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Love, peace and joy are the best vitamins in the universe!

UOI

In groups, students had a discussion about the elements which disturb their peace & further categorized conflicts at various levels-individual, local, national & international. They analyzed the needs which, when unfulfilled, lead to conflicts. Students created a hierarchy of such needs using a pyramid.

English

Students peer checked the news report written as home assignment while looking for format, spelling and grammatical corrections in each others’ work. They enhanced their listening skills by comprehending a poem read aloud to them and subsequently answering questions based on their understanding. An assessment to test their reading comprehension skills was taken.

Math

The students were introduced to prime and composite numbers. They understood the fundamentals of factors. The process of factorization by factor tree method and division method was introduced as well. A summative assessment on shapes, angles and triangles was taken. A colour coding activity allowed students to analyze numbers from 1 to 100 so as to understand the relationship between prime and composite numbers and their factors.

prime n composite 1-100

Practise of mental math sums was engaging.

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Hindi standard

To enhance listening and speaking skills, students engaged in a role play based on the story ‘jaisaa sawaal waisaa jawaab’.  To strengthen their grammatical skills, students identified one word  to substitute many (अनेक शब्दों के लिए एक शब्द’) and made a list of these words. A spell bee activity helped to reinforce spellings.

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French
Students researched about lifestyle choices made by the French; being part of groups/pairs with an unfamiliar partner, while managing their time optimally. They organised their research findings on a graphic organizer of their choice. Later, they presented their work through a group discussion. They developed their research skills (collecting data, organizing data and presenting the research findings), self-management (organization and time management) and social skills (cooperating and group decision making).

Spanish

Students learned the lifestyle choices that foster a healthy body in Spanish as a part of their integration with the transdisciplinary theme.
Students learned new verbs and commonly used phrases that helped them build their vocabulary and make their communication more effective.

 

ICT

Students were introduced to AI (Artificial Intelligence) through a video and briefed about its impact on lives of people and work. They also explored an online tool based on AI, where whatever they drew in free hand was autocorrected by the AI feature.

Dance

Dance lessons  focused on cleaning of a jazz  routine to music. In addition, a combination of jazz walk, isolation and pirouette was introduced to enhance understanding of space.

Library

In their library class, students discussed & reviewed books they had read as recorded on  their reading log. To encourage & foster their knowledge of the mother tongue, Hindi books were issued keeping their levels of reading in mind.

Visual Art

Students finished creating their gesture drawings and worked on the finer details based on the feedback given to them. They reflected on their artwork to display their understanding of human proportion. Students also worked on their SLC portfolio while selecting, reflecting, clicking pictures of their work.

Music

Students learned the formula for forming Major Scale (C Major Scale) and they also learned and sang the song “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.
Students also learned to play C Major Scale on Keyboard .

 

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“Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.” Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam

UOI

Students started the week with a much awaited trip to the National Science Centre, Delhi. They were very excited to see large 3D prototypes of human anatomy on arrival. Various interactive games on body systems captivated their attention as well. Some students volunteered to participate in a quiz that aimed to test their knowledge on human body and health. Our young learners proved their mettle by completing the quiz in a few seconds.

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Students also made flip books and digital presentations for the summative assessment on multiple body systems, their functions and interdependence. They suggested corrective lifestyle changes for the situations presented before them as a part of their summative.

Students deliberated on the new unit ‘Peace and Conflict’ introduced this week. They were given some quotes as prompts to think about in groups. Then, they put their heads together to discuss what peace meant to them and what the kinds of conflicts they encounter in their own lives and the environment around them.

English

Students were introduced to report writing in their English classes. They discussed the essentials and listed them in their journals. Students drafted a  newspaper report using a graphic organiser which helped them collate their thoughts. Concept of personal and possessive pronouns was also brought in, to enable learners understand the usage of the same in their writing practices. Novel reading continued and new words with meanings were listed. Spell bee helped the students practice unit related words and homophones. 

Math

Students reflected on their understanding of angles and practiced constructing them in their journals. Peer teaching was used as a strategy to consolidate the understanding of angles for those students who felt they needed more practice. A protractor resource was created on the floor to help students visualise angles better.

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Students were introduced to the concept of triangles where they classified them on the basis of angles and sides. They identified and outlined the characteristics of different types of triangles. They measured angles of a triangle and thus proved that the sum of all angles in a triangle is equal to 180 degrees. Based on this understanding, they solved sums related to the angle sum property of triangles. Students also attempted a formative assessment on angles and triangles. They applied strategies in order to solve mental math sums using quick calculations. 

