Reflection time

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.

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

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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.

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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.

It matters Real-ly

During the English lessons, students were introduced to slogan writing through a brainstorming session. They viewed a presentation and conversed about effective slogans. Essentials of slogans were discussed and students arrived at the difference between slogans and taglines. Their creativity was put to good use when students came up with a variety of slogans for issues plaguing the world. Gender inequality, terrorism, global warming, tech addiction, racism and non-violence were a few concerns chosen by the students. Novel reading continued with students discussing different characters in the story.

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During their Math lessons, students drew, measured and labelled different types of angles. They then honed their research skills by researching on different types of triangles and classified them based on angles and sides. They expressed their understanding of triangles using Frayer’s model. Students engaged in a hands on activity to strengthen their concept of triangles. They used the Avocado model to reflect on the understanding of angles and triangles.

Students tuned into the concept of shapes using Think Puzzle Explore strategy and understood different parts of circles by watching the video (Link below)

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

To enhance reading and speaking skills, students read – ‘Metro man. E. Shreedharan’ and discussed about his work efficiency, ‘कर्मनिष्ठा’ in their Hindi classes. They made a character sketch  ‘चरित्र –चित्रण’ of E. Shreedharan’. To strengthen grammatical skills, students identified antonyms ‘विलोम शब्द’ through an activity. They also recited the poem ‘बया से’ and understood its meaning. To improve their vocabulary, they engaged in an interactive spell bee activity.

https://www.itshindi.com/e-sreedharan.html

In the Hindi ab initio classes, students revised some grammar concepts learnt through games and activities. Reading aloud was practised through relay story reading.

In the French lessons, a prior knowledge assessment through ‘Turn and Talk’ strategy on ‘ER’ ending verbs, was conducted. Students understood that these verbs can be used to describe hobbies. Later, through ‘interview method’ they explored each other’s hobbies, gathered information through a class survey and shared their findings in the form of a group discussion. They developed their self-management (organization and time management) and communication skills (listening and speaking).

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For the Spanish lessons, students were asked to find the highlights of the festival “LA TOMATINA” and to organize their findings in groups or individually. This research based activity made them use their thinking, self-management and social skills.This also helped them understand various aspects of the said festival. They learned about its origin, time of celebration in a year, the rules and its theme.

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During the ICT sessions,students finished their projects on Powtoon and created few more on the topic of their choice. They enjoyed adding backgrounds, characters, music, recording dialogues in the slides and learnt how to tackle animation based challenges. They have also begun to explore new tools to put forth their understanding for the PYP exhibition blog.

In their Visual Art sessions, students have identified different still life objects like mug, pot, bottle etc. and are studying them using pencil shading, to create a complete composition having all the essential elements such as objects, background, foreground and shadow.

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Students sang the songs ‘Price Tag’ (https://youtu.be/2qqWcjBXHS8) and ‘Lean on Me’ (https://youtu.be/MnqpfBCwhSA), in their Music classes. They were also introduced to the different parts of a 5-piece drum kit. The students understood the difference between hi-hat, crash and ride and the use of these cymbals while playing drums.

For their Physical Education sessions, students were introduced to basic skills of backstroke swimming such as head position, floating in supine position and kicking. They were also briefed again about the safety rules to be followed during swimming classes.

In the library sessions, students were introduced to the concept of Academic Honesty, its importance and implementation in real life.They were apprised of various malpractices leading to plagiarism and the best practices to avoid it. Students also learnt the difference between accidental plagiarism and deliberate plagiarism and their consequences through a story, ‘When Marion Copied’ , narrated to them. Ways to look for information on the internet and adding their own inputs was explained to them. This would help them during their research tasks for the PYP Exhibition.

Journey of PYP Exhibition

An  overview:

PYP exhibition is a culminating project that allows Grade 5 students to apply learning from previous years and showcase their knowledge, skills and attributes through an independent and collaborative inquiry. Students make choices, voice their opinion and take ownership of their learning.

