Natural Science

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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Let’s talk about seeds

The children worked in groups to conduct a seed search using a variety of fruits.  Paw-paw, kiwi fruit, tomatoes, avocado pears and many more were brought along for our seed party.  They discovered and recorded the size, shape, position, colour and texture of the seeds and made some beautiful drawings.  Everyone took part in eating the spoils afterwards, even the lemons!

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Save our Trees!

During Environmental Week, the Grade 5’s created an awareness regarding deforestation.  We investigated the causes and effects of deforestation and explored ways of how to prevent it.  This was a collaborative task and the children used their own creative drawings in an iMovie to get their message across.

Here are some of our children hard at work…

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Book week and more…

Book week was met with much enthusiasm as the Grade 5’s put their hands to work on their Book Dioramas.  I thoroughly enjoyed their interpretations and creative style.  I so enjoyed seeing our children reading to the younger children and we are so fortunate to have the junior campus next door.  The children also experienced a number of other activities such as making up a story and turning it into a play, making a digital book trailer, writing a short story and turning a known story into a cartoon.  A highlight of course was when the book fairy aka Mr Preston rang the bell and we would drop everything and read.  All in all it was a lovely short week focused on the world of imagination that books have to offer.

This week we introduced the NS topic of fossils and the class blew me away with their creative efforts at drawing pictures of fossils.  They certainly have made for an amazing display in our classroom.  The class found the topic quite fascinating and generated a lot to talk about from questions to personal stories.

In Social Science we focused on the build of South Africa.  In IT they used Google Earth to search for certain Capes and Bays and had to use the snipping tool to put the images onto a worksheet.  It was lovely to see the faster workers explore our coastline for other familiar Capes and Bays.  The children also had to show their understanding of the build of South Africa by building it out of playdough.  Who would have thought 10 year olds could get so excited about playing with playdough.  It ended with many of them asking for the recipe…so guess what they will be doing at home.

Please take a look at a few of our wonderful moments in class the last 2 weeks.

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Creatures that live in the soil

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.img_6117img_6109Summarising 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.                                                                                                                              img_6115Well done Grade 5’s! I think we all learnt a lot from each other!img_6129img_6125img_6131img_6120img_6122img_6113

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Soil gives life!

Part of our soil investigation was taking a closer look at what is happening underground. Here are a few of the children’s interpretations of how they see life in our soil.

 

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Picture drawn by Joley

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Picture drawn by Caitlin

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Picture drawn by Kate

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Exploring Fynbos

We had the privilege of visiting Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens this week. The children learnt all about the four main types of fynbos that we find in the Western Cape, they heard about the history of Kirstenbosch and about the rocks and soil that we find on and around Table Mountain. Walking across the Boomslang bridge was a highlight for most, and for a few it was an opportunity to conquer their fear of heights! And while we’re on the topic of “boom”, everyone had a chance to show off their tree-climbing skills. Of course there was also time for a picnic and rolling down the hill. As it was a very hot day, we were relieved to be able to cool off in the little river.

We all had a wonderful day in the outdoors, enjoyed spending time together as friends and gained a new appreciation for this beautiful spot in the world that we call home!

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Birthdays, Solar Ovens and Roald Dahl cheers.

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Cycle tests, assessments and the conveying of the last few pearls of wisdom from teachers, have been the order of the day in our classrooms for the past few weeks. In between all of this it is also great to celebrate. We have had Birthdays in abundance in the Penguin class these past few weeks. It is lovely to stop and think about the child who is celebrating their Birthday and we do that by sitting on the mat and quietly reflecting on the special character of the child whose Birthday it is. We light a candle and the children are given a chance, by choice, to share something special about the Birthday child. It astounds me to see how children reflect and have such insight at such a young age. It is lovely to see the ‘Birthday girl or boy’ being uplifted in such a kind and loving way. It is also so special to see how the children’s comments have developed since the beginning of the year- personal growth is after all as important as the academic growth. Kate celebrated her crown Birthday this week and the children loved getting ice lollies on a warm day. The children chose to be unicorns for the photograph. I just love their minds.

At the end of last term I was thrilled to have two Penguins standing up in assembly to receive a little award for their art contributions during our Roald Dahl celebration week. Luke and Sabrina were commended for their delightful efforts.

We had good discussion and input into ideas behind renewable energy this past week and it is so good to develop an awareness amongst the children in this regard. We constructed solar ovens out of pizza boxes and the most fun part was melting some chocolate at the end of all the hard work. The children had to hold on to their ovens outside as the South Easter swirled around, but we were fortunate to have our reliable South African sun shine brightly that day.

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Big on Birthdays

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Roald Dahl art competition

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Science Wizards

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!

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Here are some of the Pelicans making their posters.

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Take a look at some of our final “products”.

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Exploring the many uses of plants

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:

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