Hindi – Standard

Students enhanced their listening and speaking skills  by reading the story of Akbar and Birbal titled,  ‘जैसा सवाल वैसा जवाब’. They constructed questions and formulated relevant answers for the resulting questions.

Students read examples of formal letters. They discussed the format of a formal letter and wrote a sample letter.  Spell bee activity was conducted to reinforce spellings. 

Hindi – Abinito

In their Hindi ab-initio classes, students viewed a story and wrote new words encountered while watching it. They also learnt to create questions in order to enhance their comprehension skills. They revisited ‘गिनती’ (counting), different ‘maatraas’ and ‘vyanjans’ by doing various exercises. They honed their reading skills by reading a story ‘बंदर और चिड़िया’. Students matched the synonyms, marked the nouns & verbs from the same story. They also learned ‘U’ ki maatraa wale shabd and practiced sentence formation. They watched the video ‘Imandaaree Kaa Inaam’.  

French

Students developed vocabulary related to names of different countries and nationalities through a video. They collaboratively learnt names of countries through a class quiz. The colours of the flags were written in French, which helped to assess their prior knowledge of colours and countries.

They  identified and sorted masculine and feminine nationalities using their prior knowledge of countries.

Learners also introduced a person of their choice using various cue cards given to them. They framed sentences for their name, age, country and nationality. To extend their knowledge, they even created their own cue cards and wrote sentences.

Students developed their thinking skills (acquisition of knowledge, application) and social skills (group decision making)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2whJ4S8Lmo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eGV7putdqU

 Spanish

Students learned the uses of the verb Estar and its differences from the verb Ser. They focused on the application of both the verbs in different situations as they mean the same but differ in their application.

Students were also asked to practice both the verbs in a class activity, wherein they defined the acronym DOCTOR for Ser and also wrote conjugations for both the verbs together. They also made sentences based on the uses of the verb SER.

I.C.T.

Students were introduced to Book Creator where they learnt how to add a page, colour, title of the book, images, sound and various other options to create an effective digital presentation. Thereafter, students were divided into groups where they collaboratively made a book on different body systems.

Art

Students used a reference image to create their gesture drawing keeping the human body proportion in mind. They coloured their image and created interesting designs around it. Students are also in the process of preparing for their Student Led Conference.

Dance

Students created independent solo routine with music of their choice. Split and core workout helped them balance on their toes. They also learnt basics of Indian classical form.

Music

Students were assessed on their singing, rhythmic skills and theoretical understanding of music. Each student sang a song individually, played a rhythmic pattern on the drums and answered a few theory questions. 

P.E.

Students continued with their unit on Cricket. The students were briefed about batting skills and practiced diving catches and high catches to improve their fielding skills.

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. — Theodore Roosevelt (February 11 – 22, 2019)

Students continued their exploration into the different kinds of body systems and their inter-dependence. Musculoskeletal system was introduced wherein learners brainstormed about the importance of muscles and bones. They learnt about different types of muscles namely skeletal, smooth and cardiac muscles. Involuntary and voluntary muscles were also introduced. Discussion followed about ways to keep muscles active and flexible. Various health disorders related to the same were also brought to the fore leading to a greater understanding about the importance of exercise and yoga. Skeletal system was also introduced where students learnt about bones. Learners shared foods to promote healthy bones with their peers.  They also made ‘healthy habit’ journals to record their food and exercise routines. This helped in creating more awareness about appropriate food choices amongst the students. It was interesting to read a wide range of reflections penned by the students highlighting their self-awareness about a variety of foods consumed over the weekend. Learners inferred the inter dependence of the body systems and the importance of a healthy lifestyle to remain in the pink of health!

Students got an opportunity to interact with MYP student Tashvi Anand and understand about sustainable farming and healthy choices in eating. They were apprised as to how they can also grow organic vegetables on their own terrace / balcony.

English

Students were acquainted with the skill of extempore preparation and presentation. It helped them to understand the importance of having a wide knowledge base that could be built up by extensive reading about all kinds of topics. Learners were apprised of the essentials to be kept in mind while speaking impromptu. Students came up with topics like minimalism, exploitation of animals, dream vacation, global warming, how civilizations have evolved over the ages, impact of radiation, is home-schooling better than regular schools, impact of earthquakes on the world etc. It was interesting to hear their thoughts on such a wide range of topics!

