8th October to 12th October

Unit of Inquiry:

 Continuing further with the 1st line of inquiry ‘kinds of transport’ under the transdisciplinary theme ‘How we organise ourselves’, students inquired into different types of airplanes.

They also enhanced their vocabulary by probing into questions related to different kinds of planes (sea plane, bi-plane, blimp, glider, drone etc.) and watched an audio visual presentation related to the same: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D06yOzptrgM

Nomenclature cards were used to reinforce parts of a plane.The inquiry was strengthened when students coloured different parts of the plane(rudder, flaps, cock pit, turbo engine and wings) independently.Students got acquainted with ‘sea planes’ under different types of aeroplanes and were able to gain an insight into how it lands and floats on water.

 

English:

Students were introduced to the letter ‘c’ using flash cards and associated the sound with objects in the class. They also strengthened the correct directionality of letter ‘c’ with sand tracing and light table activity.They  practiced writing  letter in their process journals and illustrated the objects associated with it.

The letter-sounds consolidation (a,l,o,m,t,i) already undertaken in the class was reinforced with a ‘Spalding session’.

 

Audio visuals on the religious story of goddess Durga and Mahishasura was also  shown to ring in the festive season in the home country: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHDt4lUP-4k

A new rhyme – ‘Puff a train’ was introduced in the class.

 

Maths:

To assess their knowledge on number recognition,  students rolled the dice, counted the number of dots and located the same numeral on the number strip and coloured it.

Students reinforced the names of days of the week through a play. Students played this game in pairs and each pair was given a set of mixed up colored cards with each day written on it. Later by referring to the calendar, they put the days in a sequence.

Students touched each card and repeated the days of the week and by paying special attention to the initial sound of each word (e.g. ‘th’ sound for Thursday) helped students to anticipate what will be expected of them on a specific day.

To assess their understanding on capacity, students were given two containers to pour water into and find out which holds the most. As a follow up they were asked probing questions related to capacity.

 

Hindi:

Students were introduced to vyanjan ‘sa’ through flash cards. They further made illustrations related to the same in their process journals. They understood the directionality and formation of the vyanjan through finger printing activity which  augmented their fine motor skills.

 

They enjoyed listening to a story ‘Sunharahans‘(The golden swan) which enhanced their auditory skills.

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Circle Time:

As a part of the early year skill building program, students focused on:

  • Outlining with seeds and pegging to enhance their fine motor skills
  • Singing rhymes to further develop musicality and communication skills.
  • Reinforcement of magic words (sorry, thank you, please and excuse me) to hone their social skills.

 

Assembly:

Students were shown a short story involving all the IB learner profile attributes.This was followed by a quiz organized for all the school houses- Churchill, Mandela, Lincoln, Gandhi. The students participated with great enthusiasm and skillfullyanswered  questions. They were able to make many meaningful connections related to the ‘Learner Profile’. The scenarios encouraged students to emulate the best qualities of each character.

Art:

The timeline of transportation was introduced and students coloured pre-drawn pictures of transports inspired by  Picasso’ scubist style.

Dance:

The students stressed on dance routines based on path. The concept of props with forward and backward movement during the dance routine was introduced in class.

Physical Education:

Students have been working on their agility and speed by practicing different manipulative skills.

Information Technology:

Students revisited different types of colours and shapes through a musical iPad app. They enjoyed filling up of shapes with different colours using their fingers.

 

Music:

The students learned a song on transport: https://youtu.be/B1yNgKeYM3k. They also did some vocal exercises and understood their importance.

 

Library:

The students were read a book from the Elmer series –‘Elmer and Rose’. Grandpa Eldo asked Elmer and Wilbur to help a young elephant find her way back to her herd – and they get a shock when they see she is pink! No wonder she is called Rose. But there is an even greater surprise in store when they reach her herd – because every single elephant turns out to be pink!

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1st Oct to 5th Oct

Unit of Inquiry

Continuing further with the 1st line of inquiry ‘kinds of transport’ under their current transdisciplinary theme ‘How we organize ourselves’,students enjoyed watching videos on different kinds of transport -land, water and air.

Students were introduced to different parts of an air plane – cockpit, fin, tail, wings, jet engine, cabin, aileron and undercarriage. As a follow up activity, students assembled cut-outs of different parts to make a paper air plane.

Unit of inquiry was integrated with English, students were shown a story which further helped them to develop vocabulary for different types of transport.

