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!
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.
Leading up to our Integrated Learning Task, the Grade 5’s researched a soil creature of their choice that lives in Africa. During the ILT their research was written into their own words and used to create an informative poster. We asked the children to provide the scientific name for their creature and to discuss their appearance, habitat, diet and some interesting facts. The children worked in pairs for this task. They were encouraged to be creative and to make use of relevant pictures. The following were put to the test: Their ability to follow instructions, work independently, make decisions, plan, manage their time, deal with conflict, compromise and … of course … clean up! They enjoyed being allowed to express themselves by creating final products that they were all very proud of.
Below you can see how busy they were making their posters.
And of course, they had to prank the teacher! A few “creatures” that just happened to be “crawling” around on the floor, made me jump with fright. Take a look at what I had to deal with …
And here are the guilty parties involved …
They finally all completed their posters. Take a look at their handiwork.
To kick-start our Integrated Learning Task for this term, the children were asked to take a closer look at the kind of creatures that live in the soil in Mr Raven’s garden. After helping Mr Raven solve a few Mathematical problems regarding the bugs, insects and creatures that hide in his garden, they had to complete a survey of the various creatures by filling in a tally table, using the evidence shown to them in a movie. The children worked in pairs for this activity. They used the information in their tally tables to draw a column graph and a pictograph. The next step was to come up with three clever questions related to their graphs. They worked in pairs and had to divide the workload equally, while checking and helping one another along the way.
Here the children are in the IT centre, busy with their survey.
The last two days have been a busy and productive in the Rainbird class. There has been plenty of groupwork involved, which has involved sharing ideas, discussing and making decisions. Take a look at the photos to see what the children have been up to in the last 2 days.