International Mother Language Day was celebrated on 21st of February. The main purpose of celebrating this day was to promote linguistic diversity and multilingual education so as to highlight greater awareness for the mother tongue. Parents volunteered and conversed with students using different vocabulary while engaging in  story telling, dance and singing songs.

IMLD pic

Math

Students attempted the summative assessment on data handling , area and perimeter . Furthermore, they differentiated between 2 D and 3 D shapes by identifying the properties of these shapes. They drew the shapes in their process journals and co-constructed  a formative assessment on the concept, and completed it. They explored number patterns and created a few on their own. They observed the Fibonacci series and its relevance in nature (petals of a flower etc) was also observed. 

Hindi – Standard

As an integration with their current unit, students wrote the names of body systems and discussed  their functions. To enhance their reading and speaking skills, students read and performed a role play based on a famous Akbar and Birbal story- ‘जैसा सवाल वैसा जवाब’.

The following link was shown to support the concept

https://www.bharatdarshan.co.nz/magazine/article/child/377/swal-jawab.html

Hindi – Ab inito

Students  read and wrote words and sentences from ए, ऐ maatraas. They also enhanced their speaking skill by reciting the poems ‘मीठे बोल’ and  ‘बरसा आई’. They learned ‘choti ‘U’ and choti’ U’ ki matraa wale shabd. They watched the story ‘jaisa sawal vaisa jawab’.They also wrote words and sentences with ‘chotee ee ki matraa’.

French

Students received constructive feedback on their homework – ‘introducing other people’, following which they self-assessed themselves. They developed their thinking skills (comprehension and application) and self-management skills (time management and organization).

Spanish

Students practiced writing sentences based on the use of the verb SER. Also, students learned a new verb ESTAR which means the same as SER but it differs in its application.

Students were explained the said differences between the two verbs and their application in different situations.

I.C.T

Students were introduced to Virtual-Tee where they scanned the Tee-Shirt through an iPad application and learned about the various body systems and their corresponding organs. They were also shown the Human Anatomy 4D app where they used a 4D image to understand the interconnectedness of all the body systems.

Visual arts

Students  learnt  gesture drawing as an integration with their unit on ‘body systems’ .They  practiced drawing the human body in proportion using the 1:8 ratio. They sourced the image of an action figure to make their gesture drawing. Students are in the process of creating their artwork.

Dance

This week students stressed on pirouette preparations, starting with the feet positions to the spotting technique. Apart from that, they concentrated on spotting, style, and demonstration of different techniques used during the practice of their dance routine.

Music

The students gave solo performances in the class and chose to sing or play some instruments. They learned and sang a song “you raise me up” as a choir.

Physical Education

The students continued with their practice in cricket. The students were briefed about the fielding skills. They trained in catching, running behind the ball and throwing the ball to the stumps.

Some highlights of the week 

Students being felicitated by the PYP Principal for participation in NSO

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Circle time with the Form Tutor – reading from Rujuta Diwekar ‘Notes for healthy kids’ and discussions with students about healthy lifestyle

 

 

 

Delving deeper into Body Systems (28 Jan – 8 Feb 2019)

Unit of Inquiry

Students continued their learning journey as they proceeded with the unit ‘Body Systems’. They understood the structure of an organism with the help of a flowchart. They inquired  into the digestive system through a video and made a flowchart showing the process of digestion. They also explored other body systems like circulatory, respiratory and nervous through various learning engagements. Students critically analysed the function of each organ through a thinking routine – explanation game. The resulting understanding was then extended to the importance and interdependence of each system in the human body. Videos were shown to support their learning, the links of which are listed below. Students counted their pulse rate during different activities to understand the effects, importance and interconnectedness of the respiratory and circulatory systems.

 

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Activity – Learning to record their pulse and checking pulse rate while sitting, after walking, after running.

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A guest speaker session was organised where Dr. Bhawna Sharma, a pulmonologist and a parent , shared her knowledge with fourth graders. Students had an interactive session where they understood the importance of making the right choices to maintain a healthy respiratory system, digestive system and immune system.  

 

English

Students reflected on the importance of International Mindedness to promote global harmony. After apprising the students about Action according to the enhanced PYP, an action wall was made to encourage any initiatives taken by our young learners. The categories were- participation, social justice, social entrepreneurship, lifestyle choices and advocacy.

