March 1

Unit of Inquiry:

Students began their research to gain an understanding on different points of view about the use of technology by analysing real-life scenarios, listening to Ted talk and debates and conducting surveys. They scanned QR codes for the instructions and recorded their group findings and conclusions on a Padlet. They also shared their individual opinions about the use of technology and recorded them in their journals. As a result of their learning through the unit, students created their individual action plans to spread awareness about judicious use of technology. They used different tools of technology to create their awareness campaign. Students reflected on their journey through the unit and shared evidences of how they were able to develop / display the skills and learner profile attributes that they had planned at the beginning of the unit.

The foundation of PYP exhibition has been laid down and students are now all set to be grouped as per their choice of concept for research. Students were acquainted with the strands of the Transdisciplinary theme ‘Where we are in place and time’. They brainstormed the various concepts that could be explored under these strands. They chose the issues that they were excited to research about. They also justified their choices and drew real life connections for application of their learning.

ENGLISH:

 Students understood the difference between character sketch and character analysis. They watched a visual presentation to understand how to write a character sketch. They applied their research skills to identify famous personalities related to the field of technology and worked in groups to explore in detail about them. This research helped them in writing a character sketch of the chosen personality.

Students understood the concept of verb tenses through some probing questions. They referred to a fact sheet on tenses to understand the different forms of tenses. Students chose a newspaper article and strengthened their understanding of tenses by identifying and highlighting the three tenses and their forms. Students read a passage from the novel ‘Oliver Twist’ and converted the same into present tense.

How to write a character sketch

Math

As a culmination of the concept, students attempted a summative assessment on fractions which was conducted as a Bus Stop activity. Two stations were displayed in the classroom, which had word problems on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions. Students chose to answer the questions as per their confidence levels.

Post the summative, they reflected on their understanding using the visual thinking strategy ‘I used to think… now I think’ which enabled them to be aware of their own areas of improvement.

Students then began exploring the concept of decimals through a group activity.

As part of a Chalk and Talk activity, they initially expressed their individual perspectives on various statements related to decimals. Statements were:

  1. Any fraction can be converted to a decimal and vice-versa
  2. 2/5 and 0.40 are related
  3.  0.2, 2.0, 0.02 and 0.002 ALL refer to the same value
  4. A decimal will always be LESS THAN 100 because in a fraction form it has a denominator of 100
  • 1 added to 0.1 = 0.2
  • 3.175 is GREATER THAN 3.4

After giving their inputs and choosing a statement for inquiry, the students were divided into groups. Each group framed success criteria in the form of a checklist to plan the inquiry process.

The students displayed their thinking, research and communication skills to the optimum, as each group collated its research findings, after having used the primary and secondary resources. The groups then shared their understanding through a gallery walk to read and analyse each other’s perspective.

After this activity, they watched few audio-visual presentations to strengthen their understanding of place value of decimal numbers, the connection with fractions and comparison based on different place values (weblinks below).

The students are now looking forward to computing sums involving addition of decimals.

       Weblinks as resource:

       Introduction to decimals

       Decimals as words

       Comparing decimals

       Rounding decimals

Hindi

In their Hindi classes, students enhanced their communication & comprehension skills by reading some paragraphs on different topics. They revisited ‘muhavre'(मुहावरे) through ‘kahoot’ quiz. They wrote paragraphs related to their current unit ‘Technology’ using a visible thinking routine ‘claim, support & question/reflection’ following which they made their own checklist (जाँच सूची).  

Hindi ab-initio

In their Hindi classes, students enhanced their communication skills by reading short poems. They learned the grammar concepts of ‘pronoun’ (सर्वनाम) taking up various activities. 

Spanish

Students learned the concept of possessive adjectives in Spanish and framed sentences based on the knowledge of AR ending verbs. They also learned the use of possessive adjectives through an audio visual to enhance their understanding and pronunciation.

Please find the web link attached:

Spanish Possessive adjectives 

French

Students viewed images on life with and without technology wherein the captions were in the target language. They presented their understanding through a visible thinking routine of their choice. Through gallery walk strategy, they were able to appreciate their peer’s work, hence developing their social skills (accepting others).

ICT

Students explored Green Screen by Do Ink app to make easy to create and incredible green screen videos and images using iPad. It let the students combine and superimpose photos, videos and animation. Students integrated Dance with ICT where they choreographed a song and recorded it using Green Screen. They superimposed the theme of the song with images and videos. 

Music

The students participated in making music using digital platforms (i.e. Soundtrap, GarageBand etc) and also performed their songs to their peers.

They also learned the school song and sang it in groups.

Dance

Students used green screen app to enhance their dance compositions as part of their integration with the unit – technology as the language for human expression. They also reflected on the activity through a circle of viewpoints.

Library

Students expressed their understanding in brief on the books they had noted on their reading log. The final count of the books read by the students were registered and the same will be updated on library’s reading tree.

Physical health and education

The students continued with their unit on Cricket. The students learned the basic skills of fielding such as ground fielding and throwing towards the stumps. Later they also played short sided matches to improve their understanding of the game.

February

Unit of Inquiry

Students continued with their journey into the world of technology. They inquired into different technological tools and how they have become an indispensable medium for human expression – e-mail, SMS, Facebook, blogs, WhatsApp, Skype or Podcast. They analyzed the advantages and disadvantages of social networking applications.

Students got an opportunity to strengthen their conceptual understanding through practical application of technological tools in the ICT lab. They also attended a guest speaker session on netiquette and cyber safety delivered by Mann Aswal – DP-1 student at DPS. Students learned about the impact of technology on social relationships and the need to use it responsibly. Students received ample opportunities to express their understanding about the use of technology, thus developing their communication and thinking skills.

Students enhanced their communication skills as they presented their learning about different tools using an ICT medium of their choice. They displayed the learner profile attribute of being courageous as they inquired into new and unfamiliar technological applications such as green screen. Students learned about podcasts in their ICT lessons and subsequently recorded their personal podcasts.

They skimmed and scanned newspaper articles related to the unit and used a variety of strategies such as annotation and Cornell note taking to summarize and analyze them. They explored the courtesies to keep in mind while drafting an email and applied this understanding while drafting emails to their Form Tutors detailing their journey through the unit.

Students expressed their formative understanding about how technology can be used to express, by sharing a tweet about their favorite tool and the importance of technology for expression.

ENGLISH:

Students strengthened their persuasive writing skills by reflecting on the essential features and importance of persuasive writing. They brainstormed on debatable statements related to the unit and used graphic organizers to record their ideas and opinions. They also supported their arguments with evidences and applied their critical thinking skills to come up with counter arguments for rebuttal.  They wrote the first drafts of their chosen topics and reviewed them. They worked on the feedback given to them and then rewrote their final drafts.

