The Outdoor Classroom
Thursday, 01 March 2012 11:33

The Grade 5 tour was a new experience for both the teachers and pupils. We revamped our tour and decided to go north instead of our usual trek south every year. It involved learning across the curriculum and many new locations were visited.

Specialised learning activities such as Art at the beach with Mrs vd Walt and Geography on the beach with Mr vd Berg (snr) were highlights of the trip. The pupils made ‘Fish’ T-shirts practicing a Japanese Art form with Mrs vd Walt. Mr vd Berg taught the children about the tides and direction at Cape Vidal. In the evening he gave them an exciting lesson on astronomy and how to find north using Orion.

The boat trip up the St Lucia Estuary proved to be invaluable with the pupils asking many questions and sighting several different species such as hippos, crocodiles and even a fish eagle.

An informative visit to the Butterfly House proved to be rewarding. A follow up visit to Grantleigh by the Butterfly House staff is planned for the 9th March when the Grade 5’s will be making a butterfly garden at Grantleigh.

Team building and fun were also had at the Supertube and a marshmallow braai was enjoyed at Futululu.

The accommodation at Futululu was most suitable and provided opportunities for both learning and recreation.

A comprehensive educational and environmental walk along the Umvubu trail was organized by Mr P Fitchat, with the help of Mr Cook, and this taught the pupils the differences between the various natural vegetation zones and habitat types.  This was a hands on learning experience.

A very enjoyable and educational tour was enjoyed by all.

Mrs Julie Mennell & Mrs Marita Veater

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