Equal opportunities

In Unit of inquiry sessions, students were tuned into their new unit on ‘Equal Opportunities’ under the trans disciplinary theme ‘Sharing the planet’ through Sheil Silverston’s poem ‘No discrimination’, where students came up with different types of inequalities they observed. They watched videos based on types of inequalities and wrote their understanding about the same. Students came up with the vocabulary words related to the unit and wrote their meanings. They also created their own graphic organisers using lucidchart.com.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9ZoZhfdo0A (4:11) Inequality based on class.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH9AyDYbrEc&feature=youtu.be  (2:36) Inequality based on gender.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfccrwUlROU (2:38) Inequality based on race.

During English classes, students developed the skill of inferential thinking. With help of videos (link below) and classic text, Oliver Twist, they enhanced their thinking skill of drawing inferences.  Students attempted a formative assessment on summary writing which was integrated with their unit. Students learned the essentials of poetry writing and the different types of poems (links below). They independently chose topics, planned their poems and shared the poem with their peers. They also analysed a poem on inequality with help of a ‘four square fold strategy’ and shared with the class. Students completed a prior knowledge assessment on informal letter writing. This helped them create a checklist for types of letter writing – e.g formal/informal and they created a checklist for the same.

ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9ZoZhfdo0A (Inferential Thinking)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlQbhj1ZiJk (Example of poem)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EdMKqOpbJU (Elements of poetry)

During Math classes, students practised H.C.F and L.C.M sums using prime factorization and ladder/common division method. Students also shared their prior knowledge on fractions. Then the students honed their thinking skills to distinguish between different types of fractions and attempted conversion sums from mixed fractions to improper fractions and vice versa. They practised addition and subtraction of like and unlike fractions and solved word problems on the same (Links below).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5juto2ze8Lg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epq3pI6sv1w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZEmFSP3Z0I

During Hindi classes, students enhanced their communication skills of viewing, speaking, thinking and writing by watching a video which was later discussed and a story wheel was made on ‘प्रायश्चित’. They have also identified and written संयुक्त व्यंजन(क्ष, त्र , ज्ञ, श्र ) .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEhgm6bI7EM

The objective of the French lesson was to get well versed with the concept of ‘negation’ in present tense. Through the ‘Drill’ technique, they first learnt the vocabulary for negation like never, nobody, not anymore, nothing and later repeated the same. They also wrote sentences and compared affirmative and negative phrases. Through this, they developed their social and thinking skills.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkKu6RsFyTk&t=89s

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppAfnDhrr3o&t=1s

During Spanish classes, students learned the words and phrases used for ‘negation’ in Spanish and used it in the sentences based on the ER ending verbs and other verbs. They also made the sentences based on the phrases related to the different situations using the new vocabulary learned in class.

In their Art lessons, students completed their compositions on self-expression. Then the students discussed about their artwork and exchanged ideas with their peers.

 In ICT lessons, students were divided into groups to research about different topics related to the fundamentals and history of computers and innovations in technology. They further created multiple choice questions based on their research findings, which will be used to create a quiz in the upcoming week.

In Physical Education classes, students continued with their unit in football. They practiced long passing, cross passing and ground passing to a stationary partner and to a moving partner. Students will continue focusing on building skills required in football before they begin playing matches.

During Music classes there was a discussion on the history of carols. The students shared their views on their understanding of the word “carol”.

They also practiced singing  the carol – “Hark the herald”

The students played the C major scales individually on the ukulele.

In Dance classes, students made their third attempt to create their own choreographic works by using the conceptual framework they had learned in previous classes. They developed small dance pieces using the tools of improvisation, stage positions and types of stages and even different directions available for a dancer.

During library session students learned about the importance of Children’s day which is to increase awareness of the rights, care and education of the children. They commemorated the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, who was fondly known as Chacha Nehru because of his love for children­. A small quiz was also conducted during the discussion.

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Technology for expression

Carrying forward the journey of the current unit ‘How we express ourselves’, the students were made aware of how technology is used to express human emotions. They watched videos on the use of digital tools to create artwork; they used to compare and contrast strategy to arrive at the difference between traditional and digital art. (Links below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGZphsI2FFU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAtvSSV01y8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPXM6mcnFmw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DLNFDQt8Pc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqIaYHP-89Y

They also wrote about an aspect of their personality for the task ‘I, Me, Myself’ wherein students described their personalities and their likes and dislikes using digital tools to create presentations on i Pads. This unit has seen abundant use of the NIE newspaper as students have been turning to the print media for staying updated about their current unit. Working in collaboration, students have got an opportunity to hone their presentation, social and time-management skills.

