3rd December – 7th December

Unit of inquiry:

 Probing further into the current unit ‘how we organize ourselves’, students inquired into different parts of a car and a school bus like the fuel tank, bumper, head lights, tail lights, wiper, windshield, rear view mirror, engine, steering wheel, odometer, window frame, wheel, brake, spare wheel etc. They learned the importance of the PUC certificate and a driving license. They also observed the logo and were curious to know where the fuel is filled in a vehicle.

 Students were asked to discuss with their parents about different fuel variants they use in their cars and also find out the company logo on the cars they use.

 A formative assessment was undertaken for students where they identified different modes of transport and pasted the cut-outs of vehicles in appropriate categories (land/air/water).

An assembly was conducted by students   were they enacted the various roles  depicting that the  wild animals should not be hunted , secondly plastic should  not be thrown in the ocean / seas which enhancing pollution . Students were made aware that 4th  December is the Wild Life Conservation Day , which is celebrated all over the world , to observe the protection of the wild animals and wild plants . They were told about the endangered animals which are extinguished in the coming years , and why they are been killed .

 

English:

The students were introduced to sound ‘g’ through picture cards.

An assessment was undertaken where they arranged the pictures in a correct sequence and narrated the story in their own words.

Math:

To assess students understanding of odd and even numbers and patterns a formative assessment was undertaken.

Introduction of zero was done through a game where the students were invited as a small group to play a game.

Students learned number sequencing from 0 to 9 and recorded it in their process journals. They also received cut outs of numbers in a mixed pool, from which they picked the numbers and sequenced in their journals.

Hindi

The students developed an understanding of formation of vyanjan ‘la’ through paper crushing and pasting activity.

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A formative assessment was attempted by the students- they identified the initial sounds of the objects and associated them with the respective vyanjans.

 

 

Circle Time:

 

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

 

  • Enhancing their communication skills by singing a song ‘We are going to the zoo’
  • Enhancing their hand eye co-ordination and gross motor skills through pressing in and pulling out velcro
  • Enhancing their visual discrimination by suing the primaryColour box that differentiated between red, blue and yellow.

Music:

The students sang ‘Jingle Bells’ in English and Hindi and ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’. They also learned how to apply dynamics like ‘piano’ (meaning soft) and ‘forte’ (meaning loud) while singing.

Dance:

The students stressed on basic dance routines based on level. The concept of posture, expression and dancing statue were also introduced through which they developed a better understanding of performance through props .

Art

The children explored drawing various organic forms like animals and human made objects using geometric shapes . They were encouraged to explore drawing by observation as well as drawing by joining dots .

 

Physical Education

Students are working on their body balance , spatial Awareness and coordination of leg movement  and hand movement by practicing bouncing and crossing the hurdle at the same time .

 

Information Technology

Students explored various stamps on TuxPaint and made beautiful illustrations about various types of transport and accessorized them with road, tree, bird and buildings. They also learned how to increase and decrease the size of the stamps.

Library

Students made illustrations of all the gifts they wish Santa to bring for them at Christmas, on a given sheet of paper.They further interpreted what they drew. Many of them wanted candies or chocolates, toys, dolls however, some expectations of gifts were very unique like trucks, machines, robots, and a real baby sibling.

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10th December to 14th December

Unit of inquiry:

To further deepen their understanding of the current unit ‘how we organize ourselves’, an experiment was conducted to demonstrate the functioning of a submarine. Students explored and observed whether a particular mode of transport sank or floated in water. As an extension to it, they acquainted themselves with the factors (weight and shape) that influence buoyancy. 

 

A survey asking teachers about what mode of transport they use (self drive, carpool, public transport, school, bus) while coming to school was conducted. Students also discussed the type of fuel (diesel/petrol/CNG)used in the vehicle they travelled to school in.

 

 

Provocation to the 3rd line of inquiry ‘How transportation has changed over time’, was done by posing questions on quadrant while creating a graphic organizeron things that enable us to travel. Building further on this, students used their thinking and communication skills and came up with an interesting discussion to understand the timeline of transport.

