A Twinning Project between Nompumelolo Primary in East London and Morskring Primary in
Leiden was initiated by EU-UNAWE Netherlands with permission from Buffalo City Municipality.
The project was conducted for one month, with the focus being on moon phases and seasons.
Learners observed the different moon phases from the 21st of May to the 21st of June. Over the month the learners watched the night skies and recorded their observation on a moon calendar. This information was
reinforced through various activities about the moon in the classroom. The learners made moon phase flip books, weighing on the moon and creating moon craters.
Learners also were able to identify the hemisphere, continent and country in which they lived in, in comparison to their friends in Leiden. All of the learners are aware that they are living in the southern hemisphere and that we experience different seasons during the year. Currently learners are aware that they are in winter, whilst the friends are experiencing summer. Therefore the temperatures are different and the sun’s rays are more indirect. This theory was tested through drawing of shadows. They carried out two shadow activities at different times on a winter’s day. The length of the shadows were analysed
and a class discussion was held.
A short movie was made, which will be exchanged with the Morskring learners about their observations in the southern hemisphere. The learners also drew pictures of the current season in the southern hemisphere.