For English classes, students worked on incorporating feedback into their persuasive writing drafts. Students strengthened their knowledge of persuasive writing skills with due practice. Students continued reading the classic novel, Oliver Twist and comprehended the story better when they made interesting connections to the novel i.e., text to self, text to world and text to text. They then created questions through a Think-Pair-Square-Share learning engagement.

During Math lessons, students practised sums on the computation of elapsed time in their process journals. They were able to compare lengths of time and convert different units of time based on calendar. They challenged their thinking skills and played interactive games to reinforce the concept. (Links below)

http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/ElapsedTime/
Students took their learning forward by understanding ‘Time zones’. They extended their knowledge about time zones by watching videos (Links below).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=widWLhIIbzs
https://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-the-time-zone/
https://www.youtube.com/embed/X1DkiuaFCuA

They then researched the challenging questions created by them based on the concept. Students also attempted the summative assessment on Time. During the week, students were introduced to factors and multiples.

Hindi classes saw students read a story based on the great emperor Akbar, titled ‘Birbal ki khichadi’. They followed it up with a discussion on the moral from the story and strengthened their understanding by creating comic strips on the story. Students watched a video on ‘Meena Ka School’ part -1 (link below). After watching the video, they created a few questions and wrote the answers in their journals. Students also read the story, ‘Malala ki daaiyree’ .

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

(Link for the video about importance of education in one’s life)

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

During French classes, students attempted a formative assessment on the concept of ER ending verbs. They were asked to do conjugations and frame sentences using the vocabulary they already knew, thus developing their thinking skills.

While taking Spanish lessons students attempted a self-assessment on their homework sheets which helped them to identify their errors. It improved their social and thinking skills. Students strengthened their understanding of the verb tener and ER ending regular verbs by using them in sentences and with a subject pronoun.

In Dance lessons, students were taught the different stages like a proscenium, thrust, arena and flexible stages. They were also taught minor intricacies used on stage for making set designs and light plans like the concept of apron and elastic line. Students were introduced to different positions used on the stage from the point of view of both the audience and the performer. For a complete understanding, they plotted diagrams to represent the different positions available on a stage.

 Students enjoyed working on Auto  Draw which is an Artificial Intelligence based illustration tool. They learned various tools and drew illustrations based on their areas of interest. They were motivated to practise this tool at home as it is easily accessible online.

During their Music sessions, students demonstrated their knowledge of playing drums and rhythm in class. They practised playing quarter beat on the drums as well as practised harmony in a choir song rendition. They learned to play basic beats on bongo and played it along with a song. The students also practised to play the C major scale on the ukulele.

Art lessons saw students complete their compositions on Folk Art and write their reflections. They then discussed about Doodle Art and created a doodle for Google on the topic ‘What inspires me?’

The students practised skills of different sports during Physical Education classes. In Football, students practised skills of ball control, passing and receiving. They also practised shooting skills and played short sided matches. Students practised forward roll, backward roll, cart wheel and splits in Gymnastic session. In Badminton, students practised forehand shot, backhand shot and high serve. They also played half court rally matches with their respective partners. Students practised skills of dribbling, shooting and passing skills during basketball practice. They also played 3v3 half court intra class matches.

Students visited the library and exchanged their books from last week for one Hindi and one English selection. In addition, they were introduced to magazines like National Geographic, Champak and Primary Plus. Each student was given chance to browse and read magazines. Students distinguished between a magazine and a regular book as well as the frequency of the subscription (weekly, monthly, and annual)

Technology is the contemporary language of human expression

The new unit of inquiry sessions saw students began their journey of  exploring technology as the contemporary language of human expression. They read an article on Emojis, and shared their perspectives about their use in  present day communication culminating in  a lively debate.

Students began their inquiry by choosing  keywords about technology as a language of human expression. They participated in a group discussions and wrote their perspective about the same. They also created posters on popular tools of technology  like Whatsapp, Snapchat, Instagram etc. after delving enthusiastically into research work through collaborative effort.

During their English lessons, students continued to read the classic ‘Oliver Twist’. They looked for meanings of difficult words and answered questions based on the text. They also challenged their thinking skills to frame open ended questions using terms for question starters. Students also appeared for a summative assessment on formal letter writing.

