Laboratory safety and apparatus


The first steps towards success in any science field is understanding the rules and regulations needed to be adhered in the laboratory. Although my Grade 5 class uses the SMT room to do their practicals, instead of the lab, the same rules should be implemented. This is a introduction to the basic rules, symbols and apparatus used in any school laboratory in the world.




1) Laboratory safety symbols and rules:

These are the basic signs that are needed to be remembered in order to identify their warning or instruction. The worksheet explains the most important rules to follow  such as dress code when conducting experiments that involves chemicals, electrical or heating equipment.


2) Rules for Scientific Drawing with Checklist Rubric

This worksheet has detailed rules to follow when drawing a diagram in  any science field. Some rules such as magnification and scale drawing of diagrams are not taught to learners in the intermediate phase and are therefore left out when they do any scientific drawing.


3) Format for writing down an investigation

This format is sequence of events that learners have to carry out in order to produce a complete investigation. We teach learners from grade 4 to start using this format so that they are able to produce reports on their experiments in the standard quality expected from scientific experiments.


4) Common Lab Apparatus

Every subject or organisations have their own unique jargon. In science, all equipment are known as apparatus and are given specific names. This makes it easier to understand what exactly was used in a particular experiment and allows everyone to be on par with each other.

I made a worksheet with the common apparatus found in any lab. A test is also given to help learners to grasp the names easily.


Always remember that rules are made in order to ensure order and safety in the laboratory as accidents may happen and people’s life may be endangered when the rules are broken.

Mental Maths Championship 2015


Whenever I am blessed to teach the intermediate phase (Grade 4 – 6), there are lots of opportunities to learn maths whilst having fun. In our classroom we have mental maths challenges at least 4 times a week. A booklet is made for each learner where they have to answer the exercise as fast as they can, but they are reminded that accuracy trumps speed. Each day, the top 3 learners are selected and put in a list, where at the end of the year, a champion will be crowned.


Here is a breakdown of the rules and procedure:
1) Learners must have their booklet ready on their table.
2) I walk in, greet them and call out the exercise to be completed. Learners in grade 4 have 10 questions to complete whilst learners in grade 5 have 15 questions to complete.
3) As the learners complete their exercise as fast as they can, a number is given to them, which they write on their booklet.
4) Once all the learners have completed the exercise, or the 7 minutes are over, they swap their booklets and are ready to mark.
5) We go through the answers, marking along the way and finally the top 3 with the highest marks are entered in the list according to the position they received.


Our past champions of 2013 were:
• Grade 4 – Zahra Dada
• Grade 5 – Amina Bibi Suliman
• Grade 6 – Aman Essa


This mental maths challenge is in accordance with the CAPS documents and curriculum where learners must take 10 minutes of every 60 minutes to do mental mathematics.
This format of the challenge is a way to encourage learners to take mental calculations seriously and also to train them for the Department of Education’s Annual Mathematics Olympiad where learners compete in different levels with schools around Gauteng.
In 2013 our Grade 4 learner M. Ebrahim Suliman made it all the way to District level. Inshallah I wish all the learners Good Luck for the future and pray we make it to Provincial level this year.


Keep on Practising!!! Here are links to help you practice:
Who has the Biggest Brain?! 
Are you a Math Magician?
Speed Challenge

The First Day Back At School

The First Day Back At School

I greet you all with these words: Assalaamu-alaiykum (May Peace Be Upon You)

I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing and memorable holidays. Many of us had holidays where we lost our loved ones and others had wonderful trips to the blessed lands of Makkah and Madina; the time flies by so fast that we are shocked to hear once again that it’s the first day of school. As the saying goes… Back to school… Back to reality…

Well, let me introduce myself…

My name is Amina Khan, I am an educator at a prominent school in Erasmia. This is my fourth year of teaching and I felt that since so many of my learners have access to cellphones and tablets, I might as well make an online environment where my learners can interact with me and their fellow classmates whilst learning.

I intend many of the future posts to be informative about events around the world and at school as well as educational for the learners in the different grades. As the year goes by I hope to upload valuable resources and information that will be of use to the learners.

Please bear with me in this transitional phase and all constructive feedback is welcomed. Take note of the contact details and avenues  to take when communicating with me. I wish this site to be one that is beneficial to my learners, Inshallah.

I wish you all a fabulous year ahead filled with lots of love, happiness, wonderful memories with family and friends.