Posts Tagged With: Natural Science

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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Day 2 of the ILT

The last two days have been a busy and productive in the Rainbird class. There has been plenty of groupwork involved, which has involved sharing ideas, discussing and making decisions. Take a look at the photos to see what the children have been up to in the last 2 days.

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The week that was……

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Four weeks to go and we will be ‘downing tools’ and heading off on holiday again. It is worth mentioning that the true pace of Grade 5 has reared it’s head this week, and we have increased our pace and expected a little more from the children. It is interesting to see them accept the challenge and engage after a few short weeks back at school. I have included a pic of our Friendship day as I just love group shots, and I enjoy teaching the children and having discussions with them about being part of a group. I think it is a good time to explain how we are working together as a team to make this year a happy place in the Penguin class.

As far as the academics are concerned, Natural Science has kept the children busy over the past week. The children created beautiful mind maps during their soil erosion lesson and we highlighted pointers around making an effective mind map. This was after discussions and teaching during our Life Orientation lesson relating to our MEMORY and tips on how to improve your memory. It is most beneficial to interact and collaborate between various subjects in this way. The children have also been working in their allocated pairs in order to do research on African Soil Creatures in preparation for their ILT (Integrated learning task) next week. We look forward to some interesting presentations next week.

I popped in to the Penguin Tech lesson a week or so ago and found them battling away at trying to master the skill of joining wires together. Mr B has done a sterling job by standing in for Mrs Louw while she has been away on leave. I enjoyed the cheerful banter between the children while tackling their tricky, yet stimulating task.

It has been Mapwork all the way during our Social Science lessons, and we have been flitting between atlases and Google Earth/ Goole Maps in order to bring political and physical maps alive to the children. Exploring in an atlas,with no time constraints,is a child’s delight -especially when they manage to master the skills of reading the grids correctly. Finding Mount Kenya brings cries of joy and discovering 3D videos of Mount Kilamanjaro is enthralling for most- Sebabatso was the star of the day in this regard.

On a much lighter note….. We have been brought great joy at school, both students and teachers, by our tasty, delicious and healthy mobile tuck shop. Nicky and her team offer wonderful goodies to keep those hunger pains at bay. The children can certainly benefit from this wonderful introduction to our school.

I also managed to catch this positive glimpse of my girls, reading on our couch, in between lessons this week. It is superb to see them embrace books and be excited about filling in their book review slips in order to gain classroom merits. Long may this passion last!!!!

Our congratulations went out to Oliver Whitehead and Calum Marriott on Friday when they were presented with their U12 cricket caps in Assembly. There was much cheering among their peers to show their excitement for them. Here’s to an eventful and pleasurable last 4 weeks of the term.

 

 

 

 

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This week in the Rainbird class

This week we have enjoyed learning while playing games and practical investigation.

We played the memory game in our Afrikaans period to help learn the meaning and translation of our vraagwoorde.

During Maths our adding and subtracting skills were tested with The Checkerboard Race game. It was a race to the end with the highest scores. A white board came in handy for the working out our calculations.

NS had us investigating different types of soil. It was interesting seeing the different types of soil we have in our gardens at home. Then we got to start some research and discover what soil creatures live in the soil in Africa apart from the common critters. Our iPads came in handy for this task.

When the heat got too much for us what better than to take a cool off swim in the pool with friends.

What better way to end off the week with Friendship day dressed in our red, white and pink.

Take a look at the variety of activities we participated in over the week…

 

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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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Aquarium outing

The Louries and Rainbirds went off to the Aquarium for a lovely day out.  They learnt all about sharks.  They even got to touch a little Shy Shark, which not all children were sure about.  But what an amazing day out!

 

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NS Fruit Observation

 

The Rainbirds had fun investigating the seeds of various fruits. Not to mention eating them all at the end was an extra bonus

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ILT In the Rainbird class

There has been great excitement as we have embarked on a journey to research different soil creatures. There is a busy buzz in the classroom as the children put their heads together to provide creative presentations. Research on iPads has definitely been an exciting new activity guaranteed to make learning fun. The creations are really impressing their teacher! We look forward to them telling the class about these interesting creatures…

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Rainbirds at the Ostrich Farm!

This is definitely the best way to end the term. Despite the cold and clouds we had loads of fun in a whole lot of different ways. Take a look at what we got up to this morning…

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