They were familiarised with the concept of ‘Homophones’ and used them to make meaningful sentences. Students were introduced to the concept of persuasive writing and were acquainted with some of the persuasive phrases. They used a graphic organiser to plan their persuasive writing paragraph.

For Math lessons, students strengthened their understanding of division with practice. Students were introduced to the rules of divisibility. Then they used ‘Generate, Sort, Connect and Elaborate’ strategy to further enhance their learning on divisibility rules. This involved them to generate numbers, sort them as per their divisibility, and make connections between the different rules. Students used their thinking skills while creating word problems that was integrated with their unit on social media. They attempted a summative assessment on number operations.

Students were introduced to rules of order of operations (links below) and practised simplification of  sums in their process journals while applying these rules. Students also strengthened their mental math skills through an interesting BINGO activity.

Students understood the importance of timekeeping and recognised the units of time. They shared their knowledge on time by participating in a Kahoot quiz.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-FKjqL6NyQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAgfnK528RA

In their Hindi classes, students understood the poem ‘tum ladki ho’, created and answered questions thus enhancing their thinking, reasoning and writing skills. On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, the students strengthened their communication skills by discussing the importance of Hindi in their day to day life. They practiced writing difficult words to improve their spellings. For grammar, students identified and practised different types of ‘R’.

The objective of the French lesson was to get well versed with ‘ER’ ending verbs in present tense. Students learned related terminology like subject pronouns, infinitive verb, radical, verb conjugation and even a few exceptions to ER ending verbs. The concept was recapitulated through an interesting group activity wherein they framed sentences using ‘ER’ ending verbs and vocabulary that they already knew.  They developed their social and communication skills.

During their Spanish lessons, students learned the ER ending regular verbs in Spanish and understood the difference from irregular verbs. Students practiced conjugating these regular verbs and learned a pattern to easily conjugate all such verbs. Students applied their understanding by framing sentences with the given verbs.

During ICT lessons, students were introduced to ‘storyboardthat’, a digital tool used to create comic strips online, thus integrating the skill with their current unit. They were also apprised about MLA format of citing websites and practiced citing few websites and webpages in their ICT classes.

Students continued with swimming practice during Physical Education lessons.  They practiced short sprints of freestyle and backstroke swimming – they did sprints with board, without board and full length sprints with minimum breath surges out of water.

In Art classes, students watched a PowerPoint presentation on conservation and revitalization of architecture. They listed details of what they already know about this topic, what they want to learn and how they will apply this learning through a KWHLAQ chart. Most students also finished their folk art compositions and outlined them using sketch pens.

During Dance lessons, students were divided into groups and used their observations about images to create dance pieces. They also used the tool of improvisation to enhance the dance pieces they created.

Students reflected and made critical notes through questionnaire, thus making them think about the essential role of the government in helping dancers and dance productions.

During Music lessons, students watched percussion performances on waste material – trash percussion. They practiced singing “Glorious ” as part of choir and attempted to sing the harmony parts of the same.

Students borrowed books according to their reading preferences during Library classes. They were given preliminary information on plagiarism and then were given a story ‘When Marion Copied’ to read aloud so as to understand why one should not copy someone’s idea and how to present one’s own ideas suitably.

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Healthy bodies.. healthy minds

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During Unit of Inquiry sessions, students reflected on their learning by using thinking skills to apply their knowledge as they planned and worked on their  Summative task. They conducted a SWOT analysis (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat) to share their opinion about the form of government which best facilitates the functioning of society.  One of the given mediums was chosen to depict a problem and its resolution in the form of government. Students created the rubric for assessment based on parameters decided during a class discussion.

In Math class students attempted a formative assessment of addition and multiplication. Students then focused on the operation of division – they reinforced key vocabulary words, solved sums using long division method and attempted word problems.

Students began their journey into the world of Oliver Twist during their English lessons. They were familiarized with life in the Victorian era. They were empathetic as they drew comparisons with their life to that of the difficulties faced by Oliver. They researched the meaning of difficult words and attempted comprehension questions based on the text.

During Hindi classes, students learned a poem on ‘Tum Ladki Ho’ and understood its meaning. Then they identified the difficult words and wrote the meanings in their journal. Students summarized their understanding of the poem in 5-8 sentences to enhance their writing skills.

The objective of the French lesson was to reinforce and assess the concept of the ordinal numbers. It was done through a ‘Bus stop activity’ wherein students moved from one station to another to perform mathematical operations as per instructions given in French. For e.g. – ‘Colour the fourth ice cream pink’, ‘Identify the person standing in ninth position’. Students completed this activity in pairs/groups thus developing their social and communication skills.

