Language and literature We have been introduced to various diary entry samples which helped us to decode the language used by each writer. We identified words and phrases that conveyed feelings, thoughts and reflection. Having understood the format, we also determined the tone used by each writer. We have written two diary entries and the exemplars have been shared in class. We have done our correction work on character analysis of Auggie using STEAL. We have taken this a step further and are now presenting our analysis as a paragraph.
Math We continued to work on the concept of “percentage” with a percentage grid activity in which we coloured the squares according to the given percentage. We also took a formative assessment to test our knowledge about fractions and decimals. We got the opportunity to showcase our board games on fractions, decimals and percentages to grade 5 and play with them. We did 10 word problems on percentages using CUBES strategy. All in all, it was a productive week.

 

Sarim Khan

MYP 1B

Science Chemistry

We discussed various applications of neutralization reactions in daily life. We watched videos on the same and took self-notes. We discussed the graded formative assessment paper and noted the feedback given by the teacher. We made groups for our upcoming formative assessment. We observed a fun filled demo activity on neutralization reaction using chemicals. We tested pH of 2 samples of soil for their acidity and basicity.

Biology

We took a formative assessment on identifying the given materials as acids or alkali using different type of indicators. We watched a video on photosynthesis and summarized our learning in bullet points. This was followed by understanding the concept of transpiration as this was a preparation for the next practical based assessment on ‘Investigating transpiration’.

Physics

We have learnt about non- renewable and renewable energy resources in the past few classes. We improved our understanding of nuclear energy and fossil fuels. We also learnt about geothermal energy, wind energy, solar energy, biomass energy and water energy and discussed the advantages and disadvantages of each energy. We also had a brief discussion on the forms of energy (kinetic and potential). We are enjoying this unit a lot and looking forward to the next few classes.

Individuals & societies In the past few classes, we have learnt more about the factors that influence the location of settlements such as historical factors, accessibility and availability of resources. In the classes ahead, we will discuss human preferences and technology. We have also completed our Formative Assessment on factors that affect the location of a settlement. In this assessment, we presented the factors our group came up with. The past few classes have been amazing and we hope to learn more about these factors in the next few classes.
Language acquisition

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hindi

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. In our current unit we utilized our time in doing a group task, wherein each group was given a festive from- Eid, Diwali, Holi and Christmas. We drew and wrote a short description of the chosen festival and presented it in the class. This helped us to build up a wide knowledge of different festivals. We then wrote a short story on a given topic and presented it in the class. This helped us in learning about kaal, ling, vachan and give examples. Over all we had a wide understanding of the above topics. We also had Samvaad lekhan and story writing practice and we shared our stories in class with each other.

 

French

We continued with our unit “My House”. Formative assessment on criteria A, C, and D was conducted for which we received feedback and discussed common errors when describing a house. We learnt about the different styles of French houses and how they differ from our country. Most importantly, we were introduced to the world of verbs- the first category of French verbs (-er ending verbs). We learnt how to conjugate them by doing skill-building activities and task sheets. This has aided us in understanding of conjugation rules of verbs as well as learning to pronounce them. Through videos and related task sheet, we comprehended the role of prepositions of place as well as learned couple of expressions to describe household activities.

 

Spanish

 

We took our formative assessments on criteria A, C and D. We revised the vocabulary on ‘house’ and practiced one reading comprehension.

DT

 

 

In the past few classes, we have completed our presentation on criterion A. We have done our primary and secondary research and have made a basic design of our jewellery. We have decided the materials we will use to create our products. We looked at some examples of laser-cut jewellery. Thereafter, we drew feasible design ideas in our sketch files. Some of us are making pendants while others are making bracelets. We explored 2D Design. We are thoroughly enjoying our journey of reaching our end products. Next week, we will create our designs using 2D design software.
ICT

 

 

 

We chose our 3D model and decided on our client. This is a part of criterion A- Inquiring and Analyzing. We finished our research and design brief. Based on our research, we were given feedback on our final work. We will start creating our design samples to see the feasibility of our design.
Music

 

 

We had our first formative assessment in which we had to identify the elements of music with their symbols and description. It was a written assessment in which we had to fill the empty blocks given in the table. We also listened to a few musical excerpts (like Scene from Wan Lake by Tchaikovsky, Swaz hie got umbe by Carl Off and Svevende Jord by Tone Hulbaekmo) to analyze and describe the elements by using appropriate music terminology.
Art

 

 

We are working on the unit “Art Installation”. Through a group discussion, we are trying to understand the contexts in which installation art is created and how site-specific installations change the way we see different materials. We are also trying to understand how installations impact society. We have completed our layout and based on the layout we have started creating installation by using different waste materials like newspapers, cardboard etc. We will use light and sound during presentation.
PHE

 

 

 

We practiced the techniques and skills of fielding in cricket. We did batting at the nets to acquire batting skills. We also played short sided matches.

