Posts Tagged With: Outings

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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Finding Our Way

The children are all happy to be back at school and they have already been hard at work and hard at play!

We decided to put their mapping skills to the test, and where better to do this, than on the road itself!  Using an electronic map of our area on their iPads, the children mapped the route that we walked from our school to one of our local shopping centres.  The Notability app proved to come in very handy, as the children could make notes about various landmarks along the way as well.

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Back at school, they used the information that was gathered “in the field” to complete a task that required them to add information to a map, draw routes and give directions in words.  It’s a task that lends itself very well to integration between Social Sciences and English.

Next week the children will create their own GPS recordings in Explain Everything, to practise the skill of giving directions.

We are looking forward to a term of fun-filled, exciting learning.  The children will have many opportunities to create, explore and present.  We can’t wait to see what they will be getting up to here in Grade 5!

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Kirstenbosch Magic!

Camphor trees, enchanted forests, dinosaurs and tadpoles – just some of the attractions that intrigued the Grade 5’s on their outing to the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens last week. Apart from stunning views of Nursery Buttress from the swaying Boomslang Bridge and a close-up look at the grand golden web of an imposing orb spider, there was so much to learn about the threatened members of our fynbos kingdom.

And the highlight?…. scrambling up trees and exploring the stream of course! Perhaps our children are normal after all!IMG_7502IMG_7505IMG_7514IMG_7510IMG_7512IMG_7498IMG_7524IMG_7522IMG_7535IMG_7532IMG_7527

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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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Beach Outing

Last week- on Friday, the 06th of February, the Grade 5’s embarked on their annual outing to the beach. As expected, the trip there was met with excited chitter-chatter. Upon arrival we set up our spots, and as soon as their feet hit the ground, they were in the water.

The children had immense fun swimming, laying in the sun and playing on the beach sand. Some highlights include their trip to the rock pools where they could explore the lifeforms within them. Another would be when the iconic ring of the ice cream man’s bell could be heard in the distance- I don’t think the ice cream man realized what hit him because as soon as he stopped, he was out of stock and ran to fetch more!

We had such a lovely day where we, as the Grade 5 team, had the opportunity to swim, relax and get to know our children better in a more informal and fun way! We look forward to the year ahead!

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Grade 5 2014

Seaweed has many functions

Seaweed has many functions

Refreshing water on a hot day

Refreshing water on a hot day

Cooling down on a hot day

Cooling down on a hot day

This is the life

This is the life

On top of the world

On top of the world

Relaxed and happy

Relaxed and happy

Friends

Friends

Beautiful smile

Beautiful smile

This beats being in class

This beats being in class

New friends

New friends

Having a break and warming up

Having a break and warming up

Fun day out

Fun day out

fun on the jungle gym

fun on the jungle gym

One place all boys like to be.

One place all boys like to be.

The Manne

The Manne

Warming up and tanning

Warming up and tanning

Grade 5 has got off to a good start.  Lots has been happening in the first week and a half of the year.  From getting to know our teachers, treasure hunts, being sprayed in the heat to our annual Beach outing.  What a wonderful day we had today for all to bond and get to know each other a little better.  The weather was just right, the teachers and parents relaxed, the waves were a perfect size to have fun in and time spent out of the class amongst friends….what could be better?

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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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