They continued to read the novel – Oliver Twist – and discussed the important characters in the story. They sketched their favorite characters and illustrated their prominent traits. They used different questioning strategies such as 5W’S & 1H, thin & thick, factual/conceptual/debatable, and the lens key concepts to frame questions based on the read text. They went on further to display their understanding by   choosing to answer a few of these questions.

Students shared their first understanding about regular and irregular verbs through a sorting activity. They viewed a link to strengthen their understanding. They identified different kinds of verbs from the novel – Oliver Twist and used a few to frame meaningful sentences.

Students revisited the concept of articles by viewing a PPT to understand how articles are essential to determine the basic rules of usage of nouns. Students cut out a newspaper article and identified all the definite and indefinite articles.

regular & irregular verbs

Math

Students continued learning strategies for solving word problems involving fractions – the Bar model method required visual representation of numerical information and the COINS strategy –

C (Comprehend the word problem),

O (Observe the data),

I (Illustrate),

N (Number sentence) and

S (Solve) through an example.

They displayed their Thinking skills by analyzing the bar model to understand the relationship of ‘parts to the whole’ better.

They applied their understanding of basic operations to manipulate fractions, by solving more sums and sought clarification of their queries.

The students reflected on their learning through the visual thinking routine – Red Light, Yellow Light, thereby displaying their Thinking skills (reflective) by identifying individual areas of improvement.

Two formative assessments were conducted – one a Bingo game and the other made use of dominoes as the manipulative for recording a fraction. The students drew visual representations for each fraction, and performed two operations of their choice out of the 4 operations.

A student shared details of a Math game developed by him, using the online tool ‘Scratch’ and his peers liked to play the same. The concept of the game was based on representing a fraction as a decimal value.

Weblinks as resource:

Understanding fraction word problems

Add subtract fraction word problems

Solve-word-problems

Hindi

Students read newspaper article to hone their reading and thinking skills. They analysed the news article and then noted down their understanding. Students enhanced their research & writing skills by researching about smart phones, noted   guiding questions and their answers by using iPads and Hindi newspapers. They discussed and wrote the pros and cons of smart phones. They also expressed the advantages and disadvantages of technology. Students honed their speaking skills by sharing the importance of technology / smart phones. 

Hindi ab-intio

French

Students expressed their prior knowledge about technology through ‘E- Chalk Talk’ strategy wherein they listed words about technology using any one of the tech tools namely wordart.com / worditout / jasondavies.com.

They enhanced their self-management skills (time management) and social skills (supporting and accepting others). They decided to make use of this vocabulary later during a JAM (Just a minute) Session.

Spanish

Students integrated Spanish with the unit on technology during the week. They were introduced to different verbs, nouns, adjectives, connectors and Spanish expressions which helped them become an effective communicator. 

Students gained insight into a different concept of possessive adjectives by asking questions based on their prior knowledge and watched visual presentations to help them understand the pronunciation better. 

Art

Students combined their conceptual understanding of cubism and technology to create digital portraits, thus integrating with their current unit. To gain understanding of cubism students analyzed Picasso’s cubist portraits. They became familiar with the tools of Adobe Illustrator Draw. Students continued drawing their cubist self-portraits using their own photograph for reference.

Dance

Students expressed their prior knowledge about choreography through a group activity which was followed by an exit card game. They also gave peer feedback on the work samples created on Just Dance. 

Music

The students learned different signs and symbols for dynamics in music. They also listened to a song and were they were asked to identify the dynamics.

ICT

Students expressed the journey of technology unit by creating a blog on WordPress. They were introduced to presentation tools like Canva, Podcast and Green Screen. Their enthusiasm was evident while they made a presentation on `Pros and cons of social media’ using Canva. They are in the process of recording their views on various topics for podcast. Students also marked the Safe Internet Day where they shared their views on how to be safe online and the positive use of digital technology.

Library

International Mother Language Day is observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism across the world. To mark International Mother Language day in the library, students gained an insight into the purpose and importance of celebrating this day. Students also learned about some widely spoken languages around the world. They also were made mindful about the variety of first language spoken in their respective homes.

Physical education

Students started their new unit on cricket. They learned the basics of cricket – like proper stance taking while batting and right technique of bat swing. They also practised throwing at the wickets to improve their ground fielding.

Social emotional learning

Students shared their strengths and unique qualities in real life situations that they demonstrate.  Students had a class discussion on different real-life scenarios related to actions and their appropriate reactions. They could make connections and understand the importance of impulse control to deal with problems in a sensible manner.

They identified various situations from their daily lives and reflected on where they should have displayed more self-control. They shared the same with their peers through a circle time activity. Students applied their critical thinking skills to make conclusions and offer various strategies to exercise self- control. 

International Mother Language Day

To mark International Mother Language day, a guest lecture was organized with Ms. Insia Husaini who volunteered to share some interesting facts about Urdu language and its cultural impact. Students noted some similarities between spoken Hindi and Urdu and had the opportunity to learn some frequently spoken words. They were surprised to learn that the Urdu dialect is read from right to left as they learned a few letters of the alphabet too. As a gesture Ms Husaini wrote every students name in Urdu and presented it to them. Students thoroughly enjoyed the session and expressed their gratitude by presenting a thank you note to the guest speaker.

Term 2 started

UNIT OF INQUIRY

Students began inquiring into the new unit on how we express ourselves, with a conceptual focus on technology. They expressed their prior knowledge about how technology is used to communicate in different ways using visible thinking routines of their choice. They also shared their opinions about how technology is a language of human expression.  

Students took ownership of their learning by identifying the purpose and scope of inquiry. Each student planned and decided what they wanted to learn, how they wanted to learn, what resources they would use and how this unit would enhance their understanding of technology. They also set goals to develop and strengthen the attributes and skills that were the focus of this unit.

Students chose different tools of technology to conduct an in-depth research . They planned their research by identifying the primary and secondary resources. They understood the difference between factual, conceptual and debatable questions. They also chose a medium of presenting their understanding and created a checklist for assessment. They created a timeline to track their journey through the unit and suggested some learning engagements.

Students thus got ample opportunities to display agency – making choices, sharing their voice and taking ownership of their own learning. They reflected on their learning journey and shared their experience and challenges with their peers through a student to student conference. They worked in groups to inquire about the differences between tools of technology for expression and collaboration.

ENGLISH

Students identified the distinctive features of a travel blog, travelogue and travel guide. They chose one of these writing styles to share  experience from theirwinter vacations.

They understood  persuasive writing through a class discussion focussed on importance of persuasion in real life situations. Students chose a unit related topic to write a persuasive essay keeping in mind its essential features.

They also attempted a viewing and listening engagement which was peer assessed against a student created checklist.

MATH

Students continued solving sums withthe four operations on fractions, after watching a few audio-visual presentations on the same (Web links below).

Students strengthened their understanding of multiplication through an activity involving representing and shading two different fractions on paper. A visual representation of the process of division of one fraction by another, led to deeper insights into learning.

