Blog Entry: April 21, 2019

Language & Literature

We analysed picture prompts and wrote diary entries and internal monologues based on them. We also learned how to connect these with the global context and its strands. We explored travelogues and learned how to write travelogues for ourself and for others.

By: Akshat Agrawal

Language Acquisition

French

In the past two weeks, we learnt vocabulary and expressions for the current unit ‘Travel & Vacations’. We framed sentences to incorporate the vocabulary for means of transport using the preposition “en”. To fortify our learning, we watched videos, used interactive worksheets from famous French blogs, and participated in French quizzes. Lastly, we have prepared our itineraries to present our favourite holiday destinations. We appeared for our formative assessment on criterion B for this unit.  

Spanish

We learned the format of a diary entry and post card. We implemented our learning by writing post cards to our friends in class. We also described our last vacation in Spanish.

Hindi (Phase 1 & 2)

In our unit, ‘Leisure activities and hobbies’, we discussed the importance of our free time and how it is utilized. Along with story writing, we also discussed descriptive writing in order to make our story more attractive to the readers. Finally, students learnt the art of ‘bimb’ and how to apply ‘five senses’ in writing to make the story more focussed.   

Individuals & Societies

We selected one of the human rights , researched on its various aspects and case studies on UNHRC.  We did a pair-share presentation in which we analysed the problems and listed various rights that are violated. While doing this we also had to find an evidence of violation of human rights. By the end of the lesson we had to propose changes that need to be made at grass root level in order to stop the violation of human rights.

Math

We continued our unit ‘Ratios and rate of change’ in which we learnt the concept of direct and inverse variation and tried a few real life application problems. Then, we learnt to draw the graphs for these concepts and how to calculate the slope (rise over run) from the graph. We appeared for a formative assessment for this unit.

Sciences

Physics

We started a new unit ‘Waves’ by doing an activity named ‘talk to the picture’ where we had to look at the picture and write what we understood about waves through the same. We also did think pair share activity to discuss the two very different types of waves – Longitudinal and Transverse. We learnt about the EM waves and the EM spectrum. We appeared for our 1st FA which was a group task on EM waves and its application.

Chemistry

We learnt the skill of writing chemical names and chemical formulas for chemical compounds and practised many of them to test our understanding. We also discussed balancing the chemical equations. We also had our formative assessment on writing chemical names and formula for different chemical compounds.

By: Diya Kansal

Biology

We learned about DNA and its functions, comparison of DNA and DNA, evolution and Darwin’s theory of natural selection with reference to specific examples. We also watched a video on the same. We learnt how he discovered his theory and what the different stages of natural selection are.

By: Rishi Garhyan

Design & Technology

This week we discussed the importance of annotation and how it is done in a fashion sketch.  Most of us have added detailed comments to our product sketches, which would help the viewers understand the design details. We also learnt some new terms associated with style features like necklines, sleeve styles, collars, surface ornamentation etc.

By: Agastya Makkar

ICT

This week working on criterion C, we created Gantt charts to plan our progress for the final digital poster. We also watched a few videos as resources to build better digital posters in Photoshop. We  created the layouts of the posters using the pen tool, text tool and few tricks that we learnt during the process. We took feedback from our peers to check the quality of the posters. 

By: Sia Duggal

Music

We prepared and presented our own African compositions that we created in groups using different instruments, including the ones that were made by us. We used  many African techniques like call and response, ostinato, poly-rhythm and improvisation to make the compositions more interesting. We answered a questionnaire based on Criteria A to show our knowledge and understanding of African music and the importance of drumming in the African culture.

By: Aditya Sharma

Physical & Health Education (PHE)

We started our new unit of Volleyball under Net Games. We researched about the dimensions of the Volleyball court and basic rules of the game. We were briefed about the fundamental skills in Volleyball like service, receive, set and attack. We practiced receiving the ball and underhand service during the lesson.

By: Aarrav Bhardwaj

Visual Art

We started a new unit – clay modelling relief sculptures in which we  learned about high, low and 3D relief sculptures through different demonstrations and practical work. After learning  three types of relief sculptures and different types of perspectives, we made a layout for our final art work. We also made different objects in clay to understand about different dimensions of relief sculptures. 

By: Medha Ummat

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Blog Entry: April 7, 2019

Language & Literature

In the last weeks we have discussed our summative assessments for the unit of Mother’s Day. Before the starter activity during the midterm break, we were asked to read the book Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo and make a vocabulary list. For the starter activity for our next unit, Kensuke’s Kingdom, we were paired up and  had activity pages assigned to us according to the chapters. After that we were asked to create a graphic representation to show what each of our chapters was about. Then we were asked to switch our posters with another pair and try to explain their chapter of the book.

By: Stuti Chowbey


Language Acquisition

French

Last week, we finished our class presentations on Festivals and Celebrations. Then, we commenced with the new unit ‘Les vacances’. In this unit, we brainstormed on ways of describing the holidays – seasons, weather and vocabulary, as well as planning an itinerary. Moreover, we enhanced our vocabulary and discussed different types of vacations and activities possible. 

By: Chirant Mukherjee

Spanish

We started discussing our new unit ‘My Vacations’. We enjoyed sharing our past experiences and discussed activities what we do in our vacations.