During their Spanish classes, students learned about the government system in Spain and drew comparisons with that of India. Students compared the systems of governance of both the countries through a comprehension exercise based on a questionnaire.

In their Art lessons, students opted to work on any of the Indian folk art like Madhubani, Kalamkari, Pattachitra, Warli etc. They used mediums like colour pencils, crayons and poster colours to create their artwork. Some students also used sketch pens to give finer details to their compositions.

During the ICT lesson, students continued to research about UIDAI, Aadhar card and the role of technology in making the issuing process easier and more secure. They expressed their learning through a PowerPoint presentation. They also learned about MLA (Modern Library Association) citation format with respect to websites.

Students continued learning swimming during Physical Education classes. They were introduced to backstroke swimming and practiced backstroke floating and backstroke kicks.

The students practiced skills of different sports of their choices during sports edge.

In Football, students practised skills of ball control, passing and receiving. They also practiced shooting skills and played short sided matches.

In Gymnastics, students practised forward roll, backward roll, cart wheel and splits.

In Badminton, students practised forehand shot, backhand shot and high serve. They also played half court rally matches with their respective partners.

In Basketball, students practiced skills of dribbling, shooting and passing. They also played 3v3 half court intra class matches.

In Dance classes, students created a presentation on imagery and were initiated into improvisation tasks.

During the Music lessons, after a prior discussion on how government helps to promote and encourage musicians and artisans, the students understood how the governments of various countries help and encourage musicians from all the sections of the society through a Power Point presentation. Students practiced karaoke singing and learned the techniques of voice modulation, counts breathing and tonality.

As the world celebrates Literacy Day every year on September 8, students were made aware of the importance of literacy for individuals, society, and communities to understand social and individual rights; during the Library class.

Students were issued two non- fiction category books this week.

 

 

 

Governments facilitate the functioning of society

In their Unit of Inquiry sessions, students used their thinking skills to analyse the pros and cons of different types of governments using graphic organisers like the Venn diagram. They used the link (given below) to do map marking and explored the different countries, their position and type of government. Students also got acquainted with the role of government in the field of art, music and physical education. They reflected on their learning journey through this unit and shared their new understanding. Students developed their social skills by working creatively in groups to conduct role plays showing the functioning of government. They gained an in depth understanding by sharing their views and opinions about the changing world with respect to the forms of government. They debated about the features of an ideal form of government and also read various newspaper articles related to their unit. A spell bee activity  strengthened their vocabulary related to the unit.

https://www.mapsofworld.com/thematic-maps/types-of-governments.html

In Math class, students researched on different multiplication strategies and presented them  to their peers. They recapitulated the times table and solved multiplication word problems. Students learned to estimate products. They solved SUDOKU from the newspaper which helped to build focus. Students then focused on the operation of subtraction – they reinforced vocabulary, solved sums and word problems. Students developed a checklist for creation of their own word problems. They also solved mixed word problems using ‘Claim support and reflect’ strategy.

During Hindi classes, the students read and discussed on the samvad ‘Shiksha ka adhikar’, and then they engaged in a debate to enhance their listening and speaking skills.Children learned a poem on ‘Raja ne aadesh diya’ and understood its meaning too.They also identified verbs being used in the poem, and wrote sentences. Then they formed questions on the poem and answered them.Students summarized their understanding of the poem in 5-8 sentences to enhance their writing skills.

 The objective of the French lesson was to self-assess the homework related to the verbs- ETRE and AVOIR.  It encouraged student involvement and participation as they discussed and corrected their work under teacher guidance thereby developing their social and communication skills.

 During their Spanish classes, students peer assessed homework which enabled them to identify common errors and develop their social skill.

Students also learned a new verb ‘tener’ and its use in different situations, thereby  enhancing their communication in Spanish.

 Students discussed different folk arts of India during Art classes. They researched on Indian folk art and artists. They also started creating a composition on the same.

 For  ICT lessons, students used various secondary research tools to learn about Digital India, Aadhar card/UIDAI. They collated this information on MS Word. To present this information students are making a PowerPoint presentation. In the coming classes, they will focus on citation using MLA (Modern Library Association) format.

 Students continued with swimming classes during Physical Education classes. They practiced backstroke for swimming lessons and they also participated in the 2nd inter school Swimming Tournament.

