Sensational Sixes

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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‘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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The adventure of Rocklands

One of the best camps to attend is probably the grade 6 camp.

So many memories, lessons and morals were learnt. I wonder where one should even start  to begin explaining why the grade sixes looked so tired on Friday or shall we just keep it a secret? Maybe a few photo’s will help us explain…

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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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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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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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Learning is fun!

 

During Natural Science, the children got a chance to get creative and come up with their own visual aids to represent the LAYERS OF OUR ATMOSPHERE. Not only does this test their knowledge but it also allows them an opportunity to teach others…and have fun too!

 

Social Science provided another hands on activity! The grade sixes used their orange ‘Earths’ to work out how to take the globe and create a 2D map.

Learning in grade six, at Elkanah, is definitely lots of fun!

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Fun in the Sun!

What an incredible way to spend an incredible day.

For our very first Grade 6 outing, the pupils and teachers enjoyed a lovely sunny, sand-filled and salty day on Small Bay Beach.

There was much fun to had from swimming, to digging secret traps that you hide under towels, to creating our own small swimming pools and mud-monster sunblock.

We look forward to an awesome year of outings ahead with these great kids.

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