As our formal teaching draws to a close and reports and certificates are handed out, we finish off our year of creative, exciting learning with a lesson where the children are allowed to choose their their own activity. With a range of activities and programs covered during the course of the year, it is interesting to see what the children choose to spend their time on. Some enjoy painting projects, others revisit projects like animations from the term, while some opt to play one of the educational games available on our machines.
Well done to all of the children we have had the pleasure of teaching this year!
We are fast approaching the end of the year and we’re all well into the last term already. In light of this, our senior grades are spending time this term working on a project that will equip them with all the skills that they will need in the next few years of high school. Referencing, plagiarism and research are important concepts and these are the basis for our term focus. So far, we have researched definitions of various terms associated with these issues and learnt referencing skills using websites, newspapers and textbooks. We look forward to seeing the end of term project compiled using all of these new skills.
Near and far, big and small. As part of one of our lessons this week, we worked on a painting project and learnt about perspective at the same time. Our pre-schoolers used their paint tools to colour in a landscape and then made their selection of characters bigger or smaller, depending on where they were in the scene the children were creating.
This year alone has brought us a number of remarkable animated movies such as Inside out, Minions and Hotel Transylvania 2. During our computer lessons this term our grade 3’s to 5’s had a chance to create their very own stop motion animation! Because the theme of plants and their life cycle is one that the children are familiar with as part of the CAPS curriculum this term, we watched a time-lapse of a sunflower growing, before attempting our own animation of a plant. The children teamed up and modelled their flowers growth step by step, taking photos of each stage using their webcams. Once the modelling clay-plant had flowered and our photo sequence was complete, the children are using an animation program to put the pictures in order to create our short film and display to the class. We hope that this animation project inspires some of our youngsters to continue with animation projects; maybe we’ll see their names in the credits of a Disney movie one day!
This week our pre-schoolers had the opportunity to use the iPads in a new and exciting way. We discussed how to handle the iPads carefully and then took a little walk into the playground. Once we were outside, we spent some time looking at how to use the camera and then held a photo shoot for our friends and captured images of all the smiling faces. We then used these happy pictures create and build our very own puzzles!
This week our Grade 3 to 5’s took a trip to anywhere they wanted to go! We asked them to use their imagination to travel to a place they have always wanted to visit. Afterwards, we logged onto Purple Mash and used the postcard template to create a postcard from the place we’re visiting to send to our families. We did some research on the place finding out tourist attractions, climate conditions and popular food to try. We used this information in our postcards. In the end we all learnt something new about different places; it was such an exciting lesson!
This week we worked through several of math’s activities. We went to the sea section and worked through the putting the right size fish in the right size hole, in ascending and descending order. We also went to the shoe shop and compared height and length with many objects such as couches and baby strollers. Lastly we went to the construction site and put the different shapes into the right places to make a picture, we made rockets and castles and trucks!!
This week the Grade 3 to 5’s created a fundraiser poster. We logged onto Purple Mash and open up the theme Children in Need. Our fundraiser was about helping under-privileged children. All of the posters had to have a date, time, venue and entrance fee. We had fun writing down the various food and play area’s that would be at our fundraisers. Even though the posters were not for a real fundraiser, a lot of the children agreed it would be a great idea to have one! We agree with them
This week we learnt about what clothes are appropriate for what weather, and why. We coloured in some paint projects and them labeled the items of clothing. We then created a dragging activity by drawing the outline of a warm winter jersey and also created different patterns to drag onto the jersey. We then played the game and decorated our beautiful jerseys!
This week with our Pre-school and Grade R students, we learnt about which animals can live in water, which can live on land and which can live in water and on land! We sorted them out into different and rightful categories and them played the game where all the animals were mixed up and the children had to put them back into their rightful category. It was such a fun and inter-active lesson with the children!!
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