 

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Blog #9

Language and literature We did a group activity based on analysis of characters in the book ‘Wonder’. The task was to analyze the characters given to us. We made our presentations and were assessed on criteria A (Analysing) and B (Organising). Next, we wrote detailed character analysis for Summer and Julian in our journals by using the organizer STEAL. STEAL is an acronym that stands for Speech, Thoughts, Effects on Others, Actions and Looks of the character.

We have simultaneously begun a discussion on Diary Entries. We discussed the types of diary entries and were shown several examples. We also determined the rhetorical triangle for this.

–       Shauryamoy Mitra – MYP 1C

 

Math Last week we made our own board games on fractions, decimals and percentage. It was a lot of fun to make the games and then play various games made by other classmates. Ms Seema also came to our class, played our games and gave us feedback on it. After that, we were introduced to the concept of multiplication and division of decimals.

 

Veer Pratap Singh and Aaradhya Jain

Science Chemistry

We investigated unknown samples of substances and identified them as acids and bases using various indicators. We were excited to perform the practical activity in the lab. We learnt more about pH scale. We learnt and inquired about neutralization reaction and its application in daily life. We had our formative assessment for the unit which was identifying household materials as acids and bases using indicators.

–       by Sara Gautam and Gauri Shukla – MYP 1D

 

Biology

We learned how to prepare a red cabbage indicator. We watched the video on the same and arranged the method for the investigation in correct sequence. We then used the information handout on red cabbage indicator and completed the ‘Hamburger’ organizer where we summarized information on what a red cabbage indicator is and why we use this as an indicator to test the pH of different samples.

by Amishi Srivastava-MYP 1A

Physics

This week, we presented our knowledge and understanding on renewable and non- renewable resources of energy. We got to know about various renewable energy resources (like sun, wind, water, geothermal, biomass) through the group presentations conducted by peers. We also discussed in class the harmful effects of non- renewable resources. We drew posters on various environmental issues caused due to the over use of fossil fuels. We are excited to explore more on energy.

Individuals & societies In the past two weeks, we have gained more knowledge and improved our understanding of Landforms and Settlements. We watched a video and learnt more about the landforms on Earth. Some such landforms are Strait and Isthmus. We also discussed the effect of the settlement on landforms and vice versa. We watched a video on how California’s landforms have affected settlements. We also shared in class which landform would we choose to stay in and why. We also talked about the disadvantages of staying in some landforms. We are enjoying this unit a lot and look forward to exploring it more.

By Zoya Gupta MYP 1C

Language acquisition

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hindi

Phase 1 & Phase 2

 

We had group discussions about various aspects of festivals and their positive and negative impacts. We had group activities of card making based on various festivals. We read articles ‘dharm sankat’ and ‘ek bhediye ka bachna’. We wrote letters in response to these articles based on the issues raised in these articles. We watched short a Hindi film the famous story ‘Eedgaah’ by Premchand and wrote our understanding on the same.

 

French

In the unit “My House”, we revised the vocabulary by designing a floor plan and labelling the rooms of the house. We presented our plan in the class and this has further aided us in preparing for our formative assessment and gaining an understanding of the oral interactive task criteria.

 

Spanish

We took our formative assessment on criterion A.  We wrote the description of our house and learnt possessive adjectives.  We watched a video and discussed the activities related to different part of the house.

DT

 

 

We have been discussing about our new unit Creativity in Jewellery design. We were asked to write our design problems after which we have started writing primary research questions. We also used one lesson in exploring 2D design software.

 

ICT

 

 

 

In the last two weeks, we have made progress with our unit about 3D modeling. We have explored making things on 123D Design by Auto Desk. We also watched tutorial videos on creating 3D models on the software. We finished analyzing the Statement of Inquiry. We researched on the 1st Inquiry question and created our design problem for our jewelry or artefact design.  We are enjoying the learning process and hope to learn more about 3D modeling and make our final design.
Drama

 

 

 

No class
Music

 

 

We reflected on all the musical elements to prepare for our upcoming assessment.
Art

 

 

We have started the new unit “Art Installation”. Through group discussion and seeing photographs of famous installations of the world we are trying to understand the contexts in which installation art is created and how site specific installations change the way we see different materials. We are also trying to understand how installations impact society. We are looking at different materials that go into creation of an art installation. We will get an opportunity to create 3D Art Installations with newspapers, cardboard etc. and we will use light and sound during presentation.
PHE

 

 

 

We continued with our unit in Cricket. We discussed about the dimensions of the cricket ground and cricket pitch. We learnt bowling at the nets to acquire the bowling skill. We also played short sided cricket intra class matches.

Blog #8

Language and literature Now that we have read the novel, we are in the process of analysing the characters. For this, we have begun using the organiser STEAL by identifying how the character in question speaks, thinks, affects others, acts and looks. For each of these, we found evidence from the text to support our claim. We have worked in groups and picked our favorite character from the book to analyse. We have been using appropriate and relevant vocabulary to describe the characters. Our presentations are ready to be shared in class.