 

English:

Assessment was undertaken where the students identified  the picture and associate with the correct sound .

The assessment of sounds was undertaken through bingo game , where students listened to the sound and identified it  .

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Math:

Introduction to greater than and lesser than as undertaken through manipulatives  where  students associated number with quantity. They also indicated which number is greater by using a paper crocodile mouth.

 

A reinforcement of the concept, greater than and lesser than was undertaken in process journal with an activity where the students picked up two chits with dots on them and counted them. They identified which number is greater using signs (> or <).

An Introduction to ‘what comes after’was done through an online game https://tvokids.com/preschool/games/caterpillar-count

 

Hindi

Introduction of the vyanjan ‘gh’ was targeted with a poem ‘Sabse sundar ghar hai hamara’ and flash cards.

To understand the formation and directionality of vyanjan ‘gh’, sand tracing was undertaken by the students.

An assessment was attempted where the students arranged the pictures in the correct sequence and narrated the story in their own words

 

Circle Time:

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

 

  • Enhancing social etiquettes by offering a pencil to their peers
  • Developing eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills using dressing frame- Pressing studs
  • Representing number with quantity with Number Rods and Cards manipulative material
  • Enhancing their listening skills through a story to emphasis the learner profile attribute of being principled

 

Music:

The students sang ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’. They also learned the Hindi version of the famous Christmas carol ‘Silent night, holy night’.Carol singing during free play time and at dispersal sees the  young learners participate in festive singing to ring in Christmas at school.

 

 

Dance:

We stressed on basic dance routines based on level. The concept of pointed and flex feet was also introduced in the classes, through which we developed a better understanding of posture.

Art:

This week the children continued the drawing exercises which included both free hand observational drawings and other exercises  like joining dots and stenciling

ICT

ICT was integrated with UOI where students created a beautiful illustration of Santa Claus using Tux Paint stamps. They used various stamps to decorate their Christmas tree and gifts.

Physical Education

Students are working on PE discipline. They are learning how to make different formations like soccer file, circle, triangle, straight line, 2-line formation, single line formation. They are also learning how to take 1-hand distance and 2-hand distance to keep proper gap in line.

 

Library has closed down for the term to take stock of books and prepare for term 2. However children continue to read personal books from the class library

 

19th November-30th November

Unit of inquiry    

To further deepen their understanding of the ongoing unit  about modes of transportation, students created a bar graph representing their mode of travel (bus/car/walking/carpool) to school.

A role play was enacted by teachers and students on ‘How to travel by air and things required for travelling (passport, visa, boarding pass etc.). The procedures to be followed at an airport (check in, security check, immigration) were shared with students.

 

Unit of inquiry was integrated with English with the  story ‘mum to the rescue’. The story about water transport  further extended awareness about the unit where students shared their observation about the same as they filled in and built upon a graphic organiser.

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English

Students constructed core vocabulary of the sound ‘f’ and tried creating meaningful sentences using the same.

Students wrote ‘f’ in the correct zone and illustrated new vocabulary words in their journals.

To assess their understanding on phonic sounds a dictation was undertaken in class.

Maths

To further strengthen the concept of ‘shapes’, students were divided into two groups to identify 2D shapes. They coloured 2D shapes- a square and a rectangle on a given sheet and then tried identifying objects with three/four/no edges.

Reinforcement of number quantity association was  done through a number hunt game.

Students were introduced to the concept of odd/even numbers using different combinations of figurines where students placed the figurines in a ten frame order to subitise and then later figure out if the number was odd or even.

 

Students were introduced to positional words with songs ‘Pete the cat’ and ‘wheels on the bus’, where students were given a picture of  Pete the cat and the bus to demonstrate each positional term.

Hindi

Reinforcement of  vocabulary related to the names of fruits and vegetables (fal aur sabjiyon ke naam) was done in the class through a role play.

Flashcards and sand tracing on the light table were used as tools to introduce the vyanjan‘la’.

Students presented take and talk to promote oral communication skills and to build self-confidence and improve their fluency in the language .