The PYP Exhibition is also a vehicle to strengthen the partnership between the students, teachers and parents. It provides the students with an opportunity to explore multiple perspectives and take action as a result of their learning. They celebrate their learning by presenting the exhibition to the school community and beyond. It also marks the transition of learners in the primary to middle school.

In  preparation of the journey:

  • Choosing the Transdisciplinary theme for the exhibition in Grade 4
  • Viewing of Grade 6 (MYP) personal project
  • Sharing of previous experience of PYP exhibition by Grade 6 (MYP) students
  • Attending session on understanding the purpose of PYP exhibition and role of students
  • In depth understanding of Transdisciplinary Themes and Key Concepts
  • Gain an understanding about the essentials of a good Central Idea, academic honesty, Essential Agreements
  • Co-constructing central ideas in previous units
  • Deriving Lines of Inquiry from key concepts in earlier unit

FIRST WEEK

The TD theme of this year’s PYP exhibition is ‘How the world works’. Students brainstormed on various topics that could be explored under the different sub strands of the TD theme. Each student chose three topics which most appealed to them. Based on the choices made by students, groups were made and mentors were assigned to each group. Students decided a name and logo for their group. The exhibition journal was shared with the students which would be used by them to document their journey along the PYP Exhibition.

Students signed an individual declaration of academic honesty and pledged to abide by the terms mentioned in the document. Keeping the Attributes and Skills that they would be able to display and strengthen during this journey, they came up with the Essential Agreements for their exhibition.

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Going Further

During their Unit of Inquiry lessons, students watched informative videos on physical, social and emotional changes that aimed at apprising them about puberty and adolescence. They also had an engaging session with the school counsellor who discussed ways to help them deal with these changes. Learners had a group discussion to talk about the importance of taking care of their body during puberty. Students displayed their understanding of the Central Idea – ‘Learning about our body helps us to take care of it’ through creative presentations. This was also considered as their summative assessment.

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In English lessons, the fifth graders revisited conjunctions and discussed how they could use them to further their writing skills. Students strung together words to write a short story in their respective groups, using conjunctions. Few chapters of the novel, ‘Oliver Twist’ were read aloud and students discussed the sequence of events. Characters of the novel were also analysed through a group discussion. Students grouped themselves and prepared a role play on various incidents from the novel as well.

During their Math lessons, students honed their thinking skills and made real life connections by solving different mathematical operations (+, -, x, ÷) based on measurement. They attempted a formative assessment on different concepts of measurement through a ‘BINGO’.

Students worked in groups to hone their social skills and tuned into the concept of angles by listing and drawing different types of angles using ice-cream sticks. They further identified parts of angles, relationship between different parts of angles and purpose of angles using the strategy ‘Parts, Purposes and Complexities’.

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In Hindi classes, students watched a video of a popular Hindi prayer, ‘इतनी शक्ति हमें देना दाता’ and discussed the meaning collaboratively. The link is appended below. This helped to enhance their observation and speaking skills. They read a story, ‘ईदगाह’ and discussed their viewpoints on Hamid’s character. Students formulated questions based on the same and noted them in their journals. Formative assessment was attempted wherein they had to identify and write adjectives.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1Ft4JdgrBE

In Hindi ab initio classes, students honed their language skills by creating stories using selected key words. They also worked on grammar and vocabulary skills by filling in the blanks and other activities. Reading aloud was also done to fine tune the pronunciation skills.

In French classes, students displayed their thinking skills by applying their prior knowledge and acquiring new knowledge while writing about a city of their choice in French. They were courageous, enthusiastic and creative in describing a real or imaginary city. They worked in pairs, thereby developing their social and communication skills.

In Spanish classes, students were given a formative assessment to assess their knowledge of verbs and prepositions in Spanish. Students framed sentences using the verbs and vocabulary learnt in class. They made few grammatical errors, which were cleared during the class. Students are also being introduced to adverbs in Spanish, wherein they are learning its types and application in sentences.

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In ICT sessions, students are in the process of exploring topics related to their unit of inquiry and are creating a presentation using Powtoon. Students have learnt Powtoon earlier and are using their understanding to create their final presentations.