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English

Students were introduced to sound‘t’.They traced the letter on  sand paper to get the formation right and associated objects with the same. As an addition to this, cut-outs of standing line, sleeping line and a curve were given to the students to form the letter ‘t’ and understand the directionality of the letter.

Students practiced writing the letter ‘i’ in their process journal and illustrated  objects associated with the sound.

 

Maths

 Students practiced writing the number ‘4’ in their process journals.

The sequence of days of the week was reinforced through anactivity where students marked their birthdays on the calendar by answering a question about the day on which their birthday falls in the year.

 

Hindi

 

Students strengthened the correct writing directionality of vyanjan ‘ba’ through various activities like sand tracing and slate writing. They also illustrated the objects related to vyanjan ‘ba’ in their process journals.

 

Students were introduced to a new rhyme ‘naav humaari‘ to enhance their listening skills.

 

 

Circle Time

As a part of early years skill building program, students focussed on:

 

  • Seriating Knobless cylinder to enhance fine motor skills and dimensional awareness.
  • Reinforcement of Brown stairs to enhance visual discrimination with dimensional awareness
  • Zipper dressing frame to enhance fine motor skills and skills of self care
  • Learner profile attribute of being ‘principled’ through a story to enhance their listening skills

 

 

Information Technology

Students explored an app which helped them understand  comparison of height (tall/short) and size (big/small). They also had fun  doodling numbers on the iPad. They enjoyed working with educational apps.

Dance

Dance routines based on path were stressed. The concept of moving forward and backward during the dance routine was introduced in class.

Music

The students were assessed on their singing where each  came up to the microphone and sang individually.

Arts

This week,students explored painting within pre-drawn shapes. In doing so they also explored holding the brush and painting with water colours.

Physical Education

Students practiced football dribbling and understanding the difference and use of inner toe and outer toe in kicking.

Library

The students were read a bright and a colourful picture book ‘The greedy goat’ by  an award winning illustrator and author Petr Horacek.

One Saturday morning a goat decided that she’d had enough grass and herbs and wanted to try something new to eat, so, from the dog’s food, to the farmer’s pants, the greedy goat ate everything she could get hold of.Once, when she had finished eating, something went wrong, she started to turn into a funny colour and began to feel sick and finally learned her lesson.The story was hilarious and reinforced colours and days of the week for the students.

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24th September – to 28th September

Unit of inquiry

A new unit of inquiry began with the:

Transdisciplinary Theme: How we organize ourselves

Central Idea: Transportation can connect places and people near and far

Lines of Inquiry:

  •  Kinds of transportation
  •  Transport connects people and places
  •  How transportation has changed over time

Students were tuned into the 1st line of inquiry ‘kinds of transportation’ where they enjoyed watching a song ‘The singing walrus’. As a follow up, students were asked to name different vehicles that were in the song and enhanced their creative skills by illustrating the vehicles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut-HbauKzDw

The graphic organizer strategy engaged students to recall relevant information about transportation and produced a substantial list of ‘things that help us to be on the go’.

Students also enjoyed listening to a story on transport‘Little smart planet’. As a follow up, pictures of cloud, land and water were laid on the floor for students to sort and place the different toy models of vehicles on the appropriate picture.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHez0eBJEGw

Learner profile attributes like ‘Thinker’ and ’Knowledgeable’ were emphasized through these activities.

English

Students reinforced sounds (a, o, i, l, m) and enhanced their vocabulary through mystery bag activity where students picked one picture card from the bag and associated it with its respective sound.

Pattern writing between lines was also accomplished in process journals.

Students were shown pictures on smart board related to specific sounds to strengthen the letter sound association .

To enhance students’ listening skills they were shown a story on transport ‘Little smart planet’.

Math

Reinforcement of capacity was done with students pouring water into glasses up to  the mark made on them. They also enhanced their vocabulary by using words like nearly full/nearly half/full/half full/empty during the activity.

Writing of number 1 was accomplished in process journal.

Hindi

Pattern writing of sleeping lines was executed in process journals.

Students augmented their thinking and self-management skills through treasure hunt activity on vyanjan ‘ba’.

To hone their listening and thinking skills they were read a story ‘Pranab ki tasvir’.

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Circle time

As a part of early years skill building program students focussed on:

  • Developing their tactile skills by touching and feeling different fabrics
  • Cards and counters activity to reinforce association of quantity with numbers
  • Table manners to enrich their social etiquettes

Music

The students enhanced their listening skills by learning a new rhyme.They played ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ on the xylophone. They also learned to differentiate between high/low notes and demonstrated the same when they sang the sol-fa (do, re, mi..).