 

Math We learnt different concepts of fractions and decimals. While learning fractions, we covered the different operations between fractions. To understand about multiplication of fractions, we did a fun activity using play dough. After this we were introduced to decimals where we learnt how to place them on number line and how to arrange them in ascending/descending order. We also did a fun worksheet where we pretended to go to a restaurant called “safari restaurant” and chose from a menu to place our order. We then used the concept of decimals to answer a few questions. We also did our first FA on fractions and decimals where we created a board game using the concepts learnt.

 

Ananya Anand and Anaya Khandelwal

Science Chemistry

We researched about uses of common acids in daily life and shared in the class. We explored many substances at home which contained acids. We discussed the properties of bases and took self-notes using a graphic organizer. We explored common substances containing bases and discussed uses of bases in our daily life. We discussed and learnt need for various hazard symbols and made a note of all new terms learnt. We inquired how indicators can be used to identify acids and bases.

Biology

We went for the field study and collected information on parts of plants, leaf margins, venation and flowers. We drew a plant of our choice and then we went to the library in the next class for researching about the same. We presented our research work and summarised our understanding in our journals. We also performed flower dissection and observed and labelled different parts of a flower as well.

BY- ATHARV SINGH-MYP1B

Physics

This week, we learnt about the basics of Energy and how energy helps us to do work in our daily life. We discussed if we need energy even while sleeping. We brainstormed about the sources of energy. We found that energy resources are categorised as renewable and non- renewable resources. We have been asked to present our understanding on various renewable and non- renewable resources of energy. Currently, we are working on this presentation.

 

 

Individuals & societies We chose one landform we want to live in and justified our choice. We classified our points under social, economic and environmental factors. In the next task, we discussed the problems faced by that landform. We also discussed whether the problem was man-made or natural. The last task was to suggest at least 2 solutions to the existing problems.
Our next activity was to watch a video related to population and discuss the possible factors that affect the settlement of a place.

By Yeseul Cho MYP 1B

 

Language acquisition

 

 

 

 

 

 

French
We have gained a profound collection of vocabulary and expressions related to the unit ‘My House’. We have learnt to identify the different areas in a house, furniture and other accessories, as well as floor plans. We saw many interactive videos and did numerous fun-filled activities after seeing them. We also participated in other class activities that really helped us in memorizing the words. We will now start designing our own plan of an ideal house and will learn the French verb conjugations.

 

Spanish

In the last 2 weeks, we first learnt the verb ‘Vivir – To live’, the types of houses and the adjectives to describe them. We made a list of objects in each room and verbs related to household work. We also learnt prepositions of place and we are implementing our learning in describing our bedroom.

By Sarim Khan

 

Hindi

We had a group discussion about various aspects of festivals in our daily life and their positive and negative impacts. We had group activities of card making based on various different festivals. We read articles ‘dharm sankat’ and ‘ek bhediye ka bachna’. We wrote letters in response to these articles on the issues they raised. We watched a short Hindi film based on a famous story by Premchand, ‘Eedgaah’ and wrote down our understanding on the same.

 

DT

 

 

We have started exploring Auto Cad design software so we can create our jewellery designs using this software. At the same time we are browsing through internet to finalize our designs.

 

ICT

 

 

 

In digital design, we started exploring 123D design as the unit is focusing on 3D modeling. We started research work by focusing on first inquiry questions on art and culture of various countries. We worked on our design problem for the unit which is to create a 3D model and print it using a 3D printer.

 

By Satyam Wadhwa

Music

 

 

We understood the symbols and the terminologies used to denote different musical elements. We watched a video on the classification of instruments and their sounds. We learnt about the Binary, Ternary and Rondo forms in music. We used our critical thinking skills at the start of every music lesson by answering the inquiry questions that were asked by the teacher.

By Satyam Wadhwa MYP 1B

 

Art

 

 

We have started the new unit “Art Installation”. Through group discussion and seeing photographs of famous installations of the world, we are trying to understand the contexts in which installation art is created and how site-specific installations change the way we see different materials. We are also trying to understand how installations impact society. We are looking at different materials that go into creation of an art installation.

Blog #7

Language and literature We began the new term with establishing fresh essential agreements, especially in note-taking. We also started the much-awaited unit – Wonder by R. J. Palacio. Some of us had read the book earlier and some have watched the movie, hence, the story of Auggie is already familiar. We began the unit by watching videos that introduced us to the author, her inspiration to write this story and understanding Treacher Collins syndrome better. We shared some personal experiences when we had faced discrimination or dislike even though we didn’t think we deserved this treatment, and how it had made us feel. Through these discussions, we have started creating our vocabulary list for the unit.

We have started reading the book. We analysed and annotated the use of certain words like ‘ordinary’ and made predictions based on titles of each chapter. We also understood the concept of first person observer narration.

Math We submitted the icosahedron we had made during the winter break. We also discussed the various features of icosahedron and the relationship between faces, edges and vertices in any polyhedron. We then started with our new unit, Fraction, Decimals and Percentages. We were introduced to the global context, key concept and statement of inquiry for the same.

