Class Teacher - Mrs Ju-Koningswoud
Teaching Assistant - Ben
Our topic for term 3 in Songani is about wild animals. There is one wild animal to learn more about for every week. In our role play area our rangers and explorers go on a safari in a jeep and are staying at the campsite in a National Park.
We went to Mrs. Ju's garden to hunt for the big five (BBC Earth) and the little five. We played games about wild animals too. And we had our class picnic on the deck... we had a great time!
We went for a safari walk on our school ground as little explorers. With our safari hats and binoculars we found amazing things.......baboons, butterflies, feathers, beautiful flowers, dragonflies, ants, etc.
Our writing that morning was all about our great experiences.
In Songani's construction corner are we building cars, houses and other buildings with wood.
After a lot of learning about the farm (how does our garden grow?) in our classroom, we went on a trip to Mrs. Pambala's house. She taught us how to plant maize, add fertilizer, plant sweet potatoes and sugar canes and we had a look at the different crops in her field. That was a great adventure!
We enjoyed working with clay in Songani Class. Our Secondary students showed us how to make a clay pot and after that we tried to make one out of playdough first. The next day we were able to make our own clay pots.
For the second half of term 2 we are learning about 'Farming': how does our garden grow? We are working at the farm in our classroom. We've got a garden with beans and groundnuts growing, we've got a barn with some farm animals and every morning we have to check how many eggs we can find in our chicken house. Because we have to show that every day in our chart on the chalkboard.
By coming back after the Christmas holidays we started a new topic. We are learning and playing around the topic 'My Toys'. In our role play area we have a toy shop at the moment with shopkeepers and customers. It helps us to get better at counting and adding small numbers. We practice our number formation in our handwriting lessons to be able to write a receipt for our customers. Besides all this great learning we are still working on our blending and segmenting, counting by 2's and 10's and writing short words. And......our bookcorner has got a special reading cave at the moment.......we really enjoy our reading in there!
While we are learning and playing about a topic, we love to go somewhere for a visit or bringing the real world into our classroom. Around the topic 'Toys' we had a visitor coming in. He showed us how to make a car from wire.
During our topic about the history of Sir Harry's we talked about the past. In our own families we have different generations, our journey of life. In our role play area we went from the house to our grandparents house for a sleepover. But everything starts by talking about which family member you want to be that day....
By talking about our families we also found out that taking pictures is important when you have that special family time. That was one of the reasons to create a photographer's studio in our role play area.
For our Science Week about 'Exploration and Discovering' we made a bug hotel. Every day we were counting how many bugs were visiting our hotel. It was interesting to compare our predictions to the results in our chart.
We also planted beans during Science Week. It's great to watch them growing. First at the window, then outside in the garden.
For DT Day this term the whole school was preparing food from the past. Our Songani Class was cooking nsima, vegetables and bean soup. We went to the market to buy charcoal, flour and vegetables. We had great help from Liya's Mum, Dylan's Mum and Dylan's grandparents. After cutting, washing, cooking and preparing everything it was finally time to enjoy the yummy food!
We visited a construction site because of our great learning is about how our school was built in the past. We saw the cement mixer, the construction workers measuring the ground and using the bricks to build the new building, etc.
In 1959 they were planting a tree in front of our school. Mr. Ben could tell us everything about it. We went to the new Secondary building to have a look and planted our own 'Songani tree' in the garden there.
Our first topic is 'The History of Sir Harry's'. This is a whole school topic. In our Songani Class we will be focusing on 'Time travel....me and my school'. In our role play area we have a buidling site at the moment. That's the place where our construction workers are making plans and realizing the most impressive buildings.