The students also loved singing their favourite rhymes.

Dance

Basic dance routines focusing on directions and levels were stressed upon. The concept of shapes was also introduced in class, through which the students developed a better understanding of creating shapes through movements for a better body posture. They loved following videos from ‘just dance’ series.

 

 

Information Technology

Students revisited number writing through an app. They enjoyed doodling with their little finger. They also explored other apps on the iPad.

Art

Students worked with a stencil of simple geometric/organic shapes to help them develop their eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills. They learned to trace along the cut out of shapes.

Physical Education

Students have been practicing different manipulative skills of gymnastic and working on their flexibility, coordination and weight management skills.

Library

The students listened to a story ‘After the fall’. A story revolved round how Humpty Dumpty got back up again and has been written  by Caldecott Medalist author Dan Santat’s. This story follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favorite place is high up on the city wall until  his famous fall. Terrified of heights post his fall, Humpty could no longer do things he loved most. Eventually Humpty conquered his fear by climbing to the top of the wall again and transformed himself into a bird free to fly. The story focused on the attribute of being courageous.

 

 

17th September -20th September

 

Unit Of Inquiry

Going deeper into exploring the central idea, students reinforced personal, religious, national days by revisiting the celebration calendar. To stimulate discussion, some relevant images of celebrations and occasions were displayed and each child was invited to talk about any celebration they were a part of and the responsibilities of each family member during a celebration

 

English

Students were introduced to the letter ‘l’ through picture cards and online videos. As a follow up, they traced letter ‘l’ on sand paper to enhance the right directionality for letter formation

Pattern writing between two blue lines was accomplished in the process journals.

To enhance students’ listening and thinking skills they were read the story of ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’. The theme of the story-how your actions might hurt others, was illustrated through the strategy of trespassing/breaking in.

The students were able to identify the setting, characters, and events in the story. A thought provoking discussion was undertaken and questions like- ‘If someone took something that belonged to you without your permission, how you would feel?were initiated.

Math

Students were introduced to the concept of measurement through a scooping and pouring activity where stations were created to compare the capacity of containers.

 

Hindi 

Tearing and pasting activity on vyanjan ‘ba’ was done by students to understand directionality and letter formation which further augmented their fine motor skills.

Students also illustrated the objects related to vyanjan ‘ba’ in their process journals.

Pre writing skills using slate/chalk also helped in enhancing visual motor skills.

Students enhanced thinking skills and  self management skills through picture sequencing of the story Chatur Chitiya

Circle Time

As a part of early years skill building program, students focussed on:

  • Carrying a chair and placing gracefully, it to enhance their gross motor skills
  • Wearing shoes independently to hone their fine motor skills.
  • Student narrated a story with the help of puppets and enhanced their communication skills

 

 

I.C.T.

Students explored Number App to reiterate the concepts done so far. They also learned to trace different types of lines and numbers using the app.

 

Dance

The dance class stressed on basic dance routines based on different levels. The concept of posture, expression and dancing statue were also introduced in class, through which the students developed a better understanding of performance.

Music

The students were played the xylophone which they loved playing during class. They also loved singing their favorite rhymes and song in the class .

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Art

This week the children explored drawing various organic and geometric shapes with stencils and colouring them . They also explored creating patterns using powdered pigment and glue while executing them .

Physical Education

Students are working on their flexibility and strength by doing different types of stretching and balancing exercises.

 

Library

The students were read ‘Rollo and Ruff and the little fluffy’ bird by Mick Inkpen,which is a story about Rollo the caring cat; Ruff, the tiny rat, who is trying to make his way alone in the world; and the little fluffy bird, who has a way of making things turn out for the best. The story showed warm friendship between very different creatures where Rollo and fluffy bird provides Ruff with clean and yummy food along with a cozy shelter for their newly made friend Ruff.

10th September to 14th September

Unit of inquiry

To delve deeper into the ongoing unit, students inquired into different kinds of celebrations using a celebration calendar. Personal, religious, national, days were recapitulated through  group games where each group was asked to pick a card that had an image of either a national or a religious festival. Subsequently picture cut outs of artefacts and objects in a mixed pool were to be associated with the respective festival.

 

English

Students sorted and associated picture cards related to sounds ‘a’, ‘o’ and ‘i’.

Pattern writing (standing line) was initiated in the process journals.

Students were also introduced to ‘m’ sound through flash cards and surrounding objects.

Math

Students arranged number cards in a sequence according to the respective quantity.

They also arranged and pasted number slips in a sequence in their process journals.

