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.
Dear Grade 5 Parents
We would like to welcome you to our blog. We are looking forward to a wonderful year with your children. We will be going to Small Bay for a beach outing next week, Friday, 27 January. Parents are welcome to join us at Small Bay that morning. We are looking forward to meeting all of you at our Parent meeting on Tuesday, 24 January!
From the Grade 5 team
Dear Grade 5 Parents
As we end off a successful Grade 5 year, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of you for your support and encouragement towards your children and us as teachers.
We bid farewell to you all and wish you all the best in 2017 as the children head off to Grade 6 to face new exciting adventures.
We wish you all a very restful holiday, a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year ahead.
Renate von Schumann
We in the Rainbird class have been learning a bit more about our self-image. What wonderful conversations have been taking place around who we are, how is our self-image formed, what affects a low self-image can have on us and so much more. It has been a good investigative task as the children were challenged to look at themselves and see how they would describe themselves. Their honesty and vulnerability was amazing to witness as they opened up during our discussions. They task was then followed by a practical activity where the children traced around each other’s head and they then went through magazines to find different images and words that would describe them. What amazing individual end-products were created. Take a look at the photos below to see what the Rainbirds created.
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!
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.
We’ve learnt all about seeds – how they are formed, how they germinate and grow, how they are dispersed. As a practical activity, the children all brought some fruit to school and cut them open to examine the seeds. This was a collaborative tasks. The children chose three different fruits and they drew a cross section of each fruit, while also making notes on the characteristics of the seeds, e.g. their size, colour, quantity, position, texture and even taste. It goes without saying that the tasting was the best part, and of course all the “spoils” had to be eaten! Nothing goes to waste in the Pelicans class.
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.