20th May-24th May

Unit of inquiry:

As part of the current unit of inquiry ‘Who we are’, a Summative assessment was undertaken in class where the students sorted pictures under different stages of growth.

 

Unit of inquiry was integrated with language where students spoke about taking care of their body.

English

  • Reinforcement of sentences entailed sentence reading
  • Dictation was taken in class.

Math

  • Reinforcement of place value was undertaken with base ten blocks
  • Quantity association was done through a monster dice game where students rolled the dice, recognized the number and associated it with the respective quantity

Hindi

  • Students wrote vyanjan ‘ch’ in their process journal.

Music

In the class students learned and sang the song ‘Doe a deer’.Students also learned about notes in music.

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Information technology

This week students engaged in a recapitulation of several apps which they have learned through the term. They enjoyed working on apps like Dr. Dino, Tiggly draw, Tux-Paint, and Code-a-pillar.

Dance

Dance lessons focused on development of postures of dance routine where students practiced same routine set to different music.

Physical education

Students are learning different stretching exercises and many other ways to workout with or without use of equipment. They are also learning new hoop exercises which would help them in handling the equipment.

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Library

Students were felicitated as ‘Crowned owls’ to mark the culmination of the reading programme at DPS International on May 21, 2019.The celebrations began with the ‘wise ones’ dressing up in pyjamasas they curled up to do what they enjoy most…read. Students witnessed a puppet show while savouring their ice creamin the library.

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13th May – 17th May

Unit of inquiry:

Probing further into the current unit of inquiry ‘Who we are’, students were shown their old and current pictures, where they observed and identified the visible changes over time.

 

Field trip- Students visited a dentist’s clinic, where they learned about taking care of their teeth and oral hygiene. They also learned about various instruments used by the dentist.To help students appreciate the importance of oral hygiene, language was integrated with the unit of inquiry through a rhyme ‘chamaktedamaktedaant’- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHPGD1oyR-o

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Formative assessment- Students picked up objects from a mixed pool and sorted them under different stages of growth like infant, child, adult and old age.

 

English:

  • Students created CVC words in their journals through a wheel game
  • Students also read sentences and pasted the correct picture next to it

Math;

  • Reinforcement of numbers from 11 to 20 was undertaken in the process journals
  • Reinforcement of backward counting was done with a walking on a number line activity
  • Reinforcement of days of the week was undertaken through a rhyme and a time table pictograph.

Hindi:

Formative assessment was undertaken in class through ‘spin the arrow’ activity, wherein students engaged in spinning the arrow, read the vyanjan/swar and named two objects beginning with the letter.

Music:
In class, students learned and sang the song ‘Doe a Deer’ by Julia Andrews (Sound of music). They also learned a few basics about notes and Solfege (Do re mi fa sol la ti Do).

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Information technology:

The students explored different tools given in the app and learned to drag and drop objects using the mouse. They painted landscapes and then dragged animals, plants, the sun, and other objects using the mouse to build their own farm, jungle, ocean or a forest scene.

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Dance:

Dance lessons focused on development of postures  where students practiced same routine  set to different music.

Physical education:

Students are learning different recreational activities where they are understanding the importance of team work and moment coordination.

Art:

While connecting to the TD theme “Who we are” students traced their palm and converted it to many imaginative shapes, and coloured it using colour pencils.

Library: 

As the crowned owl ceremony day is nearing and we initiated the counting of their reading log,  Joey students excitedly came forward to share many stories that they read at home and at school.

 

 

 

 

6th May – 10th May

Unit of inquiry:

As part of the on-going theme ‘Who we are’, students were taken to a prenursery class to observe the students atplay and take part in activities.

The guest speaker session with a doctor parent gave students an opportunity to learn many facts about maintaining personal hygiene like importance of washing hands and benefits of eating healthy food. Demonstration of some medical equipment was undertaken during the session.

Formative assessment was undertaken in class where the students assembled the cutouts of body parts, named each part and their functions.

Language was integrated with the unit of inquiry througha rhyme ‘If you think you’re going to sneeze’ and a song ‘chalo kasrat karo’in the vernacular hindi language

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI15Q2r7P2Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuupYOx9dJ8

Students were narrated a story ‘How I am growing’ to understand different stages of life.