Circle Time:

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

 

  • Listening to the story on values – ‘Respecting nature’
  • Stretching bands on the Geo board to enhance their fine motor skills and understanding of patterns
  • Illustrating different types of transport which pollute the air and brainstormed about what can be done to save the Earth

 

Music

 

The students were assessed on their singing capabilities. Each student sang individually on the microphone. The students also learned how to sing ‘Jingle bells’ in Hindi.

 

Art

 

Students continued to connect dots to form basic geometrical 3D shapes like the cylinder, cone and cube.They also explored more complex shapes like those of animals and man-made objects which they coloured using complimentary colours.

Physical education

 Students are learning different terminology and basic skills on track, lane, starting line and finishing line. They are learning how to start the race with a proper stance.

Dance

The students stressed on basic dance routine based on levels. They also developed a better understanding of body posture through a game on dancing statues.

Information Technology:

Students had fun creating their favourite transport and also added various types of stamps to beautify it using Tux Paint.

Library

The students listened to the story of the ‘Odd dog’ by author Claudia Blodt. A story about an odd dog called Helmut who was odd because he did not like bones but loved apples made interesting read for students. Helmut worried that his next door neighbor, Igor, would steal all the apples from his tree. Hespent all his time thinking up ways to protect his apples. The story ended when he learned that Igor had no interest in his apples; they become friends

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12th November -16th November

Unit of inquiry:

 Revisiting the yearlong unit on ‘celebrations’, students have become aware about the importance of Children’s day and the rights of every child where the importance of giving each one a happy childhood was emphasized.

Continuing along the 2nd line of inquiry on ‘kinds of transport’, students inquired into different types of water transport (cruise ships, boats, submarines, ferry etc.).They further enriched their vocabulary by creating a word list which included words like port, anchor, launch, sails, harbor, paddle, dam, lighthouse, rudder, shipyard, aboard.

Students also watched an audio visual presentation related to the same

https://www.lingokids.com/english-for-kids/songs/i-saw-a-ship-a-sailing

As a part of our on-going unit on transport, Ms. Preeti Singh was invited as a guest speaker to share her role as a pilot. It was an enriching experience where students were informed about the generic traits of a Pilot e.g. uniform, discipline, punctuality and alertness. She spoke to them about the role and responsibility of a Pilot, how a Pilot flies a plane.

English:

Students were introduced to the sound ‘r’ through a puzzle wherein they had to identify the object and it’s initial sound. They also practiced writing the letter ‘r’ and illustrated objects related to the sound in their process journal.

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Math:

 Pattern as a concept was reinforced using an assortment of things like beads, shapes, pebble sand students tried making visual patterns in both simple and complex ways. They headed outdoors and loved collecting leaves, twigs, stones etc. which they also used to create patterns.

 

 

Hindi:

Students practiced writing vyanjan ‘na’ in their process journals .They illustrated the objects in their journal and developed vocabulary associated with the letter.

 

 

Circle Time:

 

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

 

  • Fastening nuts and bolts to enhance wrist manipulation
  • Listening to the story on values – ‘Cory learns to tell the truth’
  • Lacing enhanced fine motor skills . 

 

Music:

The students learned to sing ‘alive, alert, awake’ with actions. They also sang a song on thankfulness.

Dance

The students stressed on basic dance routines based on directions and levels. The concept of shapes were also introduced in the classes, through which they developed a better understanding of creating them using movement for better posture. The students also followed videos from just dance.

Art

The students have explored drawing skills using dots. They were encouraged to connect dots to form basic geometrical 3D shapes like the cylinder, cone and cube.

ICT

ICT was integrated with the current unit where students were introduced to Tux Paint. They were briefed on the basic features of the application. They enjoyed exploring different options using this application.

 

Physical education

Students are getting more exposure to different types of equipment and their uses.

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Library

The students listened to the classic nursery rhyme ‘little miss Muffet’. Poor little miss Muffet wants to  eat her curds and whey in peace. But when a rather terrifying spider appears, she desperately scurries away. Frantically searching for  much-needed solace, she ventures outside, only to be startled by a vivacious frog, a squawking crow, and easily the largest moose ever sighted! What else could she possibly encounter outside? Would she ever get back to the safety of her tuffet? These were some questions that teased the minds of young readers.

