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An exciting 7 days in the Pheasant class

The Pheasants have had a crazy-busy 7 days. Starting last week Friday we had the opportunity to go to the beach and bond with our new friends, as well as spend some time splashing about in the ‘not-so-warm’ water. Thank you to the parents who also joined us and took advantage of the opportunity to grow our Elkanah community. Some moms even braved the waters for a swim. Well done.

On Monday we visited the Animal Anti-Cruelty League where we leaned how important it is to look after our pets properly. We also learned about “living beyond self” by giving very generous donations of food and blankets to this worthy cause.

On Tuesday this week we introduced the iPads into our classes. The children have joined the various Google Classrooms, which will be one of the main avenues of disseminating and collecting tasks. This week we started exploring some of the apps as well as practicing our tables using some fun maths websites.

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We look forward to more fun as the year progresses.

 

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Loving beyond Self @ AACL

Tatum Walsh Clevely wrote: My life now is pretty exciting, because when we went to the AACL yesterday, I saw a kitten. I really liked it so much. I went home and told my dad about it and my dad said yes! My cousin is getting the kitten and I’m getting a puppy.  (First image on right)

Welcome to Grade 4, 2017

The Fabulous Fours would like to welcome you to our blog. We are looking forward to a wonderful year. This term we shall be going on a beach outing on Friday, 3 February. Parents are welcome to join us at Small Bay that morning. The children will be collecting blankets, pet food, pet toys, old towels and washing powder for the animals at the Animal Anti-Cruelty League which each class will visit in the weeks to come. The highlight of the term will be our camp at Simonsberg. We are looking forward to meeting all of you!

Shop ’til you drop @ Food Lover’s Market

For our ILT, we visited Food Lover’s Market on Sandown Road. Each group had a budget of R100 and it was very interesting observing their negotiation skills and making decisions. They had to choose two fruit from 3 categories (deciduous, citrus and sub-tropical) and pay for their goods at the cashier.  If they had money left, they may choose more fruit from the list. One group had only 10c left after their shopping experience.

 

Mother’s Day and Similes

The build up to Mother’s Day this past Sunday, presented the Pheasants with an opportunity to express their thanks to their moms. The students were tasked with writing a poem that needed to include a number of similes to express their feelings and thanks for their moms. To start with the students learned about the role of similes in the English language and practiced writing some of their own. They then took a sneaky selfie with their moms. They loaded the selfie into PicCollage and edited it with all manner of backgrounds, frames and digital stickers relevant to Mother’s Day. Once they were posted to Google Drive and printed, they were then used as the covers for their cards, within which were their original and heartfelt, simile-laden poems.

  1. Below is the cover and poem created and written by Sienna Casarin for her mom.

 

You are as sweet as the icing on my cupcake

I hope you know that, I hope you do

Cause you smell like sugarplum and trifle too

You care for me like I care for toffees

I care for you like you care for coffees

 

You are as sweet as the icing on my cupcake

I hope you know that, I hope you do

You have lips as sweet as the glaze on my cherry

So it’s really nice when you kiss me too

All the kisses I want to get, I have to get from you

 

You are as sweet as the icing on my cupcake

I hope you know that, I hope you do

 

Sienna Casarin Gr4 Pheasants

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Cycle Tests and Book Days

Our fantastic Grade Fours had another ‘first’ this week; they prepared for and wrote their first cycle test. While the papers are still being marked and moderated, and the results are not yet in, I can say that they were well prepared and for the most part quite confident about these formative tests. (I can’t speak for the parents though) In class, we refer to them as LFTs – Little Friendly Tests, or in some cases just as a “Check Up” to see how well they can apply the skills we have been practicing, thereby removing some of the stigma and angst associated with writing tests.

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This week we also celebrated “Book Day” at school and the students were involved in numerous activities designed to promote a love for books and reading. The day started with some Afrikaans reading in groups with Mrs Van Tonder.

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After that we went across and spent some time reading to our friends in the Grade 1 Sunbirds class. The Grade 1s were dressed up as characters from Alice in Wonderland. This was a wonderful experience for all the students involved.

We completed our celebrations with two activities. The first was playing ‘musical books’, much like musical chairs, but in this version they had to have a quick look at the blurbs and covers of a variety of books available from the library before moving on again.

The last activity was creating a ‘reading cave’ using our desks, some blankets and pillows and a few dictionaries as weights. The snugly reading cave was a real hit on a cold, blustery day like today.

All in, it was an enjoyable day to celebrate books and reading.