Afrikaans

Practical and Engaging efforts

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Onthouboks Decorating

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During the past couple of weeks the children have been engaged with numerous practical tasks. These play a vital role in their development with regard to their use of creativity and stretch them to solve problems and look for solutions. During the course of the last few weeks they had to create a dramatic presentation in a group which would portray the ‘Photosynthesis process’ to others. Good co-operation, self discipline and creative effort is of utmost importance with this task. The children did a good job and we had many a giggle in between all the serious jargon.

Maths was brought alive by beautiful, jade green three dimensional shapes which had to be explored and defined. The morning light captured the interesting shapes with green shadows on their faces. This was also a group activity and the children were left to solve problems in a collaborative fashion.

Glue, glitter, colorful photos, words galore, personal drawings, verses and lovely Afrikaans woordeskat was used to start their ‘Onthouboks’ project. It was lovely to hear the banter and sharing while they spent time decorating their memory boxes which will be used as a visual contribution during an Afrikaans Mondeling which is being developed. Various stages of Afrikaans discussion, written pieces and an interview with themselves will form the basis for this Mondeling. We look forward to seeing the final product. The children are certainly encouraged to let the creative juices flow during these wonderful tasks.

They also did a ‘Dustbin’ exploration where as part of their Social Science curriculum were instructed to decipher certain ‘sources’ which would help them fill in a table about certain people and households. This was once again a lovely hands on task. I can now just leave you with the unbelievable thought that we are halfway through the third term.

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Vertel my meer …

Vir Afrikaans het die kinders ‘n taalspeletjie in hulle groepe gespeel, om hulle aan te moedig om te gesels.  Die kinders het antwoorde op vrae voorberei en moes daardie vrae aan hulle groep in volsinne beantwoord wanneer hulle op daardie blok op die bord beland.  Die kompetisie-gees het hoog geloop en die kinders het mekaar beter leer ken.  Hulle het ook dieper vrae beantwoord soos:  Hoe voel jy wanneer iemand jou terg?

Taalspeletjie

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Working together – both challenging and fun!

The last week or two in Grade 5 has often required children to work in pairs or groups, flexing and stretching their collaborative skills.

Afrikaans orals involved working in pairs to plan the script of a conversation about the holidays, using a variety of question words to evoke appropriate answers. English language games in small groups got the children to brainstorm vocabulary and synonyms linked to verbs.

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Measuring their partners and then drawing each other to scale, 10 times smaller in their SS Books, was also great fun.

Reading each others’ blogposts and posting positive and polite comments was another way to encourage constructive interaction and the sharing of ideas. Please be sure to read your child’s blog and to also add your encouraging comment!

On a larger scale, during Drama, the Grade 5 classes have been practicing synchronised movement in time to music, which has been beautiful to watch!

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On Wednesday we begin our ILT where group work is integral to successful learning and presentation of the finished product. 

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Fantasy to Reality

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The Gr Fives enjoyed researching some unusual characters from African fantasy last week. They followed this up by creating their own fantasy people – writing and speaking about them. They certainly produced some very unusual ideas!

Back to reality meant punctuating sentences correctly and reading texts carefully for information. Language and comprehension skills are the foundations on which we can share and communicate our creative ideas!

In Afrikaans we are trying to get our communication skills off to a good start by practising basic greetings in small groups and pairs. Keep practising those ‘Vraagwoorde’!

On the Maths front, gathering real data and presenting it in graphs can be fun! Tallying and comparing different coloured cars travelling along a busy road nearby our school produced some interesting results. It was another opportunity to extend learning beyond the confines of the classroom.

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A snapshot at our week

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.

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Fabulous iPads and IT in action

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Puppet Pals ‘Draak’ recording

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IT lesson

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Multitasking with my computer and iPad

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Sources task

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Our deeper learning tasks, using the iPad as a tool,are developing really well after having implemented them on a few occasions now. The children are embracing the iPads in order to bring these tasks to life. The latest task was an Afrikaans task based on ‘Ruby en die Draak’ which is a delightful story which we covered in Afrikaans. The children had numerous tasks to complete but a highlight was the Puppet Pals iPad task where they had to record their voices giving an oral presentation of a description of their ‘Draaks’ which they had written themselves. To add to that, they also designed their own hand- drawn dragons which were then photographed and included into their puppet pals presentations. The children were enthralled with this task and loved choosing backgrounds, experimenting with the APP and then enlightening each other about their discoveries. There were some challenging moments but they have managed to submit some lovely final recordings to Google Classroom. I am amazed at their use of creativity and willingness to experiment with new material.

We briefed the children on a Rainfall and Temperature task for Social Science which entails keeping track of the rainfall and temperature for the week. They constructed rainfall gauges out of a 2l cooldrink bottle during their technology lesson, so these were put to use this week. This is a two week task which includes numerous skills in order to create the final presentation for submission.

During IT this week the children also were presented with an element of exploration. They were briefly introduced to the topic of Primary and Secondary sources and then went on to watch a Powtoon based on an explanation of these concepts. They then had to use that information to design two slides using PowerPoint in order to show their understanding of the topic. Specific questions were put to the children to answer in their slides. The visual side was also catered for by offering numerous pictures to be included so that their understanding was enforced.

It is great to reflect on the skills that are encompassed during these sessions and it is only when one breaks it all down, how one realises what it takes in order for them to complete these tasks.

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This week in the Rainbird class

This week we have enjoyed learning while playing games and practical investigation.

We played the memory game in our Afrikaans period to help learn the meaning and translation of our vraagwoorde.

During Maths our adding and subtracting skills were tested with The Checkerboard Race game. It was a race to the end with the highest scores. A white board came in handy for the working out our calculations.

NS had us investigating different types of soil. It was interesting seeing the different types of soil we have in our gardens at home. Then we got to start some research and discover what soil creatures live in the soil in Africa apart from the common critters. Our iPads came in handy for this task.

When the heat got too much for us what better than to take a cool off swim in the pool with friends.

What better way to end off the week with Friendship day dressed in our red, white and pink.

Take a look at the variety of activities we participated in over the week…

 

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Ons leer Afrikaans speel-speel

Hierdie week het die Graad 5-kinders sinne met Vraagwoorde gebruik.  Hulle het ‘n kaartspeletjie in groepe gespeel om hulle te help om die Vraagwoorde vas te lê.  Die kompetisie onder mekaar was opwindend!

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Ons maak ons eie Toebroodjies

Vir Afrikaans het ons kinders hulle eie toebroodjie resepte geskryf.  Hulle moes eers ‘n paar vrae uitdink en ‘n opname doen oor die tipe toebroodjies waarvan mense die meeste hou.  Die opname is deur Google Forms in die rekenaarsentrum gedoen.  Die kinders het hierdie inligting in ag geneem toe hulle hul eie resepte uitgedink het.  Daarna het hulle aan die klas kom demonstreer hoe om hulle toebroodjies te maak.  Daar was baie interessante idees en ‘n paar gesigte is getrek, maar oor die algemeen het alles baie smaaklik gelyk … en geproe!

Kyk net hoeveel pret het ons gehad…

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Afrikaans is plesierig

Creating alphabet games !!!

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