In Grade Six we believe that practical learning...
Grade four had a blast learning about maths in a fun and playful way; learning different things from 3D shapes to measurement. We started off the week with making different 3D shapes, the learners had some time to decorate their own shapes and build them. Learning about measurement was also enjoyed by all, especially when asked as a group to measure items[Read More…]
Last week our Grade One classes were introduced to E-colours. The E-colour system introduces the children to four different colours – red, blue, green and yellow, which describe various aspects of a person and the way in which they function. The E-colour concept is introduced and taught on a basic level in Grade One. In each Grade they learn a[Read More…]
Design forms part of every aspect of our lives. It is estimated that the average person interacts with about 150 items of design by breakfast – from the bed we are sleeping in, to the tube of toothpaste to the box containing the breakfast cereal! – Ravi Naidoo (Woolworths) During this term’s Design project, the grade 10 students are[Read More…]
I am so happy with the progress that the Grade 10’s are making. Today we made Chocolate Brownies and it turned out to be a real lesson in temperature control. Some of the Brownies were left in the oven a little too long and were rather crispy, but we don’t waste ingredients, and so we made chocolate crunchies instead!
In Grade Six we believe that practical learning is the best type of learning that can take place. Play is ultimately our brain’s favorite way of learning. To understand how to move from passive to active learning, it is important to understand the four primary learning styles: visual, auditory, read-write, and kinesthetic. People learn using a variety of these methods, but[Read More…]
Over the past few weeks our Grade 5s have been faced with a number of challenges. As teachers we have loved facilitating them through these moments, helping them learn different ways to approach and tackle them with a positive outlook. One of our most recent challenges was presented during our Maths Extension week. Our children were given the task of creating any[Read More…]
The annual Orators Performances have become a real tradition at Sun Valley Primary. The kids have delivered yet another spectacular serving of our favourite topics. A hint of Kenn Nesbitt here, a dash of Roald Dahl there, and a very “ Punny” yet serious performance that had all four adjudicators (teachers) rolling with laughter. Looking back at all the brilliant[Read More…]
Do you know what to do if your computer doesn’t want to turn on? Bought a new keyboard and don’t know which port it plugs into? What if you can’t seem to close an application — or can’t hear any sound from your speakers? Whenever you have a problem with your computer, don’t panic! Before you take it to the repair[Read More…]
At first I thought that researching on available electronic devices would be a technical nightmare: would the students be responsible and would they actually focus on the topic and not wonder off into cyberspace only to return at the end of the lesson? Well, I have been pleasantly surprised by everyone’s maturity and the way they conducted themselves and shared[Read More…]
Mirror, mirror on the wall…Who is the fairest of us all? That’s easy. You certainly are Grade Two’s!! The art room was aglow with awesome reflections. Everyone studied a tutorial on the detailed proportions of their faces. This was followed by long gazes of admiration at their mirror images. They sketched a self portrait taking care to illustrate all the[Read More…]
On Friday and Saturday, Sun Valley hosted the annual U11 Waterpolo Festival. The sport staff and coaches spent many hours planning and preparing for the event. The long hours were well worth it as the festival was high temp and produced top quality waterpolo across the board. The Girls festival took place on the Friday. The Sun Valley U10A’s and[Read More…]
How great is it to be able to learn such abstract and analytical concepts through play? In the days of yore, Maths was believed to have been a concept that was learnt only through practice, practice and more practice. However, at Sun Valley Primary, we believe that it is not only through practice, but through play… A lot of PLAY![Read More…]
History students question everything… This is a skill inherent to the subject itself. And this is why it is a vital part of understanding our world today. Critical thinking skills are analysed daily in both formal and informal assessment. Visual and textual analysis require higher order thinking skills. Along with these skills, students need to engage not only with the subject matter,[Read More…]