Sensational Sixes

Welcome to 2017!

It seems that the year has started with an absolute bang! Our children have already settled into their new classes and learning is well under way!

We are all enjoying getting to know each other and we look forward to the year ahead.

We hope to live by these words during the coming year…

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Here’s to a wonderful, meaningful and successful 2017!

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Goodbye 2016

Dear Grade 6 Parents

As we end off a successful Grade 6 year, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of you for your support and encouragement towards your children and us as teachers. 

The year has ended with a successful Celebratory Assembly and a fun-filled Grade 6 Farewell party! the year has been a good one!

We bid farewell to you and wish you all the best in 2017 as the children head off to Grade 7 to face new exciting adventures.

We wish you all a very restful holiday, a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year ahead.

Kind Regards

The Grade 6 Team 

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The Looniest ‘Lympics

In the spirit of the fun and celebration of the 2016 Rio Olympics, Elkanah House Senior Primary held our very own Loony Lympics. This was an amazing effort by Mr Sandmann, Mrs Louw and the Class Rep moms.

Each class was given a country to represent and then the games began!  It all started with the costume dash, a lively event where parents helped come up with incredible costumes for their “country” to wear.

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This was quickly followed by the decor sprints, where much enthusiasm was put into transforming  everyday classrooms into an international destination, draped with flags and paraphernalia from their new country.

These two warm-up events lead up to the big day, where countries clashed against each other on the school fields, with flags and war cries in hand. There were many wild and crazy events planned around the field and these were done with great enthusiasm and more than a little bit of silliness.

Unfortunately the weather did not play along and after a downpour  substantial enough to turn all of our events into what looked like synchronized swimming events, we had a to call it a day.

But what little time we had was really fun and we are hoping to be able to give this a bash again later in the year. Well done to all who participated and especially to our helpful parents.

All that I have left to say is watch out world, Great Britain is coming to take the Gold!

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‘Playing @ Home!

During the first week of the second term, many of our grade 6 pupils were away on various sports tours. We decided that the teachers and children who did not accompany them should have just as much fun too(while learning, of course)!

We divided the children into two teams. They then had to name themselves and come up with a team war cry. Galaxy One and Boere Mense impressed us with their creativity and team spirit!

Our four days were filled with various activities that were not only enjoyable, but tasty too! The activities included: designing and making board games; a drum line; creating a trailer for the classic movie ‘The Goonies‘; soccer, paper jet crafting;designing a three course (and themed) menu and perhaps the most popular activity – bringing that menu to life in our very own version of Masterchef. The teachers were fortunate enough to be the judges for this and from my own personal experience let me assure you that it was no great hardship!

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Teams were allocated points for the different activities and although the final points were very close, only one team could be the ultimate Playing @ Home winners…

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Well done Galaxy 1! An absolutely fun-filled week was had by all!

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Where In The World? It’s a Mystery!

What a wonderful experience for our learners!

Learning in a Digital World

Last week one of our Grade 6 classes participated in their first-ever Mystery Skype with a class in Argentina. What fun they had!

After a recent Mystery Skype connection fell through, I sent out an appeal over Twitter, looking for a class to Mystery Skype with and it wasn’t long when I received a response from a teacher in Argentina, Laura Bargas. Laura regularly does Mystery Skype calls with her class, so they are old hats at it. They were very keen to connect with us. We set up the call for the following Monday afternoon, taking into account the five-hour time difference.

A Mystery Skype works like this: Only the teachers know where in the world the other class is. The students have to, via a series of clever questions, find out exactly where in the world you are. These questions may only be ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ questions and have to be cleverly thought out to get…

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Where In The World? It’s a Mystery!

Last week the Grade 6 Eagles participated in their first-ever Mystery Skype with a class in Argentina. What fun they had!

After a recent Mystery Skype connection fell through, I sent out an appeal over Twitter, looking for a class to Mystery Skype with and it wasn’t long when I received a response from a teacher in Argentina, Laura Bargas. Laura regularly does Mystery Skype calls with her class, so they are old hats at it. They were very keen to connect with us. We set up the call for the following Monday afternoon, taking into account the five-hour time difference.