Hindi

Phase 1 and 2: In the last two weeks we wrapped up our previous unit (festivals, tradition and culture) and have also given the summative for the same. The summative was divided in two parts: video based and visual based. The criterion we covered in this summative were A, C and D. Finally, we started our new unit – Our Free Time by answering some questions and having a detailed discussion on the same. The questions were such as:

  • Should we give breaks in our day to day lives? Justify?
  • What kind of activities can we do in our spare time?
  • Should we reserve this spare time for our extra studies or relaxation?

Individuals & Societies

We started a new unit ‘Human rights’. To understand different perspectives, we did a small activity in which we were shown different pictures and we had to identify what kind of human right violation was shown in it. We also enacted more human right violations in pairs.

By: Aditi Gaur

Math

This week we learnt about direct and inverse proportion. We made this topic interactive by watching videos and solving practice exercises on Khan Academy. We solved some problems on direct and inverse proportion using a PPT which helped us understand the topic better.

By: Andrea Joe Ben

Sciences

Biology

We inquired about the fascinating world of DNA and how they form the basis of human genetics. We explored deeper by watching videos to understand the DNA structure. We engaged in and exciting activity wherein we prepared the model of DNA by using straws and tape. This exercise helped us develop collaboration skills. This is a part of our ongoing formative assessment.

By: Kabier Malik

Chemistry

We discussed about another type of bonding, which is metallic bonding. We watched a video to understand the structure of bonding. We related all physical properties displayed by metals to their structure. We had our formative assessment which was a practical assessment. We compared the structure of alloys with that of metals to understand the reason for alloying.  We took another formative assessment which was a quiz which we all enjoyed a lot. We learnt to write chemical names and chemical formula for chemical compounds and practiced many of them to test our understanding.

By: Diya Kansal

Physics

Last week we completed our unit ‘Assistive Technology’ with an activity wherein we made different simple machines like robotic arm, screw and catapult. We had a lot of fun doing this activity. In this unit we learned about the six simple machines which are lever, pulley, wheel and axle, inclined plane, wedges and screw. After finishing our unit, we had our summative assessment. After receiving our grades Ma’am discussed the question paper with us.

By: Keshav Saini


Design & Technology

In this week, we used SWOT analysis for the existing product research table. Then we developed a range of specifications for our feasible design ideas. Finally we made the sketches for the final fashion design and incorporated them into our presentations.

ICT

This week, we designed posters on websites such as canva and  piktochart to have an idea of the layout of our posters. We took feedback from our mentor and peers.  We chose a final design sample from the two that we designed. We learnt some basic skills on photoshop such as pen tool, crop tool etc. We searched some interesting videos on effects in Photoshop.

By: Andrea Joe Ben

Music

We presented our self-created instrument in the class that we had to make out of recycled materials.  For analysis, we had to write a paragraph about how we made the instrument and how did it produce sound. We had to describe the elements pitch, volume, resonance, tone and quality for our instruments. We demonstrated our instrument by playing them in the class. We also did self-evaluation by answering how could we improve the sound and the resonance. We have also started making an African composition using our self-made instruments and various other percussion and string instruments in our groups using ostinato and call and response techniques.

By: Medha Ummat

Physical & Health Education (PHE)

We appeared in the summative assessment for Criteria C which is Applying and Performance, in our present unit of Cricket. We were briefed about the basis of assessment and the key factors which were to be observed during the performance. Each student did batting for two overs and bowled for one over in the nets. We also did a group activity to highlight importance of verbal and non-verbal communication skills in game of cricket.

By: Vir Singh Brar

Visual Art

We wrote a reflection on our old unit where we learnt one and two point perspective and where we merged two very different monuments to make them one. We have started with a new unit on clay modelling relief sculptures. We learnt about high, low and 3D relief sculptures. After learning about the three types of relief sculptures we started making a layout on what we would make the sculpture. First we chose a type of relief sculpture and then we drew whatever we wanted to create.

By: Medha Ummat

      

 

Blog Entry: 24th February 2019

Language & Literature

We took our second FA this fortnight which was on Internal Monologue. We discussed the importance of perceptive exploration of a character which can be used for character analysis, diary entries as well as internal monologue. We picked newspaper reports from the library and wrote internal monologue from the perspective of the person in the report. We also studied samples of diary entries.

By: Stuti Chaubey (MYP 2C)

Language Acquisition

French

Over the past few weeks we have been learning about various types of festivals and traditions of France during the whole year. We learnt about how New Year, Epiphany, La Chandeleur, Saint Valentine, Le Carnaval, and Paques (Easter) are celebrated in France and other French-speaking countries. We explored the cultural traditions and beliefs through interactive videos available on 1jour1actu.com. This aided us in comprehending spoken and visual text. We have also strengthened our knowledge of common verbs, vocabulary, and expressions related to the theme of Festivals. Our parking garage on inquiry questions continues to add fruitful opinions in class discussions. We have also categorized different types of festivals- national, public, religious, ceremonies, rituals, etc. Lastly, formative assessments on Criteria A, C, D on the content covered till now was conducted and we had a peer-evaluation and feedback session on our performance.