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English

To understand the structure of a sentence, students were introduced to writing   sentences using capitalization of first letter and ending of a sentence with a period while maintaining proper spacing between each word.

Students were introduced to ‘ot’ family words through a matching game where they read the word and matched it to the correct ‘ot’picture. As a follow up they wrote the ‘ot’ family words in their journals.

Students learned ‘ad’ family words through a word wheel game.

Math:

Students reinforced the representation of numbers on place value mats.

Reinforcement of backward counting was undertaken in their process journals.

Reinforcement of time was done through an activity where the student picked up a chit with time written on it and represented it on the clock.

 

Hindi:

Reinforcement of vyanjna/swar was undertaken with a popcorn floor game where the students were given pictures on a popcorn shape to be placed withthe vyanjan/swar beside it.

Formation of vyanjan ‘ch’ was done with the light table activity.

Music

Students learned about notes and names of notes and sang them in a group during music lessons.

Students also learned the song ‘Doe a deer’.

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Library

Very excited and eagerly awaiting the crowned owl ceremony, students were assessed on their reading log and were also encouraged to share any story that they had read.The final count of the books read by them were registered and those who have made it to the list willl be felicitated in a ceremony at school shortly.

 

Information technology

Students learned the basics of personal hygiene and its importance through an animated lesson. The lesson was followed by two activities – sequencing the pictures in the correct order and choose the correct option. Students focused onmoving the curser while using the mouse and strengthening their hand-eye coordination with these activities.

Dance

Dance lessons focused on development of postures where students loved to showcase fine and gross movements of Jazz dance style.

 

Physical education

As a part of the unit ‘who we are’, students are learning and understanding the benefits and importance of good posture like sitting, walking, standing and bending. A good posture is conducive to muscles  working more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy and therefore, prevent muscle fatigue.

Art

This week the students painted shapes using their palms, fingers, elbows and shoulders. The medium was ink and technique was- ink on paper.

 

29th April to 3rd May

Unit of inquiry:

Probing further into the current unit of inquiry ‘Who we are’, students were shown a video that emphasized the need forbalanced food

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5-mRaUfm1M

Students were also informed about the rainbow plate i.e.to include all the colorfulfruits and vegetables available in nature on their food plate to stay healthy.

English

Reinforcement of sight words was done in class where students were given glasses with sight words written on them to create a pyramid.

To understand the structure of sentence, students were introduced to writing sentences where they learned about capitalization of first letter and ending  a sentence with a period while maintaining properspacing between each word.

Hindi

Students were introduced tovyanjan ‘ch’ with a rhyme ‘Chidiya rani badisayani’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Cfq61KoUxw

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Math

The concept of subitizing or ability to quickly guess quantity without counting, was reinforced in class using quick look cards.

Music

Students learned and sang ‘It’s a small world after all’ and ‘Hello to all the children of the world’for their unit of inquiry presentation held on  May 2,2019.

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Library

Students listened to a story ‘I want a friend’ by Tony Ross. The story delved into the narrative of a little princessl who started school and was eager to make friends. She had a difficult time until she realized there were lots of other children just like her who needed a friend  and eventually  became each other’s friends. It made a great read to encourage children to be make new friends.

Information technology

 

This week  ICT lessons allowed students to explore educational games on the laptop. They had fun engaging in the colouring activity. They have learnt to control the onscreen cursor using the mouse.

Dance

Dance lessons focused on development of postures during routine where students loved to tap their feet to a peppy Russian song.

Physical education

Students are working on their body balance and body posture. They are also learning some martial art skills to protect themselves. By practicing these skills they will become more confident of themselves

22nd April to 26th April

Unit of Inquiry
Progressing further with the new unit about ‘our body’, to form a basefor a healthy lifestyle, students were introduced to basic hygiene concepts and proper toilet training skills. Students were also sensitized about some common health issues. As an extension, students were shown advertisement of shampoo and hair oil and alsothe advantages therein of using them.
Later they decoded why it is important to look after their hair.