Student agency was evident when one volunteer from each section, created a word problem on his/her own, that  led to addition of the fractions.Later  the same content was edited foruse with subtraction. This activity enabled them to display their critical and creative thinking skills.

Students expressed their voice and choice by suggesting options for a formative assessment of fractions – the popular choice was an online quiz.

An apt analogy for the learning would be – ‘Not a fraction of time went unused

Weblinks:

Division of fractions

Understanding-fractions-word-problems

HINDI

In their Hindi classes, students read articles from Hindi newspapers to hone their reading skills and searched new words. They read a story ‘रोहन ने सीखा सबक’ and highlighted the idioms. They enhanced their knowledge regarding the current unit through a visible thinking routine ‘think, pair and share’. To enhance their communication skills, they expressed the pros and cons of technology. They enhanced their research and writing skill by gathering information about smartphones and recorded the same in their journals.

FRENCH

Students voiced their opinions during group discussions as they shared what they wished to add, change or improve in their French language room. Taking ownership, they creatively set up their reading and games corner. They also displayed their understanding of academic integrity in the form of a poster. They labelled various classroom objects and enthusiastically played games like hopscotch and guess the number to revise concepts done in the previous term. They reflected on their learning and shared their Aha moments.

SPANISH

Students revised the concepts of interrogativewords in Spanish. Students also read a text in Spanish based on technology thus making integration evident.

Students identified situations where they could recall the sentence formations and verb forms. They also learned new vocabulary words and expressions in Spanish. Students also gave inputs for creating games  and also made a few  to improve their learning experience. 

ART

Students inquired into Pablo Picasso’s avant-garde art movement. They analysed a few of his portraits to understand his distinct cubic style. Students observed a presentation on Picasso and responded using the visual routine “I notice and I wonder”

DANCE

Students had a group discussion on the concept of “Just Dance” and expressed their prior knowledge through question starters – what, when, where, why, and how. 

MUSIC

Students learned about dynamics and applied the same in their singing. They learned how to sing ‘Ae Watan’ and were able to sing it with dynamics. The students also assessed their peers in their singing to see if they could sing in pitch and rhythm usingdynamics.

ICT 5A

Students started with research on blog writing. They explored their class blog to identify the elements of blogging. They created a checklist of the information that they may want to share through their blog. They identified the web tools available for blogging.

ICT 5B N C

Students were introduced to the unit on technology, and the tools for expression through an activity. They  researched about blogs, explored their class blog and observed  important elements. They also searched various other types of popular blogs available online and the tools on which they can create it. Students collectively decided to learn blog creation using WordPress and Adobe Page.

LIBRARY

Students were introduced to the DDC (Dewey decimal classification) system. The Dewey Decimal System is the way to put books in order by subject. It is the standard way of categorizing books in libraries across the world. It places the books on the shelf by subject using numbers from 000 to 999.  

An activity was given to students where they matched the DDC numbers with its correct category.

Students were apprised of how the DDC system plays a vital role in categorizing books and arrangement of varied resources in libraries around the world.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The students continued with their unit on Athletics. They practiced for the upcoming inter house athletics meet that will host events like50,100 mts flat races and relay. They also practised for the March past drill during their lessons.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Students shared their individual strengths and unique qualities, thus boosting their confidence. They went on to share with their peers how they demonstrate this quality drawing examples from their daily interactions at school.

Term 1 ends

Unit of inquiry

Students completed a formative assessment to express their understanding about different types of inequalities, and their causes and effect relationship. They presented their understanding both individually and in groups. They also collated a fact sheet while viewing these presentations.

Students read and analysed a Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations that brings SDG#10 (Reduced inequality) into focus and assists in relating it the ongoing unit on equal opportunities.   

They annotated newspaper articles related to the unit (‘It’s okay for men to cry’, and ‘Beautiful minds’ – an article about women scientists) and then shared their perspectives.

Students worked in groups to understand different types of action categorised by the IB and understood its significance. They identified and analysed newspaper articles related to specific types of action.

They went on to inquire about the initiatives taken by individuals, government and non-government organisations to reduce inequality in their surroundings or the world platform.

They reflected on their understanding of the unit and applied their thinking skills to develop their individual action plan to contribute towards reducing any type of inequalities that they have observed in their surroundings.

English

Students refreshed their understanding of report writing with the help of a visual presentation on Goldilocks and the three bears. following which they answered the following questions:

What? When? Where? Why? How?

Students comprehended the basics of writing news reports with the help of a visual presentation. They learned the format for a report and what to look for in an article. Then they discussed a newspaper article related to their unit and analysed it to list all its essential elements.

Students penned a report on the ‘Sariska school camp’ in their journals. They used a graphic organizer to plan their thoughts as guided by the essential elements of a report.

Students researched about a person of their choice who had worked or is working towards reducing any kind of inequality in his/her surrounding. They attempted to write a biography of the chosen person in their process journals.

Students revisited punctuation during grammar focused activities. They completed a formative assessment based on the same.

 Goldilocks and the three bears

Writing a news report

Math

The students continued calculating Least Common Multiple by applying the division method and solved word problems to consolidate their understanding. They participated in a flipped class session on the concept of Highest Common Factor and expressed their understanding of the different strategies used to calculate HCF.

Students reflected on the success criteria related to LCM and HCF in their journals, and jotted their areas of strength and improvement.

Students completed a formative assessment on the concept of HCF and LCM, through a cut-and-paste activity which displayed student agency through the ‘choose to calculate’ section.

Students also completed the summative assessment on factors, multiples, LCM and HCF. They co-constructed the assessment rubric for the same.

Students expressed their prior knowledge about fractions through the Frayer’s model where they defined the term fraction and provided facts, examples and non-examples of fractions. They watched a visual presentation on the types of fractions (weblink below) for reinforcement.

fraction and its types

They consolidated their understanding of equivalent fractions by engaging in a ‘fraction chart activity’ and evaluated the relationship between a whole quantity (represented by a strip of paper) and different values of fractions that can be marked on the same length.

Students can reinforce the concept of HCF and LCM using the following link for practice:

hcf-and-lcm-word-problems

Hindi: Standard

Students enhanced their communication skills by reading a story ‘shiksha kaa upyog’ (शिक्षा का उपयोग). They highlighted the unknown words and found out their meanings as well. They also learned the concept of ‘tenses’ (काल- भूतकाल, वर्तमान काल, भविष्यत काल,) and underlined sentences with different tenses in the story ‘shiksha kaa upyog’ (शिक्षा का उपयोग). They also marked appropriate and missing punctuation (विराम चिह्न) in the story while revisiting the concept of punctuation. 