Students created number 1 using clay and placed it in the ten frame card to understand writing placement. They also traced number 1 on a sandpaper card and practiced writing it on the slate.

 

Hindi

Students were introduced to vyanjan ‘ba’ through flash cards and objects.They also enhanced their vocabulary and thinking skills with a game called ‘Kati patang’.

 

Students were introduced to a story ‘Chatur chitiya’ which enhanced their auditory skills further.

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 This time the topic of assembly was “Hindi Diwas”. During the assembly children got to know about why we celebrate “Hindi Diwas” on 14th September & what is the significance of hindi language. All the section of Joeys recited hindi rhymes and students enjoyed a lot while performing.

Students and teachers also played “Tongue twisters” which was very interesting and new game for them.

Circle Time

As a part of early year skill building program students focused on:

 

  • Folding a napkin and spooning beans to develop their fine motor skills.
  • Spreading butter on bread to hone self-management skills.
  • Reinforcement of magic words (sorry, thank you, please and excuse me) to enhance their social etiquettes.
  • Learner profile attribute of being caring through an activity of planting seeds.

 

Newspaper in education

Students were given newspapers in which they were asked to find pictures that they found appealing and focused on phonic awareness.

Physical Education

Students are working on their flexibility and agility through gymnastics routine.

 

Art

While connecting to the Hindu god Ganesh on Ganesh Chaturthi, students worked with stencil and traced an outline of Ganesha.

Dance

Basic dance routines focussing on directions and levels were stressed upon. The concept of shapes was also introduced in  class, through which the students developed a better understanding of creating shapes through movements for a better body posture. They loved following videos from ‘just dance’ series.

 

Music

The students were introduced to the xylophone and the way it is played. They loved singing songs and rhymes individually over the microphone.

ICT

Students were introduced to ‘Band Color’. They explored various types of shapes and learned how to fill colors in the shapes with different types of instrumental music.

 

Library

Julia Donaldson is a prize-winning author of the world’s best-loved picture books and rhyming stories for children.Her birth anniversary on  September 16, was marked by students as they were read a popular book written by her titled’What the ladybird heard?’

The animals on the farm are always noisy except for the ladybird who never says a word. But when burglars plot to steal the farmer’s fine prized cow, it’s the quiet ladybird that comes up with the perfect way to stop their dastardly plan!

This lively rhyming story is perfectly paired with stylish, vibrant farmyard illustrations by Lydia Monks. The students loved joining in with all the familiar animal sounds, as well as spotting the tiny glittery ladybird on each page,during library lessons.

 

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4th Sep to 7th Sep

Unit of Inquiry

Going deeper into exploring the central idea, students reinforced personal religious celebrations and national days through a group activity. Each group was asked to pick up a chit that had an image of national leaders/personalities and was asked if they could identify them.As a follow up, each group recalled how/why Children’s day and Teacher’s day are celebrated.

Unit Of Inquiry was integrated with language through an interactive exercise where students were involved in creating a planning board (subsets), which included student’s reflection, what they have explored and further investigation was undertaken  about personal/religious celebrations and national days. Students loved sharinginformation on how they celebrated different festivals at home.

The planning board will be further used as a working document which will show the overall vision of the celebration unit.

English

Pattern writing between the lines was accomplished in process journals.

The students were also introduced to ‘i’ sound through flash cards and pictures.

Story Session

The story ‘Good manners’ was read to the students which emphasized on magic words like thank you, excuse me, sorry and please which would further enhance their social skills.

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Math

Formative assessment was undertaken through a floor game where the students had to identify the number on the dice and jump those many times.

Students were shown two groups ofobjects with different quantities and they estimated which one was more/less.

Number sequence was reinforced using number cards.

Hindi

To enhance their pre-writing skills, students made patterns (sleeping/slanting/standing/curvy lines) using  light table and slates.

Introduction to family and family members was done using flashcards to enhance the vocabulary development and communication skills of the students.

Students were introduced to a rhyme ‘Makhanchor’ which enhanced their listening skills and gave them insight about Lord Krishna, the hindu god.

Circle Time

As a part of early year skill building program students focused on:

  • Reinforcement of Brown stairsand Number rods to enhance the development of numeracy skills and dimensional awareness.
  • Transferring of pom-pom balls with the help of tweezers honed fine motor capabilities.

ICT

Students were introduced to Geoboard. They learned how to create shapes using the band on the board. They explored various types of shapes and tried making them. They also made different objects associated with different shapes.

