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A snapshot at our week

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.

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2017 – On your marks, get set …

And go!

 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!

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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.

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Welcome

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

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End of 2016

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.

Kind Regards

Renate von Schumann

 

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Who are we?

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.

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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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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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Slice and dice – what’s inside?

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.

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Treehorn is shrinking…

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.

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All sorts of fun

This week has been full of all sorts of activities in and out of the classroom.

In SS we started scale and had to first draw a scaled down drawing of our teacher and then we did the same with our friends. There was great amusement as the children were comparing their measurements to their teacher.

As part of Book week we focussed on diaries. We read extracts out of some great reads, like The Diary of Anne Frank and The Diary of Iris Vaughn. There were many stories shared of grandparents and great grand parents from the Second World War times and it never ceases to amaze me how many people were affected by the war. This lead to the class creating their own diaries and having an opportunity to share what was on their hearts.

The middle of the week was welcomed with a break away from. School with an outing to the Iziko Museum. We had a lesson on the San and Khoi San people which was quite fascinating. We wondered off to the exhibition and also made our way through to the fossil section, where the children could see the museum people actually working on a fossilized rock. Thereafter it was definitely time for lunch in The Gardens. We were welcomed by countless pigeons desperate for any morsel of food much to some of the children’s delight. Others had a relaxing time nestled in the Bird’s nests. It was lovely to see them relax and enjoy the day out.

On Friday, part of World Book day, the children shared with each other about the books they are reading. They also got to go read some books to the Grade 3’s on the Junior Primary campus.

Take a look at our week filled with a range of activities….

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