After that, we were given a fraction quilt to colour and then write fraction of respective colour. We also played fraction bingo in the class. We all enjoyed the activity and later wrote our reflections in our notebooks. We also learnt Vedic mathematics tricks which is a part of our next SA visit to Bagiya.

 

Yuvraaj & Aradhya

MYP 1B

Science Bio

We started the unit ‘Chemicals in Life’. 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 on the wonder wall that we will refer to during the course of this unit. 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. Using our prior knowledge, we then had a field study to explore plants, their parts and functions. We also listed the focus questions for library research which we will do in the next class.

By Sarim Khan and Rabani Gulati-MYP1B

Chemistry

After our winter holidays, we have come back with a growth mindset. In the first week of the second term, we have started our new unit, ’Chemicals in Life’ which is a trans-disciplinary unit. We discussed the key concept, global context, statement of inquiry and the inquiry questions for the new unit.

We had many inquisitive questions about the concepts which we shared in the class. We discussed the differences between man-made acids and natural acids and some examples of such acids in our daily life. We discussed the properties of acids and took self-notes using graphic organiser. Many experiments will be conducted in the lab in future classes. We are very excited to learn more and improve our understanding of this topic.

Physics

This week, we started a new unit titled Chemicals in Life. We were given different scenarios based on which we were asked to brainstorm and come up with the global context, key concepts and related concepts for the same. We were asked to make a KWL chart in which we were supposed to write what we Know about energy, what we Want to know about energy, and what we are going to Learn about energy.

–       Ranbir Jaggi MYP 1 B

Individuals & societies We started our new unit, ‘Landforms and Settlements.’ We will be focusing on the Global Context, Globalisation and Sustainability. In the past few classes, we have discussed the inquiry questions. In groups, we have also made our own Factual, Conceptual and Debatable questions. We are very excited to learn more about this new unit and look forward to our future classes on this topic.
Language acquisition

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hindi

Under our new unit ‘Festival and Traditions’, we had a discussion on the importance and relevance of festivals in present time. We answered questions based on the unit. We also wrote an article on the topic – We should celebrate our festivals with simplicity, rather than showing off.

French

With a new beginning to the year as well as continuation of this academic year, we commenced with the unit “My House”. We have revised the previous term’s units, especially the verb conjugations and vocabulary. For the current unit, we designed the unit plan’s structure, such as global context, key and related concept, statement of inquiry, and inquiry questions. We have started to identify the types of rooms in our house as well as the house interior plan, with the help of interactive worksheets and presentations.

Spanish

The new unit is based on 3D modeling. We reflected on our prior knowledge through questions and answers. The unit related details such as global context, key concepts and the related concepts were shared with us. We explored the application 123D design which we will be using for creating 3D models.

DT

 

 

We started with the new unit Creativity in Jewellery Design wherein the focus is on jewellery design. We chose the global context, related concepts and key concept for the unit and then weaved a statement of inquiry. We watched videos on futuristic, handmade and past jewellery designs. Finally, we have started working on our presentations.
ICT

 

 

 

The new unit is based on 3D modeling. We reflected on our prior knowledge through questions and answers. The unit related details such as global context, key concepts and the related concept was shared with us. We explored the application 123D design which we will be using for creating 3D models.
Drama

 

 

 

NO CLASS
Music

 

 

We were asked to think of a word that is used to describe the ‘sound’ of music. One after another we wrote these words to describe the sound of music on the GRAFFITI board. Then, we to categorize the words according to the elements of music.

We discussed the musical terms used to denote different levels of dynamics (volume) and also watched a video to listen to the examples of these dynamic levels used in different musical pieces.

 

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 events for the annual athletics meet. We also participated in the heats for the same competition.

 

Blog #6

Language and literature We received feedback for our IDU summative assessment following which we shared our reflections. We have begun our next unit, Bishop’s Candlesticks, where we are now learning the skill of dialogue writing. We are dwelling on the reasons for forgiving or punishing a criminal. Through a case study, we developed a dialogue exchange set in a court room where we had to use elements of persuasion to appeal to the judge to determine the fate of an accused. We continue working on this plot as we are now in the process of writing a report on the events that unfolded in the court in our individual dialogue writing.
Math We continued with our unit on Statistics where we learnt how to read and plot pie charts. We solved various questions relating to this and also watched videos to help us understand better how to construct a pie chart. We have now started with probability where using a game, we learnt how to calculate probability in a certain event.
Science Chemistry

We have been involved in a fun-filled group activity which enhanced our understanding on the atomic theory. This was one of the formative assessments too. We learnt about key words like, atomic mass, atomic number and isotopes. We used values of atomic mass and atomic number to work out the number of protons, electrons and neutrons for various elements and attempted a task sheet on the same. We took our second formative which was an interesting one, wherein we prepared a model of an atom of an element using waste materials. Each student had used his/her creative idea to design the model. We are currently preparing for our summative assessment on the unit, Atoms.

