Last week the Grade 5’s had their second term ILT where the aim of this ILT was to foster an appreciation of local cultures of Southern Africa and to create an awareness of how culture has influenced housing.
They were put in groups and had to research one of our historic South African cultures. They had to take the information and present it to the class in the form of an informative dramatic presentation based on fact. They had to write their plays in the form of a script and then had to perform their play to teach the rest of the class about their specific culture.
In their groups they also had to price a number of materials to help Bob the Builder to build a new house for Mr Preston. They were given a Builder’s Warehouse catalogue to choose the materials from but had a budget to stick to.
Lastly we then watched a number of videos on the housing in informal settlements and the children then wrote individual blog posts of a day in the life of a child in an informal settlement.
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.