Physics is a branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. The subject matter of physics includes mechanics, heat, light and other radiation, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of atoms. The world of Physics is an exciting but daunting field of study and spans many different aspects of our universe.
We develop different theories to understand and predict the world around us. Experiments are then conducted to validate or disprove our original theory. Theory, without practice would be very boring and very difficult. For this reason, we conduct regular experiments and visit industry where many of the theories can be seen in action and the power of our knowledge be harnessed to benefit mankind.
Our Year 10 & 11 students recently conducted experiments to prove Ohm’s Law. Definition: a law stating that electric current is proportional to voltage and inversely proportional to resistance.
For more information on the application of physics follow the link to this brilliant article.
High School Physics Teacher
Robots have always been a captivating piece of technology, programmable to move, make noise, light up, and follow instructions as directed. There is nothing quite as fun — and educational — as building one’s own robot and setting it through the paces of a race, an activity or a challenge.
In the school setting, robots encourage problem-solving, creative thinking, and a healthy sense of competition that drives innovation from students.
As robotics and computers become increasingly prevalent in students’ lives, understanding programming and programming concepts is becoming very important for students’ success. Robots are a fun, easy, and effective way to learn about computer programming. Programming a robot has tangible, observable effects.
Having to control a physical robot and seeing what goes wrong, students learn what robots can and cannot do. They also learn the need for precise instructions. Robotics helps address the growing demand for teaching science, technology, engineering and Maths in schools.
Robotics use the making of a prototype easier so it will help make the problem better. Students get the time, space and purpose to build robots and solve open-ended problems. Program building robots aims to help students develop logic building and critical thinking skills at a very young age.
Robotics is a branch of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, electronic engineering and computer science. It deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing.
We would be amiss not to place immense value on incorporating Robotics into our children’s lives. As our future engineers, programmers, pilots and doctors, to name only a few, we have to empower them for them to be successful.
Robotics and Programming Teacher Junior School
This past Sunday, the 18th of August, seven of interact members spent the first half of their day assisting the Blouberg Rotary Club stall at the annual One to One event.
One to One is held every year at the Green Point Stadium. It is a day that is focused around differently abled kids and adults from Cape Town and its surrounds. With some people being bussed in from as far as George. One to One is orientated towards providing a fun filled day for them.
There were various games to be played at the many stalls, prizes to be won and lots of free hugs all around.
The day is organized by various clubs, such as Rotary, Lions Club, Roteract and many interact clubs from schools.
The few hours that were spent at the event were filled with laughter, cheering, music and performances. While spreading love we were able to forge new friendships with people from other schools. It was a humbling experience that we all enjoyed being a part of.
We are looking forward to next year’s event with our eyes set on our own Blouberg Interact stall.
Interact Member – Year 10
The history of our beautiful land can only be depicted through the magnificent stories and writings told by our talented authors. This week BIS has dedicated Book Week to honor our South African Children’s Authors.
On deciding to do this, I, myself had surprisingly made the discovery of how many brilliantly written local children’s books existed. I took some time to read a few books, and was touched by the realities and beauties of our very own land. It is so important for us to pass on the diversity of cultures and heritage to our children and the best way to do this is through a book.
On Tuesday we were fortunate enough to receive a visit from an amazingly talented South African Children’s author, Lori-Ann Preston.
“Lori-Ann Preston is an award-winning children’s author who lives in East London. She won the Golden Baobab Prize in 2016 for her Early Chapter Book, The Ama-Zings! Her picture books, Mr Cocka-Rocka-Roo and Snails Have Feelings, Too! were short- and long listed for the same prize, respectively. She holds a BEd Honours degree from the University of South Africa and spent 20 years as an educator.”
A magical week was had by all. We had many other visitors and events at our school, “Help the Rural Child” mobile book shop, “Hooked on Books”, Story Book Character Dress up day and a Cake sale, all of which makes Book Week something to look forward to every single year.
“When we read we are able to travel to many places, meet many people and understand the world”
Let us continue to empower and grow young minds through reading. Happy reading all.
Year 5 Teacher
As a much younger teacher, I remember emphasizing to parents, the importance of reading aloud to their children. It was really only after having my own children and practicing what I had preached, that I began to understand that I too was benefiting!
I recently read an interesting article, published by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, in which they set out the basic “hidden” benefits…
While reading is a necessity for learning, it is also one of the best ways to develop bonds with your children; researchers say reading to your child is “a gift for time-challenged parents who may feel guilty about missing special moments with their kids.” (www.scholastic.com) The book publisher suggests parents schedule reading sessions often and use the moments to enrich their relationships with their children, as well as build their vocabularies. Parents will forever cling to such innocent moments. Children, meanwhile, are learning about complex aspects of life and relationships when they are engaged in stories with themes that can be more mature than anything they’ve encountered in life. Going through those educational moments with a parent allows them to confront these issues in a safe space.
Secret to Success
The article goes on to explain that research showed that children four to five years of age who are read to three to five times a week are six months ahead of their peers in terms of reading acumen. Those children who are read to daily are a year ahead of those who are read to less frequently. ”It does appear to be the case that children who are read to more often keep doing better as they age than other children.”
Rich Vocabulary Equals Advantage
Educator Jim Trelease notes that there is a clear difference between conversing with a child and reading to him or her. As he points out in his book “Read-Aloud Handbook,” literature is more intricate than speech and therefore vastly more educational.
