ESL Parent Coffee

Many thanks to all parents who attended the ESL coffee morning earlier today. It felt great to see so many friendly faces at the various workshops on offer. In addition, it was particularly encouraging to observe parents demonstrating a willingness to act as role models for their children by accepting the challenge to take a linguistic risk and engage in the collaborative learning exercise ‘Find Someone Who’.

Collaborative Learning

We have already gotten the new school year off to a great start with a collaborative learning exercise in Science based on a moon landing. After practicing the language of justification, agreement and comparison, students worked collaboratively to discuss and ultimately decide which items out of a total of 15 on offer would prove the most and least useful when preparing for a moon walk. The exercise prompted the students to participate in an engaging debate.

Museum of Change

On June 2nd, all of our wonderful grade 5 students were given the opportunity to showcase their learning at the Museum of Change.

The first session lasted from 8.45 to 9.55 and many of the amazing exhibits which were on show can be seen here:

The final session was held from 11.30 to 12.40 and it too featured some incredible educational displays which well and truly brought the museum to life.

Many thanks to everybody who participated and/or supported our talented grade 5 students today. The Museum of Change certainly enabled them to end what has unquestionably been an awesome year of learning on a real high.

Book Clubs

It’s been very enriching for me to listen to our wonderful EAP students participating in book club discussions as part of the English and Social Studies Quarter 4 unit on the subject of change.

Our students have been reading about various historical figures who have brought about positive change in the world. These have included icons such as George Washington, Neil Armstrong, Mother Teresa, Bill Gates, Nikola Tesla and the Beatles. As a huge fan of the group’s music, it’s been interesting for me to be asked so many questions by my students about a band who split up 46 years ago, and yet who continue to have such a huge impact on the modern world.

Book clubs and the discussions they foster are a great learning tool to help our students better understand the past and its influence on our lives today.

How is energy transferred?

As part of the Quarter 4 focus on the topic of energy, our wonderful EAP students are currently learning about light and sound in their science classes. They have consequently been conducting several observations, including an analysis of how sound waves are caused by the vibration of strings on instruments such as guitars and violins. As the above video demonstrates, it is truly a fascinating subject to research.

Ancient Civilizations Simulation

As part of their unit of study on Patterns, our grade 5 students are currently learning about ancient civilizations.

In order to give them a better insight into what people had to do to survive during these times, our wonderful EAP students and their classmates have been taking part in a simulation. The aim of the activity is to ensure survival by obtaining food and water, as well as building a shelter.

Students will continue shortly with a second simulation, during which they will no longer be required to work in isolation. This will better enable them to understand the pros and cons of living alone and contributing to a community.

Gummy Bear Investigation

As part of their unit of study on measurements in Science classes, our 5th graders are currently completing an experiment on gummy bears. Working together in small groups, they are investigating the changes that take place when a gummy bear is submerged in water for a period of 24 hours. To collect their data, they need to measure the gummy bear’s height, width, length and mass before and after.

Here you can see two of our wonderful EAP students, both of whom are completely new to English, helping each other to conduct the investigation from start to finish.

Making observations

In Science lessons our wonderful EAP students are currently learning about the importance of making observations using all 5 senses.

In this short sequence of clips we can observe our students developing their scientific skills by analyzing how accurate their sense of sight is. To do this they conducted several investigations with coins and pencils, observing the difference it made when they were able to use both eyes or just one.


2015 Museum of Change

The Grade 5 Museum of Change in the Little Theatre on May 26, 2015 was quite simply an awesome culmination to what has been a fantastic year of learning.

This video highlights some of the great displays and presentations that were on show that day, as well as the animated discussion that the exhibits provoked.

Congratulations everyone on an outstanding achievement, not only that day but during the course of the entire year.

We are looking forward to more of the same in the academic year 2015-16. In the meantime enjoy your well-deserved summer holiday.

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