Day 1 started off with great excitement. We arrived at quite a warm campsite and we were treated to a swim pretty soon after arrival to cool off before starting our activities. The children were divided into 5 groups and started a rotation of activities.
The first one was the Leap of Faith. For some it was a challenge of heights for others it was a breeze to the top. They enjoyed the swing at the top. The next was wall climbing. There were awesome moments as the children scaled the 11m high wall. The Long Walk to Freedom tested some teamwork among the children. The raft building was a firm favourite as they got to be out in the water again.
Our evening commenced with a starter as the children made their own stokbrood followed by a wonderful supper of chicken, roast potatoes and salad. We certainly don’t go hungry here.
We ended the day with a night walk to see the beautiful stars away from the city lights. Take a look at our photos of the day…
The children investigated different soil types. They physically got hands on touching and looking at the various soils. They came up with good ideas deciding which of the 3 soil types were best for plants to grow in.
One of the basics we have to get under the belt is vraagwoorde in Afrikaans. One of the ways we try to get the children acquainted with these words and practice their translations is through the memory game.
We practiced our Mental Maths skills by playing the Checkerboard game. A good way to refresh the rusty minds before tackling more complex calculations.
We have a class challenge for the term which is to complete a puzzle of the world to round off our SS theme. It is a great temptation to anyone walking past the table or something to do when they have finished work. Let’s see how long it takes to complete.
Take a look at some snapshots from our week.
Dear Grade 5 Parents
We would like to welcome you to our blog. We are looking forward to a wonderful year with your children. We will be going to Small Bay for a beach outing next week, Friday, 27 January. Parents are welcome to join us at Small Bay that morning. We are looking forward to meeting all of you at our Parent meeting on Tuesday, 24 January!
From the Grade 5 team
Dear Grade 5 Parents
As we end off a successful Grade 5 year, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of you for your support and encouragement towards your children and us as teachers.
We bid farewell to you all and wish you all the best in 2017 as the children head off to Grade 6 to face new exciting adventures.
We wish you all a very restful holiday, a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year ahead.
Renate von Schumann
We in the Rainbird class have been learning a bit more about our self-image. What wonderful conversations have been taking place around who we are, how is our self-image formed, what affects a low self-image can have on us and so much more. It has been a good investigative task as the children were challenged to look at themselves and see how they would describe themselves. Their honesty and vulnerability was amazing to witness as they opened up during our discussions. They task was then followed by a practical activity where the children traced around each other’s head and they then went through magazines to find different images and words that would describe them. What amazing individual end-products were created. Take a look at the photos below to see what the Rainbirds created.
This week has been full of all sorts of activities in and out of the classroom.
In SS we started scale and had to first draw a scaled down drawing of our teacher and then we did the same with our friends. There was great amusement as the children were comparing their measurements to their teacher.
As part of Book week we focussed on diaries. We read extracts out of some great reads, like The Diary of Anne Frank and The Diary of Iris Vaughn. There were many stories shared of grandparents and great grand parents from the Second World War times and it never ceases to amaze me how many people were affected by the war. This lead to the class creating their own diaries and having an opportunity to share what was on their hearts.
The middle of the week was welcomed with a break away from. School with an outing to the Iziko Museum. We had a lesson on the San and Khoi San people which was quite fascinating. We wondered off to the exhibition and also made our way through to the fossil section, where the children could see the museum people actually working on a fossilized rock. Thereafter it was definitely time for lunch in The Gardens. We were welcomed by countless pigeons desperate for any morsel of food much to some of the children’s delight. Others had a relaxing time nestled in the Bird’s nests. It was lovely to see them relax and enjoy the day out.
On Friday, part of World Book day, the children shared with each other about the books they are reading. They also got to go read some books to the Grade 3’s on the Junior Primary campus.
Take a look at our week filled with a range of activities….