By: Advaith Pandalai (MYP 2B)

Spanish

We took a formative assessment on criterion A. We started learning simple past tense and future tense. We implemented our learning in making sentences related to past and future celebrations.

By: Kris Varghese (MYP 2A)

Hindi (Phase 1 & 2)

Under our unit ‘Festivals and Traditions’, we discussed the importance and relevance of festivals in present day. We answered unit-based questions in writing and wrote articles on the topic of the extent to which a festival should be celebrated – in moderation or with grandeur. We utilized our time in doing a group task. Every group was given a festival- Id, Diwali, Holi, Christmas. Then, they were supposed to take any one these topics, draw, write a short description and further, present it in the class. This aided us in gaining wide knowledge of different festivals. After that, we were supposed to write a short story on the given topic and present it in the class. We also learnt about the forms of [ ra ] and gave examples. To conclude, we had a wide understanding of the topics discussed.  We also had samvaadllekhan and story writing practice and we shared our stories in class with each other.

By: Gunika Singh (MYP 2B)

Individuals & Societies

In the past two weeks, we have been introduced to abiotic and biotic features of the environment and have been acquainted with the characteristic features of each biome (tundra, taiga, grasslands, deserts and rain-forests). We were also educated about the impact of tourism on the environment. Last but not least, we created an eco-village through Minecraft! Our second task was about researching and brainstorming about the (positive and negative) impact of industrialization, development, technological advancement and other factors on the environment.

By: Agastya Makkar (MYP 2A)

Math

We continued with our unit of Statistics, where we did application based questions of stem and leaf plots, mean, median and mode. We learnt how to differentiate between mean, median and mode, also which is the best suited measure of central tendency in various situations. We learnt how to make a back-to-back stem and leaf plot. We also practiced mean, median and mode through an interesting quiz online.

Sciences

Biology

We watched the video on biotic and abiotic factors and summarised the information using a T organizer. We were introduced to the key words and their definition. This was followed by group tasks and we were divided into groups and assigned different concepts – food chain, food web and energy pyramid. This formative assessment was a collaborative activity where the individual groups researched on the given topic. This was followed by group presentations. We then moved onto the next concept i.e. ‘Type of interactions. We were given graphic organizers. We individually researched and watched videos uploaded on Managebac to summarize our understanding about limiting factors, carrying capacity and type of interactions.

By: Advika Naahar (MYP 2B); Aditya Sharma (MYP 2C)

Physics

This week we learnt how work and force are inter-related, and we solved some word problems based on the same concept. We explored that in our daily life machines assist us in making our work easier by helping us apply less force. We had a debate on the topic Effects of industrialization on human lives, which reflected our global context: scientific and technical innovation: modernization, industrialization and engineering. We enjoyed the debate competition. We also started our presentations on different types of simple machines and we learnt about the first type of simple machine which is Lever. We also brainstormed and came up with various examples of levers that we see in our daily life.

By: Aditi Gaur (MYP 2A)

Chemistry

We learned about ionic bonds by doing a fun activity. We learnt and practiced the diagrammatic representation of ionic compounds. We learned about the ratios in which elements react to form ionic compounds and how to write the chemical formulae. We discussed the properties of ionic compounds and analysed the scientific reasons for the same.

By: Ritvik Singhal (MYP 2A)

Design & Technology

Over the past few classes, we researched famous fashion designers and incorporated our research findings in our end products. We got feedback on our design problems. We have started writing first criterion of design cycle.

By: Advaith Pandalai (MYP 2B)

ICT

We wrote our design problem on which we wanted to create a solution. We created research questions to develop a better understanding of the concept we need to work on. For primary research, we connected with our school community. We also analysed products available online.

By: Naman Kumar (MYP 2A)

Music

We wrote our design problem on which we wanted to create a solution. We created research questions to develop a better understanding of the concept we need to work on. For primary research, we connected with our school community. We also analysed products available online.

By: Naman Kumar (MYP 2A)

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Physical & Health Education (PHE)

We continued with our unit in Cricket. We researched about the dimensions of the cricket ground and cricket pitch. We also discussed how we can develop good bowling action by focusing on the grip, stance, release and follow through. We did bowling at the nets to acquire the bowling skill. We also played short sided cricket intra class matches.

Visual Art

In the unit ‘Creative Perspective Drawing’. we are experimenting with one point perspective and two points perspective drawing. Based on their learning, students are applying three points perspective in 3D architecture modelling. Students are being shown different 3D architecture forms and are conducting research on different materials and techniques. Students will get opportunity to create 3D sculpture with newspapers, cardboard etc and will use light and sound during presentation. The learning of one and two points perspectives will help them creating 3D sculptures in groups. 

Blog Entry: 4th February, 2019

Language & Literature

We were introduced to our new unit “Mother’s Day”, which is a play written by J B Priestly. This fortnight, we have discussed what the title Mother’s Day means to us. We have also discussed why appreciation is important and how appreciation is a two-way street. We learnt the difference between a story and a play. We made a brief character sketch of the characters in the play. In our recent class we learnt about ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ which is a technique used in various kinds of texts to allow the reader to experience the story through action, words, thoughts, senses, and feelings rather than through the author’s exposition, summarization, and description.

