How we learn at Salisbury House

Tayah Weir examines an engineering drawing.

At Salisbury House we are focusing on STEAM this term.

Our theme is How Things Work. At the beginning of the term, each child wrote down questions they would like to know the answer to. We are spending one week on each question.

So far we have looked at the following questions posed by the children:
How does the human digestive system work?
How do human emotions work?
How do people get sick?
How do toilets work?
How does a rainbow work?
How do lights work?

We have undertaken numerous science experiments and done many internet searches in order to answer these questions. This has resulted in a lot of laughter, disgust, and plenty of dirty hands!

Let’s focus on our week learning about rainbows:
We learnt about the science behind how a rainbow appears in the sky. We discussed the concept of a ‘monkey’s wedding’ too! We googled rainbow science experiments and followed several Youtube tutorials in order to see how water splits light into the seven colours of the rainbow.

Then it was time to use our imagination. We listened to folktales from around the world relating to rainbows — think Irish leprechauns and Greek mythology! The children then composed their own stories about the end of a rainbow.

While learning about rainbows we studied the story of Noah’s Ark and Hashem’s promise to never send a catastrophic flood to the world again. Finally, we painted rainbows which were labelled in Hebrew.

Ms Aimée Chiat looks on as Endinalo Mhini passes food from the “stomach” to the “small intestine”.

Shana Tova U’metukah to the whole Jewish Community of Cape Town!

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