Students were treated to an hour long presentation on Children’s day where teachers moved to music, enacted snippets from their classrooms and engaged in group dancing. The show was highly entertaining and much appreciated by the student audience.

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29th October-2nd November

Unit of Inquiry:

 Revisiting the year long unit on ‘celebrations’, students learned about the festivals of light across the globe like Diwali in India, Loi Krathong in Thailand and Hanukkah celebrations from Israel  . As a follow up, students were engaged in map marking where they marked places on the world map where these festivals are celebrated.

Audio visual presentation was shown to ring in the festive season in the host country. Discussion on five elements, artefacts, food, clothing etc. was also undertaken.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp59n0So-XE&vl=en

English:

Students were introduced to the sound ‘h’ and they associated objects with it through a game wherein they had to guess the words through riddles. Students also practiced writing the letter ‘h’ in their process journal and pasted objects associated with the sound.

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Math:

 Students were introduced to the concept of patterns with an assortment of things(beads, shapes, pebbles),where they tried to make  visual patterns in both simple and complex ways.Students were encouraged to create patterns by arranging colored blocks, crayons, different sized objects or stringing beads.  Students learned about patterns thereby honing their problem-solving skills.

 

Students played an online game on number sequencing

https://www.turtlediary.com/game/find-the-missing-number.htm

 

Hindi:

Students practiced writing vyanjan ‘ba’ and ‘sa’ in their process journals .They illustrated the objects and vocabulary associated with the same.

Students were introduced to a new rhyme ‘aayidiwali’ to experience the festive mood and also to enhance their listening skills.

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Circle Time:

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

  • Singing rhymes to further develop musicality and communication skills
  • Pink tower and Brown stairs extensions to enhance visual discrimination of size and thickness
  • Learner profile attribute of being ‘principled’ and ‘open-minded’ through a story to enhance their listening skills

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT2f3oQGyH4&context=C442cb16ADvjVQa1PpcFOMf9aCkpAaqpOIyNeoIaaba35KXd4Zu-4%3D

 

Music

The students sang a transport song and a song on thankfulness:

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https://youtu.be/B1yNgKeYM3k

https://youtu.be/zw40KkJWVwI

Art

Connecting to the festival of lights- Diwali, students painted a cut-out of a ‘diya’ using the three primary colours and embellished the same with shape cutouts or sequins.

Dance:

The students stressed on basic dance routines based on directions and levels. The concept of shapes were also introduced in the classes, through which they developed a better understanding of creating them using movement for better posture. The students also followed videos from just dance.

Information Technology:

ICT was integrated with UOI when students illustrated their understanding on Diwali. They made beautiful diyas, stars and crackers.

Physical Education:

Students are working on their flexibility, strength and coordination by practicing jumping over hurdles, developing agility on ladders and other manipulative skills with hoop.

Library:

The students were read a big Hindi book – ‘kiskedaant’. The hilarious story was about a set of grandfather’s denture kept in a jar, while the grandchildren kept guessing as to whom these set of teeth could possibly belong to.

Their wild imagination travelled from a mouse to a crocodile,from a tiger  onto a bear and because the teeth looked old the grandchildren thought maybe they probably belonged to the dinosaurs.

 

 

15th October to 25th October

Unit of Inquiry:

In continuation with the 1st line of inquiry ‘Kinds of transport’, reinforcement on types of planes was undertaken.

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To enhance  experimental and contextual learning, students inquired into the working of a hot air balloon through an experiment. A bottle with a balloon covering it’s mouth was placed in  hot water and observed how the  hot air inflates the balloon . The scientific concept of hot air being lighter was highlighted through this experiment.

 

In continuation with the yearlong unit on ‘celebrations’, the students also inquired into celebrating Dusshera. They were apprized about the story behind celebrating Dusshera in India.As a follow up, students engaged in map marking where they pinned places which celebrate Dusshera. To hone their listening and thinking skills they were also read a story on the festival.