Students were involved in an activity where they self-checked theirown and their peer’sgrooming. They gave themselves a smiley for cut nails and a sad face for unclippeddirty and long nails and created a pictograph. A class discussion on diseases caused by dirty nails and hands was undertaken.
Hindi was integrated with the unit of inquiry through a story ‘Sonuke pet meindard’:

English was integrated with the unit of inquiry through a story – ‘Makingfaces’.
To reinforce the idea of storytelling, promote social skills and boost language development, students were introduced to a new rhyme ‘Wash your hands ’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrF1e6boNbc

English
Students were engaged in an activity where they read sentences and matched them with appropriate pictures.
Reinforcement of CVC words was done through a‘roll and colour’ game where students rolledthe letter dice to build their word, after finding their word on the game board, they coloured it.
Take and talk was presented to strengthen communication skills, self-confidence and fluency in the language.

Math
Reinforcement of addition concepts was achieved with the use was done throughof popsicles, where in the students picked up two popsicles and illustrated the quantity under the number. They then added the total quantity and picked the popsicles which had a total value.
Reinforcement of place value, greater and lesser was done with through a hands on activity where students grabbed 2 hands full of cubes/kidney beans, counted and compared the quantities.


Hindi
Reinforcement of two letter words was done through a game, wherein the students were given vyanjan/swar written on bottle caps in a mixed pool, they brainstormed and made two letter words and matched them with the appropriate picture.

To hone their listening and thinking skills, a rhyme ‘ekkauvapyasatha’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjIVdctOm-A was introduced to them.

Dance
Dance lessons focused on development of postures during dance routine where students loved to tap their feet on a peppy Russian song.


Information Technology
This week the students worked on an educational app Dr. Dino Dentist. Through this app, they learned about different dental instruments and treatments. They performed a variety of dental procedures and treated the cavities inof the patient to get his teeth back to being healthy, shiny and pearly white.

Physical Education
Students are working on their body balance and body posture. They are also learning some martial art skills to protect themselves. By practicing these skills they will become more confident of themselves

Music
Students learned and sang ‘Hello to all the children of the World’ and ‘It’s a small world afterall’.

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Art
Connecting to the TD theme ” Who we are?” Students explored tracing their fingers and coming up with creative ideas. Fingers contour were converted into imaginative shapes.

Library
23rd April is celebrated as ‘World Book Day celebrated worldwide was marked in the library on April 23,2019.’ worldwide. Theis is an occasionaims to promote the joy of books amongst readers from across all agesand the art of reading. 23rd April To mark the death anniversary of literatteur William Shakespear,was also selected by UNESCO reinstated the day to pay tribute to great literary figures including William Shakespeare. Theis day is celebrated to honors authors and celebrated books from across the worldwide.
Students celebrated this day by browsing through various books available in the library. Many of them came forward to share their understanding of the picture books they were browsing r had read too.

15th April to 18th April

Unit of Inquiry

Moving on to a new unit on ‘our body’, a prior knowledge assessment was conducted through a game called ‘Simon says’, where students were given instructions to identify the body parts called out to them.

Students used their five senses to explore the objects in the environment like incense sticks, a fruit, a vegetable, a bell, crayons etc. and as an extension, identified the body parts and the sense organs that assisted them in making the exploration.

 

English

CVC words were reinforced through a popcorn game where students picked up crushed chits with a picture each and identified them to write the correct word.

 

To understand the structure of a sentence, students were introduced to capitalization of the 1st letter while writing a sentence,spacing between the words and ending the sentence with a period.

 

Math

They were introduced to the concept of addition through a game where students rolled two dices and used a manipulative to work out the answer by putting balls/counters into the cups to add  two numbers together.

 

Hindi

Writing of vyanjan ‘ma’ was accomplished in their process journals.

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Further reinforcement of Hindi ginti (1-10) was done through a game on stairs, where the numbers were placed on the steps and the students identified the numbers in Hindi and moved forward.

Circle Time

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

  • Transferring rice with spoon to enhance fine motor skills
  • Rhymes to enhance language development
  • Screwing and unscrewing bolts to develop sorting
  • A story  of the‘The magical sticks’ using audio visuals

 

Information Technology

In I.C.T., students further explored working on Bee-bot. They learned to move the bot in forward, backward, left and right directions.

 

Dance

Dance lessons focused on development of postures during dance routine where students loved to tap their feet on a peppy Russian song.

Music

The students sang ‘Hello to all the children of the world’ and ‘It’s a small world after all’. They sang with actions as a group and even took turns to sing individually on the microphone.

Art

As the preparation for the art portfolio students spoke about the mask they created. Students description of the chinese character created by them was recorded.