“The language in books is very rich, and in books there are complete sentences. In books, newspapers, and magazines, the language is more complicated, more sophisticated. A child who hears more sophisticated words has a giant advantage over a child who hasn’t heard those words,” Trelease says.
Teaching by Example
“A child who has been read to will want to learn to read herself. She will want to do what she sees her parents doing. But if a child never sees anyone pick up a book, she isn’t going to have that desire,” Trelease points out in a conversation with GreatSchools.org. Reading increases a child’s attention span and a parent’s own cognitive ability, the best-selling author says. It is one of the most essential and valuable activities children can inherit from parents simply by observing them being engrossed in a book or magazine. Knowing how many habits children pick up from grown-ups around them, reading is one activity parents should aim to get caught doing in front of their children!
So, enjoy cuddling with your child and reading that bed time story.
Year 2 Teacher
On Saturday, 17 August we had another Interactive Curriculum Morning. The focus was Sensory and Fine Motor development in the early years. Both of these skills develop from birth and are essential for healthy brain development. Parents attended a PowerPoint presentation explaining the importance of these skills and were given some tips and ideas about activities that can be done at home with their children.
Then the messy fun began and the parents were invited to do the activities alongside their children. There were 2 stations. One for Sensory skills and the other was for Fine Motor skills.
At the Sensory station, the children could experiment with substances that appealed to all their five senses. They had a lot of fun playing with shaving cream, jelly, dry pasta, oats, coloured spaghetti and in the sand pit.
At the Fine Motor station, the children could use elastic bands to make patterns on peg boards. They did beading, making patterned necklaces for their parents to admire. The children also really enjoyed making monsters and other creatures from play dough, plastic eyes, pipe cleaners and sticks.
The morning is always a wonderful experience of learning through play.
Reception Year Teacher
The Nursery class came to school in our pajamas on Tuesday. We spent the morning playing and relaxing outside in our special Nursery garden while colouring in and socialising. We played imaginative games with our teddy bears and Lego blocks, building structures and dreaming up different scenarios for our teddy bears to act out.
During morning snack time we enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate and treats while reading story books. After snack and story time ended we had free play outside by the “big’ Jungle gym until lunch time. We had a delicious luncheon with chicken strips, potatoes and salad.
Nap time arrived and we had a long, peaceful 2 hour nap. When we woke up we had a refreshing fresh fruit salad for afternoon snack.
The day ended off with us dancing outside in the garden and enjoying free play.
We wish every day could be pajama day!
This has been an exciting week as we celebrated Book Week in our junior school.
We had a visit from South African author Lori-Ann Preston who addressed our Key Stage 2 students. She is a seasoned South African educator with more than twenty years of experience. She has a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree through the University of South Africa.
Lori-Ann won the Golden Baobab Prize in 2016 for her Early Chapter book ‘The Ama-zings!’, a fast-moving, fun-filled adventure story, and received the New Writer of the Year award in 2016 from the South African Writer’s Circle.
She just launched another book called “Thabo, the Space Dude“ which promises to be an interesting and compelling read to our children.
Our choir participated in the West Coast Song Festival last night and the organisation of the event at Woodbridge Primary was exceptional. Thank you to all the parents who came to support our choir.
On Friday we will have our Storybook Dress-up Day and we are looking forward to our students creative costume ideas. This promises to be a fun-filled day at school, signaling the end of another successful Book Week.
Next week we have the opening of our high school’s 2019 musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors. It has been was such a pleasure to see how actively this was promoted by our students this morning as they sang and danced in the car park, inviting parents to come and see the production. They have all worked tremendously hard over the past months to ensure we have a potentially award winning show.
I wish you a wonderful weekend ahead.
The Year 3 classes are learning about our beautiful city and all its history as part of the “Local Environment” component in their History lessons. Crowned by the majestic Table Mountain, Cape Town is a vibrant city full of heritage, diversity and spirit. Thousands of people flock to the city each year to enjoy all that Cape Town has to offer. We spoke about Boulder’s Beach, Table Mountain, Clifton Beach and Kirstenbosch Gardens.
During the past few weeks, the students have learnt about the history of the town and its historical landmarks. They have looked at aerial views of the city, satellite images and how to read keys and street maps. They drew aerial maps of their classrooms and even designed their own treasure maps.
Year 3 teacher
It has been an exciting three terms for our computer science students. We are currently fostering skills in problem solving and looking at how computer science fits into the bigger scheme of things.
So what is computer science?
Computer science is the study of processes that interact with data and that can be represented as data in the form of programs. It enables the use of algorithms to manipulate, store, and communicate digital information.
Why the sudden hype around, and spike in interest in, the coding field? How does this field of study benefit the student?
There are so many reasons to learn coding from job opportunities, critical thinking skills and creative outlets. Programming teaches problem-solving skills, offering challenges which develops resilience in the students. Coding teaches students how to think and instills a love of mathematics.
Margaret Mead said “Children must be taught how to think not what to think”
Too often we give students the answers to remember, instead of problems to solve. Although computers are an everyday tool for the 4th industrial revolution generation, it is extremely important that we train our next generation to think like humans and not like machines.
Our Year 9 IGCSE computer science group did a practical demonstration showing how sensors are used in a computer system to create warning and action programs. Traditionally, this concept is taught through textbook-learning, without any practical application. At Blouberg International however, we are fortunate to have technologies which allow our students to experiment with the practical application of their learning, bringing the content alive!
We look forward to creating the next great software developers and mechanical engineers.
IGCSE & AS Computer Science