What a wonderful year it has been! We are so sad to say goodbye to our students of 2016. We wish them a wonderful holiday and a blessed Christmas. A huge thank you to the parents for being so supportive this year.
Today was the start of a new term and new groups for the Guinea Fowl class. We played a few games to help us get to know each other and to work collaboratively. The first exercise was to build a pyramid using six cups, an elastic band and pieces of string. The children were not allowed to touch the cups with their hands. They had to use the elastic band and the string.
Our second activity involved using 20 pieces of spaghetti, 5 large marshmallows and some cellotape. The idea was to build the tallest structure possible that could stand on its own. The tallest structure was built by Matthew, Dylan and Liam D. It was 95 cm tall.
Our third activity was playing a card game called Flip Three. It is a type of memory game but the cards have to make a sum. The child who ends up with the most cards wins the game.
The Partridges dissected an orange discovering the pulp, zest,rind, juice sacs and many other interesting facts. They then drew a scientific diagram showing the cross section of their orange.
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.
What an exciting day! We transformed our classroom into a kitchen of a French cuisine restaurant and we were all ‘masterchefs’! My nerves as a teacher were shot after 1 hour of 23 sharp knives that were busy slicing, chopping and dicing. The chefs did a sterling job and were quite impressed with their fruit kebabs. They were delicious!
This week is dominated by our ILTs (Integrated Learning Tasks). The learners are divided into small groups of between 3 – 4 children. For five days, from Monday to Friday, we are going to be embarking on a learning experience of a different kind. Today we went shopping at Food Lovers market and bought a large variety of fruit for our adventures for Day 2.The learners had to apply some of the skills and knowledge that they have gained over the last 6 weeks of school in order to complete various tasks and activities. The children realized that food is expensive and it was extremely interesting watching them barter, ask for advise and exchange fruit. One child had to fill out an exchange slip as she found a better special and wanted to return her fruit and get more value for her money.