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In Visual Art lessons, students used a visible thinking strategy (Think-Pair-Share) to write about still life and its study. They then finished studying a Fevicol bottle and later shaded their composition using pencils.

In Music lessons, students learned about the two basic elements of music- melody and rhythm. They were able to differentiate between the two elements and identify melodic and rhythmic instruments in the class. The students also sang the song ‘Price Tag’.  (https://youtu.be/2qqWcjBXHS8).

During Dance classes, students learned a combination of footwork and pirouettes in medium rhythm level.  They were also introduced to the history of Indian classical dance.

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In Physical Education classes, students started with their new unit – swimming. They were introduced to the basic skills in swimming such as bubbling, floating and kicking. Students were briefed about the safety rules to be followed during swimming lessons.

During their Library session, students were given a variety of story books to read and find out the Learner Profile from the story. Students discussed their stories and shared their understanding about the Learner Profile, which were displayed through the stories they read.

 

Learn for Change

For their Unit of Inquiry, students began the first line of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme, ‘Who we are’. They researched about endocrine glands and the hormones released by them. They attempted a formative assessment on the first line of inquiry, ‘Role of different organs responsible for bringing change in human body’. They tuned into the second line of inquiry through a learning engagement by observing physical and emotional changes in children studying in lower primary grades.

During English lessons, students wrote their descriptive writing drafts using sensory appeal and presented it to their peers. Students were introduced to the art of annotation in poetry using the poem, Growing Up, written by Mary Spain. Students analysed the poem and followed it up with a reflection which they shared with their peers. Students attempted a formative assessment on descriptive writing.

During their Math lessons, students compared the SI and US Customary system of measurement by ‘Tug of war’ strategy. Students also strengthened their understanding of conversion of different units of measurement and expressed their answers in decimals and fractions. Students honed their thinking skills and made real life connections by solving different mathematical operations (+, -, x, ÷) based on measurement. They created a timeline on SI system of measurement. (Link below)

https://www.slideshare.net/MirasolRalo/history-of-measurements

To enhance their viewing, speaking and writing skills, students watched a video and reflected on it for Hindi classes. To enhance reading skill, students read ‘अन्याय के खिलाफ’ and ‘ईदगाह’ stories, followed by a discussion on their understanding of the story and new words learnt in the process. In addition, they identified types of pronouns through a ‘bus stop activity’ to strengthen their grammar skills.(Link below)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITP5X4tqDyo

During French classes, students researched about a French city of their choice. They also researched about a French explorer in groups, while managing their time optimally. They organised their research findings using a graphic organiser of their choice. Then they presented their work on a form for group discussion. They developed their research skills (collecting data, organising data and presenting the research findings), self-management (organization and time management) and social skills (cooperating and group decision making) through this activity.

Spanish classes saw language integration with the current unit of inquiry by introduction of new vocabulary and verbs related to personal hygiene. Students were also introduced to the concept of reflexive verbs and their related subject pronouns. Students were facilitated with some commonly used reflexive verbs which they would be able to use in their daily lives to become better communicators.

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In Art lessons, students were introduced to their new unit on still life study. They discussed about the elements of still life and how it can be studied. As the first task of the unit, they were given glue bottles to study.

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During ICT lessons, students started working on an interesting self-management and organization tool- Gantt Chart using Microsoft Excel. This tool is used for managing time, resources and tasks. They identified tasks which they need to perform, during the current unit of inquiry and created simple Gantt Charts.

In Physical Education classes, students continued their unit on Cricket. They identified different ways in which a batsman can get out in a match.  Students also discussed how they can develop good batting technique by focusing on the grip, stance and footwork. Students attempted batting at the nets to refine their batting technique and played intra-class short sided cricket matches.

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During Music classes, students were introduced to two elements of music- melody and rhythm. They were able to differentiate between these two elements as well as identify melodic and rhythmic instruments.

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In Dance classes, students learned turns (chakkars) using different count patterns. In addition, they have started to explore the practical aspects used in choreography and composition of dance pieces during group activities.