 

Physical Education

Students are learning football skills to develop their strength, endurance and team spirit. During play, they are also learning to use different body parts in the game.

Library

Students were read a fast paced book titled  ‘This is the bear’ by Sarah Hayes. Thebook  about a bear called Fred, who was accidently thrown into the bin and then taken to the dump made interesting narration. The little boy who owned the bear went racing to the dump to find him. He took the help of a grumpy dump worker and eventually found the bear and went home. The bear was excited and wanted to go on another adventure again.

The book used rhyming words and  lovely illustrations that wenthand in hand with the pace of the story to instil interest amongst young listeners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8th April – 12th April

Unit of inquiry:

A new unit of inquiry began with the:

Transdisciplinary theme: Who we are

Central Idea: Every day I learn about who I am and what I can do

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Physical characteristics
  • How I take care of my body
  • How I am growing and changing

 

A class discussionwas undertaken after which  students were made to sit in front of the mirror and observe themselves. Some thought provoking questions like- ‘what do you see in the mirror?’, ‘what special features are visible?’, ‘how do you feel?’, ‘how are you different from your friends?’ etc. were asked.

As an extension to the above discussion, students created beautiful illustrations showcasing their facial features,  hairstyle, eyes etc.

English

Students were introduced to sentences through a ‘roll and read’ game. The sentence included sight words and CVC words taught in class.

Reinforcement of ‘am’ was undertaken as a  word mat activity.

Dictation of  CVC and phonic sounds was taken to assess their understanding in the process journal

Math

Pattern recognition in numbers was done using play doh. Students were given play doh to create numbers and understand the concept of pattern in numbers

To represent numbers 1-20 in a variety of ways: dice dots, fingers and ten frames were used.Students were given a random number card to recognise and  represent the number usingdice dots, fingers and ten frames.

 

Discussion on symbol ’+’ sign was initiated using  a book ‘If you were a plus sign’ which included addition stories in a variety of different contexts. What would you do if you were a plus sign? You could add things together. You could add people and animals were some options explored through the book.

 

Hindi

Reinforcement of vyanjan/swar was undertaken with agame where the students rolled the dice to count the quantity on it and placed the figurine on the number to recognize the vyanjan.

Students inquired into a new vyanjan ‘ma’ through real life objects and picture cards. Students practiced writing the vyanjan using rainbow writing strategy.

Circle Time

As a part of early years’ skill building program, students focused on a story about body parts:

‘How the human body works’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFCyiqycPKw

To perceive and recognize the form of an object in the absence of visual and auditory information, students used tactile information to decode information about texture, size, spatial properties, and temperature.Stereognostic bag was introduced  in classto hone the sense of touch.

Information Technology

Students explored ‘Bee-Bot’. They learned to move the bot in the forward and backward direction and also to clear the previous instruction, using command buttons.

Art

This week students continued to complete the drawing and colouring exercise titled ‘basket of fruits’. They used pencil and pastel colours on paper to complete their composition.

Music

Students learned and sang the songs ‘It’s a small world after all’ and ‘Hello to all the children of the world.

 

Physical Education

Students are learning balancing exercises to help increase  strength of the core muscles and to improve the body co-ordination. They also practiced different balancing poses to improve the ability to react to sudden directional changes,improve stability and help prevent accidental fall

Dance

Dance lessons focused on development of postures during dance routine where students loved to tap their feet on a peppy Russian song.

Library

Students were read ‘There is a lion in my cornflakes’ written by Michelle Robinson. When Dan and his brother decided to collect 100 coupons to have their very own lion, they assumed the task would be an easy one . How wrong could they really be?! To their dismay, their neighbors won the prize first. Worse still, they received a bad-tempered grizzly bear, a cranky crocodile and a destructive gorilla. But then the grizzly bear, the crocodile and the gorilla suddenly, inexplicably transformed from annoying beings  to assets (the croc used his  biteto open cans). Furthermore, they realized that the lions weren’t worth the trouble.

A wildly wacky story brought together bestselling author Michelle Robinson and an award-winning illustrator Jim Field for the very first time, with hilario

1st April – 5th April , 2019

Unit of Inquiry

To deepen the understanding of the central idea,  a formative assessment was undertaken by students where they were shown stories depicting the diverse cultures (Russian, Chinese, Korean, Indian) and later they were asked to identify artefacts, food, dress, monument and utensils associated with the cultures.

