For the Unit of Inquiry sessions, students continued their inquiry into the different kinds of explorations, their reasons and challenges, under the transdisciplinary theme ‘Where we are in place and time’. They worked in groups to present their research work on sea, space, land and other areas of exploration. Later, they made a comparative analysis about exploration, moving from the past to present times.
To enhance their educational experience, a guest lecture by Mrs. Shailee and Mr. Gaurav Tyagi, who recently completed a mountain trek in Uttarakhand, was organized. The guests shared their experiences of the exciting expedition. Students also had an opportunity to interact with another guest, Dr Anand Sethi, an avid historian. They gained knowledge about famous explorers and their reasons for exploration.
Furthermore, to find out about the impact of exploration on mankind, students watched a movie about an Antarctic expedition.
During their English classes, students developed listening skills by listening to a poem, Hearthside by Dorothy Parker and further developed thinking skills by analysing the poem in terms of its elements. As part of the preparation for the PYP Exhibition, students became active inquirers when they collaborated to find out about the action they can take towards a noble cause. They watched a video ‘The girl who silenced the world for five minutes’ and discussed the action they could take based on their understanding of the video. (Link below)
Students further developed listening skill by attempting a paragraph dictation wherein they had to take down the paragraph as dictated by the teacher. After that, they attempted peer correction and evaluated each other’s work. Students then tuned into the elements of an essay by reading a sample essay and discussing with their peers. They also developed organisation skills by planning an essay with the help of a graphic organizer, before writing the first draft. Students attempted a formative assessment on verbs and a spell bee.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdK0uYjy85o&t=10s (Video on action)
During their Math lessons, students reinforced the concept of decimal operations by attempting word problems. The students then honed their social skills by brainstorming about the conversion of decimals and fractions, in groups. Students learned to convert decimals into fractions and vice-versa (Links below). To compare and contrast decimals and fractions, students created a Venn Diagram. Students attempted a formative assessment on decimal operations, which was co-constructed by them earlier in class.
During Hindi classes, students enhanced reading skills with a poem recitation of हमारा मुल्क and गुरु चेला संवाद. As an extension, they discussed the similarities between these poems. To improve grammar concepts, students identified different types of adjectives (विशेषण व उसके प्रकार-गुणवाचक, संख्यावाचक, परिमाणवाचक, सार्वनामिक) in the given sentences. Integration with the current unit saw students identify advantages of discoveries from the deep ocean/sea.
During French classes, students organized the likes and dislikes of a person of their choice using the FOUR QUADRANT STRATEGY. Later, they used ‘EXPLORER-PARTAGER-PRESENTER’ (explore-share-present) strategy to explore each other’s preferences (likes/dislikes) through an interview. They gathered information through a class survey and presented their findings in the class.
During Spanish classes, students were given different tasks to show their knowledge of prepositions in Spanish. They were asked to name the prepositions in Spanish and frame sentences independently.
Students also attempted to translate a paragraph of about 25 to 50 words from English into Spanish while using most of the prepositions in the foreign language.
In their Art lessons, students continued to work on their composition through which they will discover a new style, by merging two different art forms.
In ICT lessons, students revisited the art of animation through pivot animator. They finished their previous projects and created new ones in order to practice for a formative assessment scheduled for the next week.
In Physical Education classes, students started with their new unit on Cricket. They were introduced to the basic skills of cricket such as batting, bowling and fielding. They also practised to improve their fielding skills.
During Music classes, students inquired and discussed about the challenges and opportunities that migration offers a musician.They noted the same in their UOI journals.They sang the song – ‘You raise me up’ and ‘Balmsque’, a French song.
In Dance classes, students reflected on their observations and identified the sequence in which a dance class is conducted. In addition to this, they expanded their understanding of different dance genres by collecting information and sharing it with the class.
Students also learned how to improvise the process of creation and composition of dance. Using their understanding of line and symmetry, students are now exploring a contemporary dance routine that focuses on floor work.
During the Library session, students issued books of their interest. They honed their self-management skills by understanding the importance of arranging and managing books in the library.