Hindi: Ab initio

To enhance their reading skills, students read chote ‘u’ maatra ke shabd and vaakya. They filled in the blanks of badee ‘e’ maatra wale shabd and played ’bingo’. They learned gintee 1 to 30. They watched a presentation on ‘Importance of education’ to enhance their listening skills. They read a story ‘Aaut’ and expressed it in their own words. They learned sangya shabd with the ‘name, place, thing and animal’ game.

French

Students expressed their prior knowledge using the strategy- ‘I see, I think, I wonder’ wherein they reflected on an image related to the theme in the target language. Later, they gained knowledge about human rights in France, made connections rights in India, and expressed their understanding through a graphic organizer, thus integrating the current unit on equal opportunities with the language. They developed their research skills (gathering and recording data) through this activity. They enhanced their social skills by supporting and respecting others during research work. They completed the task in a given time frame thus displaying self- management skills (time management)

 Spanish

Students recapitulated the AR ending verbs in Spanish and also completed their summative assessment based on the same. As a part of integration, students also watched a video about how Spain became a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the country’s commitments during its term and students later expressed their understanding of the same. They identified new verbs and words in the visual presentation which helped them become more communicative.

Weblink  

 Spain became member of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Art

Students observed visuals of a few public art projects advocating social justice and discussed their understanding of the central idea, ‘Access to equal opportunities can shape communities and make a difference in the world’. They inquired about protest art as a medium to raise awareness and bring about change. Students chose a concept on social injustice and created an artwork to showcase their idea. 

Dance

Students started to explore the tools used in choreography. Students compared the roles of dancer, choreographer and the technical crew using suitable graphic organizers. They also deepened their understanding through a Frayer model and T-chart activity.  

Music

The students completed an assessment expressing understanding of staff notations. They also sang Christmas carols and played musical instruments along with the carols.

ICT

Students gained an insight into the world of Minecraft which allows players to build virtual worlds using 3D procedure generated way. They explored various tools of Minecraft. They used the creative mode where players are given limitless resources to build anything – they were limited only by their imagination. They learned the movements, breaking and placing of blocks, control of mouse and keyboard to build. They are working on creating a solution for a sustainable world.

Students also took part in the ‘Hour of Code’ event, which is a platform to learn coding with blocks in a fun way. They arranged various blocks to finish a task and used their computational and creative thinking for coding. The event was mentored by Apple officials.

Library

Students read and interpreted Carson Ellis’s award winning translanguaging book ‘Du Iz Tak?’ The picture book focussed on a group of bugs who discovered a new sprouting plant. They watched it grow and change through the seasons.

The uniqueness of this literary work, it’s imaginative use of language made interesting read. Students could only infer the meaning of the dialogues. They applied their thinking, and imagination to interpret and decode the language.

Students prepared a book using their understanding and a checklist that aided them to dabble in translanguaging. Guidelines like the story should have some made up language and illustrations must convey meaning of the story to the readers set expectations from the authors. The books created by students would be added to the Primary library collection for other children to read.

Physical Education

The students started with their new unit on athletics where they were briefed about the rules and regulations of the track and field events and also learned how to take start, turn and finish. Students also started practicing skills for the upcoming inter house athletic meet. 

Social emotional learning

Students continued with experiential activities for self-efficacy during which they reflected on enlisting and identifying persons, peer interactions and situations which strengthened their self-belief and confidence. Students also created comic strips with affirmations to help their peers remain optimistic even in challenging situations.

November 29th

Unit of Inquiry

Students commenced their new unit on equal opportunities. They watched a movie ‘I am Kalam’ which made reference to inequalities prevalent in society. Then they expressed their understanding of the word inequality by associating a colour and a symbol with it. They made relevant suggestions on what they wanted to learn and how they wanted to learn, thereby encouraging student voice in the classroom. They made a choice about the type of inequality they wanted to inquire about and accordingly were divided into groups. Each group researched about different inequalities and created a presentation of their understanding.

English

Students recalled their poetry annotation skills and analysed a poem ‘Inequality of life’ by John Knight. They summarised the poem and made connections with the current unit. In addition to this, they also completed a reading assessment and reflected on the same.

Students understood the difference between the poetic devices of metaphor, simile and personification by reading various examples and then differentiated between them.

Math

Moving ahead with the concept of factors and multiples, students practised the division method

of prime factorisation and compared it with the factor tree method. They applied their thinking skills (analysis) to find patterns while performing continuous division of a composite number by its prime factors in both the methods and discussed the advantage of using division method.

They displayed the learner profile attribute of being reflective, as they mulled over the success criteria of their understanding of prime numbers, factors and multiples. They also completed a formative assessment of prime numbers, factors and multiples, where they had to eliminate numbers presented in a grid, as per the given guidelines. The students reinforced the concept of LCM (Lowest Common Multiple) by engaging in a calendar activity. They shaded numbers on a calendar template and used different colours to highlight information pertaining to themselves and a peer. They were able to analyse and conclude that double-shaded numbers, were common multiples of the days (mentioned as part of the activity).

They made use of the following visual presentations (web links given below) for a better understanding of LCM.

Web links:

Lowest Common Multiple

Using prime factorsiation to find LCM

The students are in the process of learning to calculate LCM by using the division method.

Hindi

In their Hindi classes, students enhanced their communication skills by reading and analysing a news article from a Hindi newspaper. They found adjectives from the news article and made sentences with the same. To hone their critical thinking skills students discussed and wrote the causes and effects of gender discrimination after watching a video related to their current unit ‘access to equal opportunities’. 

inequality

Hindi ab-intio

To develop their reading students read chotee ‘i’ ki maatra wale shabd. For their writing task, they filled in certain blanks and completed a spellbee of  ‘i’ maatra shabd. They observed a Hindi story ‘Char brahman’ and saras aur kenkda’. They also attempted to express their understanding of a Hindi story ‘Char brahman’ to enhance their speaking skills.

FRENCH

The objective of the French lesson was to peer-assess the homework on the knowledge acquired on ‘er’ ending verbs. It encouraged learner involvement and participation as they discussed and reflected by correcting the work of their peer under the supervision of the facilitator. They developed their thinking skills by applying their acquired knowledge. They were caring and appreciative towards their peer’s achievements.

 SPANISH

Students recapitulated the concept of ‘ar’ ending verbs and also learned to make interrogative, affirmative and negative sentences in Spanish based on the verbs learned. 

Students attempted to apply verbs in different situations and framed sentences with different subject pronouns to improve their communication skills. Students also participated in a quiz based on the same concept which helped them develop their thinking and social skills. 

ICT

Students completed their summative assessment where they created a prototype of a simple machine model based on the problem given to them. Initially they created a prototype on a piece of paper upon analysing the problem and finally made using 123 Design software. They also wrote their final understanding on a continuum chart which is a graphic organizer that is used to represent a continuum of data in a sequential order.

ART

In continuation of their work, to create a composition using the technique of pointillism, students drew a layout to plan their artwork. They applied their observation skills and spatial awareness to create their composition. Students are in the process of creating their final work using mixed media.

