Posts Tagged With: African farmers

ILT: Early African Societies

As part of our Integrated Learning Task this term, the children researched the San, Khoi and African Farmers’ lifestyles.  Each group researched one of the people groups and then they had to write a script, using their facts.  The information was then presented to the rest of the class in the form of a play.

The researchers…

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… the actors …

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… and the audience!

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SS and NS at its best

The first two weeks have already been action packed with activities. In Social Science we have been looking at the build of South Africa. It became so much more fun when we could show our understanding by making play-dough models of South Africa. The next step is to design an Explain Everything slide to show our understanding of the different land forms in South Africa.

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In Natural Science we have discovered the fascinating world of fossils. They certainly provoke many questions and endless discussions and we have learnt lots of interesting facts from each other. This week we tried our hand at drawing some fossil pictures. We are going to be creating our own trace fossils out of clay next week.

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Our outing to the museum combined a bit of learning on the San/Khoi cultures in historical South Africa and some more fossils. The children could barely contain their excitement while looking around and the touch room was a firm favourite where they got to touch various skeletons, stuffed animals and even get a glimpse of many insects. We ended the day off with lunchtime in The Gardens, while taking the opportunity to feed the birds and squirrels.

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All in all, a great start to term 2 and the atmosphere is abuzz at what lies ahead.

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The Penguin class has been busy

Excellent props were brought in to enhance the plays.

Excellent props were brought in to enhance the plays.

Khoi dance around the fire

Khoi dance around the fire

Making items was the best

Making items was the best

Paw Paw seeds are the best.

Paw Paw seeds are the best.

The girls couldn't wait to eat the fruit afterwards.

The girls couldn’t wait to eat the fruit afterwards.

The Grade 5’s have been learning about seed dispersal in their Natural Science classes. They were asked to bring various fruits to school, so that we could explore the inner part of the fruit and to see what different forms of seeds there are. We also discussed the benefits of having our own vegetables and fruits growing in our own back garden.

The children also performed their San, Khoi and African Farmer plays after preparing them at school. They had the most fun collecting all the props for the plays.

Each group was creative in their own way and it was interesting to see how each one approached the task differently.Although all the children do not enjoy doing groups work, it certainly allows for them to develop certain skils which are essential in their futures.

During their integrated learning task they also came up with an Afrikaans camp song which had to relate to the San, Khoi or African farmers. This was also performed during their plays.

We also showed the children various video clips on informal settlements in South Africa. Discussion was had around the topic and the children then had to write a creative writing piece relating to this. It certainly was a week of exploring, learning and one where their emotional sides were broadened.

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