 

English

  • Students practiced sight words with a spin game where they read out word on which the pointer was placed
  • Students were given pictures to decode the sentence which helped them practice both reading and writing

 

Math

Reinforcement of the concept of greater/lesser was done through an online game and hands on activity where students associated the quantity with the given numbers and placed the crocodile mouth towards the greater number. The concept of sequencing and missing numbers was done through a puzzle.

 

Hindi

  • Student practiced writing swar ‘aa’ in their process journal

 

  • To reinforce the idea of storytelling, to promote social skills and boost language development, students were introduced to a new rhyme ‘Ek bandar ne kholi dukan’ ‘-

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Circle Time

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

  • Developing fine motor skills through lacing activity
  • Cleaning the mirror to develop concentration and muscle control
  • Receiving a sensory experience with play doh that was used to make random shapes

Art

This week,students were involved in a drawing and coloring exercise using stencils as well as free hand drawings. The subject of inquiry was a basket of fruits.

Physical Education

Students are learning a gymnastic skill called front roll. A technique called straddle press helped them to  increase flexibility, shoulder strength, body control and body awareness which lead to a better coordination between body and the mind.

Dance

Dance lessons focused on development of postures during dance routine where students loved to tap their feet on a peppy Russian song.

Information Technology

Students explored educational games on the laptop and had fun in joining the dots and painting. Initially, they had difficulty in handling the mouse but soon  they began to get comfortable using it.  Students had an exposure to a physical bot called “Bee-Bot”. They learned basics of moving a bot over a mat.

 

Music

Students learned and sang the songs ‘It’s a small world after all’ and ‘Hello to all the children of the world.

Library

This week students reflected on stories they had listenedto or were read at home or school.Each one of them presented a story that they could recall in the library for their peers.

 

25th March to 29th March

Unit of inquiry

Students revisited all celebrations  through the lens of artefacts and picture cards. They also marked the Hindu festival ‘Holi’ in the calendar and inquired about it through a story.

A Formative assessment on ‘reasons for celebration’ was undertaken where students picked up one picture card or artefact from a mixed pool and gave reasons for celebrating that particular festival.

Through a pairing strategy, students were engaged in an activity where they created a Venn diagram by illustrating how festivals can be celebrated differently.

 

English

Take and talk was presented to strengthen communication skills, self-confidence and fluency in the language.

 

Reinforcement of ‘at, an, ap, ab, am and ag’ family CVC words was undertaken through an activity where students identified the pictures and wrote corresponding CVC words in their process journals.

Reinforcement of sight words was achieved with the use of flash cards.

 

Math

‘Missing numbers’concept was reinforced with online games:

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

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=NumberSequences

Students were encouraged to explore objects like a ruler, measuring tape, weighing machine, etc. with an objective to recognize them as measuring instruments.

Prior knowledge assessment was conducted through the use of  an ice cream stick to compare it with objects found in  class.

Hindi

Introduction of ‘aa’ swar was targeted though a poem. Students understood the directionality and formation of swar ‘aa’ while using water colors where students enjoyed manipulating the brush to form swar ‘aa’.

To hone their listening and thinking skills, a rhyme ‘Mummy ki roti gool gool ‘was introduced to them.

Students were shown  ‘The four princes’ story using audio visuals.

Circle time

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

 

  • Pounding activity to reinforce wrist manipulation
  • Enhancing fine motor skills by cutting paper along lines/pattern

Dance

Dance lessons focused on development of postures during jazz dance routine where students loved to tap their feet to a peppy song.

Music

The students learned and sang ‘Hello to all the children of the world’ and ‘It’s a small world after all’.

Information technology

To further extend their understanding of 2D and 3D shapes, students practiced matching 2D and 3D shapes, colors and number of dots on an object through an educational app on iPad.

Library

‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Browne, a book about a Kenyan girl (Handa) who visited her friend with a basket full of seven different fruits as presents made interesting reading. Along the way to Akeyo’s village, Handa contemplated which fruit Akeyo would like the best. However, each time Handa thought about a certain fruit, an animal popped  took that particular fruit away, like the monkey stole the banana. Unaware that various animals had taken these tropical fruits, Handa continued along her journey. At that point, a goat bumped into a tree and a bunch of tangerines fell into Handa’s basket. Much to Handa’s surprise, tangerines were Akeyo’s favourite fruit. The book had a multicultural themeand incorporated various themes from Africa into one book.

