The Gr 6 classes of 2017 are currently enjoying time out at Rocklands, Simons Town. Yesterday, Wednesday, the pupils were treated to a number of physically demanding activities, culminating in a beautiful night hike (we even had drizzle to add to the mood!). Today, Thursday, we had a crazy wind to deal with but we still managed an outing to the beach! More physical activities and of course a light concert quickly filled the day. One more day tomorrow, time passes by too quickly!
The Grade 6s have kicked off their year investigating the musical, Wicked. In Drama they are listening to and unpacking the lyrics of songs while in Design and Technology the practical element comes in. In pairs, they have to design and then create a hat that symbolises the themes they have drawn from the lyrics. The hats are made by fusing plastic bags together using an iron – a skill many had to get to grips with! So far the lessons have been abuzz with problem-solving and planning in between chatting to other pairs for ironing tips. We can’t wait to see the end results!
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…
Here’s to a wonderful, meaningful and successful 2017!
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.
The Grade 6 Team
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.
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!
What a wonderful experience for our learners!
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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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/
On 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!