During Library session, students discussed and reviewed the books read and recorded by them in their reading log. To encourage and foster their knowledge of mother tongue, Hindi books will be issued according to their levels during the next class.

 

Explore Change

During the Unit of Inquiry, students created presentations based on their chosen area of exploration for Summative assessment. Moving on from macro to micro, students seamlessly tuned into the new unit, under the TD theme ‘Who We Are’, for exploring the human body. They shared their prior knowledge on organ systems to better understand the human body. They are progressing further in order to inquire about the organs and functions of the endocrine system. 

 

 

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During English classes, students were introduced to the concept of reported speech and its usage. They attempted drills in journals as well as an online quiz to strengthen their understanding. Students moved on to bring the classic text, Oliver Twist, to life by performing role plays. They enhanced their thinking and communication skills by writing a script and performing a short play for their peers. Students were introduced to the art of descriptive writing through an interesting class engagement of describing a pizza.

 

 

During Math classes, students strengthened the concept of ratio and proportion by solving questions based on the concept. Students made real life connections by calculating the height of goal post and cricket net using the shadow of the post and net, in groups, which also honed their social skills. They attempted summative assessment on ratio and proportion.

 

Students tuned into the concept of measurement by observing and writing their understanding of different measuring tools like measuring tape, measuring cups and weighing scale. This helped them hone their research skill. They then, in groups of four, brainstormed and arrived at the central idea for Measurement.

To enhance reading and speaking skills, students read a story ‘Jaisaa sawaal waisaa jawab’ as well as performed a role play on it during their Hindi classes. In addition, they identified types of pronouns through a ‘bus stop activity’ to strengthen their grammar skills.

 

During French classes, students researched about a French explorer in groups while managing their time optimally. They were provided with a few guiding questions such as: what was explored, why was it explored and was there any migration involved? They organised their research findings using a graphic organiser of their choice. Then they presented their work in a form of group presentation. They developed their research skills (collecting data, organising data and presenting the research findings), self-management (organization and time management) and social skills (co-operating and group decision making) through this activity.

 

Students attempted paragraph writing on daily routine in Spanish, using all the verbs learned in the present tense. Students also created a story using all the verbs and prepositions learned in Spanish. This activity enhanced their social, self-management and writing skills.

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In Art lessons, after combining the elements of two different art forms together, students wrote their reflection on the same. Students have now started creating pieces using free expressions to hone their skills of sketching and colouring.

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ICT lessons saw students create models of a sustainable city where they added energy- saving concepts to their 3D models. They used Paint 3D to finish their models. Some of the interesting concepts were vertical farming, solar panels and rainwater harvesting. They were also introduced to Powtoon which is a presentation creation tool. It gave the opportunity for students to show their creative skills by using animated graphics, text and audio.

 

Physical Education classes saw students continue their unit on Cricket. They identified different ways in which a batsman can get out in a match. Students also discussed how they can develop good batting technique by focusing on the grip, stance and footworkStudents attempted batting at the nets to refine their batting technique and played intra class short sided cricket matches.

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During Music classes, students were assessed on their understanding of music theory and vocals. Each student was asked to sing a song and play the piano and drums. The students were also asked to clap different note values.

 

Students learned basic footwork and turns used in Kathak during their Dance lessons. They also explored a contemporary dance routine on the song ‘Faded’. In addition, they also started to prepare a new choreographic piece. They began researching and conceptualizing the idea they intend to present through their choreography.

 

During the Library class, students exchanged their books and borrowed one Hindi and one English book to be read at home. Students also shared stories they had read in the previous week, with their peers.

 

 

 

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Re-visit and learn

For the Unit of Inquiry sessions, under the Trans disciplinary theme ‘Where we are in place and time’, students continued their journey into the third line of inquiry- Impact of exploration on mankind. In groups, they simulated a Flipped Classroom wherein they planned a lesson on the impact of land, sea and space exploration on mankind and taught their peers. They also undertook a field trip to Aravali Biodiversity Park to get a first-hand experience of how exploration can lead to discoveries, challenges, opportunities and new understandings. They explored and gained knowledge about different species of flora and fauna at the park.