DANCE

Students researched on the different types of light equipment used in performing arts. They also learned a new dance routine on the song “a million dreams” and started to add their individual perspectives to the choreography through a group improvisation exercise.

Music

The students learned how to read notations on the treble clef and learned the names of the notes of the piano. They also sang ‘One King’

Library

A session on academic honesty allowed students to get an understanding on how to adhere to policies regarding academic writing and the written presentation of school work. This was essential especially in connection with plagiarism and related forms of academic misconduct. Credit is to be given to previous work through references to sources that are being quoted, paraphrased or used in any other way. 

Physical Education

The students continued with their unit on football. They practiced passing the ball with the inside and outside of the foot to a moving partner. They learned to control by juggling the ball with both feet. They also played one on one matches to identify their personal strengths and weaknesses.

Social Emotional Learning

Students developed their self- confidence by engaging in a kindness game where they took turns to compliment their peers. This helped them to appreciate and acknowledge each other’s strengths and achievements. The students showed keen interest to carry this skill forward and agreed to create a kindness corner in their classrooms where they would note down acts of kindness they initiated or observed in their daily interactions.

November 15th

Unit of inquiry

Students continued with their unit on machines; they debated  the impact of machines on their lives and shared their perspectives through a presentation. Each student spoke about his/her  view on the impact of machines both on a personal level and in a global context. Students thus were able to strengthen their understanding through a deliberation on whether machines are a boon or a bane to society.

The summative assessment for the unit was integrated with ICT.  Students were given four real life scenarios – For example if the lift of a building is out of order and a vegetable vendor has to send vegetables to the 20th floor, what machine could he use? Students chose any one scenario, then they created a prototype of a machine that could solve the problem, applying 1-2-3D design application skills. They explained the features and functions of their prototype  and also expressed how it could reduce human effort significantly. Students developed their critical thinking skills as they formulated convincing arguments to support their conclusions during this assessment.

English

Students were introduced to adverbs. They brainstormed the placement of the word and the effect it had on the overall sentence. After a class discussion with other groups, students inferred that these words are adverbs. They expressed their understanding through a mind map on the various types of adverbs. Students also solved a crossword puzzle and engaged in a newspaper activity related to the same.

Students attempted a character sketch of Oliver Twist referring to the key points in the text as evidence. They also researched  the life of Charles Dickens and carried out a comparative analysis between similar themed books. Examples of ‘Heidi’ and ‘A Christmas Carol ‘were given by the students that led to class discussions.

Students reflected on the annual day in their journals using the LAYERS thinking pattern. They were encouraged to use adverbs from the list given below.

Math

In Math sessions, students continued learning about factors and multiples. 

They were provided with a cut-out of the ‘Sieve of Eratosthenes’ to further reinforce the concept of prime and composite numbers in a grid format. They shaded the prime and composite numbers in red and green respectively to differentiate between them.

They also expressed certain numbers as a sum of prime numbers and few numbers as a product of their prime factors, as a warm-up to the prime factorisation method.

They drew a Venn diagram to display their understanding of similarities and differences between factors and multiples. The students were able to establish a connection between terms ‘finite’ and ‘infinite’ (in one of the visual presentations) by providing real-life examples.

Students reinforced their understanding of the factor tree method of prime factorisation through the following visual presentations (web links below)and this was followed by a class discussion on the same.  

Web links:

Factors and Multiples

Multiples of a Number

Sieve of Eratosthenes

Prime Factorisation (Factor trees)

Hindi: Standard

In order to enhance their writing and thinking skills, students discussed the role of machines in their daily lives and categorized them according to their importance. They summarized the story of a ‘mobile phone’ after listening to it. They enhanced their understanding regarding the current unit  on machines by attempting a ‘listen and answer’ activity of the same story. They developed their thinking and writing skills by attempting a comprehension through a mind map. 

Hindi: Abinitio

To enhance their reading, students read chotee ‘e’ maatraa wale shabd and vaakya. To develop their listening skills they watched ‘Alibaba aur Chalees chor’.To enhance their speaking skills they listened to the story ‘Char brahman’  and explained it in their own words. They played a Bingo game based on ‘e’ maatra shabd.

French

The objective of the French lesson was to peer-assess the homework  on verbs ending in ‘er’. Students were involved in a discussion and reflected while correcting their peer’s work under the guidance of the teacher. They were caring and appreciative about their peer’s achievements.

Spanish

Students learned the verbs ending with ‘ar’ and then recapitulated them to consolidate their understanding. Students framed sentences based on different situations and used more than one subject pronoun to understand the complexity in sentences. 

Students also watched a presentation based on Spanish communication which helped them develop their pronunciation. 

Link of the presentation:

Buena Gente ( Buena gente) 

Art

Students observed and then analyzed the artworks of Georges Seurat and reflected on it through ‘think- puzzle-explore’ routine – what they thought about the artwork, what they wanted to know more about it  and how they could explore further.

Each group arranged a still life composition to observe and draw. 

Students developed self- management skills (time management) and used appropriate strategies to organize the chosen objects for their composition.

Dance

Students learned a new dance routine based on the song “A million dreams” using modern and contemporary movements. Students also researched about dancers Aditi Mangaldas and Akram Khan and identified the learner profile attributes they displayed. Reflecting on their Annual day performance, students also discussed how the sound and light equipment used during the show enhanced their performances – thus integrating their current unit of inquiry with dance, as they discussed the benefits of machines in their lives.

Music

The students created their own music using ‘Soundtrap’ and ‘GarageBand’. They also reflected on their understanding of the unit. 

ICT

Students recapitulated the tools learned in 123 Design. They used shape tools to build simple machine models like lever, pulley, fulcrum etc. They also learned to add text and change texture of the designed model. Students are enhancing their creative skills while designing various models. 

Library

Students understood the DDC (Dewey decimal classification) system. The Dewey decimal system is the way to put books in order by subject. It is the standard way of categorizing books in libraries across the world. The system was created by Melvil Dewey in 1876.  Students understood how the DDC plays a vital role in categorizing books and arrangement of varied resources in  libraries across the world.

Physical Education

The students started with their new unit on football. They developed their dribbling skills by using their right as well as left foot. Further, they practiced dribbling around and through the cone formations in a zig-zag manner.

Social emotional learning

To enhance their concept of kindness, compassion and resilience, students read the story of Lord Rama and the squirrel. Students read aloud the story and identified the acts of compassion and resilience shown by the characters. They made real life connections by playing a kindness game that entailed listing of three positive traits about any peer in the class. They went on to talk about two positive traits they display as their strengths. This activity developed their understanding of kindness towards self and others and helped internalize the same, both in classroom settings and outside school.

October second fortnight

Unit of inquiry

This fortnight saw students inquire about various types of energy transformations.

