Sensational Sixes

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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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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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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‘n Nuwe kwartaal met nuwe uitdagings.

Die lekkerste deel van die eerste week van graad 6 is om almal se opgewonde gesigte te sien. Sommige leerders het dit maar swaar gevind om weer so vroeg op te staan, maar tog was daar ‘n gegons oor al die vakansie se gebeure.

Ons het hierdie week sommer vinnig weer  terug in roetine geval !! Met die eerste kwartaal agter die rug is die graad 6 leerders sommer mooi gekonfyt met die nuwe aanpassings en ons glo alles sal seepglad verloop hierdie kwartaal.

We would also like to welcome our newest member to the grade 6 team, Joshua Walker. Congratulations Mr. Walker and family to the newest addition to the Walker family.

After completing “Meervoude” this week, the children had to create their own collages with “Meervoude”. It was so much fun seeing them being creative and boy was there some new strange Afrikaans words. I absolutely enjoyed all of their hard work this week.

You go grade 6 !!!

 

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What’s in a name?

It is a funny thing how many of us spend most of our lives not knowing much, if anything, about our surnames and where they come from. Yet, our surnames are the first sense of belonging we are given, our first identity.

The grade 6s were given the task of researching their surname as well as their family history. They then had to present their findings to the class in the form of an oral…and it has been fascinating!

It has been wonderful to learn about the diverse backgrounds which we all come from and to be able to celebrate our heritage. Many of the children have been very surprised by what they have learned about their parents, grandparents and forefathers.

What a fun and special way to learn more about each other!

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A visit to Intaka Island

A Visit to Intaka Island
On Wednesday the 17th and Thursday the 18th of February, the Gr 6 pupils visited Intaka Island in Century City. It is a fascinating place as it is situated right in the heart of Century City amongst all the buildings. It is a natural wetland that has been looked after through all the development around it. It is a place of sanctuary for the birds. We took a trip around the wetlands by boat, learnt about alternative sources of energy, and had the opportunity to learn more about our local bird population. A place of great beauty amongst the concrete jungle, we recommend you visit the island yourself!


 

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Ons is LIEF vir Afrikaans !!!

Die graad 6’e het ‘n fantasmagoriese week ervaar. Elke graad 6 leerder sal saam stem dat AFRIKAANS beslis hulle gunsteling vak is.

Daar was groot spanning en kompetisie onder die groepe in die klasse. Elke groep het kaarte met letters op gekry. Hulle het net 5 minute gehad, om soveel woorde as wat hulle kan, te maak.

Elke woord het punte ontvang. Woorde met DIFTONGE  het dubbelpunte gekry !!!! Sommige groepe het tot in die 100 punte behaal. Die wenners was beloon met meriete.

“If you don’t know what a DIFTONG is, please I dare you ask a grade 6, they will tell you with no hassle.”

Ons het ook die geleentheid gehad, om ons Afrikaanse storieboeke te hervertel deur om prente te teken en plakkate te maak van ons unieke stories.

VIVA AFRIKAANS !!!!!!

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MAGICAL 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 a bar graph. A tasty treat and a great learning experience! Yum yum! IMG_7139 IMG_7141 IMG_7149  IMG_7146 (1)

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Intaka Island 2015

On Monday the 16th and Tuesday the 17th of February, the Gr 6 pupils visited Intaka Island in Century City. It is a fascinating place as it is situated right in the heart of the city amongst all the buildings. It is a natural wetland that has been looked after through all the development around it. It is a place of sanctuary for the birds. We took a trip around the wetlands by boat, learnt about food chains and food webs, and had the opportunity to learn more about our local bird population. A place of great beauty amongst the concrete jungle, we recommend you visit the island yourself!

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