A Mystery Skype works like this: Only the teachers know where in the world the other class is. The students have to, via a series of clever questions, find out exactly where in the world you are. These questions may only be ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ questions and have to be cleverly thought out to get the most revealing information from the other class. All members of the class are involved. The class is divided into smaller groups and each group plays a different role. We had  Greeters  who said hello and told something about the class without giving away our location, Inquirers/Answerers who asked the questions and provided answers, Question Keepers who kept track of the questions and answers, Mappers who used maps, an atlas, Google Maps, etc. to hone in on the clues, a Digital Photographer who captured the call with an iPad, Logical Reasoners who used the clues to eliminate countries or cities that did not match the given clues and Runners who ran between the Inquirers and Logical Reasoners getting the answers and delivering them to the Answerers. It sounds complicated, but it worked like a well-oiled machine as Mrs Copeland had prepared them well for their roles. This is important for a Mystery Skype to be successful.

Both teams asked good questions and it took only fifteen minutes for each class to discover the correct location of the other class – they we in Buenos Aires, Argentina! We then spent the next fifteen minutes sharing information about our cities, our schools and the climate – it was 8 degrees Celsius in Buenos Aires and about 15 degrees Celsius in Cape Town.

This was a great learning experience for everyone. Our students loved it and are keen to repeat the experience. We are on the look out for more Mystery Skype partners around the globe for the other three classes, for August.

Here are some photos taken during the Skype call:

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Superhero Day 2016

During Technology and Art this term, the Grade 6 pupils attempted their first ever integrated blog-based project!

All instructions and directions were given by the teachers via a blog. They used both Technology and Art lessons, as well as English and IT lessons to design and create their own unique 3D Superhero or Villain.

A mini movie set was then built by each group to create a 30 second Stop-Motion clip. Their own unique Superhero or Villain was shared with the masses via their personal blogs.

The project was celebrated on Superhero Day (3 June) when all Gr 6 pupils arrived as their favourite hero or villain.

Want to read more? Visit the Gr 6 blogs at http://ehspstudents.blogspot.co.za/

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Stadiums and Sunshine

imageOn Tuesday and Wednesday of last week the Grade 6 classes had the opportunity to visit the Cape Town Stadium. We were taken on a guided tour to parts of the stadium that one does not usually get to see. We even got to go down to the field and into the change rooms where famous players and superstars get to prepare for their upcoming events.

It was an interesting outing and the sheer size and detail taken into consideration when designing and building the stadium was mind blowing.

This was then followed by a visit to Greenpoint Park, where we ate a much needed snack and the pupils had a chance to explore the impressive ‘big kid’ playpark. Although I am not convinced that eating lunch and riding on those spinning cups is the best combination.

We couldn’t have asked for nicer weather for our outings.

Perhaps the next time one of our children enter that change room, it will be a Springbok rugby player or as famous singer!

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Mouth Watering Mathematics

Mouth Watering Mathematics

This term the Grade 6 pupils have been learning about data handling, the importance and reasoning behind transforming boring data into eye-catching, visually stimulating graphs. The pupils were asked to each bring a packet of sweets to school, analyse the contents, collate the data and present their finding using graphs. A tasty treat and a great learning experience! Yum yum!

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Book Day, Shakespeare and all things wonderful!

Last week was spent celebrating books, authors and words! Our school decided to turn Book Day into Book Week and we loved every minute of it.

During the week, the grade 6 pupils spent time learning about Shakespeare and his life. Considering that the 23rd of April was the 400th Anniversary of his death, we felt that it would be appropriate to use Book Week as an opportunity to introduce our learners to one of the greatest writers of all time. We investigated well-known phrases which originate from his writing as well as some of his best-known works. Activities were turned into competitions and chocolates were up for grabs!

We are also planning to learn more about A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the upcoming weeks. Our Drama department will be joining us in this endeavour as well so watch this space!

The pupils participated in a Book Slam which was a lot of fun! Each child was given the task of choosing a book which they have really enjoyed and which they would highly recommend. They then had to present this to their class in a 3 minute ‘promo’ and they were allowed to dress up or even become a character from the book, if they wanted to. It was encouraging to see the wide variety of genres which are being read by our learners and most exciting was the enthusiasm which the children felt about new books and new authors.

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Book Day was further celebrated by special visits from various  ‘non register’ teachers to the classrooms. These very keen and eager teachers did a reading for the children from one of their own favourite books. It was wonderful to hear from teachers who do not always get the chance to do reading with the children and the kids loved the variety of books read to them.

Perhaps a highlight of Book Day for some of the classes was the trip to our Junior Primary next door. Grade 6 learners were teamed up with little Grade 1 friends and the pairs/teams enjoyed some reading in the sunshine.What an incredible way to spend the day.

 

It was definitely a day (and a week) well spent. It was fabulous to take time out of our busy schedule and make a big deal of books and reading…something so integral to education.

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In the words of Lemony Snicket… “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them”.

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