Students watched a video presentation to understand that energy is not an infinite resource. Students worked in small groups to write an interesting newspaper headline that summed up their understanding of the video. Thus they enhanced their creative thinking skills by capturing the essence in an interesting way. They penned down their understanding post discussion amongst peers while seated in small groups.

Applying their research skills, students used iPads to understand the meaning of renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. They brainstormed finite sources of energy and noted their understanding in their journals.

Students viewed a slide-share presentation to understand how energy converts from one form to another. After recording their understanding students applied their thinking skills and worked in small groups to inquire into the factsheet on SDG 11. They noted the underlined words and wrote meanings to enhance their vocabulary.

English

Students continued with procedural writing. Some chose to record the steps of creating google forms while others chose to record the steps of pixel art to create simple machines. Students attempted a formative assessment on formal letter writing. They identified prepositions from a passage and noted the same in their journals to reinforce their understanding of the same.

Math

Students continued analyzing word problems for identifying extra / missing information and the intended operation. They participated in an interactive discussion and justified the reason for choosing a particular operation.

Students attempted a summative assessment on number system and basic operations with a bus stop activity. Four stations pertaining to place-value / addition, subtraction, multiplication and division were created at different corners in each classroom. The students moved on a rotational basis from one station to the next. Student choice was thus taken into account as they could determine their own pace and could choose sums from the ‘can try’ sums at each station.

The new concept of factors and multiples, commenced through creation of a ‘fact sheet’ by the students.

In addition to applying their previous knowledge, they also used iPads to research. They displayed their understanding in the form of a graphic organizer of their choice.

They were later provided with an individual cut-out of a ‘number scramble’. They had to choose three examples of a single–digit number, pick and write five multiples for each one of them from the scramble.

Hindi-Standard

Students discussed the role of machines in daily life and wrote their understanding of the same, thus enhancing their writing and thinking skills. They honed their reading and communication skills by reading a Hindi newspaper, discussed new words and the news from the daily.

Hindi-Abinito

Students watched the video Happy Prince to enhance their listening skills.

 They discussed the importance of the festival of Deepawali and how it is celebrated in homes.

Spanish

Students practiced the verbs and made sentences verbally to improve their pronunciation and speaking skills. Students tried to communicate with each other using the conjugations of different verbs and vocabulary of adjectives that helped them to frame sentences easily to communicate effectively.

Music

The students continued integrating with the unit of inquiry on machines. As they had already researched the role of artificial intelligence in creating music, they now debated on the ethics of using artificial intelligence and other apps to create music. 

Art

Students continue working on their folk-art painting. They self-assessed their work through a check-list and reflected on their work based on the criteria given to them.

ICT

Students worked on 123D design to explore the concept of 3D modelling. They learned how to merge and subtract different shapes to create a new shape. They also explored the option of converting 2D shapes into 3D shapes. 

Library

Students exchanged their books and shared stories from books read by them in the previous week. A discussion about ‘World Food Day’ which is celebrated worldwide on 16th October, reasons for its celebration and how each person can contribute through ‘zero food wastage’ policy made interesting discussion.

This year Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) theme is to help everyone make ‘healthy eating’ and ‘Zero Hunger’ a way of life and sustainable diets that can be afforded and accessed by everyone. Students were apprised about the same.

Social Emotional Learning

Students engaged in a whole class discussion about the meaning of kindness. They made real-life connections by enlisting acts of kindness that they had performed thereby identifying situations when they or their peers behaved kindly towards each other.  

In addition to kindness they also used their dictionary skills to find the meaning of compassion and resilience.  

They expressed their views about the different emotions and feelings that they experience when they are faced with challenges and performance pressure and recognized the importance of being resilient in their lives.

September ends

Unit of inquiry

Students continued to inquire into the fascinating world of machines. They enhanced their knowledge of simple and complex machines with a real life example of a bicycle. Students collaborated and observed the bicycle and engaged in discussions to understand the various simple machines that together make the bicycle a complex machine. Students went on to connect ideas between function and energy behind all machines. They watched a video on force to understand how every machine needs a pull/push to function.

Students analysed how a manual vegetable chopper works and examined the role of force in its function. They went on to examine kinds of energy that exist around them by using the iPads for research. Students discovered that there are various types of energies namely solar, chemical, kinetic, potential, heat, sound, mechanical to name a few. They are currently researching into the features and uses of these types.

Following links have been viewed

types of energy

types of energy2

English

Students were introduced to poetry writing. Students went on to annotate poetry ‘The Machine’ on the basis of structure, form, feeling, imagery and theme. Students acquainted themselves with haiku poetry by discussing how preservation of nature is central. They viewed a link to understand the essentials of haiku poetry and noted the same in their journals.

Students are currently writing haiku poems.

Math

Research skills (Media / Information Literacy) in Math lessons were applied as the students enquired about subtraction as being the inverse of addition in aspects of meaning, related vocabulary and carryover vs. borrowing. They presented their findings in form of a T – chart.   

Continuing with the reinforcement of multiplication and division, they solved multiplication sums by applying estimation. They compared the actual and estimated products to find out how estimation affects the solution.

They also revised the division vocabulary and solved division sums for a stronger understanding. Taking a cue from estimation applied before, they solved a few sums by rounding off the dividend or the divisor to calculate the estimated quotient and remainder.

The students displayed their thinking skills (application) while solving mixed word problems by using the visual thinking strategy ‘Claim-Support-Reflect’ to present their understanding in their journals.

Students displayed the learner profile attribute of being principled while reflecting upon their success criteria with respect to the operation of long division.

Hindi: Standard

In order to enhance their writing and thinking skills, students learned the format of formal letter writing and practiced the same. They read the poem ‘tum ladaki ho’ and wrote the meaning of the poem in their own words. They spoke about the pros and cons of living in a particular type of government and honed their communication skills. They wrote their understanding about ‘jal sanrakshan’(Water conservation) through a VTR ‘KWL chart (I know, I wonder, I learned)’ related to the theme of ‘sustainability’.

Hindi: Abinitio

Students read the story ‘Totaa’ to enhance their reading. To develop their listening skills they watched a video ‘Happy prince’. They undertook a jungle activity where they cut and pasted picture of animals and birds and wrote their names.

Spanish

Students were introduced to the ‘ar’ ending regular verbs and their conjugations. Students made sentences based on the verbs and used them in different situations to become comfortable in their use.

Students also practiced the use of more than one subject pronoun to understand the complexity of the sentence. This activity made them inquire about the vocabulary and the sentence formation, which helped them use their thinking and self-management skills.

French

The objective of French lesson was to self-assess the homework on recapitulation of the concept of ‘ER ending verbs.’ It encouraged learner involvement and participation as students discussed and becamereflective by correcting their own work under the supervision of the facilitator. They developed their thinking skills by applying their prior knowledge.

I.C.T

Students have started working on building their 3D models related to machines. They have done some research work on 3D shapes and practiced on 123D design. 