In addition, they revised the concepts covered and clarified their doubts before taking the summative assessment.

During their English classes, students exhibited a true example of Student Agency as they co-constructed a rubric for assessment of their writing skills. Their thinking skills were put to test as they collaborated to create a checklist and rubric parameters. They completed second draft of their essay by incorporating the feed forward on the first draft. Then students were introduced to tenses and their correct usage with help of common examples. They reinforced their knowledge of tenses by identifying different tenses in the newspaper while also individually attempting a quiz on Microsoft Forms.

Students attempted a formative assessment on essay writing. They were given the topic, ‘The impact of exploration on mankind’, which seamlessly integrated into their Unit of Inquiry. Students developed listening skills by listening to a poem, ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost and further developed thinking skills by analysing the poem in terms of its elements.

During their Math lessons, students reinforced the concept of percentage. They learned the conversion of fractions into decimals, decimals into percentages and vice versa (link below). Students honed their social skills and thinking skills by engaging in a group activity for the conversion of fractions, decimals and percentage. To strengthen the concept of conversion, students practised with help of drill sheet and word problems. They also attempted a formative assessment on the same. To foster the understanding of fractions, decimals and percentage, students enthusiastically played board games prepared by MYP 1 students.

Students tuned into ratios and proportions and attempted a quiz to strengthen their understanding. (Link below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeVSmq1Nrpw (Percentage)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eByAMBToV1s&index=5&list=PLHOGBLPrsnMr9Rzvg5CRdb2xUKv3Vu-w7 (Introduction to ratios)

https://in.ixl.com/math/class-vii/understanding-ratios (Quiz on ratios)

During Hindi classes, students read a story and watched a video based on ‘गुलीवर की यात्रा’, to enhance reading and listening skills. To strengthen their understanding of that story, they created questions and answered them. To enhance their grammatical skills, students identified types of adjectives and their use in sentences. As integration with the current unit, students watched video based on ocean exploration. They discussed challenges faced by the ocean explorers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmzppBetQno (गुलीवर की यात्रा)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5DG5Eup9ss (ocean exploration)

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During French classes, students listened to an audio presentation describing daily routine in the target language to build vocabulary (link below). They understood the concept of pronominal verbs and conjugated one verb of their choice; hence incorporating Student Agency. They also learned a few conjunctions to link and frame comprehensible sentences. Students were given exemplars to understand and write about their daily routine in a structured manner. They wrote a draft in a given time frame and reflected on it after receiving feedback from the teacher. They developed their thinking skills (acquisition of knowledge, application) and self-management skills (organization and time management) during this activity.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHED_P2ZdUM&t=141s

During Spanish classes, students learned the list of AR ending regular verbs, wherein they understood the pattern of their conjugation. They were explained the differences and similarities between conjugation of AR ending and ER ending verbs. To strengthen their understanding, students conjugated most of the verbs and framed sentences using the them.

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In their Art lessons, students learned about an art technique called ‘Stippling’. They also explored different art forms like Cubism, Impressionism and Pointillism. Students who enjoy doodling were given an opportunity to exhibit their talent.

A formative assessment on Pivot Animator was given to students during ICT lessons and they created short animations to showcase their understanding of the software. They started exploring Microsoft Paint 3D to create 3D models.

In Physical Education classes, students continued with their unit on Cricket. They were briefed about fielding skills and practised catching, running behind the ball and throwing the ball to the stumps.

During Music classes, students practised karaoke singing and gave a solo performance on drums and keyboards. They explored various genres of music.

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In Dance classes, students started learning storytelling through dance and were familiarized with two formats (narrative and abstract), which can be used for storytelling. This was done in their creation and composition class. As part of their technique class, students learned different types of extensions that included basic kicks and dance postures.

