is exciting, colourful and inviting to the children. There was great excitement as we ventured into dark areas, luminous-lit mirror zones and ‘hidey holes’ around each corner. I love the way the children became absorbed by the antics of the giant sea turtle, enormous fish and electrifying rays.
Back at our Elkanah ‘home’ the following day we also completed our tasks which we designed during the Olympic activity days. We created Olympic magazines with the children and they got to design some beautiful renditions for a magazine front cover during their IT lesson. I was amazed to see how many of the children already have such a key eye for design at such a young age. I am sure that you will be enthralled with the examples shown.
It is so exciting to explore shapes and measurement in Mathematics at the moment! We have been looking at 2-D shapes and 3-D shapes, discovering ways of drawing them accurately and learning all about the difference between area and perimeter. The lessons have been hands-on, including using the Geoboard app on their iPads to discover the formula for area, measuring and calculating the perimeter of various objects around the school, working collaboratively to analyse the characteristics of various 3-D shapes and using their geometry sets to make accurate drawings.
We’ve learnt all about seeds – how they are formed, how they germinate and grow, how they are dispersed. As a practical activity, the children all brought some fruit to school and cut them open to examine the seeds. This was a collaborative tasks. The children chose three different fruits and they drew a cross section of each fruit, while also making notes on the characteristics of the seeds, e.g. their size, colour, quantity, position, texture and even taste. It goes without saying that the tasting was the best part, and of course all the “spoils” had to be eaten! Nothing goes to waste in the Pelicans class.
We loved reading an extract out of Treehorn in class. He has a big problem at school: he is shrinking and he can’t reach the water fountain! But no one wants to listen to him. The teacher sends him to the office, the secretary is too busy to pay attention and the principal only hears what he wants to hear. This made for a lively class discussion about how adults listen to children, or how they sometimes don’t listen to children, but actually should. The children presented their own version of the story as a role play.