Music

Students researched on the contribution of artificial intelligence in music production by referring to the following link: 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2019/07/05/the-amazing-ways-artificial-intelligence-is-transforming-the-music-industry/.

They discussed their findings and then debated on whether or not it is ethical to use machines and artificial intelligence to create music. 

Dance

Students learned about the diversity in the works created by dancers like Aditi Mangaldas and Akram Khan in modern contexts. Students also identified the learner profile attributes possessed by these dancers.

Art

Students are in the process of completing their choice based folk art using its key elements in mixed media. Those who completed their artwork reflected on their folk-art painting.

Library

Students celebrated the birthday of Author Michel Morpurgo who was an English book author, poet, playwright best known for children’s novels such as War Horse. Michael Morpurgo became the third Children’s Laureate, from 2003 to 2005.

Students learned more about the books written by the author through the poster displayed in the library and read a few of his works.

Physical education

Students continued with their unit on Swimming. Students did a drill workout in different strokes like freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke to improve their stroke execution and technique. The pool has closed for the season and lessons will resume in March 2020.

September first fortnight

Unit of inquiry

Students continued their inquiry on the influence of governance on  society. Learners brainstormed the pros and cons of various systems of government and shared their understanding through a compare-contrast chart. They viewed links on TED Talks by their peers and co-constructed the criteria for an effective TED Talk. Students went on to share their views and opinions on a chosen form of government too. This enhanced their self-confidence and aided in improving communication skills. Using De Bono’s thinking hats (Green hat) students thought about a new government system that would incorporate the advantages from different government systems. Students went on to explain the functioning and laws of this new form of governance thereby enhancing their critical thinking skills. Learners viewed links to understand forms of rural and urban administration with respect to the host country, India.

Students commenced their new unit on Machines through a group activity. Each group scanned QR codes placed at various strategic locations. They solved simple riddles that revealed answers linked to different types of simple machines. After some brainstorming and intra-group discussions, students came up with the names of these machines. This led to the awareness about the new unit they would begin inquiring shortly. After a brief reflection on the learner profile attributes that were displayed during this activity, students created their own definition of a machine. Students displayed their knowledge through the use of various PowerPoint presentations, role-plays and posters.

Links viewed:

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

https://www.toppr.com/guides/civics/rural-administration/rural-administration-in-india/

The skill of self confidence

English

Students investigated the essentials of essay writing by making comparisons with speeches. They co-constructed the key points of an essay and used a compare-contrast chart to highlight the differences. Students also read samples and noted the main elements of the same. This familiarized them with the different types of essays – persuasive, descriptive and narrative. Learners referred to the checklist and wrote their first draft of an essay using a graphic organiser.

 Students reflected on the novel, Oliver Twist, using a thinking routine. They listed three important words that drive the story, two sentences (using similes) that capture the essence, and one emotional reaction to the story. This enhanced their critical and creative thinking skills and students were able to articulate their understanding  effectively. Use of figurative language and transition words was initiated through a class activity. The same was noted on an X chart for reference.

Students were introduced to poems through a class activity wherein each group had to pen down a few lines based on the poem station they manned. The groups shared their poems which helped to list the types and elements of poetry. This enhanced their thinking and social skills. Students made a flowchart on the same and reflected on the activity using see-think-wonder strategy. Students analysed the poem, ‘The Road Not Taken ‘ by Robert Frost and used an organiser to highlight the use of poetic devices, rhyme scheme, similes, metaphors, alliterations etc. They went on to justify their thoughts about the poem by noting the same in the journals.

Hindi – Standard

In order to enhance their writing and thinking skills students discussed and wrote questions & answers after reading the story ‘abhyaas kaa mahttv’.  They discussed and wrote about ‘jal sanrakshan’ (Water conservation) through a think-pair & share related to the theme of ‘sustainability’.  On the occasion of ‘Hindi Diwas’, they visited various grades to encourage students to conserve water and to use it efficiently. They enhanced their speaking skills by talking about different forms of governments.  

Hindi – abinito

To enhance their reading skills, they read the story ‘Gadhaa aur dhobee’.To enhance their writing they wrote ‘e’ ki maatraa wale shabd. They also completed a spell bee. To develop their listening skills they watched the story ‘Eemaandar lakadhara’.They celebrated ‘Hindi diwas’ by sharing simple ideas on water conservation with students from Grades 1 and 2.

Math

Learning in math sessions continued with a compare and contrast between addition and multiplication, using a Venn Diagram.

They solved word problems on addition by estimating the addends and comparing the actual versus estimated sum. They used their thinking skillsto analyse how the skill of reasonable estimation can be useful in real life.

Students learned different strategies of multiplying numbers) – Area model and Lattice method.

(Links below)

During class discussions, students also provided inputs as to which strategy would be better suited to calculate the product in different cases.

Students also analysed the content of a word problem to identify extra information, missing information and the operation required to solve it.

It led to meaningful discussions  where students interpreted the information and sought clarification to their queries.

Students attempted a formative assessment on the concepts of addition and multiplication, by way of answering riddles, in a Tic-Tac-Toe format. They were excited to choose the answer from the choices provided, and were quick with their calculations. This activity provided them the challenge of identifying the correct answer within the stipulated time.

Students created a word problem related to addition on their own and showed the solution, which provided them with an opportunity to gain self- awareness towards their learning.

French

Learners were assessed on their prior knowledge of introducing themselves through Rocket Writing’ strategywherein they had to write about themselves in 5 minutesThey developed their time management skills by completing the work on time and showcased social skills by sharing their knowledge with their peers.

A ‘Jeu de role’ (role play) gave them an opportunity to converse in French with their peers, hence enhancing their communication skills. They became knowledgeable by learning new phrases and demonstrated being  reflective by correcting their errors after receiving feedback from the facilitator.

The objective of the French lesson was to self-assess the homework on recapitulation of grammar and vocabulary.  It encouraged learner involvement and participation as they discussed and became reflective by correcting their work under the supervision of the teacher. They developed their thinking skills to apply their knowledge.

The objective of the French lesson was to integrate the current unit on governments and enhance  understanding about the government system prevalent in  France.

Learners were given a comprehension text to read and understand collaboratively hence enhancing their social skills (supporting and respecting others) in a given time frame which allowed them to develop theirthinking (application) and self- management skills(time management). They listed and translated the new words, hence acquiring new knowledge. With the help of question starters, they framed the questions collaboratively. Later, they drew comparisons and similarities between the government system of France and India using a Venn diagram.

Spanish

Students learned the question forms and the manner to respond to the same in Spanish using descriptive adjectives. They were then given a task to describe their friends using poster making. 

Students made posters in Spanish which helped them to describe their friends and peers differently and more effectively with correct vocabulary words.
This activity helped them to develop their thinking and self-management skills.

