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Grade 6 Horrible Histories Project

Posted by Nina Adams on Friday, August 1, 2014, In : Innovative Students 
Our Grade 6 students once again had lots of fun with the 'Horrible Histories' project based on the BBC hit. They write their own play depicting different historical events and video the end result. History really comes alive for them and they enjoy every minute!


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Our vision of the 21st century learner

Posted by Nina Adams on Monday, January 20, 2014, In : Innovative Students 

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Grade 6 animation project

Posted by Nina Adams on Friday, October 25, 2013, In : Innovative Students 


Students have to create an animation/movie that tells a story:
  • Students were divided in groups (5 – 6 per group);
  • Each group had to create a visual storyboard for their animation/movie – in MS Word using Paint for the pictures;
  • Groups had to make the characters (with clay, pipe cleaners, paper, etc.) and the backgrounds they would use;
  • They had to take a sequence of photographs, using the characters and background, that would tell the story visually;
  • Download photos and use Moviemaker to ‘an...

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Environmental Club and Social Media (by K Dallimore)

Posted by Nina Adams on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Innovative Students 
(Mrs K Dallimore is a High School Science Teacher at St Cyprian's School)  

Human Impact on the Environment is one of the core themes studied in Grade 11 Life Sciences in the new CAPS syllabus, so it was exciting to be invited by the Teaching Biology Project and the City of Cape Town to take part in a pilot study. Ten schools were elected to become involved in this project.

Each school was paired with a partner school in order to conduct an investigation/research on aspects of human impact on t...

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Afrikaans blog project (by Insaaf Levy - Gr 6KJ Class Captain)

Posted by Nina Adams on Monday, May 20, 2013, In : Innovative Students 
We really enjoyed this project because we got to watch an Afrikaans movie (Hoofmeisie), in class, that was very funny. It had many jokes that made the class laugh. It also had two scenes that made the Grade 6s sigh and gasp! The actual project that the class had to do was a little bit challenging because we had to write a review in Afrikaans about this movie and then blog about it. Our class really enjoyed this part, we loved looking at each other’s blogs, commenting, reading comments that ...
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Grade 7 collaborative project with Appleby College

Posted by Nina Adams on Friday, May 10, 2013, In : Innovative Students 
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Last term, the Grade 7s completed a collaborative project in Natural Science with the Grade 7 classes of Appleby College in Toronto, Canada.

This included our girls creating presentations about the habitats and adaptations of Southern African animals, while their pupils did the same for Canandian animals.

They shared their projects via the internet, and had to achieve specific goals with the other school’s projects. To round off the project, we collated common questions from their projects...
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Guest post by Justin Skea: The generation divide Part II

Posted by Nina Adams on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, In : Innovative Students 


Justin Skea is Head of St Cyprian's Preparatory School

In my last article I spoke of the 8 Net Generation and Next Generation norms and the way these norms need to be considered when parenting and teaching your child. Next, I would like to look a little more closely at how these norms, and the very unique characteristics of this generation impact on the modern family. As with my previous article, I hope that this information will help you in your parenting, and help you understand your child t...
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Guest post by Justin Skea: The generation divide Part I

Posted by Justin Skea on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, In : Innovative Students 
 
 
Justin Skea is Head of St Cyprian's Preparatory School

The generational divide which exists today between parents and their children is an intriguing one. The truth is that the generational divide has existed for, well, for as long as there were children and adults, however it is today’s society which is perhaps witnessing one of the greatest generational divides in history, and the rapid development in technology is partly responsible for this divide.

In case you don’t know, four gene...
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Literature fun with interactive whiteboards

Posted by Nina Adams on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, In : Innovative Students 
 

The Grade 6s, who read Jennifer Murdley’s Toad, were tasked with designing a Game Show around the novel and presenting the show using their interactive whiteboards. From Who Wants to be a Millionaire to Wheel of Fortune, the girls designed their game shows, incorporating questions linked to the novel, and then interacted with the rest of the class, as they hosted their game show.

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Natural Resources (Geography Gr 9)

Posted by Nina Adams on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, In : Innovative Students 


Grade 9 students had to do an assignment on natural resources by selecting their topic from land, ocean or atmosphere.  Elements of the project included:
  • How the resource was formed
  • The importance to the natural and human environment
  • Its future in regard to conservation, depletion and preservation
  • How students can make a difference in conserving the resource

Students were allowed to present their project in many different formats, including a model, an experiment, movie, PowerPoint, Prezi, report,...