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Physical Education

Students are learning beam walk which is a gymnastic skill, thereby developing their lower body strength, body balance, coordination and spatial awareness thereby honing foot placement and body posture.

11th March – 15th March

Unit of inquiry

To further deepen their understanding of the current unit ‘Where we are in place and time’, students visualized and organized information about the culture they explored and created a graphic organizer.

In order to  actively engage in stories on different cultures and to illuminate the traditional values and lifestyles of a particular culture, students were read a Chinese story ‘The dragon’s pearl’. A story about a mother’s love for her child, it displayed the importance of work an insight into traditional villages,the importance of farming in Chinese culture.

A tale of friendship, ‘Rechenka’s Eggs’ was also narrated to explore the significance of eggs in Russian orthodox celebration of Easter and the cultural tradition which prevails in Russia.

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Some prompts were used to facilitate students to make connections which they illustrated based thereby depicting their understanding of different cultures.

 

English

  • Introduction to ‘q’ sound was done through online video
  • Introduction to ‘ad’ family words was done by using flash cards
  • Reinforcement of ‘at, an , am, ap, ab’ family words was undertaken in class

 

Math

  • Reinforcement of 3D shapes was done in class.
  • Formative assessment was undertaken where students were asked to name a shape and associate it with real life objects
  • Formative assessment was attempted where the students arranged the numbers to form a clock and display the given time

 

Hindi

To further understand the directionality and formation of vyanjan ‘ka’, a reinforcement activity was undertaken in the process journal.

To hone their listening and thinking skills, a rhyme ‘Mummy ki roti gol gol’ was introduced to them.

Introduction of Hindi ginti (5-9) was addressed using flash cards

 

Circle time

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

 

  • Extension of Brown stairs and Pink tower to enhance fine motor skills and visual discrimination by size and thickness
  • Using metal insets to trace shapes thus enhancing their ability to manipulate pencil to improve their fine motor skills

 

Dance

Dance lessons focussed on development of postures during jazz dance routine where students loved to tap their feet on a peppy song.

Music

The students sang ‘All things bright and beautiful’ (https://youtu.be/FT_oDqOEGpc), ‘Hello to all the children of the world’ (https://youtu.be/t68cblg0Dso) and ‘It’s a small world after all’ (https://youtu.be/HsxkmsPssT0). The students were also involved in some vocal exercises.

Information technology

Students were excited to learn and explore a new app on the iPad. They used their logical thinking skills to solve puzzles using tangrams and colouring tools. They showcased their creativity by doing so.

Library

The students listened to Nick Bland’s book ‘The very hungry bear’; where a hungry brown bear tried to catch a fish, but instead of catching any fish, he managed to catch…a polar bear. The polar bear was sad and a little lost because his iceberg house was rapidly melting. The polar bear made a deal – he gave the brown bear a shoal of fish in return for a new home. The brown bear took his new friend on a tour in search of the new house and finally found the right home for the polar bear.

The story was a tale of friendship and a subtle yet an important reminder about preserving the environment.

Physical Education

Students learned different type of ‘pass’ in basketball. They are still working on passing and throwing to improve upon the skill.

 

5th March to 8th March

Unit of inquiry

To further deepen their understanding of the current unit ‘Where we are in place and time’, students visualized and organized information about the culture they explored and created a graphic organizer.Building further on this, students used their thinking, communication and research skills to present their fact sheets to the class and demonstrated their understanding of a particular culture.To assess their understanding on different cultures, students were divided into groups and were asked to select a picture card to narrate their observation about the same.

Students were narrated a Russian story ‘Masha and the bear’ to encourage positive values and taking ownership for their bad behavior.

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English

  • Introduction to ‘y’ sound was done through flash cards
  • An inquiry session was held to introduce ‘ag’ and ‘ap’ family words where the students prefixed letters with ‘ag’and ‘ap’ to form meaningful words, thereby further enhancing their vocabulary.
  • Sight words (in, on, is, the) were introduced through word cards

 

 

Math

The students were introduced to conceptual subitizing by using 1/2 shapes to a standard pattern.A hands-on activity was undertaken to sort 2D and 3D objects for learning categorization and commonalities of 3D shapes.