Students used the knowledge of travelogue writing to describe the journey of an apple through the digestive system. This got their creative juices flowing and encouraged them to think out of the box. It was a delight to read the submissions and some examples were indeed exemplary. Learners were also introduced to journal writing and a checklist was prepared by them after a brainstorming session. Students were introduced to kinds of sentences through a newspaper reading activity where they identified four kinds of sentences (declarative, imperative, exclamatory and interrogative) in news reports. Reading assessment of all students was done through loud reading of the book ‘At least a fish’.

Math

Students continued to practice word problems related to area and perimeter where they learned to calculate the length or breadth from the area of a shape. They were evaluated on their understanding of data handling as well as area and perimeter through a formative assessment. Students were introduced to 2D and 3D shapes through an activity where they were given different polygons that had to be recognized and named. This was done to gauge their prior knowledge.

They were given objects in the shape of cube, cuboid, cone and sphere, following which, they reflected on the difference between 2D and 3D shapes. They concluded that 3D shapes have edges, vertices and faces. Real life connections were made to understand the concept better as students listed some real life objects displaying various shapes. Students also drew 2D and 3D shapes to enhance their learning.

Hindi – Standard

Students discussed types of seasons and recited a poem,  ‘ऋतुएँ’. This enhanced their listening, reading and speaking skills. Difficult words were noted with meanings through a sorting out activity. To enhance their writing skills, students wrote synonyms from the video ‘रहीम का टेस्टी खाना‘ and made sentences. They identified adjectives from the poem and made sentences to strengthen their grammar usage.

Hindi – Abinito

To enhance their listening and speaking skills, students watched the Hindi video “lalchi dudhwaalaa” and discussed the moral of the story. To strengthen their reading skills, students read simple sentences and wrote sentences the same . 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgjXMsqqm5E&vl=hi

Students read a story ‘दोस्ती की परख’ and noted the meaning of difficult words. They enhanced their speaking skills by paraphrasing the summary of the story in their own words and by changing the end of the story. They honed their communication skills through a conversation activity. 

French

Students showcased their prior knowledge on ‘self-assessment’ through ‘rocket writing’ strategy. They were given an opportunity to choose their buddy for role play, hence promoting learner agency. Through the role play, they developed their communication and social skills. They have also started working on their Student Led Conference portfolios.

Spanish

Students learned the uses of the verb SER, wherein they understood its application in different situations. Students were given an acronym DOCTOR, which really helped them while recalling uses of the verb.

Moreover, students were given sentences based on the verb, in order to have a better understanding of its usage. Students also revised the said verb and made their own sentences keeping the given acronym in mind. It really helped to improve their thinking skills.

I.C.T

Students discussed their chosen units for the upcoming Student led Conference. Previous work was revisited and changes were made accordingly. Students are working on Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to complete their task.

Visual arts

Students analysed human structure to understand proportion of the human body. Students observed and drew a figure of their friends to showcase their prior knowledge. Discussion on the “Vitruvian man” and observing a presentation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s theory, gave them an understanding of proportion of the human body. Students are exploring the concept of 1:8 ratio to draw a human figure accurately. 

Dance

This week students stressed on pirouette preparations, starting with the feet positions to the spotting technique. Apart from that, students concentrated on spotting and style and demonstration of different techniques used during their dance routine. Students also added 8 counts to their dance piece and had a discussion on different dance styles.

Music

Students sang and practiced the song ‘What a wonderful world’. 
They played the 4/4 rhythm pattern independently on the drums and identified various dynamics used in a composition played for them.

P.E.

The students started with their new unit- Cricket. They were introduced to the basic skills of cricket such as batting, bowling and fielding. They also practiced on the field to improve their fielding skills.

Library

In the library class, significance of the essential agreements was discussed with the students and their opinion were also taken into consideration. Fourth graders were asked to pick fiction books in preparation for the upcoming book review exercise.

Candy around the world

The Candy Around the world Project was one opportunity in a series of Global Exploration projects produced by GEC Co-Founder, Lucy Gray. This project was inspired by a recent New York Times Magazine series on candy around the world, where all aspects of two candy bars were studied between October and December 2018, including nutritional and environmental impacts. Nearly 235 schools across the globe participated in the project and DPS International saw students from Grade 4 take the study forward with a comparative analysis between health bars.

Take care of your body, its the only place you have to live!

Blog (16th January – 25th January)

After a long winter break, the students returned to school rejuvenated and rested. They were filled with exciting stories of their time spent with family and friends.