During Dance classes, students were taught how to use the technical elements they have learned so far using a dance routine combining various movement and rhythm patterns.

Students were divided in groups and allotted a topic to present in terms of movement to understand the concept of improvisation and creation.

 The library sessions this month saw students explore and exchange books. It was encouraging to see them develop interest in non-fiction genres. They were educated to appreciate diversity and concurrency in literature and show preference for a variety of literature that would enrich their academic writing.

 

 

 

We explore..We learn..

Students have been engaged in various activities and thoughtful discussions about the types of governments from around the world, the role of the government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens during their Unit of Inquiry. With the help of case studies, class room engagements and research; students are getting ample opportunities to find out about different types of government systems.

They inquired into the structure of the Indian administration (centre, state and district) —the division of major roles and responsibilities between them. They also gained an in depth understanding about the three arms of government—legislature, executive and judiciary and the roles they play in the smooth running of the government. Students were apprised about the different professions and careers related to the three branches of government.

Students got a first-hand experience of participating in the school senate elections. They reflected on the democratic nature of the election procedure which led to an enduring understanding about the democratic form of government.

Students reflected on their own rights and responsibilities as students and were  able to make meaningful connections with the fundamental rights and duties of an Indian citizen. They read the newspaper regularly and used the skimming and scanning strategy to look for articles related to their ongoing unit. They read and analysed these articles to enrich their knowledge about the role and working of a government.

The students began the new session with a Writer’s Workshop where they learned how to enhance their written skills for English. UOI was seamlessly integrated with English language when students applied their knowledge of the IB key concepts to the biographies of famous world leaders. Further, they applied their knowledge of different types of sentences to identify  sentences from the newspaper. With the help of case studies, they further delved into fundamental rights and duties as well as branches of government to strengthen their understanding of the current unit. They learned the art of taking notes and have begun doing so .

In their Mathematics classes, students discussed about the Indian and International Number System. Students studied the difference between Indian & International number system, periods (using comma),reading and writing  numerals in both forms. They learned to estimate numbers by employing the technique of rounding off large numbers to the nearest million and crore. A formative assessment on number system and rounding of numbers was conducted.

Students evaluated the similarity and differences between  the operations of addition and multiplication. They solved addition carry over sums and word problems. Students applied their knowledge of rounding off while estimating sums and differences. They  discussed vocabulary associated with multiplication terms and also revised the long multiplication method.

For  Hindi lessons, students discussed about the learner profile and essential agreements and s made posters on the same. They revised all the maatraas (मात्रा) and varnmaalaa (वर्णमाला) through different activities. They discussed and wrote  the fundamental rights and responsibilities of an Indian citizen.

(Link for the video about importance of education in one’s life)

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

During their French lessons, prior knowledge assessment was done through interesting classroom games. Students identified the learner profile attributes they developed during the course of the last year and wrote the French vocabulary and reasons for the same in French as  a class activity.

Spanish lessons saw students assess their prior knowledge with help of looping back worksheets based on the topics covered in their previous grade. Students have also been taught the equivalent words of the IB learner profile in Spanish. Students also wrote a few lines in Spanish about themselves as a part of a class activity.

Students began the new session with enthusiasm. They framed essential agreements and started exploring Microsoft Excel. They integrated ICT with the unit of inquiry through a class discussion about real news and fake news, which was further supported by an informative video. They reflected on this information through a collaboration tool ‘Padlet’ and cited real-life examples about fake news. Students have enjoyed creating tables and charts and have begun learning Microsoft Excel.

Dance classes had the students doing basic warm up techniques, basic stretching and basic Contemporary techniques like hip roll and spotting-basic kicks, back flexibility exercises, and progressions of spotting,

In their Music sessions, the students practised the vocal warm up songs and solfege and learned about voice modulation technique. They practised to sing group songs and acquired knowledge on harmony and part singing. They practised to play C, D, E and F scales on the ukulele. They presented solo singing in class and sang along with the karaoke tracks.

In their Art classes, students enjoyed creating Doodle Art. They then inquired about the role of Government in developing and promoting art and architecture in the country. Students also created a KWHLAQ chart on conservation and restoration of art and architecture.

Students participated in Inter-House Swimming trials for 25 metre freestyle and 25 metre backstrokes during their Physical Education lessons.

Students participated in a quiz on the occasion of 72nd anniversary of India’s independence. Questions like India’s national tree, national marine animal, national reptile, India’s population, number of states and many more questions were asked during the Library lesson.