By: Medha Ummat (MYP 2A)

Language Acquisition

French

We started this term with an exciting presentation based on festivals and celebrations around the world. We obtained a rough idea on the topic (festivals and celebration around the world) and then divided ourselves into groups. The main target of the group activity was to create a unit planner, which included the key concepts, related concept, global context, unit title and key words based on the student’s perspective. Last term, we were taught how to conjugate only “er” ending verbs. Now we are elaborating on various types of verbs, e.g. -er, -ir, -re and how to conjugate them.

By: Aditya Sharma (MYP 2C)

Spanish

We watched a video on a Spanish festival “La Tomatina” and filled in the blanks with the information provided in the video. We made a list of vocabulary and verbs related to the festival.

Hindi

Phase 1 & 2: Under our new unit, ‘Festivals and Traditions’, we discussed the importance and relevance of festivals in present day. We answered unit-based questions in writing and wrote articles on the topic: ‘To what extent a festival should be celebrated?’ – whether in moderation or with grandeur.

Individuals & Societies

We were introduced to our first unit which is, in fact, an Interdisciplinary Unit with Biology. The name of the unit is ‘Exploring the Environment’. Before the unit details were provided, we had to formulate our own inquiry questions. We learned about the differences between climate and weather and were given a table where we had to monitor the weather for ten days. Then we brainstormed about an article in the ‘Hindustan Times Student Edition’ named ‘Cataclysmic Fallout Likely by 2040’.

By: Kris Varghese, Agastya Makkar and Aditi Gaur (MYP 2A)

Math

When our new term began, we commenced with a new unit in math exploring the topic of Statistics. We have also learned the new organizer of ‘stem and leaf plot’ and completed a couple of exercises for the same. We also revised the topic of Mean, Median, Mode and Range and completed exercises from the math textbook for the same. Few students also presented a power point presentation on the ‘stem and leaf plot’ and gave the other students a better understanding of the topic.

By: Kris Vargese (MYP 2A)

Sciences

Biology

We started the IDU ‘Exploring environment’. The global context, key concept, related concept, Statement of Inquiry (SOI) and the inquiry questions were shared in the class. In the first lesson, we created a word wall and inquiry board for this unit. We posted questions that we will refer to during the course of this unit on the wonder wall. We created an action section on the unit board to be able to brainstorm unit driven Service as Action ideas and share with the class. Students shared the factual, conceptual and debatable question that they came up with. Subsequently, class groups explored and found the meaning of important key words used in ecology and shared in the class.

Physics

We started our unit “Assistive Technology”. We were shown scenarios based on which we were asked to come up with the global context, related concepts and key concept. We had a group discussion and came up with inquiry questions. We wrote down a list of work that we do on a daily basis and compared it with the definition of work done according to scientists. We discussed with our peers how doing a work and actual work done is different in terms of real-life scenarios.

By: Diya Kansal MYP2C

Chemistry

We have started our new unit, Chemical Bonding and discussed the key concept, global context, statement of inquiry and inquiry questions for the same. We were inquisitive about the concepts and shared our questions in the class. We did a looping back activity on the key words, atomic number, atomic mass, valence shell, valence electrons and electron configuration. We discussed about the octet rule. We explored how atoms can transfer electrons to stabilize themselves with the help of a playful, interactive and interesting activity.

By: Rishi Garhyan (MYP 2C)

Design & Technology

We have been introduced to the new unit, ‘World of Fashion’. We had many discussions to craft the flow of the unit which was interesting. We also did an activity which eventually resulted in coming up with our own debatable, conceptual and factual questions. We will explore more possibilities about the fashion world during our design lessons in the upcoming weeks and we are looking forward to it.

By: Andrea Joe Ben (MYP 2A)

ICT

We started our new unit by creating a mind map using Coggle. We brainstormed on who is going to be our client or audience, what will be our product and how will it help our client or audience. We also saw a few interesting videos on mindfulness which is one of the topics we are focusing on.

By: Ritvik Singhal MYP 2A

Music

We discussed the learning outcomes of the current unit. We learnt about the geography, countries, landscapes and people of Africa. We explored Djembe techniques, posture and sounds. We formed a circle and started drumming together on the patterns guided by the teacher. We learnt about three different sounds that were produced by hitting the drum at different places  – Bass, Tone and Slap.

By: Medha Ummat (MYP 2A)

Physical & Health Education (PHE)

We practiced the techniques and skills like start, finish, baton exchange, hurdle jump, shot put throw and standing broad jump of  track and field for the annual athletics meet. We also participated in the heats for the same competition.

Visual Art

We have started our unit “Creative Perspective Drawing”. In this unit, we will work on one point and two points perspectives in drawing. We will also apply three point perspective while making 3D sculpture. Students are being shown different 3D sculptures and are researching on different materials and techniques. Students will get opportunity to create 3D sculpture with newspapers, cardboard etc and will use light and sound during presentation. The learning of one and two points perspectives will help them creating 3D sculptures in groups.

Blog Entry 18th October

Subjects Teacher Blog Content
Math Ms. Joya We learnt to convert story sums to algebraic equations.

We analysed the equations and simplified them using the method of transposition of values.