During the library session, students celebrated American litterateur Megan McDonald’s birthday (28th February) whose most popular series ‘Judy Moody’ is much appreciated and loved by children from around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

Moving Ahead

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.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgh_77TtX5I

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.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wwg1br9-8yk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do_IbHId2Os

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ3zG5nc3oA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8RlqcMZqgU&t=567s

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.IMG_20190211_110922

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.

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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.

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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.

 

Into the New Year

For the Unit of Inquiry sessions, students tuned into the new unit of inquiry about exploration under the transdisciplinary theme, ‘Where we are in place and time’. They were encouraged to begin their inquiry by watching an interesting short movie ‘Lost on the Emu Mountain’. They brainstormed about all the words related to the unit and constructed the central idea and lines of inquiry. Then students explored different areas of exploration like sea, space, land etc. The students then honed their research skills by researching about explorations and discoveries by famous explorers from the past and the recent times. They used different resources like books, web links, newspaper articles etc. to collect information about the unit.

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During their English classes, students tuned into the art of writing a travelogue. They first attempted ‘Rocket Writing’, a learning engagement in which they recorded all activities undertaken during the winter break. After highlighting the places and activities in two separate columns, they read some exemplars to understand elements of a travelogue following which they began writing their drafts. They are now in the process of putting together a travelogue journal for display purpose. Their communication skill (writing) was well connected to the Unit of Inquiry wherein they are researching about various explorations.

Students went on to study regular and irregular verbs with help of a learning engagement, Verb Bingo. They watched relevant videos to reinforce their knowledge and attempted a newspaper activity. Students developed their thinking skill wherein they applied their knowledge of verbs to identify irregular verbs and then convert them into past tense. Using Jigsaw Strategy, students read the classic novel, Oliver Twist and summarized the story.

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During their Math lessons, students reinforced the concept of decimals and explored different ways to express them. They were able to expand and write decimals in words. They strengthened representation of decimal numbers on grids using a graph paper. Students researched about like and unlike decimals and honed their research skills. Students watched videos to enhance their understanding on multiplication and division of decimals (links below). They attempted questions on multiplication and division of decimal numbers to reinforce the concept. Students actively participated to co-construct formative assessment on operations of decimal, success criteria and goals.
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During Hindi classes, students watched a few videos (links below) and discussed about various discoveries in oceans as an integration with the current unit. They then sorted out difficult words and their meanings which enhanced their vocabulary. To enhance reading and writing skills they recited a poem ‘वह चिड़िया जो’, formed questions-answers and identified nouns.

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During French classes, students were assessed on their prior knowledge of ER ending verbs. They were given an opportunity to choose any verb of their choice for conjugating and framing sentences. They organized their work through a mystery hand organizer.

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During Spanish classes, students learned prepositions in Spanish and tried to use them with objects. Students were also asked about situations where prepositions could be used to make sentences and thus better their understanding of its application.

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In their Art lessons, students inquired about a contemporary artist ‘Manjit Bawa’ and observed his artwork. They also integrated with their current unit on ‘Explorations’ by exploring the elements of two different art forms of their choice and combined them together to discover a new composition.

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In ICT lessons, students learnt map marking using ‘Google Mymaps’. They were excited to measure the distance between places, add images to destinations and search for locations. They also used Google Earth to see the street view of various places, understood 2D and 3D view. This was done to integrate technology with their Unit of Inquiry on exploration. These activities also enhanced research skills.

In Physical Education classes, students continued with their unit on Athletics. Students participated in various ‘Track and field’ events during the 2nd annual Athletic Meet held to showcase their strength and speed in various events. The meet marked Republic Day celebrations at school.

During Music classes, students clapped, played percussion instruments and through their voices showed their understanding of dynamics.They heard folk songs and tried to identify the tone of the composition, later developing an understanding of Timbre.

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In Dance classes, students inquired into the differences between a dancer and a performer, a choreographer and a director, offstage crew and technical crew through a group activity. After observations and discussions, they concluded that adequate knowledge of related aspects is needed in all these areas and there is a dynamic relationship between them.