Students were also taken for a nature walk to find examples of 3D objectsin the outdoor environment. They were very excited to add all collectibles to the ‘Joey’s shape museum’as an extension activity.

Hindi

Introduction of Hindi ginti (1-5) was addressed using flash cards and  through a rhyme ‘dhobi aaya’.

 

Writing of vyanjan ‘k’ was accomplished in their process journals.

Circle time

 

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

  • Matching and pairing through the use of Colour tablet box 2 to enhance chromatic awareness
  • Tracing each geometric shape and putting them in empty cabinets for mathematical understanding
  • Learning a rhyme ‘Hello, salaam, namaste’ to introduce ‘hello’in different languages spoken across India

 

Dance

 The students practiced dance routine with music using different directions and levels (an element in Jazz). Clapping on the beats of fast music was also introduced thereby enhancing  listening skills.. They tried to isolate and balance on one leg individually without support.

Music

  The students learned dynamics in music and how songs become better with the use of the same.  As an extension, the students sang ‘Let It Go’ (https://youtu.be/L0MK7qz13bUto further apply dynamics (fast, slow, loud and soft) to the tone while singing.

Information technology

 

Students loved working on the laptop. They explored some educational gameslike joining the dots and coloring. They found it a little challenging to handle the mouse but quite enjoyed working on the laptop.

Library

Every student’s reading log was checked, counted and assessed during  library session. Students  spoke about characters they could recall from books listed in their story log.

P.E

Students are working on their coordination skills to by doing stick ball activity . It will improve there body coordination , partner work and  spatial awareness .

 

 

25th Feb to 1st March

Unit of inquiry

To further deepen their understanding of the current unit ‘Where we are in place and time’, students revisited the cultures through picture cards and images of various instruments, clothes, food etc.

Reinforcement of cultures( was done in the class Students visualized and organized information about the culture ( Russia , China ) was done in the class where students discussed through pictures , artifacts and anecdotes were recorded .

English

Reinforcement of ‘at’, ‘an’ and ‘ap’ family words was undertaken through an activity where students read the cvc (consonant vowel consonant) words and associated them with picture cards.

The students were introduced to sound ‘d’ through objects

Introduction to ‘ab’ family words was done in class through an inquiry session where the students combined all the letters with ‘ab’ and found meaningful words thereby further enhancing their vocabulary.

Take and Talk: students enjoyed narrating a story in their mother language which encouraged international-mindedness among them.

Assembly:

It being Dr. Suess’s birthday on March 2, students were shown and narrated the under mentioned stories written by the author.Information about the author being an American children’s author and being known for  illustrating too was shared.

 

  • ‘Oh, the places you’ll go!’
  • A small puppet show ‘The cat in the hat’ was organized for them

Math

Students were introduced to 3D shapes through a ‘shape hunt’ that aimed at exploring and identifying shapes in our environment and everyday life. They enjoyed discussing what they saw and tried identifying each shape using their sense of touch. Some inquiry questions were discussed in class.

Hindi

A new vyanjan ‘ka’ was introduced. Students were shown picture cards. Some new words starting with the vyanjan were also discussed.

The students enjoyed tracing ‘ka’ on sand paper card.As a craft activity, they traced the vyanjan with black (kaala) paint using a stencil to denote vyanjan ‘ka’.

An assessment was undertaken through a game where students were asked to pick a vyanjan they hear and put it in the box.

 

Circle time

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

  • Matching Pink Tower cubes with cards to understand size and dimension.
  • Table setting to enhance table etiquettes
  • Reinforcement of spooning rice to enhance fine motor skills
  • Listening to a story ‘If the world were a village of 100 people’ to understand different kinds of cultures from all aroundthe world- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtYjUv2x65g

 

Dance

The students practiced a dance routine with different types of music using different directions with levels (elements in Jazz).They also clapped on beats of fast music to know about isolation.

 

Music

The students were assessed on their theoretical understanding of beat and rhythm as well as the seven natural notes. Each student also played the C major scale on the xylophone for the assessment.

 

Information technology

This week students had fun exploring a new app. They learned to illustrate various characters of the stories using the options given. They also learned about different shapes. This was done as an integration with math and the unit.

