The Year 4’s have had an exciting first 3 weeks of school. We’ve started with an interesting topic in Science: Habitats.
We’ve learned some new scientific terminology such as habitat, micro habitats and adaptations. Last week we got the chance to practically apply our knowledge by exploring the school’s garden. We found loads of animals and insects such as doves, swallows, beetles, butterflies, ants, moths and spiders! Once back in class, we had to draw the habitats and list all the animals we found.
Mrs Schoots also spoke about her class’s pet rats and how they are adapted to live in a cage and what makes them different from rats living in nature. It really helped us to understand how some animals might be able to survive in more than one habitat. We will continue with this topic for the next few weeks.
We are so blessed to live in a country with such a vast variety of animals and plants. It is important that we respect these animals and their habitats – no matter how small they are!
“Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” –George Eliot
Ria du Plessis
Year 4 Teacher
Year 1 went on an outing to Green point Park in Cape Town. We had a wonderful time walking around the Biodiversity gardens and through the Wetlands walk. We loved the Labyrinth, waited for the sun to shine so we could tell the time using the sun dial and finally played in the awesome play areas.
It was a fantastic, fun filled outing.
For more information on this excellent venue: http://www.gprra.co.za/green-point-urban-park.html
Year 1 Teacher
Often we take all the nature and beauty around us for granted, rarely having the time to adequately appreciate it. For a developing mind, it is crucial to explore nature and learn about new places and things. It is natural for children to yearn for self-discovery and independence. Granting them the opportunity to experience the world around them, and what it has to offer, teaches them to explore and comprehend.
This term we learned about all kinds of reptiles and insects and their habitats.
Inting: The Reptile man paid us a special visit at school. My class’s enthusiasm and bravery to touch and hold snakes, lizards, geckos and tortoises, to name only a few, amazed me. One of the most important things they learned was to have respect for other living things.
Outing: Butterfly World was a most enjoyable and informative experience for all the students. They especially enjoyed the bus drive, even though most of them fell asleep on their journey back to school.
Here are nine benefits of encouraging your child to attend outings:
- Outings give students an educational experience away from their regular school environment.
- They learn in a more hands–on and interactive approach than they do in the average classroom.
- The students investigate the insects, animals, reptiles and plant life up close; they can touch and interact.
- This gives children a welcome break from their normal routine, breathing new excitement into lessons.
- Learning in assorted ways can appeal to varied learning styles helping students to succeed whether they are visual or auditory learners.
- Perhaps one of the most important values of exposing the students to this is the personal development that one can experience. When challenged, an individual can experience a sense of accomplishment, self-value and confidence.
- By introducing these important experiences, a child is more willing to try new things, creating a more versatile learner.
- This can help children to develop the enjoyment of life-long learning, confidence and independence as well as respect for humankind and all creatures.
- Outings are so important for their emotional, social and intellectual growth.
Through those interactions, children will not only gain a new appreciation for what nature has to offer, but also learn about themselves. They will establish real connections with others and the world around them.
The next time you are outdoors with you little one, remember to stop and smell the roses and if you are lucky, you might find a ladybug or two…
The Nursery is learning about Insects this week. They have enjoyed learning about spiders, snails, dragonflies and many more creepy crawlies. They are discovering where Insects live and what they eat. We went on an ”insect walk” around the playground to inspect where insects live and where they are found.
The artwork they created was inspired, having great fun painting little ladybugs. We made spiders out of paper plates and had bubbles of fun experimenting with water-play with “bugs” in soapy water.
The students have been making worms with playdough and cutting playdough with scissors. This strengthens their fingers and grip, and is very good for their fine motor development.
Mind Blowing Year 6 outing
By: Ben Van der Westhuizen, Riley Hanning and Jens Buchwald (Year 6 Students)
This term the grade 6 classes have been learning about electricity. On the 3rd of May 2019 they went on an outing to the Cape Town Science Center. They hopped onto the bus at 8:30am and arrived there at 9:00am.
First they learned about how to construct an electrical circuit in groups of two. They also learned more information about electrical circuits. The grade 6s were tested on their knowledge about electricity on what we had learned in the previous lessons.
A few kids went on the gyroscope. Here is what Damon Moodley has to say about the ride, “I enjoyed it, but it was disappointing because I had to manually move it. It was still an awesome experience.”
Later on, the grade 6s watched a science show. There were lots of surprises and it was a wonderful way to end the outing.
Grade 6 Outing
By: Chloe Ralph and Linamandla Moyo (Year 6 Students)
On the 3rd of May 2019, the grade 6s of Blouberg International School went on an outing to ‘The Science Centre’. The grade 6 class boarded the bus excited and ready for the Science Centre.
Once the class arrived, they were paired into groups. Blue, which was Mrs Esturhuizen’s class. Red, which was Mrs Hack’s class. The grade sixes’ first activity consisted of learning about electrical circuits and heat gas. They participated in making their own electrical circuits in pairs. Then they were granted permission to go explore all the technology, illusions, and inventions.
Jamey, a staff member of the establishment ‘The Science Centre’, allowed the grade sixes to go and fetch their lunch. Once finished, the grade sixes played a fun challenging quiz game known as Kahoot.
Soon after, the grade sixes went to a show which was made to teach the children what gases can do and how they react. The final activity included seeing one of the oldest cameras in South Africa. Then they entered a dark room where a projector-like camera was. Mirrors were inside – giving the grade sixes a view outside of the Science Centre.
“It was a great experience and my favorite part was when we could see the outdoors with the camera obscura.” -Damon Moodley, 12.
The grade six classes leaped back into the bus with their faces full of smiles and giggles.
In conclusion, the grade sixes had a wonderful time spent at the Science Centre.Read More
The Year 2’s are learning about Madagascar in Geography. The Avenue of Baobabs, ring-tailed lemurs, tomato frogs, vanilla pods, and sapphires are just a few of the things they have discovered so far.
They completed a research project where they each exhibited one interesting fact about Madagascar with a picture included. We are blown away with their contributions.
Nivad Manouchehri told the class about the Elephant Bird which is much larger than an Ostrich but unfortunately extinct.
Joshua Smith brought a poster about the Silky Safika Lemur which is as tall as a two-year-old!
Aunty Nini came for a visit on Friday, 22nd February to tell us all about Madagascar. ‘Salomo’ is how you say ‘hello’ in Madagasy. She taught the students a Madagasy dance where they waved a “lamba” (a special scarf) to the music. We even learned how to count in Madagasy.
The Year 2’s have really relished in their adventures in learning about the fourth largest island in the world!
Year 2 Teacher