The Grade 5’s spent a busy and productive 3 days during their Integrated Learning Task this week. Working in pairs, they presented the research they had done last week, firstly as a visual poster and secondly in the form of an oral presentation.Summarising information and putting it into their own words, is a skill they are still developing. They were encouraged to avoid plagiarism and to acknowledge their sources. Some very attractive and interesting posters were produced, while sticking to the deadlines set. Well done Grade 5’s! I think we all learnt a lot from each other!
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.
We recently celebrated Science at Elkanah House Senior Primary, with our Science Expo. It was truly a celebration, as it brought out the best in our children. The Grade 5’s topic was ENERGY, and believe me, there was more than enough energy doing the rounds on Expo Day! The children researched an experiment or an investigation of their choice, related to energy. After attempting the experiments, photographs were taken and posters were made to communicate their findings. The children had to consider their aim or the question that they wanted to explore, the apparatus that was needed, the method that had to be followed, the observations made through the results and then draw a conclusion. On the day of our Science Expo, the judges made their rounds and the parents and visitors came to view the experiments and talk to our children to get firsthand knowledge about their findings. Our children were well-prepared and confident when answering the public’s questions. They were very excited to demonstrate their experiments. So much learning, problem solving and critical thinking happened during this task. This was so much more than just Science!
Recently the Grade 5’s researched plants that are found in Africa, with the focus on how they are useful to us. They came up with a few wonderful and interesting facts, which they presented in the form of a poster. This was a Natural Sciences task, which then flowed over into an English Oral presentation. This is what a few of them had to say:
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.
As an extension of our Language exercise on verbs, the children wrote poems describing actions, using powerful verbs. Take a look at some of their examples.
We concluded our Integrated Learning Task by giving all of the children the opportunity to report their findings and research to their peers. They continued working in their pairs and they were given 90 minutes to prepare and rehearse a presentation. Once again they were encouraged to have a creative approach, so some of them were news reporters, others were presenters on Discovery channel, we had a group of teachers and also a safari with a tour guide out in the African bush. Everyone remained engaged throughout the presentations and it was a worthwhile learning experience.
I am happy to show off a few of our presenters.