By Advaith Pandali

Digital Design Ms. Ekta Singh We created wireframe diagrams to design the homepage of the website. It was a new concept for us. We took our peers help to reflect on our designs and make necessary changes. The next step was to create the complete design of a website

 

Physical and Health education Mr. Neeraj

Mr.Ajay

 

 

We discussed about the effect of exercise on our nervous system. Thereafter, we researched  on exercises to develop strength in specific group of muscle. We also practiced different drills and exercises to develop lower and upper body strength.
Language Acquisition (French, Spanish and Hindi) Mr.Hemant

Mr. Ghanshayam, Ms. Rajini

Ms.Bhawna

French

We saw a Prezi  by a French student who described her daily routine (Une journee typique) and learnt to decipher the infinitives of reflexive verbs from the conjugated form. Thus we learnt different reflexive verbs and their conjugation. We also watched interactive video to revise the formation of affirmative and negative of reflexive verbs. Lastly, we revised interrogative adjectives used to ask questions and explored various ways in which we can respond to them.

 

Hindi

Phase 1

We had story telling session based on a folktale ‘chaar ajoobe’.  This was followed by a  discussion on human values and ethics. Thereafter, we also watched short film ‘Dar’ (Swami aur uske dost) We  reinforced basic grammar practices to enrich our written skills.

 

Phase 2

We had story telling session based on a Rajasthani folktale ‘Kavya aur baagh’.  We had discussion about human values and ethics based on this story. We also watched short film ‘Dar’ (Swami aur uske dost). We had article writing on the topic- Is human become completely selfish in the present time? This was followed by reading of short stories.

Spanish

We were given a task to interview our parents on their daily routine. We compared their routines by making a Venn diagram. We took formative assessment on criteria C and D(oral).

 

Individual and Societies Ms. Urvashi We had a discussion on Sustainable Development Goals. As a group we chose one of the SDGs and related it to the natural disaster of floods in Kerala. We suggested measures to achieve targets of the chosen Sustainable Development Goal for this particular disaster. We researched about the different types of aids provided to a country, in case of a disaster, and understood the limitations of a less economically developed country.

 

Language and Literature Ms. Parul We wrote our Summative Assessment on ‘A Chameleon’. As a precursor to our next unit, we did some research on Charles Dickens, his childhood and also on the French revolution.

By Aditi Gaur

Science Ms.Parul Pathak

Ms.Jaya

Ms.Rabeya

Physics

We discussed in detail the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces with examples. After a complete understanding of all the concepts of force we did revision to prepare ourselves for summative assessment.

By- Ritvik Singal- MYP 2 A

Chemistry

We learned about homogeneous and heterogeneous mixtures. We also learned about properties of a mixture. It was followed by an activity where we had to write the differences between a compound and a mixture taking examples from daily life. Next we e were also introduced to the new unit – Sorting it all out. We discussed the key concept, related concept, global context,statement of inquiry and the inquiry questions.

 

 by: Gatik Johar

 

Biology

We discussed the process of respiration and respiratory system. We drew a simple diagram showing the arrangement of trachea, bronchus, bronchioles and the alveolus. We discussed about inhalation and exhalation and also wrote the word equation for respiration. We watched the video to understand about the various respiratory organs. Following this we labelled the diagram of respiratory organs and noted down the function of each.

By- Aryan Tomar and Aakshaj Sharma-MYP2C

Design Ms. Rekha/Mr.Shiva We created a range of feasible designs ideas.  We are still in the process of choosing the final design and  justifying its selection. We also explored drawing tools and started creating the layout of our designs using Google Sketch up.

By -Devyaani Agarwaal

Music Ms.Pooja We learnt how to play all the scales – major & minor on the piano using the  correct fingers. We cleared all our doubts about the differences in the structures of melodic, harmonic and natural minor scales.

By-Advaith Pandalai – MYP 2B

Art

 

Mr. Palash We have completed our research work on different art movements, artists and art works associated with them. During our research work we tried to understand composition arrangement, symbolic representation of colours and the ways in which innovative ideas were used .Thereafter, we tried to critically analyse how art works vary in different art movements. Based on the research, we created mind maps and layouts for our final art work. We also tried to work upon meaningful application of colours in our art works. We have completed the layout and process journal and have started our final work.

 

 

 

Blog Entry 24th Sept

Subjects Teacher Blog Content
Math Ms. Joya We learnt how to solve decimal story sums and  were introduced to conversions of fractions, decimals & percentages – Next we learnt how the percentage discounts are calculated.  We are all geared up for our upcoming formative assessment.
Digital Design Ms. Preeti Singhal We have submitted our presentations for feedback on strand i and ii of Criterion A: Inquiring and Analysing. We have started working on evaluating the features and limitations of similar products that are already available . We will now complete our design brief for final assessment.
Physical and Health education Mr. Neeraj

Mr.Ajay

 

 

We started our fitness training by playing multiple sports.
Language Acquisition (French, Spanish and Hindi) Mr.Hemant

Mr. Ghanshayam, Ms. Rajini

Ms.Bhawna

French

During this week, we practiced the conjugations of irregular and reflexive verbs. We learnt how to  differentiate between reflexive  and non-reflexive verbs. Thereafter, we discovered useful expressions to describe the daily routine. To strengthen our grammar skills, we discussed the homework and revised the expressions of time.