The students were introduced to the unit, ‘Body systems’ under the Transdisciplinary Theme’ Who We Are’. Their understanding was brought to the fore during the brainstorming session where they had to decipher the system in the objects given to them, hence establishing that each system needs all parts to work together. This understanding was extended to body systems. They shared their knowledge about body systems and labelled the organs in their journals.

Students also watched videos and made a flowchart showing different organs of the digestive system.

English

English was integrated with Unit of inquiry lessons where the students comprehended a poem based on digestive system and answered related questions. New and challenging words were brainstormed and noted on the word wall. Students were introduced to travelogue writing through a class discussion. A sample was shown after which the key elements of a travelogue were identified by the students.  They then proceeded to create a mind map of the places visited during their vacation. A brief recap of the chapters from the book  ‘At least a fish’ was done to recall the events. The class created their own questions on the sequence of events read so far using a question cube.

Math

Students were introduced to the concept of area through a group activity where they used square cut outs to cover the inner space of rectangular and square shaped objects. Later they counted the number of squares to find the area and understood the relationship between length, breadth and area. That’s how they derived the formula for calculating the area of a rectangle and square. They also revisited the concept of perimeter and practiced sums based on it. They understood the difference between the area and perimeter of a shape. To hone the skills of mental calculation, students practiced mental math sums.

Hindi: Standard

Students wrote the names of their favourite food and discussed how it is healthy and nutritious.  

After watching  a video titled  ‘रहीम का टेस्टी खाना’, about the importance of healthy food; the students listed difficult words and wrote their meaning in the process journal, which improved their writing skills.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdzFYWp4MLY&t=199s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgUCebhVq58&t=66s 

Hindi: Abinito

Students discussed how they spent their winter vacations. Students learned “ta”, ” ha”, “cha” and “da” letters and brainstormed  words that had the above letters and sounds. They also formed simple sentences with these sounds. Students were shown a video “Rahim ka tasty khaana”. They discussed their understanding of the same. Students strengthened their writing skills as they wrote about their favourite food.

French

The students received feedback on their homework on the verbs ‘ETRE’ and ‘AVOIR’. They worked in groups to frame sentences using the verbs ‘ETRE’ and ‘AVOIR’ . This activity enhanced their thinking and social skills.

Spanish

Students revised the verb SER and the subject pronouns in Spanish.They discussed their summative assessment  and cleared their doubts.

ICT

Students were welcomed with a recap of the apps that they worked on, in the previous term namely MS Word and Powerpoint.

Visual art

Students worked on their composition related to “space” to display negative and positive space. They completed their artwork using mixed media and reflected on it. Students selected the art work they wanted to include in the student portfolio.

Music

Students learnt about the dynamics in music. They explored various dynamics through the composition played for them during the lesson. They also learned to sing two motivational songs- Salaam India and Legendary (Disney).

Dance

During their dance sessions, students stressed on correcting pirouette preparations. They are learning feet positions in the spotting technique. They also concentrated on style. Students are also learning a fast jazz dance piece. 

Physical Education

Students continued with their unit in Athletics. They practiced for different races in which they will be participating during the upcoming athletic meet.

Library

During the library class, students discussed and established few agreements regarding the norms of behaviour in the library. The students were encouraged to select books from different genres such as  horror, thriller, adventure, to name a few. In addition to this, they issued Hindi books/novels to develop appreciation for multilingual literature for a holistic reading experience.

Student agency and voice were also discussed with the students this week. Students, in groups, decided what class responsibilities they wanted to assign to monitors. Through a common consensus the chosen responsibilities (line monitors, journal distribution etc) were  assigned monitors by the teachers.  

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think…

Students progressed with the unit on ‘Universe’ as they continued with their individual explorations into planets, galaxies and meteors in their Unit of Inquiry classes.  They researched on any one of the celestial bodies and presented their understanding of the same in class during a take and talk session, thus integrating English language skills with their unit. The formative assessment on the first line of inquiry ‘Celestial Bodies in the Universe’ was conducted where students arranged different planets, meteors and comets according to their order and position in the solar system.

