Last week the Grade 5’s had their second term ILT where the aim of this ILT was to foster an appreciation of local cultures of Southern Africa and to create an awareness of how culture has influenced housing.
They were put in groups and had to research one of our historic South African cultures. They had to take the information and present it to the class in the form of an informative dramatic presentation based on fact. They had to write their plays in the form of a script and then had to perform their play to teach the rest of the class about their specific culture.
In their groups they also had to price a number of materials to help Bob the Builder to build a new house for Mr Preston. They were given a Builder’s Warehouse catalogue to choose the materials from but had a budget to stick to.
Lastly we then watched a number of videos on the housing in informal settlements and the children then wrote individual blog posts of a day in the life of a child in an informal settlement.
Great little helper
It has been tremendously ‘ On the Go’ in Grade 5 during the past few weeks, with a multitude of assessments and cycle tests. In the busyness of it all it is just wonderful to stop and think of others too. On Wednesday 17 May we had ‘ One day without shoes’ and we managed to collect 550 pairs of shoes, which will be distributed in DuNoon to those in need. The children came to school barefoot on the day, in order to really get to grips with what it is like to go without shoes for the day. The children certainly rose to the challenge and were wonderfully committed to the cause.
We are all practicing our times tables like crazy at the moment and what better way to do it than with a helpful App on the iPad. Drilling , practicing and testing are beneficial skills to get the children on top of their tables.
During our Social Science lesson the children were introduced to scale and the children did a practical task afterwards. They had to measure each other and then draw a picture of their friends to scale in their school books. The children love seeing how tall they really are.
We have also been having discussions around the topic of bullying and cyber safety during our life orientation lessons. These discussions are invaluable to all and I am sure that the children will continue to benefit from the sharing and opportunity to be informed around these topics.
The Grade 5s had a challenging first term in the Design and Technology lessons learning to manipulate wire and work with pliers but their hard work paid off with beautiful end results! This was a new project taken on this year and they certainly reaped the rewards of their perseverance and positive attitudes. Look at how stunning these cacti are!
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…
This past week was a short one after the long weekend but in true ‘ Elkanah style’ managed to create a jam packed week filled with new insights, discoveries and explorations. We celebrated Green and Blue week and the whole school was buzzing with environmental issues. We chose to explore deforestation with the children and we looked at various videos, had discussions and debates, used a flipped classroom approach and allowed the children to get their creative juices flowing. Their end product will be the creation of an iMovie which will tell a story about deforestation. The creative part is that they have been briefed to design and draw their own visuals using mixed media in order to put across their story. This is work in progress and we will touch on this again with final products and beautiful artwork in the weeks to come.
We also managed to squeeze in an outing to our beautiful Kirstenbosch. It is admirable to hear the children mention so many aspects relating to their learnings in the passed term. The visual world becomes the real insight to them and the learning becomes embedded. We looked at the trees in the area, discussed the fresh air full of oxygen, looked at various plants and their uses and the children are always fascinated with the stories of our Fynbos. Climbing the trees and side roots at Kirstenbosch is a real favourite of our children and we are reminded that they truly are still children who love to use their imaginations relating to the ‘Monkey King’ while they are at play. Kirstenbosch remains a rich and useful playground to all children and parents.
Exploring the Fynbos with magnifying glasses.
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.
The Grade 5’s started their new school year with a bang!
One of our first activities for the year was a treasure hunt. The children “worked” (or shall we say “ran, brainstormed, panicked”) in their groups and had to scan QR codes for clues that sent them all around the school in search of puzzle pieces, which they had to put together. This was a great test of their team work skills, as they had to move together as a team and make decisions as a team.
Being a little rusty after the holidays, we had to “oil” our brain machines by playing a few times table games, using cards and dice. They enjoyed competing with one another, to see who could answer first!
Vir Afrikaans het hulle ‘n dialoog vir die klas aangebied. Dit wat baie pret! Die kinders het gedink dat dit baie snaaks was. Hulle het geskater van die lag. Ons moes heelwat van die uitsprake so ‘n bietjie oefen, maar daar is geen twyfel nie – dit was hierdie week een van ons hoogtepunte!
We are learning about the different types of soil at the moment. As an introduction, the children brought soil samples from home to compare with one another. They examined the colour, texture, smell, size of the particles, etc. We had a lively discussion regarding the importance of soil and the fact that there is such a little topsoil available to us for growing food and plants.