Sensational Sixes

Fusing Plastic…It’s Wicked!

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!

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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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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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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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Ons gebruik iPads in Afrikaans!

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Die Graad 6 leerlinge het al reeds hulle iPads gebruik in Afrikaans. Die iPad kom baie handig te pas veral wanneer leerlinge sekere woorde in Engels moet vertaal en dan neerskryf. Die gebruik van woordeboeke word steeds aangemoedig tydens alle lesse.

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Leerlinge het ‘n storie oorvertel deur gebruik te maak van sleutelwoorde en prentjies.

Ons is tans besig met die ontkennende vorm en sal in die komende week na antonieme en sinonieme, sowel as verkleinwoorde kyk.

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