 

Physics

 

We learnt about the new topic, dispersion of light. We were fascinated to see the activity on dispersion of light using prism. We learnt about the real-life example of dispersion i.e. rainbow. We discussed with our peers the reason behind the formation of rainbow and concluded that water droplets act like prism and shows the 7 different colors.

We also did an activity using our artistic skills by drawing prisms and showing the different colors that it emits after dispersion.

 

Biology

 

We started the unit ‘Sorting It All Out’. The global context, key concept and the related concept were shared in the class. We learned about classification and the need for classification. Following this, we started working on group tasks in which we had to find the answers for a set of questions using the given information card. This was followed by a class discussion. We also discussed about the four characteristics on which organisms are classified. We then learned about domains and kingdoms. We used handouts to complete the given table on domains and kingdoms using the keywords like unicellular, multicellular, prokaryotes, eukaryotes, sexual, asexual reproduction, autotrophs, heterotrophs and saprotrophs. This was followed by completing the given graphic organizer. This was a part of our formative assessment.

Individuals & societies We have completed our earlier unit, Knowing Our Ancient Past. Our new unit, Making Connections, has begun. In this unit, we learned about cartography and types of maps such as Physical Maps, Ordnance Maps, and Thematic Maps. Presentations on cartography have also been conducted in class. We look forward to learning more about maps and have thoroughly enjoyed our unit so far.

– by Zoya Gupta

Language acquisition

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spanish

We started our new unit “My school”. We learnt how to make our school time table in Spanish and expressed our liking for and dislike of a subject.

French

During this week, we revised our previous unit with a group speaking assessment. We made a family tree by naming all the family members, describing their professions and giving them physical descriptions. Next, we started with the unit “School Life” and had a brainstorming session on its inquiry questions. We learnt the vocabulary for school material, classroom instructions, and school subjects. We also had a summative assessment and received feedback on our performance. 

 

Hindi

Phase 1 & Phase 2

 

We had a revision of the unit and took a formative assessment based on criteria C and D. We discussed our camp experiences in class and wrote short paragraphs on it. We also had a summative assessment based on criterion A and discussed the question paper. We discussion about the culture and food habits a how they affect our daily life.

 

DT

 

 

We have been finishing the final design of our house/building using Google Sketchup which is the summative assessment for this unit. In the process, we are exploring few more tools of the software to complete our work. Everybody is coming up with a different design of their house/building. Finally, our end products are taking shape.
ICT

 

 

 

We are in the process of finishing our games. It was a good learning experience for us as we learnt the process behind the creation of the games we enjoy playing. We will take feedback from our clients and peers to check on the quality of our game.
Music

 

 

We had our summative assessment in which we used our creative thinking skills to compose our own rhythms using multiple note values in 4/4 time signature and then perform them by clapping on the bars we created.
Art

 

 

We have started studio-based landscape paintings. We are trying to understand ways in which vertical and horizontal landscapes can be imagined sitting in the studio space. Through the landscape paintings of various artists, we are trying to analyze their socio-cultural aspects. We are working on creating compositions through our research work and visual analysis.

 

PHE

 

 

 

We identified the fitness components required in the sports of our choice. Later, we discussed the training methods to improve our fitness

Blog # 5

Language and literature We practiced extensively for our IDU summative assessment between L&L and I&S. We also started our new unit, Bishop’s Candlesticks, which is a play. We are identifying the differences in the format and presentation of this form of story-telling and the short stories we had learned in our earlier unit. We read an article in the newspaper on a theft where the thief was forgiven. We discussed the ideas of forgiveness and crime & punishment.

-by Pragyaan Anand

MYP 1C

Math In our Math classes during the last week, we have done various activities and learnt new concepts like bisecting different types of angles. We also did an interesting activity where in groups we used our body to represent certain given angles.  As a culmination of our unit on points, lines and angles we attempted a summative assessment. In our new unit on statistics, we have been introduced to tally marks for which we interviewed our peers about their likes and dislikes such as flavors of ice cream. We also did tally mark word problems which were really interesting and fun. We learnt a new concept – dot plotting- wherein we made a dot plot depicting the shoe-size of our classmates. This whole week was exciting and we learnt many new and interesting things.

-by Aarav Jindal

Science PHYSICS: In the last two weeks, we learned about the propagation of light, Luminous and Non-luminous objects and the Laws of Reflection. We also learned about the questions that can be framed from criteria A, B, C and D on the above topics.

 

-by Yeseul Cho

 

Individuals & societies We completed our unit on civilizations. Some of the civilizations which we covered were Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Harappa and Greek civilizations. We described the aspects of the chosen civilization in a letter to a friend. We formed inquiry questions to help us research further on the topic.

-by Sarim Khan

 

Language acquisition

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRENCH: We revised numbers with the help of the given task sheet. Moreover, we presented ourselves in the target language. We learnt the vocabulary for nationality and professions.

