Behold the beautiful Cacti…

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!

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Finding our way…

We put our map reading skills into practice by taking a walk around the neighbourhood with our street map in hand. The children were given the task to draw their route on the map, as we were walking to one of our local shops. They had to take note of certain landmarks and street names.

Back in the classroom, we used the map (and the experience, of course) to complete a map reading task. The children had to use written directions to draw a specified route on a map, and they also had to write down a route that was given to them into their own words. This is a very necessary and useful skill for them to develop.

Here are a few snapshots of our children in action.

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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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A short week

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. IMG_2992

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Exploring the Fynbos with magnifying glasses.

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Day 1 at High Africa

Day 1 started off with great excitement. We arrived at quite a warm campsite and we were treated to a swim pretty soon after arrival to cool off before starting our activities. The children were divided into 5 groups and started a rotation of activities.

The first one was the Leap of Faith. For some it was a challenge of heights for others it was a breeze to the top. They enjoyed the swing at the top. The next was wall climbing.  There were awesome moments as the children scaled the 11m high wall. The Long Walk to Freedom tested some teamwork among the children. The raft building was a firm favourite as they got to be out in the water again.

Our evening commenced with a starter as the children made their own stokbrood followed by a wonderful supper of chicken, roast potatoes and salad. We certainly don’t go hungry here.

We ended the day with a night walk to see the beautiful stars away from the city lights. Take a look at our photos of the day…

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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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A week packed with endless fun and memories

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Colourful beach girls 🏖🏖🏖

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Boys know how to have fun 💥💥

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DEAR and a little play time. 🍭🍭

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….and never forget the learning. MATHS !!!

We loved starting our week by celebrating friendship day! I love the colours permeating through our school on this day and I enjoy watching the children interact on this day where we are given the right to reach out to others. Red hearts, chockies, baked biscuits and icing, sweet notes and hugs galore were the order of the day. It is always a good time to visit the ‘ kindness/ giving/ friendship/ warmth / reaching out theme on this day.

I managed to capture a few shots of my children enjoying DEAR – the reading in our class is on the GO and books are being completed and shared at a rate of knots. I am so happy to see the children also haul out there books once their allocated tasks are completed. I loved watching my boys also tackle the ‘ army men’ box during some free time during the week. I am always in awe as to how their imaginations can run wild. I try and remain in earshot so as to get a sense of how their game is working that particular time.

We were fortunate to go to Small Bay for a beautiful beach outing this past week. We managed to dodge the rain and cold wind and we ended up having a great time filled with plenty of swimming, games, chats, climbing and the much needed and most important ice cream buying. It is also a lovely time to include our parents on this outing and to all get to know each other a little better.

It was certainly not all play and no work… we introduced place value and expanded notation to the children and I hauled out some practical number concept activities which proved to allow for worthwhile interaction and learning to take place. The children paired up with their ‘Shoulder Buddies’ in order to take turns building large numbers which I had set for them. Children had to keep quiet during their turns, but then their partner could give feedback once the child had completed their turn. I also then allowed them to build allocated numbers together with a set time limit. It proved to be an exciting lesson.

We also started a research process for Natural Science. The children have paired up and have chosen a soil creature which they will do research on, write summaries and do a picture search in order to prepare for their ILT next week.

The children are all settling down well after 5 weeks in Grade 5 and it is amazing to see them become accustomed and comfortable with our ways and teaching styles. Here’s to a fabulous week ahead.

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Friendship day ❤️

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New friends. New year

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Beach outing

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Ice cream is the MOST important 🍧🍧

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