The students discovered the different phases of the moon after watching the following link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4ZHdzl6ZWg

They consolidated their understanding about rotation and revolution with an experiment using  a globe and a lamp. They further watched two videos and identified the reasons why Pluto is not considered  a planet anymore. As they progressed towards the  understanding that space exploration is changing, students watched the following video (link below) and reflected on it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnoNITE-CLc

Students became aware of the meaning and the scope of space exploration and inquired into the different means of space exploration with a group activity. They discussed the progress made in space exploration by recalling and plotting events as a timeline. They debated the advantages and disadvantages of space exploration and delved into the impact of such explorations on our daily lives. Their knowledge about space exploration was enhanced when they identified the local and global organisations responsible for  exploration of the final frontier. They watched the following videos (links below) to understand more about these organizations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlhdp1dKdPI [ISRO]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAuxvVBMykI  [NASA]

 

English lessons were integrated with Unit Of Inquiry as they read to comprehend a passage about the relevance of space suits and how they work. A take and talk activity was carried out as part of UOI integration where students spoke about the celestial bodies, thus honing their communication skills. The rules of subject verb agreement were discussed and students identified correct and incorrect sentences based on these rules.  They also analysed the front cover of the novel ‘At least a fish ‘and made a novel study booklet to record the predictions from the story. Thereafter they read the first chapter of the novel and wrote its summary into the booklet. Students understood the features of a formal letter.  Their understanding was strengthened as they distinguished between formal and informal letters. A Spell bee was conducted to reinforce the spellings related to the unit and students solved the word search in the newspapers.

During Math lessons, a central idea for the concept of measurement was discussed. Students identified key words from the central idea that ‘we can use different units and strategies to measure length, weight, capacity in our daily lives’. Drill sums on conversion from one unit to another continued including word problems on measurement. Students attempted formative and summative assessments. They read an article on the difference between mass and weight. It was integrated with their UOI lesson as they appreciated the fact that weight on moon is much lesser than the weight on earth owing to different gravitational force on Earth and Moon. The concept of data handling was introduced to the students through a group activity where they were shown certain graphs and had to identify the type of the graph. Students listed and identified the different parts of a graph and eventually interpreted a bar graph by answering questions. They practised plotting bar graphs on graph sheets.

During Hindi lessons the listening and speaking skills of the students were enhanced through a role -play ‘अन्तरिक्ष की  सैर’. In this play they acted like different parts of the solar system. To enhance their thinking and writing skills they sorted out and wrote difficult words, their meanings and question-answers from the play. For their summative assessment they wrote an informal letter, identified and highlighted nouns / verbs.  Through a Venn diagram they explained the advantages and disadvantages of space exploration.

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(Ab-initio)

In their Hindi classes students learned the alphabets ‘Na’,’La’,’Gha’,  both in written and as well as in oral form. They drew a picture of the ‘Solar System’ and wrote their equivalent Hindi names. To enhance their speaking skills they formed sentences with letters ‘Na’, ‘La’ and ‘Gha’ of the Hindi alphabets.

The objective of French lessons was to get students well versed with the concept of the verb- AVOIR (to have) in present tense. Students learnt the pronunciation through the drill technique and later practised conjugation of the verb in writing. They also framed sentences collaboratively and hence developed their social, communication and thinking skills. Later they attempted formative assessment on ETRE (to be) and received feedback for the homework on the verb. Following links were used during the lessons.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnUWNIN3zss (verb- Avoir)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv4W_Q250ow  (subject pronouns)

Students learned professions and nationalities in Spanish and practiced their pronunciation during  Spanish lessons. Students also tried to make sentences using this vocabulary and strengthened their writing and speaking skills.

Students understood the differences between the masculine and feminine nouns , their similarities which were distinguished with the help of the articles used in Spanish.

During ICT classes students carried out some secondary research on celestial bodies and recorded their reflection on Microsoft PowerPoint. Moreover, students engaged in the Hour of Code on code.org focussing on coding, technical and problem solving skills. They also explored Sky Walk app thereby integrating ICT with their unit.

During Art lessons students worked in groups of four and organized a still life composition for themselves by using objects available in the art room. They observed the arranged objects carefully and drew their composition displaying the positive and the negative space.

The students learned to write notes on the treble clef and bass clef during their music lessons. They tried writing the music notes of twinkle- twinkle little star on the staff notation.They sang carols on karaoke and some of them also performed it for the open stage carol singing to mark festive celebrations.

For Dance lessons students stressed on observation and analysis skills.  They also created impromptu symmetrical movements.

The students started with their new unit on Athletics during their Physical Education classes.  They were briefed about the rules and regulations of  track and field events and were  shown how to take start, turn and finish. Students also started practicing for the upcoming inter house athletic meet.