 

HINDI:

Phase 1 & Phase 2

 

We revised the basic concepts of grammar and had practiced reading in the class. We also had storytelling in class.

 

 

SPANISH:

We learnt a new irregular verb ‘Gustar’ to express our likes and dislikes.  We started our new unit “my school”. We made a chart to review what we know and to express what we want to learn in this unit.

 

DT

 

 

We created our final sketch and a list of tools and materials to create our products and handed over the same to the technician in the lab. In the next class, he will provide all the relevant materials, so we can create our products. We are very excited about product development.
ICT

 

 

 

We explored the blocks in scratch.mit.edu such as sensing, events, control, motion and many more. It is enjoyable to see the games created by other designers on scratch and we are learning through the scripts they have written.
Music

 

 

In music, we learnt about note values, dotted notes and the rests. We learnt about the number of beats each note value holds and how to compose and clap different rhythm compositions. We also did an exercise based on note values in the class, in which, we were given incomplete measures of 4/4 time signature and we had to suggest and fill the note values to complete the bar. We also had our formative assessment in which teacher played different phrases on the keyboard and we had to identify the solfege (for eg: do, re, mi…) of those short phrases.

 

–         Yeseul Cho

 

PHE

 

 

 

 We discussed the term ” coordinative ability” in sports training and its importance during training. We also identified the sports in which “coordinative ability ” is required the most.  Also, we practiced the skills of different sports of our choices during Sports Edge.

 

Blog #4

Language and literature This fortnight, we were determined to get good grades in our formative assessment. We practiced how to organize our thoughts before writing the final task. We worked even harder than pirates in hunt of treasure and applauded ourselves for performing better than before. We offered credit to novelist Gustav Freytag for helping us to plot our story on the “Freytag’s Pyramid”.

The highlight of the week was the theatrical presentation of Korean Folk Tales where the actors regaled us with 3 different stories. We were fascinated to see how one person played multiple roles with minimal use of props.

We enjoyed an activity on finding synonyms for various commonly used words, like ‘said’, ‘ask’, ‘awesome’ etc, to increase our vocabulary. We also performed an activity on finding the similarities between our two IDU subjects- Individuals and Societies and Language and Literature. After this, we practiced letter writing skills in class.

 

Math Last fortnight, we have been focusing on the concept of angles. We learnt how to bisect an angle and find a missing angle, explored more about different types of angles and also learnt about the angle sum property of a triangle and a quadrilateral. We did an angle crossword and tried to find angles in the letters of our name which was a lot of fun. We also took a formative assessment for the unit in which we made an ” angular rangoli” in pairs.

 

–       Diya Aneja and Satyam Wadhwa

 

Science Biology

We revised the parts of a plant cell after the practical we had on preparing the slide of an onion peel. In this assessment, we compared the onion peel with the slide of cheek cells and identified the similarities and the differences between the two type of cells.

–       by Anaya Khandelwal

Physics

As we began UNIT-2, on Light and listed the various sources of light and categorized them as artificial and natural sources. We watched a video to understand the path of light waves. We did some activities which explained us what happens when light travels from one medium to another. We used water in a beaker, paper slips, pencil and glass slab to conduct the activities to understand the concept of refraction. We found the activities were very interesting and exciting.

 

Chemistry

 

Last week, in Chemistry, we learnt about Absolute Zero, which was a very interesting topic since most of us had never heard about it. We were all astonished, imagining if absolute zero existed at a natural site, how cold it must be!!

 

We also had our second formative assessment wherein it was a revision of some of the concepts we have learnt uphill now. We discussed the paper and did the corrections.

 

Even our new unit started this week! It’s about ‘atoms’ and I’m sure everyone is exited to learn about atoms since everything is made of atoms. We were introduced to the new unit by finishing an interesting and new style of reflection about the old unit.  We guessed the global context for the unit and discussed the key concept, related concept, statement of inquiry and the inquiry questions.

 

 

Individuals & societies We discussed and compared various aspects of ancient civilizations and how they flourished around a water body. We started inquiring about the silk route and the trade of silk along with other goods. We understood that apart from goods and commodities, even cultures and ideas were exchanged.
Language acquisition

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spanish

We learnt to conjugate the verbs expressing liking and disliking something. We practiced making sentences in class.

 

French

We learnt the conjugations of the verb “etre” as well as the vocabulary of family members. Moreover, we explored the ways in which we can describe a person based on the information provided and formed sentences followed by an interactive activity “Roll the dice”. We had to use the verb etre and the subject pronouns to make phrases based on the vocabulary that we had learnt.

DT

 

 

This week was very productive and a lot of fun as we did a final check tour of our power point presentations and were ready to submit them. The best part was that we were graded on the same day. We also started creating the sketch of our products using google sketch up.

 

Hindi

We had story telling session in our class based on a folktale ‘chaar ajoobe’.  We had a discussion about human values and ethics based on this story. We also watched a short film ‘Dar’ (Swami aur uske dost) followed by a class discussion. We did basic grammar practice in class.

