Mathematics

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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Hexagonal Prism … Square Pyramid … Cube ….

As part of our exploration of shapes, the children discovered the names of various three-dimensional shapes by looking at their properties.  Once they had learnt the properties of polyhedrons and prisms, they applied their knowledge as a group and set out naming the shapes – and they were very successful!

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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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Time to Shape Up!

It is so exciting to explore shapes and measurement in Mathematics at the moment!  We have been looking at 2-D shapes and 3-D shapes, discovering ways of drawing them accurately and learning all about the difference between area and perimeter.  The lessons have been hands-on, including using the Geoboard app on their iPads to discover the formula for area, measuring and calculating the perimeter of various objects around the school, working collaboratively to analyse the characteristics of various 3-D shapes and using their geometry sets to make accurate drawings.

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ILT Focus 1 – What lives in Mr Raven’s Garden?

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.

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Day 2 of the ILT

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.

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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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Pie Charts Survey

The children completed their own surveys in class this week and added the information to pie charts.  They could choose the topic of their surveys, e.g. Favourite Foods or Sports.  They enjoyed the interaction with one another and were very interested in discovering all of their friends’ “favourites”.

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Fun with Scale

The Rainbirds had fun studying scale today.  The had to measure their friend and draw a scaled down drawing of them. Who would have thought measuring could be so much fun!

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Car Survey

This week the Grade 5’s embarked on a car survey.  We wanted to see how many of each colour car we could count.  The children stood on the side of the road and filled in a tally sheet while they were counting.  Later, once they were back in class, they filled in their totals and then they used the information which they had gathered in the field, to construct a column graph and a pictograph.  This exercise helped the children to see how a real life experience can become relevant in the classroom and be used as a teaching tool.

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Receiving our instructions

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Now to sit and watch the traffic…

 

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Have you ever seen so many white cars in one place?

 

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Who says Maths isn’t fun?

 

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