Students started to learn a new routine on the song ‘Lalala (instrumental)’ to understand new rhythm patterns so as to focus more on body lines and symmetry of movements. They were also introduced to a technique class, which comprised of advanced stretching and basic ballet techniques.

During the library session, students collaborated and drafted few essential agreements to be followed in the library.

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Jovial December

During Unit of Inquiry classes, students witnessed the unavailability of equal opportunities in the real world during their field trip to ‘Bagiya’ – a school for the underprivileged as an extension of their third line of inquiry, ‘Our action towards reducing it’. A meaningful and enriching interaction with the Bagiya saw students perform role plays related to the different types of inequalities. Students researched about various professions that can address the issues of inequality such as journalist, activist etc. The unit concluded with students attempting their unit end assessment.

 

 

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During English classes, students commenced the writing process for argumentative writing and incorporated the teacher feedback in subsequent drafts. They truly exhibited their thinking skills as they applied their knowledge and questioned the logic of the reasons cited for or against the topic. Students tuned into report writing with a video on a popular children’s fairytale (Link below). They studied the elements of a report with help of news reports from the newspaper. Labelling the news report helped strengthen their understanding of a model news report. Then they moved on to plan and write a report on their trip to Bagiya, a school for underprivileged children.

 

Students also attempted a reading assessment using a rubric as an assessment tool. Students were tuned into the concepts of adverbs by watching a short clip of the movie Brave, wherein they had to describe the actions they saw. Watching another video on characteristics of adverbs helped them strengthen their understanding. They followed this up by identifying adverbs in a newspaper article. They attempted two online quizzes to reinforce their understanding of adverbs and clarified doubts. Students ended their unit on Equality by viewing an interview of Malala Yousafzai, a women’s rights activist. Students were zealous Communicators as they put forth their views to their peers.

 

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During Math classes, students strengthened their understanding of operation of fractions by solving sums. The students also practised word problems for different operations on fractions. Students were introduced to decimal numbers wherein they wrote 3 initial thoughts, 2 questions and 1 analogy (321 strategy). They then enhanced their understanding about decimals by watching videos (Links below) and wrote their extended understanding. They were then introduced to decimal place values, comparing and sorting decimal numbers, rounding of decimal numbers (Links below). They honed their time-management skills by solving sums on addition and subtraction of decimal numbers in a stipulated time. They practised different concepts of decimal numbers by playing KAHOOT. Students also attempted a summative assessment on fractions.

 

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In Hindi classes, students enhanced reading and writing skills by reading about Nobel  peace prize winner Kailash Satyarthi. They watched a video, ‘शिक्षाकाउपयोग’ and attempted comprehension questions (Link below). To strengthen their grammar skills, they identified and read ‘वाक्यांश के लिए एक शब्द’ (one word for many) and ‘काल’ Tenses, types of tenses and their use in sentences.

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The objective of the French lesson was to get well versed with the concept of time and prepositions in the language. Students learned the 24 hour clock and various ways in which time can be expressed. They collaboratively framed sentences using their prior knowledge about time and prepositions, hence developing their thinking and social skills.

 

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Students practised the concept of time in Spanish class, wherein they were given task sheets with different clock timings to mention the correct time corresponding to the time indicated on a particular clock. Students also made sentences with the particular timings using the expressions of time discussed in class.

In Art lessons, students completed their posters on the topic of their choice. Then they revised the essential elements of poster making and wrote their reflections as well. Students are working on the posters on the topic of inequality.

 

In ICT lessons, students created interesting animations using a simple animation software. They saved and added backgrounds, figures and images to their projects and animated them to create short videos. They also learned about the importance of frames while animating.

 

In Physical Education classes, the students continued with athletics. They also participated in trials for different events such short distance races, hurdle races, medicine ball throw and standing broad jump for the upcoming annual athletic meet.

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During Music classes, the students learned about chromatic scales and practised to sing them. They learned about the notes on the treble clef and bass clef and also attempted to read and write them.

In Dance classes, students attempted their summative in order to strengthen the concepts of dancing learned in Term 1. Students also started to learn dance routines incorporating the concept of line and symmetry.