Information Technology was integrated with the year long unit- celebration, with students making Ravan using Doodoo Lite app. They enjoyed decorating Ravan with different colours and shapes.

Special assembly on Dussehra- The assembly started with the marking of native states and countries where Dusshera is celebrated. Students were shown pictures of King Dashrath, his wives and his four sons– Ram, Lakshman, Bharat and Shatrughan. The facilitator shared information about Dusshera. Information about how and why Lord Ram went to the forest for 14 years was shared. A role play was organized by the facilitators to explain some important events from the epic. As an extension to the assembly, students were acquainted with the story of Durga Puja and navratras. They were also shown pictures of garba dance, after which teachers performedthe  dance form with students in groups to give them a festive feel from the western part of the country.

English:

Students were introduced to the sound ‘v’ through picture cards and online videos. They further made illustrations related to the same in their process journals. As a follow up, they traced letter ‘v’ on sand paper and practiced writing it on the slate to improve directionality for writing the letter.

 

The letter-sounds (o,c,l,t,i) already undertaken in the class were reinforced using slates for strengthening the correct writing directionality.

To assess their knowledge of phonic sounds students practiced sounds and learned new vocabulary words with a bingo game.

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Unit of inquiry was also integrated with English where students associated different means of transport with the initial sound letters using picture cards.

A new rhyme – ‘We all go travelling by’ was introduced too.

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The take and talk was worth watching as enthusiasm and excitement knew no bounds. The students came dressed up for  Halloween and spoke about their unique characters.

Maths:

Students practiced writing the numbers ‘7 and 9’ in their process journals.

They were shown different containers such as bottles and cups etc. which were re-arranged in ascending order of their water holding capacity.

 

The students were introduced to the concept of ‘missing numbers’ through manipulatives. They accomplished an activity on missing numbers in their process journals.

 

Reinforcement of days of the week was done through a ‘Hungry caterpillar’ story which enhanced their literacy and thinking skills.

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Hindi:

Students strengthened the correct writing directionality of vyanjan ‘sa’ through various activities like sand tracing and slate writing.

Reinforcement of colours in Hindi was done with a game ‘Kati patang’ toenhanceHindi vocabulary and thinking skills.

Students reinforced vyanjan (ba,sa) through sorting activity where they picked up one picture card each and associated it with its respective vyanjan.

 

Students were introduced to a new rhyme ‘Chukchuk rail gaadi’.

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Circle Time:

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

  • Sorting of seeds to enhance visual discrimination skills
  • Reinforcement of cutting paper with the help of scissors and pounding pulses to enhance fine motor skills
  • Story narration with the puppets to enhance communication skills
  • Transferring water with sponge from one bowl to another to develop hand eye co-ordination
  • Carrying a tray to enhance gross motor skills
  • Use of skewer (Pineapple and cheese) to enhance fine motor and presentation skills

 

Art:

This week, the students continued with their artworks exploring the evolution of transportation, employing artistic renderings of the cubist style as prominently employed by Pablo Picasso. They engaged with their previously coloured drawings by pasting theme based coloured papers. They achieved artworks featuring means of transport in ascending order from the wheel to a modern means of transport such as aeroplanes via the cartwheel, horse driven cart, car, truck and train. These works are scheduled to feature in a forth coming grade level exhibition on the theme of transportation and cubism

 

Physical Education:

Students are working on their energy level and body agility by running short distance races to further develop their body coordination.

 

Information Technology:

Students were introduced to Voice4u application. They explored various objects in it. They learned how to swipe with their index finger to flip back and forth on the screen to make their choices.

Music:

The students learned a new song ‘I Am Thankful’ (https://youtu.be/zw40KkJWVwI) for Thanksgiving Day. They also sang the transport song and did some vocal exercises.

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Library:

Nursery was read a poetic picture book ‘If your dreams take off and fly’ by John Butler where a little boy drifts off to sleep one night.His dreams take him on an adventure around the world. He imagines vast oceans where dolphins leap through the waves; icy landscapes where penguins huddle for warmth and wild grasslands where hippos, giraffes and zebras roam free .The story inspired the listeners and shared with them the power of imagination.

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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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