Dance

Basic dance routines based on directions and levels was stressed upon the week gone by. The concept of shapes was also introduced in the class, through which the students developed a better understanding of  shapes creation through movement for better posture. They loved following videos from ‘just dance’.

PhysicalEducation

Students are working on their body balance and body co-ordination by doing the balance walk with bean bag.

 

Music

The students learned names of musical instruments and the families to which each one belonged. They were further able to distinguish between stringed and percussion instruments.

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Art

While connecting to the festival of Janamashtami through a story on ‘makhanchor’ Krishna, students coloured the cut out of a ‘matki’ and decorated it with different coloured paper shapes.

Library

The students were read a fast paced bookabout a bear named ‘Fred’who accidently got thrown into the bin and was taken to the dump! The little boy who owned the bear went racing to the dump to find him. He soughthelp from the grumpy dump worker and eventually found his bear.

The book used rhyming words. It had lovely illustrations that went well with the story and the speech bubbles within the pictures were loved by the students.

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27th Aug to 31st Aug

Unit of Inquiry   

The on-going theme ‘Celebration’ paved way for an assortment of focused learning and research tools for students. As the students moved further,they inquired about the Hindu festival ‘Janmashtami’ which is celebrated all across India, symbolizing the birth of Lord Krishna.

 

Unit of inquiry was integrated with Hindi where students were told about Lord Krishna’s childhood pranks. His stories drew their attention and helped them feel more connected. It also encouraged them to emulate the good qualities of little Krishna. They were also shown videos of the ‘dahi handi’ ritual associated with the festival.

To summarize the purpose of personal celebrations i.e. a wedding and the customs and traditions related to it, students were involved in a class discussion with inquiries like: types of clothes people wear for celebrations;whether their clothes differ from one celebration to another,different varieties of food eaten etc.

A special assembly was conducted to celebrate Mother Teresa’s birthday. Students were narrated a story about her life as a nun and a mission aryand shown pictures of how she served and helped people in need. The students were also informed about her commitment to caring for and helping others. They reflected on their actions for being principled, caring and open-minded like Mother Teresa.

English

Students were introduced to sound ‘o’ through sand paper tracing. As a follow up they associated picture/flash cards with the same. They built up new vocabulary words like of, on and out to further build on their vocabulary.

 

 

They also traced the letter ‘o’ on the light table to hone skills of accurate  letter formation.

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Pattern writing was initiated  in the process journals.

 

Newspaper in education

Reading newspaper helped the students stay in touch with the world around them.  National events/local events, sports stories, and current news kept the students enthralled.

Story session

To emphasize on the learner profile of being ‘caring’, students were narrated a story ‘Sussie the cat’ in  class.

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Math

Group and individual activities were organized to reinforce different ways of representing quantitywith the help of cards. They identified random numbers given to them,sorted and categorized picture cards and associatedthe same with the number.

Reinforcement of arranging quantities in the ten frames was done where in students represented random numbers in the ten frames and showcased it  in their process journal.

Hindi

To enhance their pre-writing skills students made patterns (sleeping line, slanting line, standing line, curve) with play doh. Students were introduced to rhymes ‘Choti choti gaiya’ and ‘Aha tamatar’ which helped in enhancing their listening skills.

Circle Time

As a part of early year skill building program students focused on:

  • Cylinder with knobs and transferring pom-pom balls using tongs which enhanced fine motor skills
  • To enhance their social skills student were shown how to cough and sneeze using a tissue to cover their mouth.
  • Cutting paper with the help of scissors

 

Music

The students learned the names of some musical instruments and classified them into families of strings and percussion. They have been acquaintedwith instruments like guitar, tanpura and ukulele from the string family, and congo and shakers from the percussion family.

They also enjoyed singing their favorite songs in the class.

 

Physical Education

The students worked on their upper body strength as they hung on a bar which helped improve their strength, body co-ordination and flexibility.

Dance

Student have been learning combination of elementary level (Jazz,Blade)hands and (First and second Parallel) feet positions with different type of music. Their dance routine also introduced isolation of body parts to them.

 

Art

Unit of inquiry was integrated with Art as the students coloured earthen pots to herald Janamashtami celebrations using  various colours.

ICT-The students were engaged in tracing activity using ‘Doo-doo lite’ and ‘123 numbers’.

Library

The studentsheardan imaginative and captivating story of a small boy who used his imagination to travel to his own special Island, where he did everything  he wanted. The book had odd images hidden within images of magnificent colours- twirling jungle leaves and a deep strange purple ocean.

This story allowed the students to dive  into their own wild imagination and use it creatively.