Sensational Sixes

Exciting ILT

Over the last three days the Grade 6 pupils have been working on their first ever Grade 6 ILT. The task was both a challenging and exciting one. File_002

In groups of four or five, each group had to decide on an environmental issue that they felt strongly about and create an environmental documentary to highlight this cause. They came up with all sorts of interesting causes such as water pollution, deforestation, marine pollution and many also chose to focus on concerns around specific animals.

There were many skills which the children need to hone to complete this task. They had to research information on their cause, write and practice a debate for and against, film a peaceful protest with a suitable placard and chant to make a stand for their cause.

There was also a letter that need to be written to parliament in which they needed to make the members aware of the severity of their chosen cause.

Their documentary also included a motivational closing  and all of this needed to be in the form of a professional documentary and completed in the three days.File_000File_004

What a fun and enjoyable way in which to bring awareness to some very important causes and what better voice can we have than those of our future!File_006File_005

 

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Something new… our Term 3 Life Orientation ILT!

Pause Dance demo!  Physical theatre

The Grade 6 pupils were involved in their termly ILT (Integrated Learning Task) last week Wednesday to Friday. It was an ILT with a difference, as the focus was on Life Orientation for a change! Very exciting!

It’s fair to say, growing up has never been more challenging for an 11 year old, so many questions and pressures! Time was spent covering issues such as bullying, social media management, changing bodies, reputation and the importance thereof, what it means to be a young man/woman these days, as well as the important issue of personal hygiene!

As teachers, we often feel saddened by the fact that we have to address certain issues at such a young age but unfortuntely we are left with little choice as the pupils are heavily bombarded by the media, influencing them powerfully.

Solid discussion was had and we certainly could have carried on talking for many more days, so many questions still to answer!

 

Influence or be influenced Should all men carry swords?

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Grade 6 Election

Last week the Grade 6’s participated in another exciting ILT based on The Democratic Election Process. This was done over the course of three days.

On Day 1 they were instructed to get into groups of four. In these group they came up with their own party- it had to have a name, slogan, logo, etc. They had to then select a party leader and as a team, create an electoral poster with the use of their iPads. Following this, they learnt the importance of reaching all the political parties target by creating an Afrikaans pamphlet for their created party. Speeches were made, presented and a class vote was cast. It was great for the students to let their creativity, group and leadership skills reign free.

one of the election posters that were made

one of the election posters that were made

the Afrikaans pamphlets

the Afrikaans pamphlets

On Day 2 they had to work in pairs to create a powerpoint with regards to the change in South Africa’s Coat of Arms, our flag, etc. It was great to see the students creating amazing slide shows with the use of their iPads- they know so much!

an amazing keynote slideshow

an amazing keynote slideshow

On the last day- Day 3, was the grand finale! After using some mathematical skills and compiling a graph, the preparation for the final vote commensed. Alterations and appointments with Mr. Preston were made in final preparation. All the Grade 6’s, along with their teachers met in the hall to listen to the final four speeches. Ballot papers were handed out and votes were made and counted. The competition was stiff, and the winner was announced- Cami Nieuwstad!!! Congratulations to all involved!

the students Maths graphs regarding poll numbers

the students Maths graphs regarding poll numbers

voting in the hall

voting in the hall

the students getting a feel for the election queues

the students getting a feel for the election queues

the Grade President- Cami

the Grade President- Cami

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Time for another exciting Grade 6 ILT

Next week sees the Elkanah House Grade 6 pupils involved in their termly ILT (Integrated Learning Task). The ILTs provide opportunity for three days of complete focus on the particular task at hand. All regular schooling comes to a halt as the pupils engage in the process of the challenge set by the teachers.

Pupils are encouraged to lead their own learning and take full responsibility as their teachers pull back on their usual involvement.

One of the highlights of last year’s ILTs (see 2013 pictures below) saw the pupils involved in the running of class elections. The process ran in a similar way to the process followed nationally in South Africa.

Watch this space for the 2014 version…

 

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Our first ILT

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Last week the grade sixes were involved in their first ILT for the year. The overall task was to create an environmental documentary which would raise awareness about an issue which the children feel passionately about.

The project was broken down into smaller activities such as researching the issue,collating and sifting through the information, preparing and recording a debate, writing a letter to government officials as well as staging a protest!

It was amazing to see how well the children coped with the task and how creatively they put their documentaries together. It was most certainly an absolute success and enjoyed by all!

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EXCITING TIMES!

IUGUWith Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber, James Walker and the ILT all happening, there’s no wonder why Grade 6 is full of exciting times…

During the past week Cape Town has experienced top international performers at the Cape Town Stadium. Elkanah learners who were lucky enough to attend the concerts couldn’t sit still at school while waiting for their parents to collect them.  Justin Bieber, of course being top priority on Wednesday last week, put on a great show making his fans very proud to be Beliebers!

The Walker family has a new member, their new-born baby boy, James. This is very exciting for the Walkers as well as the Elkanah family! The Kestrels had a great time preparing a surprise baby shower and making Mr Walker wear a dummy and use a bottle during his break.

The ILT has kicked off and by the amount of talking happening in the class you can tell the Grade Sixes are thrilled with their integrated tasks!

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