Hindi

Phase 1

We read  stories from Hindi Children magazines and practiced sentence making. We also revised  basic grammar concepts that  helpin formation of sentences

 

Phase 2

We read the stories ‘Makhmal Mein Lipte Joote’, ‘Raaste ke Sangee’ and discussed how memories become important part of  our lives.  We also shared about our own experiences and learnings. Next, we  practiced article writing on  ‘How various things Affect and Contribute in our Complete Growth and Development as a Human’.

Spanish

We got feedback on our formative assessment. . We learnt to make questions and implemented our learning and knowledge in playing ‘Hopscotch’in pairs.

 

 

 

Individual and Societies Ms. Savita We tried finding answers to number of questions that keep coming up as soon as we hear the word volcano- what causes volcanic eruptions, what comes out of volcanic vents, how many types of volcanoes are there and so on and so forth. There is so much we learned about volcanoes and so much more to explore. Eternal thirst for knowledge keeps us going and searching for answers.

 

Language and Literature Ms. Parul & Ms. Anusha We honed our report writing skills by describing our recent Bagiya visit and senate results. Thereafter, we revisited formal and informal letter writing skills by writing letters to the Editor and friends.
Science Ms.Parul Pathak

Ms.Jaya

Ms.Rabeya

Physics

We discussed motion graph and  learned how a distance time graph looks when the object is stationary or moving with a constant speed.  Thereafter, we learned how to find the total distance travelled from a graph. We also observed a velocity time graph and identified when the object is accelerating  or  decelerating.

Chemistry

We discussed the properties of pure and impure substances and made real life connections. Next, we discussed properties of elements and compounds taking examples from daily life and learnt their diagrammatic representation. Following this, we completed a task sheet on the same and took self-assessment. We did a looping back activity on properties of metals and non-metals and how elements got their symbols.

Biology

We performed practical investigation to test the presence of glucose in different food sample using Benedict’s Reagent  and completed the analysis questions. Following this, we discussed the homework task sheet on analysing the data based on the effect of temperature and rising of the dough.

Design Ms. Rekha/Mr.Shiva We have completed the first stage of design cycl. Next week onwards we will start working on the ideas stage of the design cycle.
Music Ms.Pooja We revised the formulas used to derive major and minor scales and marked the pitches of those scales on the staff. To be able to express  ourselves artistically on our instrument, we must memorize our scales and have them on  our finger tips.
Art Mr. Palash We have completed our research work on different art movements, artists and the art works associated with them. During our research, we tried to understand the compositions, symbolic representation of colours and the ways in which innovative ideas used in the compositions. We tried to critically analyze how art works vary in different art movements. Following this, we created mind maps and layouts for our final art work. We also tried to work upon meaningful application of colours in our art works. We have completed the layout and process journal and have started our final work.

 

 

Blog Entry, 8 September

Subjects Blog Content
Math We revisited the divisibility rules and used -them to learn about factors and multiples. We also reviewed the concepts of LCM and HCF and applied it to bigger numbers and real life word problems.
Digital Design We are developing our research skills by working on the research questions that we need to focus on in the present unit. We will be researching on these questions using primary and secondary sources of information.
Physical and Health education We discussed about the effects of exercise on the cardiovascular system. Wealso honed our gaming skills in various sports.
Language Acquisition (French, Spanish and Hindi) French

This week we learnt the conjugation and usage of verbs that describe our daily routine and made phrases with them. We carried it further with the help of activities such as storytelling, matching the diagram with the expression and  Kahoot Quiz activities. We also saw some videos on daily routine of students. Lastly, we practiced parts of a sentence and revision of conjugation of –er ending verbs.

Hindi

Phase 1

We had a discussion on the statement of inquiry for the current unit ,the associated global context, key concept and related concepts. Next, we practiced reading and writing short paragraphs.

Phase 2

We had discussion on the statement of inquiry for the current unit,the associated global context, key concept and related concepts. We practiced reading and writing short paragraphs. Following this, we made cards and wrote messages for the Hindi Diwas.

Spanish

Phase I – We practiced to describe our daily routine in present tense.

Phase 2 – We learnt simple past tense: El pretérito indefinido and practiced describing the routine of a specific day in Spanish.

Individual and Societies We have been learning about natural disasters, especially the recent one in Kerala. We started exploring the SDGs by discussing its significance in groups. We also had a discussion on the topic of earthquake as an outcome of plate tectonic movement.
Language and Literature This week we were assigned various stories by Anton Chekhov wherein we had to identify various elements in the story along with plotting it on the Freytag’s pyramid. Thereafter, we framed research questions keeping in mind the author’s background and the time period in which the stories were written.
Science Physics

We practiced numericals based on calculating distance and displacement in various situations. Following this, we learned to apply Pythagoras theorem to calculate displacement in the given directions.

Chemistry

We observed samples of pure and impure substances and took self-notes. Thereafter, we learnt new terms homogeneous and heterogeneous which were then connected with our observations. Following this, we discussed the properties of pure substances.

