Reading is a vital research skill. It can be challenging and fun at the same time. Information about several different characters of African folklore had to be researched and summarised in tabular format under specific categories. Some of the children used the iPad app, ‘Notability’ to highlight key information needed in their summaries. Working together in small groups added to the fun.
Discovering the diversity and imaginative ideas in our colourful African cultures will hopefully stimulate creative ideas in our Gr 5’s own creative writing next week, as they try to invent some fantasy characters of their own!
Some make it look easy!
For some it’s a challenge!
‘Teamwork’ was the motto of the Grade 5’s this week as they prepared for 3 days of ILT. During Life Orientation we took a good look at how to be successful and helpful members of a small group. Taking turns, listening to each other, doing my share, taking responsibility and encouraging each other are just some of the skills we discussed.
Working as part of a team can be great fun, but certainly has its challenges! So, just to break the ice and to get uncomfortably close to their ILT team for this term, the Gr 5’s played the “Ha ha” game! It was hilarious! Enjoy the photos!
Some of us are very comfortable working with others.
Waiting for the judge on the day of the Science Expo is pretty nerve wracking for most grade 5’s! Often experiments don’t work the way they are supposed to on the day. However, we can be really proud of the effort and hard work put in by each child. Much was learnt not only about science, but about planning, organisation, collaboration and presentation – great skills for someone who is only 11!
All done with smoke and mirrors!
In case you never noticed, I’m wearing really cool shades!
Dylan producing energy.
Ask me anything – I’m so organised!
I am so ready!
Tam’s devastating tsunami.
I even have sweets of the judge!
Dividing the site into a grid
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.
Indigenous fynbos, ghost frogs, orb spiders, montane forests and Xhosa huts – all investigated under the majestic presence of Nursery Buttress – a natural learning environment in which our children can be children! To top it all, there was a maze of tree trunks in the forest to explore and climb, and frogs and crabs in the streams to catch and examine.
This outing is always a favourite, and at the end of a frenetic term, is just what the doctor ordered for pupils and teachers alike!