 

ICT

 

 

 

We have started working on game creation for our client, PYP students.

Based on the interviews and our research work, we identified elements in our game and used a storyboard to understand the flow of action in our game. We will be using block coding through scratch.mit.edu to create the game.

–       Yeseul Cho

Drama

 

 

 

We watched videos of folktales from Vietnam and Japan. We explored these stories through the medium of group improvisation. We tried to connect our body movement and written text to create group ensembles based on folk tales. We also started a group discussion on the relationship between myths and folktales around the world.
Music

 

 

We learnt about different note values and rests – semibreve, minim, crotchet, quaver and semi quaver and the dotted notes. We also practiced composing our own rhythms using different note values in 4/4, 3/4 and 2/4 time signatures. We clapped on the rhythms that we created.

 

Art

 

 

We have almost completed our practical work where we have incorporated contemporary elements to folk art. We have added different colours and design patterns in our art works. During the unit, we worked on problem solving, organization and time management skills. We have also started writing reflections.
PHE

 

 

 

We discussed about the term ” flexibility” in sports training and its importance during training. We also identified the sports in which flexibility is required the most.  Also, we practiced the skills of different sports of our choices during sports edge lesson.

BLOG #3

Language and literature We read three stories from different parts of the world namely Philippines, Ireland and Poland. We practiced writing internal monologues of various characters by using direct evidence from the stories and also by using indirect references that challenged our imagination and creativity. We made a deliberate effort at using a variety of verbs in lieu of ‘said’ and ‘asked’. We also observed the similarities across folktales, working on the premise that at the very core, the morals and themes remain the same

We are now revisiting the skill of letter writing and have practiced one informal letter where we assumed the role of one of the primary characters in a story. We employed empathy in order to relate to how the character would have felt and how he/she would have reacted to a given situation.

Math We have reached the end of our unit “number system”.

We discussed how to differentiate between prime & composite numbers and factors & multiples. We also learnt how to make a factor tree. We revised the concepts of HCF and LCM and learnt these using examples from real life and by watching a related video.

Science Biology

We watched a video on plant and animal cell and compared the two by drawing a Venn diagram, showing its comparison. We also did a practical on identifying the different parts of microscopes. We learned how to focus the microscope and the role of diaphragm and the mirror when focusing the slides.

 

Chemistry

We noted our observations on the laboratory thermometer. We learnt the working of the thermometer and completed the activity sheet. We observed and compared the movement of particles in cold and hot water and completed an activity sheet based on the same. We took our formative assessment, which was a cut and paste activity, on changes of states of matter.

 

Physics

In continuation to fundamental and SI units, we learned what derived units are and why we need them. We also practiced unit conversion of 5 basic physical quantities – Length, mass, volume, time and temperature (conversion of degree Celsius into degree Fahrenheit) .

Individuals & societies We started working on the need and importance of conserving monuments by brainstorming the ideas in a group discussion. We determined our role in conserving these monuments. We also attempted to construct the meaning of tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
Language acquisition

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spanish

We described our favorite famous personalities in Spanish. We also learnt family tree in Spanish and described each member of the family using the verbs “Ser, tener and llevar”.

 

French

During this week, we have done a lot of interactive activities. Firstly, we did an activity to learn classroom instructions in which we were paired into groups and were asked to draw scenes from real classroom situations where classroom instructions are utilized. We used as many instructions as we could in our pictures which was really helpful as we learnt the spellings. Afterwards, we practiced for our Formative Assessment by doing listening activities, worksheets on concepts of presenting yourself, asking name, age, profession, nationality, etc., and filling personal details in an identity card. We also discussed our homework and this prepared us better for the FA which happened in this week.

 

Hindi

We revised the basics of language and had a discussion on why we celebrate Hindi Diwas. We wrote our messages for Hindi Diwas. We also practiced writing paragraphs and shared our work with peers in class.

 

DT

 

 

We analysed a range of existing products and identified the strength and weakness of each idea. We are going to incorporate the same while finalizing our designs.
ICT

 

 

 

We have lots of queries related to Design Cycle in our minds which we are trying to resolve. We have prepared questions for client’s interview and gathering data from primary and secondary sources of information. As we got to play games on scratch.mit.edu, we analyzed a few similar products which were enjoyable.
Drama

 

 

 

We started exploring folktales through the medium of group improvisation. We focused on creating a written text for the folktales. We discussed the elements of storytelling and created individual imaginary tales as to be presented as a storytelling task.
Music

 

 

We had our first formative assessment in which we had to describe some basic music terminologies and identify the pitches marked on the Treble and Bass clefs.

We did an ear training exercise in which the teacher played short musical phrases on the keyboard and we had to identify the notes played in those phrases.  The analogy of playing by ear is writing language when it is dictated. Developing aural awareness is fundamental to musical training because having a ‘musical ear’ impacts all aspects of musicianship.