Biology

We performed the practical formative assessment task on investigating the presence of starch in different food samples. We analysed the data and completed the worksheet.

Design We constructed a detailed research plan, which identifies and prioritizes the primary and secondary research needed to develop a solution to the problems independently.
Music We played the C major scale on the instruments of our choices – keyboard, harmonica and the xylophone by using the right fingerings.
Art We have completed our research work on different art movements, artists and the art works associated with them. During our research,we tried to understand the compositions, symbolic representation of colours and the ways in which innovative ideas used in the compositions. We tried to critically analyze how art works vary in different art movements. Following this,  we created mind maps and layouts for our final art work. We also tried to work upon meaningful application of colours in our art works.
Drama We discussed in details Greek theatre, the theories of i origin and watched videos of Greek theatre,its origin and other aspects. Next we worked in groups to develop chorus songs and  tried  enacting the Greek chorus in groups.

Blog Entry, August 31st

 

Language and literature We have been introduced to our unit, ‘A Chameleon’ by Anton Chekhov. After understanding the Global Context, Key Concepts and Related concepts for this unit, we determined the Statement of Inquiry. Through a class discussion, we prepared a list of similes to describe various characteristics of humans especially those that are reminiscent of certain animals. We now comprehend how the expression ‘changing color’ is applicable to humans and the situations that might compel them to behave in this manner. We have started reading the short story and are annotating unusual and interesting words/phrases used by the author to sketch the characters, setting and situations in the mind of the reader.

As part of this unit, we are also brushing up on our grammar skills.

Math We learnt about GCF & LCM and practiced solving various types of word problems.  Thereafter, we  studied the use of fractions in the number system.

We took a formative assessment to check our areas of improvement with respect to the Reflection Skills  (ATL)

Science Physics- We explored the difference between scalar & vector quantities, speed & velocity through real life situations. We looked at the application aspect of time, speed and distance problems.

 

Chemistry-We investigated various signs of chemical reactions through a lab activity and shared our observation in the class. Next, we watched a video on physical and chemical properties of the materials.  followed by a self-assessment Thereafter, we discussed the terms pure and impure substances.

 

Biology- We did a starter activity to review what we had learned about nutrients, balanced diet and cellular organisation. We then watched a video showing the journey of food through the digestive tract. While watching the video, we listed the digestive organs. This was followed by class discussion a group task detailing the role of various organs in the digestive process

 

Individuals & societies We had discussion on the recent natural disaster in Kerala and suggested solutions to the on-going flood crisis. We discussed the effects of the plate tectonic movements. We were introduced to the theory of continental drift and enhanced our learning through a pair-share activity.

 

 

Language acquisition

 

 

 

French-This week our benchmarking results were declared. We discussed the papers and some exemplary responses were shown in order to demonstrate what is deemed as a correct way to respond to the four criteria. Apart from these results, we commenced with the unit  ‘Ma routine’  . We revised how to tell time using appropriate expressions. Moreover, we learnt expressions to describe our daily activities as well as the new type of verbs (Reflexive verbs) that support such expressions. We did storytelling and Kahoot Quiz activities in the class to describe daily routine and also used expressions with the verb “jouer a” and “jouer de”.

Spanish- We learnt to describe a person in Spanish using the verbs “ser, tener, and llevar”. We chose a person ;either a favorite sportsperson, a family member or a best friend and described them in Spanish.

Hindi

Phase 1

We had discussion on the topic ‘Me, My Family and Friends’. We discussed the concept of family and extended family  We read the stories ‘Makhmal Mein Lipte Joote’ & ‘Mere Raaste ke Sangee’ and enjoyed vocabulary building activities

Phase 2

We had discussion on the topic ‘Me, My Family and Friends’. We discussed the concepts of family and extended family  Thereafter, we practiced paragraph writing on the topic ‘My Memories with Family and Friends’. We read the story ‘Mere Padosi ka Jaana’  followed by vocabulary building activities.

DT

 

 

Progressing towards our summative assessment, we are predicting the design of a modern building 50 years from now.To achieve this we are analysing the existing buildings to come up with the final design.

 

ICT

 

 

 

We have started brainstorming on our individual website and its clients. We identified different elements that should be included in our website Last week we framed our own definition of the command terms that are used in Digital Design. In the coming weeks, we will focus on the design problems and the first phase of Design Cycle, i.e., inquiring and analyzing.
Drama

 

 

 

We discussed and explored the historical and geographical background of Greece and its cities and states.  We shared theories associated with the origin of Greek theater and aspects associated with it. This was followed by group improvisation on the relationship between humans, Gods and forces of nature.
Music

 

 

We learnt the names of all the music intervals and their role in our tonal system. We learnt how categorizing sounds and giving those names makes them clearer and conveniently communicable. We also watched a video demonstrating different songs based on different intervals and how recognition of the intervals becomes easier by humming some popular tunes.
Art

 

 

We have completed our research work on different art movements, artists and art works associated with them Thereafter, we tried to understand composition arrangement, symbolic representation of colours and ways in which innovative ideas have been used in the compositions. Following this ,we tried to critically analyze how art works vary in different art movements;  created mind maps and finalized the layout for our art work.
PHE

 

 

 

We discussed the importance of exercises in maintaining  healthy lifestyle.