Library has closed down for the term to take stock of books and prepare for term 2. However children continue to read newspaper and personal books in the class library.

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you…

The unit on civilization concluded with a field trip to the National museum, New Delhi, where students gained an insight into the lifestyle of people from the Indus Valley civilization through the art and artefacts displayed at the museum. They appreciated pottery, jewellery, tools etc. used by the people of that period. The students reflected upon their visit and then attempted a summative assessment.

The new unit on the universe started with a prior knowledge assessment where students were shown images related to space and universe. They discussed the images and completed a graphic organiser based on it. The central idea and the lines of inquiry were introduced using a video on the solar system (link below)

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5vitkx

They  Big Bang theory and creation of universe and stars as revisited with the help of videos. Later students created a flip booklet based on their prior knowledge about the solar system. The students strengthened their knowledge about galaxies and meteors as they watched the following videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0ncK6yDy9Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNDGgL73ihY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtDTWYBTAGQ

Students inquired about different planets, galaxies, meteors and comets. They used their research skills to investigate how they were formed and then presented their understanding in class, thus enhancing their research and communication skills.

 

Our Wonder wall…. for inquiry:

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Students discussed the answers to their questions and wrote the answers on the wonder wall.

During English lessons students attempted a formative assessment on writing a summary of their chosen story. Students differentiated between regular and irregular verbs through a group activity. They also watched videos with the following links  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zdmufwnsd_wp  http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/irregularverbs/ pertaining to the same. This enhanced their understanding of both types of verbs. They also identified verbs from newspaper articles and categorised them in their process journals as regular and irregular. The concept of subject verb agreement was introduced through a class activity where they were given sentences and they had to identify whether the sentences were correct of incorrect. The students understood how the verb has to agree with the subject in the sentence in order to make it a meaningful one. A few rules of subject verb agreement were discussed.

 

During their Math classes students attempted a formative assessment on time where they were shown certain flight timetables and had to calculate elapsed time, convert time into 24- and 12-hour clock format. They also wrote a summative assessment on the concept of time. The new unit on measurement started with assessment of their prior knowledge. Students were divided into groups and given certain measuring tools like measuring tape, beakers, weighing scale etc. They measured different objects – like vegetables, book case in class, a finger ring, water in their bottles – with the help of these instruments in a group activity. They recorded their observations and analysed relevant units of measurement. They understood different units used to measure weight, length and capacity.  Students practised sums related to conversion of units on measurement.

 

 

During Hindi classes students enhanced their writing and speaking skills. They understood informal letter writing by reading a letter. Then they wrote a thank-you letter to their relatives and friends. They saw a video on essay writing and discussed about it.The following link was used for the same  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkh5CZJ4j3E

During their French lessons’ students got well versed with the concept of the verb- ETRE (to be) in present tense. Students learned the pronunciation through the ‘drill’ technique and later practised the conjugation of the verb in writing. They also framed sentences collaboratively and hence developed their social, communication and thinking skills. The students viewed the following links to enhance their understanding.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2IrJ0DB0Xg&t=9s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlvM5lK39Qs

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During Spanish lessons students practised the subject pronouns during a class activity, wherein they were given situations to address their peers and elders in Spanish. They also learned the formal and informal concepts of using the pronouns apart from singular and plural. Students watched videos based on the subject pronouns and how are they relate to their corresponding conjugations.

https://youtu.be/1blXYCHjlDQ

Students researched on media and recorded their reflection on Microsoft PowerPoint during their ICT classes. They explored Adobe spark and created beautiful images. They also learned how to create videos. Students also enhanced their typing speed on typing club.

 

 

Students began their third unit in Art as they discussed the art space of an artwork and connected it to the related concept of their unit on ‘Space Exploration’. They identified the various visual components of ‘Elements of art’ and recognized the importance of principles of design. Students expressed their understanding in their art journals.

During their music lessons, the students learned to sing Christmas carols- ‘Hark the herald angels’ and ‘Gloria’. They practised choir singing. They also had solo singing performance during class.

In Physical Education classes the students continued with their unit on football. They practised long passing and cross passing. They also practised ground passing to a stationary partner as well as to a moving partner. They enjoyed playing short sided matches.

During the Library class, the significance of Children’s Day was discussed with the students and they also shared their opinion and perception about this day. Students were asked to pick fiction books in preparation for upcoming book review exercise in the forthcoming week.