 

Art

 

 

We have researched extensively on different styles of folk art from around the world. During research, we critically analyzed the differences between folk art of different regions and the contemporary ways in which they have evolved. We learnt how colours are extracted by natural processes, materials used in the art works and composition arrangement in folk art. We are now creating a mind map, based on our research, for our final art work. We have completed the layout and process journal and have started our final work.
PHE

 

 

 

We discussed the term ” speed” in sports training and its importance during training. We also identified the sports in which speed is required the most.  Also, we practiced the skills of different sports of our choices during Sports EDGE

Blog #2 Begin with MYP

Language and literature  

We explored the five elements of a story extensively. We have distinguished between the theme and moral of a story. In one activity, we were given a picture prompt, and in another task, a setting, characters and a theme around which we created original stories that also had to have a moral. After seeing a video of a Jataka Tale, we determined its theme and identified all the other elements of a story.

We have been brushing up basic grammar concepts as this unit progresses.

 

Math We explored some more properties of numbers moving ahead in our unit of Number System. We learnt how to express numbers using index notation for which we also did a doodle sheet. We further learnt about BEDMAS wherein we learnt the correct order of operation on numbers. We also did a group activity and learned about a lot of other number systems.
Science Physics

We were given various measuring tools to name and explain their use. We thought of an experiment which could be performed in the lab with those tools. We discussed the SI unit for various measurements and learned to convert other form of units to standard unit. We reflected on the importance of SI units.

 

Biology

We took the benchmarking assessment in the class. We watched a song on seven life processes and listed the same in our notebook while watching the video. Using the Holt’s Life Science textbook, we also learned about the necessities of life like air, water, place to live and food, in a group activity, We then shared our understanding with other groups members and noted what the other members explained about the topics assigned to them.

Chemistry

We compared the properties of solids, liquids and gases to complete the Venn diagram. We explored two types of solids and compared their properties.  We watched videos and discussed surface tension and viscosity as two important properties of liquid. We discussed the application of these properties in daily life.

 

 

Individuals & societies We investigated further into the Primary and Secondary sources and enhanced our understanding on various other sources like archaeological and literary sources. We determined the difference between Pre-historic and Historic era.  We found out how the Palaeolithic man evolved over a period of time. We also organized the incidence of history in chronological order.

 

Language acquisition

 

 

 

 

 

 

French

This week commenced with the introduction to the unit, My Personal World. After understanding the key concepts and global context pertaining to this unit, we had a discussion on the statement of inquiry and this led to altering the one previously decided. We further discussed the inquiry questions, and then we participated in the ‘Role play’ activity. Our teacher gave us dialogues and ideas to carry out routine conversations in a classroom, home, or among our friends. Using these ideas, we made as many dialogues as we could and learnt the subject pronouns as well. Lastly, we revised the verbs (etre, avoir, s’appeler), learnt the French accents, practiced pronouncing the nasal and oral sounds, and then participated in a paired activity to strengthen our listening and dictating skills.

 

Hindi

We had a discussion on the unit ‘Me, My Family and Friends’. We discussed the various concepts of family and extended family and had writing activity based on the same. We read the Hindi story ‘Mere Padosi ka Jaana’ and had vocabulary building activities in the class.

 

Spanish

We learnt to describe a person physically using the verbs “Ser” and “Tener”. We enjoyed an activity ‘Guess who?’ where two of us stood facing each other. One of us could see the picture of a famous personality on the screen.  Each partner of the pair had to describe this personality and the other one had to guess.

 

DT

 

 

We connected our products with the global context, statement of inquiry and how inquiry questions are catered to throughout the unit.

This activity was done to highlight communication skills. We wrote our understanding of the same and all the information was displayed on the bulletin board.

 

 

 

ICT

 

 

 

We created a questionnaire for our client to conduct primary research on the concepts that we may want to create our game on. Creating question was simple, however, when we justified those questions, we realized that some of them were not suitable. This helped us prepare better questions for research. Through this, we developed an important research skill.
Drama

 

 

 

We watched videos of folktales from Vietnam and Japan. We explored these stories through the medium of group improvisation. We tried to connect our body movement and written text to create group ensembles based on folk tales. We also started a group discussion on the relationship between myths and folktales around the world.
Music

 

 

We did a pitch puzzle activity in which each pair had to come up with words that could be spelled using the notes on the staff in a given time limit. We could only use the letters ‘A to G’ to form different words as we just have these seven letters that are used to denote pitch names on the musical staff.  We also learnt about the Bass clef notes, a whole and a half-step interval between pitches.

 

 

Art

 

 

We have developed an understanding of folk art through various activities and discussions. We have researched on different elements of folk art and have tried to present them in contemporary context by moving away from the conventional ways. We have tried to enhance our skills by understanding how the conventional ways of folk art have changed in the present global perspectives. We have introduced several interesting and new ideas.

 

PHE

 

 

 

We discussed the concept of ‘Strength’ and its importance in sports training. We also identified the sports in which strength is required the most.