In the English lessons, students finished the novel, Oliver Twist and identified the major and minor characters in the story, which was followed by a discussion about the character traits. They also brainstormed on different endings to the story. Students compared the book to other novels with a similar plot and characters. Interesting observations were made linking the story to books by J.K.Rowling and the Ice Monster by David Walliams. New insightful understanding and reflections were noted in the journals. They were introduced to writing book reviews as well. They also revisited interjections and attempted a word search related to the same.
During their Math lessons, students attempted a formative assessment on angles and triangles using Sorting Mat strategy where they segregated the statements as ‘Always True’, ‘Sometimes true’ and ‘Never true’.
Students watched the video (link below) to understand the different parts of a circle and expressed their understanding using the visible thinking strategy ‘Parts, Purposes and complexities’. They then researched on the formulae to calculate area and circumference and practised questions to reinforce the concept.
Students then recalled the formulae to calculate area and perimeter of quadrilaterals (rectangles and squares) and practised sums to strengthen the concept. They were tuned into the concept to find the area and perimeter of a triangle. They attempted a drill on squares and square roots to facilitate the calculation of area and created a pattern of squares of numbers, using a graph paper. As a class activity, students collected leaves, traced them on graph paper and calculated the area of irregular shapes.
To enhance their reading and speaking skills, the students recited the poem कविता: मैं सबसे छोटी हूँ, discussed the meaning ‘भावार्थ’ , difficult word meanings and wrote the same in their journals during Hindi lessons. To improve grammar skills, students read and wrote an example of ‘संवाद लेखन’ (dialogue writing). To enhance viewing and presenting skills, students saw a story from पंचतंत्र की कहानी and made a ‘चित्र कथा’ comic strip related to it. To improve their vocabulary, they engaged in a spell bee activity.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHndwg7f9I8 चार मित्र , पंचतंत्र की कहानी
In Hindi ab-initio classes, students attempted dialogue writing using images. They also practised usage of ‘ref’, ‘paden’ and ‘ri’ by writing words, pronouncing them out loud and making sentences using the words. They are now busy showcasing their creative and thinking skills by making games in ‘Hindi’ using the concepts they have learnt.
In French lessons, students individually received constructive feedback on their homework based on the cities in France , following which they were peer-assessed. In order to properly assess the work of their peers, students were apprised of the assessment criteria. They developed their thinking skills (comprehension and application) and social skills (accepting responsibility and respecting others).
During Spanish lessons, students participated in a class activity based on their learning of numbers, time telling, Ser and Estar, basic facts about Spain and other useful information in Spanish, through an assessment tool – Kahoot. This helped them to keep a check on their mistakes and use knowledge accurately to accomplish their work.
During ICT sessions, students revisited conditional formatting in Microsoft Excel and created pixel art. They learnt how to insert and format tables, images and borders in MS Word. They enjoyed using basic colour correcting and image formatting tools in Word. They finished their last week’s pending work.
In Visual Art, students inquired into the different tones of shading i.e. light, medium and dark. They then shaded their still life compositions using shading pencils.
For Music sessions, students learned intervals in music. They understood harmony as an element of music and tried harmonizing as part of a four-part choir. Music was integrated with the Unit of Inquiry where students understood vocal anatomy and how to take care of their singing voice.
Students were taught a dance routine on the song ‘So am I’ in the Dance classes. They were also taught ballet exercises and techniques in order to improve their performance quality.
In Physical Education sessions, students continued with their new unit on swimming. They were introduced to the basic skills of backstroke swimming , such as head position, floating in supine position and kicking. Students were also introduced to racquet sports such as table tennis, squash and badminton.
As the crowned owl ceremony day is coming close, students seem very excited and eager for the celebration as part of their Library sessions. The librarian has assessed student reading logs by asking a few questions about the stories read by them. The final count of the books is going to be registered for selecting the students, who will be felicitated during the crowned owl ceremony, which is a part of the reading program at school.