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Our Big Issues

Posted by Nicole Wallace on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, In : Innovative Students 


This year during the Grade 8 Internal Integrated Programme in Term 1, the grade 8s were given the task of investigating “Our Big Issues” which covered a variety of community-based issues in Cape Town. One of these was the use of energy and resources in our school’s community. To this end, they were asked to create a survey in groups about the awareness about the use of energy resources, collect data from members of the community, and present their findings. These were in the form of pow...
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Trailer Blazing by Mrs M Salkinder

Posted by Nina Adams on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, In : Innovative Students 


This term the Grade 9 English students were given the challenge of creating a film trailer based on an English text that they had read during the course of the year.  The goals of this task were threefold:  firstly, to serve as a way of assessing a student’s understanding of the text; secondly, to provide an opportunity to study film trailers; and thirdly, to give students the opportunity to exercise their creativity by using Windows Live Movie Maker (or any alternative program).  Students ...
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Postcard exchange blog by Daisy Alston-Horne, Grace Berry & Iman Deane (Gr 4)

Posted by Nina Adams on Thursday, November 3, 2011, In : Innovative Students 

After Mrs Jackson and Miss Clarke met Hayley in Dubai, they came up with a marvellous project which involves us learning to blog using Blogger. This is a simple and pleasant website which allows us to make our very own blog and post it on the internet. The project was for each of us to buy a postcard illustrating South Africa. Later on, we had to research about the postcard we chose and wrote a paragraph on it. Then, we typed it onto Notepad. Afterwards, we copied our information from Notepad...
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Pinehurst Primary School Project by Insaaf levy, Cassidy Mihalik, Cassandra Scheepers & Megan Downing (Gr 4)

Posted by Nina Adams on Thursday, November 3, 2011, In : Innovative Students 
    

We went to Pinehurst Primary School because our teachers, Mrs. Jackson an Miss. Clarke, wanted us to extend their Microsoft Project. They did this by making us (the children) use Jing. Then we had to teach the children at Pinehurst Primary how to use Windows live Movie Maker. We had lots of fun when we tought them how to use it. It was nice because we got to spend a hour in our teachers shoes. We learnt how to work with other children, they were both girls and boys. We also learnt how to...
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Wordle Review - By Taylor Kennedy & Dana Botha (Gr 4)

Posted by Nina Adams on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, In : Innovative Students 
     

‘Wordles’ are a fun way of creating a word cloud, based on any text that you write. The more frequently a word appears in your writing the bigger it will be in your ‘wordle’. You can change the font, colour and style of your ‘wordle’ you can also send it to the gallery with a title and by whom. It is a great fun and we would really recommend it for everyone.

We made our ‘wordles’ by doing an exercise called two stars and a wish to evaluate our project work. The two stars...
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Lego Robotics

Posted by Nina Adams on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, In : Innovative Students 


FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international Robotics Team Competition for children aged 10 - 16 years. It is about:

1. Introducing children to the fun and excitement of science and technology.
2. Developing children's abilities to work in teams.
3. Stimulating children's use of creativity in the problem-solving process.

A ten week preparation time consists of building a robot to perform tasks on a table, programming this robot, doing a research topic within an overall topic, problem-solving and l...
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When my parents were 10...

Posted by Nina Adams on Friday, August 12, 2011, In : Innovative Students 
Grade 4LJC girls interviewed their parents to find out how much technology has changed over the years. Enjoy!


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Students use Jing to create instructional videos

Posted by Nina Adams on Saturday, July 23, 2011, In : Innovative Students 
Grade 7 students have been hard at work creating instructional videos for Microsoft Word using Jing. Their brief was to create tutorials that would allow the viewer to learn different functions in Microsoft Word for example formatting or editing documents.

The girls initially found it quite challenging as they first had to have an excellent understanding of the topic themselves before attempting to teach others. They had to carefully prepare their narration and figure out the best way of prese...
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Grade 4 students create their own stories with MovieMaker

Posted by Nina Adams on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, In : Innovative Students 
Our Grade 4 students have been hard at work creating, illustrating and narrating their own stories using Microsoft MovieMaker.



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Students design HIV Aids Awareness Campaign using MovieMaker

Posted by Nina Adams on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, In : Innovative Students 

Grade 8 Science students were asked to create an HIV Aids Awareness campaign using Microsoft Movie Maker. The goal of the campaign was to educate their audience on the nature and common misconceptions surrounding this epidemic.

One of the outstanding submissions was entitled 'Nandi's Story' and it tells the heartbreaking story of a teenage girl diagnosed with HIV Aids.

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