Posts Tagged With: South Africa

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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Play dough fun in Social Science

The Rainbird class learnt all about the build of South Africa. To test what they had learnt, they had to built a model showing the coastal plain, plateau, escarpment and mountains. Some of the playdough had such a nice essence we were tempted to eat it. Of course as one of the children found out when tasting it, that the amount of salt in playdough doesn’t make for a tasty treat

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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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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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