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.

 

 

 

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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.