Library

The students celebrated Dr. Suess’s birthday and listened to one of his stories ‘I can read with my eyes shut’. In this delightful book they understood; the more you read, the more things you will know.The more you learn, the more places you’ll go…..Dr. Seuss celebrated the joys of reading, encouraged young children to take pride in their budding reading abilities. The rhyme and repetition in the book made it easier for the children to enjoy and understand the content.

 

Physical education

Students are practicing ‘execution’ and ‘follow through’ to achieve the skill bounce pass in basketball. They are also working on their hand placement on ball and stance.

Art

This week the students continued with their mask making endeavor. They used crayons, paint and collages to highlight the characteristics of the pre-cut masks exploring actors in a Chinese and Russian folktale.

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8th April to 12th April

Unit of inquiry:

A new unit of inquiry began with the:

Transdisciplinary theme: Who we are

Central Idea: Every day I learn about who I am and what I can do

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Physical characteristics
  • How I take care of my body
  • How I am growing and changing

 

A class discussionwas undertaken after which  students were made to sit in front of the mirror and observe themselves. Some thought provoking questions like- ‘what do you see in the mirror?’, ‘what special features are visible?’, ‘how do you feel?’, ‘how are you different from your friends?’ etc. were asked.

As an extension to the above discussion, students created beautiful illustrations showcasing their facial features,  hairstyle, eyes etc.

English

Students were introduced to sentences through a ‘roll and read’ game. The sentence included sight words and CVC words taught in class.

Reinforcement of ‘am’ was undertaken as a  word mat activity.

Dictation of  CVC and phonic sounds was taken to assess their understanding in the process journal

Math

Pattern recognition in numbers was done using play dough. Students were given play doh to create numbers and understand the concept of pattern in numbers

To represent numbers 1-20 in a variety of ways: dice dots, fingers and ten frames were used.Students were given a random number card to recognize and  represent the number using dice dots, fingers and ten frames.

Discussion on symbol ’+’ sign was initiated using  a book ‘If you were a plus sign’ which included addition stories in a variety of different contexts. What would you do if you were a plus sign? You could add things together. You could add people and animals were some options explored through the book.

 

Hindi

Reinforcement of vyanjan/swar was undertaken with a game where the students rolled the dice to count the quantity on it and placed the figurine on the number to recognize the vyanjan.

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Students inquired into a new vyanjan ‘ma’ through real life objects and picture cards. Students practiced writing the vyanjan using rainbow writing strategy.

Circle Time

As a part of early years’ skill building program, students focused on a story about body parts:

‘How the human body works’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFCyiqycPKw

To perceive and recognize the form of an object in the absence of visual and auditory information, students used tactile information to decode information about texture, size, spatial properties, and temperature.Stereognostic bag was introduced  in classto hone the sense of touch.

Information Technology

Students explored ‘Bee-Bot’. They learned to move the bot in the forward and backward direction and also to clear the previous instruction, using command buttons.

 

Art

In continuation to relate with story,”The Seven Chinese Brothers” students pasted coloured cut out shapes to enhance the facil features(nose,eyes,ears,hair) of their chosen mask.

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Music

Students learned and sang the songs ‘It’s a small world after all’ and ‘Hello to all the children of the world.

 

Physical Education

Students are learning balancing exercises to help increase  strength of the core muscles and to improve the body co-ordination. They also practiced different balancing poses to improve the ability to react to sudden directional changes,improve stability and help prevent accidental fall

Dance

Dance lessons focused on development of postures during dance routine where students loved to tap their feet on a peppy Russian song.

Library

Students were read ‘There is a lion in my cornflakes’ written by Michelle Robinson. When Dan and his brother decided to collect 100 coupons to have their very own lion, they assumed the task would be an easy one . How wrong could they really be?! To their dismay, their neighbors won the prize first. Worse still, they received a bad-tempered grizzly bear, a cranky crocodile and a destructive gorilla. But then the grizzly bear, the crocodile and the gorilla suddenly, inexplicably transformed from annoying beings  to assets (the croc used his  biteto open cans). Furthermore, they realized that the lions weren’t worth the trouble.

A wildly wacky story brought together bestselling author Michelle Robinson and an award-winning illustrator Jim Field for the very first time, with hilario.