 

 

Blog Entry – August

Language and literature  

The academic year began with activities that helped us revise our prior learning and comprehend command terms. We reiterated the global contexts, key concepts and related concepts for Language and Literature . Since report writing is a skill we will learn during our first unit, we browsed through HT Pace, the newspaper we receive at school, and established the format of a report. We were, subsequently, introduced to the inverted pyramid format as an organizer for arranging our thoughts. We are in the process of reporting the school senate elections as our first report writing task.

 

Math We started our inquiry into the family of numbers by a coding activity and playing number games requiring us to use the rules of ‘BEDMAS’ correctly.

We revised whole numbers and appeared for a benchmarking assessment. Next we learnt to apply the RICE method of solving word problems in real life context.

Science Physics- During skill building week ,we enhanced our graphical interpretations and graph plotting skills. Thereafter, we discussed inquiry and purpose of our first unit. We watched a video to understand the difference between distance and displacement. This was followed by the group task ‘Fun Race’ wherein we learned how to measure distance using measuring tape, record time with stop watch and establish the relationship between distance , time and speed.

 

Chemistry- We started our new academic year with some skill enhancement activities. After a brief discussion on the importance of command terms,we applied our understanding to solve variety of application-based and analytical questions. Thereafter we started the new unit ‘Building Blocks’with a discussion on thekey concept, global context, statement of inquiry and the inquiry questions We enjoyed the starter activity for the unit wherein we discussed few examples of types of changes and categorized them as physical and chemical change by comparing their characteristic features. We discussed and learnt the physical and chemical properties of materials.

 

 

 

 

Biology- We reviewed  the scientific method to enhance our understanding about designing, investigating, analyzing and evaluating investigations and data in science. This method also helps us formulate questions that we want to find the answers for.

We learned about the types of variables with examples. Thereafter we learned about note making and summarizing skills using the video on cellular organization and completed the given graphic organizer. Next we started the unit ‘Building Blocks’ with a discussion on the global context, key concept and the related concepts. .

 

Individuals & societies We began the new academic session with exciting and engaging activities that helped us revise our prior learning and skills. We associated Global context with the given article on a volcanic eruption. We further discussed the pros and cons of staying around the volcanic area.  We collaboratively created the statement of inquiry for our new topic ‘Natural Disasters and Sustainability’.

 

Language acquisition

 

 

 

Spanish- Brainstorming and scaffolding activities were conducted in the class.

We enjoyed watching  video on the daily routine of Acustin, a Spanish teacher who lives in England. After discussing his routine we talked about our daily routine which helped us understand the conjugations of reflexive verbs in present tense.

 

French- Once again, the excitement and love for French eagerly took us back to our language room where we geared ourselves for learning more about the culture and civilization. During the first week, many skill-building activities were planned and this is how our preliminary introduction to French began. We revised definite and indefinite articles with activities such as ‘Hangman’ and learnt the useful expressions as well as vocabulary to converse in class.  These expressions will help us in improving our communication skills. Our formal introduction to this year’s course began with the theme  ‘My Routine’ where we contributed our thoughts towards‘What do I Know?’ and ’What do I want to learn?’. Lastly, our benchmarking assessment was conducted to determine our correct phase level.

 

Hindi – The term began with sharing of summer vacation experiences and  discussion on  our  areas of improvement for the new term Activities like Just a Minute and Pahchan Kaun  helped develop  our communication and collaboration skills. As a part of our group reading activities, we read various stories and articles

Under SEL social emotional learning we made cards for our peers which helped us in understanding each other’s skills and positive aspects of personality.

We also discussed the essential agreements for our classes. The week culminated with our benchmark assessments.

DT

 

 

We have started our journey in Product Design with the unit ‘Creation to Evolution’. We have started exploring Autodesk AutoCAD design software. This software will help us create the final sketch of our products. We collaborated to develop essential agreements which we believe will create a better learning environment.

 

ICT

 

 

 

We started planning for the new unit in Digital Design based on Web Designing. We collaborated in groups to revisit and present the phases in a Design Cycle. Thereafter we brainstormed in pairs to choose a theme for our website. In coming weeks, we would focus on the design problem and clients to begin the design process.

 

Drama

 

 

 

The session began with a brief discussion on myths and  their importance in our culture. Next we e tried  exploring myths associated with Greek  theatre. We watched videos on the origin of Greek theatre other aspects. This was followed by group improvisations on the relationship betweenhumans and Gods. We even tried our hands on poster making depicting Greek playwrights.

 

Music

 

 

We started the lesson with some interactive and fun activities that helped us know each other in terms of our personal interests, unique talents and things we share in common.

Thereafter, we reviewed  the concepts covered last year – staff, pitch names, treble clef, and bass clef. We also studied about the relationships between pitch, frequency, wavelength and tension.

Art

 

 

We are working on different art movements across the world. We tried to critically analyze how art movements leave a lasting impact on the society.  We are researching on the art forms and symbolic representations that characterize these different art movements. We have started making layouts based on the research work and have also discussed on how to create colour symbolic representation in compositions.
PHE We discussed different tests to measure the physical fitness.