The question in Grade 5 this term is “where does my family come from?”. We have been discovering that our ancestors might have come from all over the world, from Britain to Madagascar, and many more in between.

 

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Thematics is making connecting with history and applying it to current day, very easy this term. Being able to connect classmates to surnames that originated from the Dutch or French Huguenots  gives us a sense that the history that we are learning about today is not that distant after all.

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The Grade 5s have realised that they have seen the influences of the Dutch right here in Cape Town. Dutch architecture has influenced many Cape Dutch Houses that have been seen by many, especially on wine farms!

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As groups, they got together, to tackle building Cape Dutch houses in class. This took a lot of teamwork and knowledge about building a stable structure as well as making sure the style of their houses were correct. The groups were ecstatic to be given the chance to step out of their daily routine and spend time with a hands-on, crafty, project.

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