ICT

Students started working on Microsoft Excel to develop data processing skills. Students learned to use various tools such as sorting, formatting text, adding a border to cell, increasing and decreasing column width and row height. They created pie charts and column charts based on the data tables. They used formulas to multiply, add, divide and subtract. They learned about conditional formatting. Students are being encouraged to practice working on Excel at home.

Dance

Students had a discussion on the role of government in promoting performing arts. In addition students researched about the role of the government in promoting performing arts through a set of guiding questions. Later, they sorted this information using suitable graphic organizers.

Music

Students integrated with the unit of inquiry and learned about SPIC MACAY- what it is, when did it start, and what it does. The students then reflected on their understanding and created their own rhythmic patterns on the bongos.

ART

Students planned and created a layout of their chosen folk art based on its elements. Many used a reference image to create their folk art. Students are in the process of creating their final artwork using mixed media while learning the skill of balancing two different mediums of art. 

Physical Education

 Students continued with their unit on swimming and were given workout in 25 meters and 50 meters categories using different strokes like freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke to improve their endurance and speed.

Social – emotional learning

Students were sensitized to become aware of their thoughts and feelings by viewing the link. They made connections to positive and negative thought processes and realized how focussing on the positive will help them maintain a balance in their lives. Through another link, students viewed how the character in the video ignores his ‘inner voice’ that leads to grave mistakes on his part. This helped to establish the importance of the conscience and how negative thoughts can create distractions. Students expressed their understanding by making masks and using the iPad to create music.

Links viewed:

August 2

UOI

Students continued on their learning journey to know more about types of governments. Students were divided into groups to conduct a detailed research into the branches of government – legislative, executive and judiciary. They worked in groups to collate their research findings into a poster. They also debated why they felt their branch was the most important of the government. They collaborated to identify the parameters and the tools that would be used for a formative assessment. They also created the assessment rubric. This process demonstrated how students took ownership of their learning process. They were assessed for their social, research skills (PROCESS) and communication skills. (PRODUCT)

Students learned about the rights and responsibilities of an Indian citizen and correlated these with what they felt were their rights and responsibilities as students of DPSI. They went on to learn about fundamental rights and duties of an Indian citizen. They were also able to identify violation of fundamental rights using examples and case studies. Students voiced their opinions individually to share five most important rights and duties of an Indian citizen using a priority pyramid / avocado model.

fundamental-rights-India

Indian-fundamental-duties

They read fact sheets about forms of government other than democracy. They were divided into groups and chose to conduct an in-depth research about any one form of government. They collected information and gained understanding about functioning of the government, rights and responsibilities of citizens. They also critically analysed the pros and cons of the chosen government system and presented their findings using a medium of their choice.

English

Students continued their research about the Victorian era by watching relevant videos. They noted down their questions and thoughts and tried to apply their new learning by sorting and connecting ideas. Students understood features of formal letter writing through a PowerPoint presentation. A checklist for formal letter writing was created after discussion and the same was noted in journals. Importance of the correct use of punctuation marks and capitalization was reinforced through an anchor chart and group activity. Students took a paragraph dictation – which enhanced their listening skills and helped assess their knowledge of punctuation. Students reinforced the usage of punctuation by playing online games.

life during victorian era     

https://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/quizshow.php?title=punctuation-quiz&q=1 (online quiz on punctuation)

Math

During Math sessions, students continued with their learning of Indian and International Place Value Systems encompassing number names and addition of numbers. They made real life connections, wherein they undertook guided research about populations of two countries and the number of primary and secondary schools in India. They also practised rounding off to different places – like tens, hundreds, thousands, lakhs etc. Students’ voice and choice was evident when they drafted a rough plan for a Math Game on the concepts covered. Students attempted an assessment on the concepts of place value, ordering, comparison and addition of multi-digit numbers.

Hindi

During Hindi classes, students read a poem ‘raajaa ne aadesh diyaa’ to understand the system and laws prevalent in a monarchy. To enhance their thinking and writing skills, they wrote the meaning of the poem. Students discussed and wrote the fundamental rights of an Indian citizen. They read the story ‘abhyaas kaa mahattva’ and attempted a listen & answer activity.  They celebrated the Hindu festival ‘Janmashtami’ to mark the birthday of Lord Krishna. They listened to various stories related to the life journey of Lord Krishna. They discussed the characteristics of Lord Krishna and related them to the learner profile attributes.  

French

Students self-assessed the homework on recapitulation of grammar and vocabulary.  This encouraged student involvement and participation as they discussed and reflected by correcting their own work under the supervision of the teacher. 

Spanish

Students learned descriptive adjectives in Spanish, which helped them to describe others’ effectively. Moreover, students individually tried to present their friends using suitable adjectives, while speaking about their likes and dislikes. This activity helped them to develop their thinking and self-management skills.

Music

The students were introduced to note values and understood how notes of different values can be put together to form a rhythm. The students then created their own rhythmic patterns and took turns to play them on the bongos. 

The students also practised singing ‘In This Moment’   https://youtu.be/d2V4AGaxLf4  

Dance

Students learned the different stage positions used by a choreographer. They also explored the differences and similarities between the roles of a dancer, choreographer and the offstage crew.

Visual Arts

In an effort to integrate with their unit on “Government”, students discussed the role of government in supporting Indian art and crafts. Students got a glimpse of a few crafts of our country through a presentation on ‘traditional arts and crafts of India’. They analyzed and discussed different folk art and chose a folk art of their interest to recreate. Students reflected on the creative process in their unit of inquiry journal. 

Displaying the learner profile attribute of being principled, many students researched their chosen folk art to gain knowledge on the same.

ICT

Students learned about google forms as a primary source of information and created google forms based on the questions they wanted to inquire about from the current unit. They shared these forms with their form tutor and PYP coordinator. For secondary research, students explored Twitter as a social media tool for information. They worked using hashtag #aadhaar, #digitalindia, #UIDAI. Parents are encouraged to help children practice creating google forms under their supervision at home. Students explored a few tools on the Microsoft Excel software to enhance their understanding.

Physical education

Students continued with their unit on swimming. An inter house swimming meet was held on August 29,2019. Students were shortlisted after trials to participate in various categories like freestyle, backstroke, relay. The event helped generate a healthy competitive spirit among students as they cheered for their respective houses.

Library

During the week, students visited the library and exchanged books. In addition, they enjoyed reading from magazines like National Geographic, Champak and Primary Plus. Each student browsed two to three types of magazine. Students also had a discussion about the difference between a magazine and a regular book and the frequency of publication of magazines namely weekly, fortnightly, monthly, bimonthly, quarterly or yearly.

SEL

Students discussed in groups and performed role plays on situations that highlighted their feelings. They also spoke individually about their personal feelings like happiness, sadness, and loneliness in given situations. This encouraged them to be mindful thereby helping them in connecting to their inner selves. 

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