February-week 4 blog

ENGLISH We have completed our song lyrics analysis. At the end of this task, we have been able to identify various literary devices and analysed how each one creates an effect on the audience. We have also taken our second formative assessment on compare and contrast essay. We have received feedback and have worked on improving our thesis statements by making them more focused and effective.

We have also watched scenes from the movie, the King’s Speech, and analysed how the film maker presents various characters using the elements of mise en scene.

 

SCIENCE  

Physics:

We completed our group presentations, where each group was given a topic and guiding questions to ensure that the presentation was appropriate and concise. Different groups had different forms of organization and presentation which brought in diversity. We studied about Kepler’s law of planetary motion.  Later we learned about the universal law of gravitation. We discussed our task sheet, which required us to go through a source and improve our skills in Criterion B as well as enhance our critical thinking skills. Lastly, a lab simulation was done, requiring us to apply the knowledge gained when learning the universal law of gravitation.

-Avi Dhall

 

Chemistry:

In the past week, we had an activity-based formative assessment. Using our knowledge for Organic Compounds and different types of such compounds, we in pairs researched all about one organic compound for the activity. Furthermore, as our related concept is models, we crafted models of our organic compounds such as caffeine, benzene and hexane using thermocol balls, toothpicks and clay. Moving forward, we shared our facts and our knowledge of the organic compounds with our teachers and classmates. We collaborated for this assessment and learnt about many organic compounds. This was a fun and creative formative experience.

BY

Aayush Bhandari

 

Biology:

Last week we learnt about plants, their importance and types of roots. Based on this we had our formative assessment, where we used some newspaper articles for brainstorming on the topics given to us. It was challenging to write a reflection using graphic organizers like mind maps, spider webs, flow charts and so on. To show our creativity and collaboration skills, we came up with unique group names and explained the reasons for our choices.

Jahnavi Goriyaan MYP3C

 

INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES Our current unit is about Nationalism, studying this topic has helped us understand concepts like patriotism, and liberalism. Over the past few weeks we have improved our communication skills due to the lesson plans that we all are conducting in class. It is an activity when the students become teachers, and educate their peers, through any medium of their choice. We have linked nationalism to history, scoured through the history books, and presented our understanding of nationalism in different countries and events in world history.  For example, one group conducted a round table conference to discuss the question – “To what extent banning religion in North Korea is justified”? Lesson plans are extremely effective, as they make the class interesting and help us understand concepts that are essential to our learning.

 

By Nakul Shankar

 

MATHEMATICS This week, we practiced a variety of questions on surface area and volume of composite solids. We also had a formative assessment based on the same topic. After learning and understanding how to calculate surface area and volume, we enhanced our learning by applying these concepts to daily life situations.

Danisha Panchi Mahanta

MYP 3C

FRENCH The unit “The world of Work” was carried forward in the last two weeks. This unit is very interesting to study as we are learning about the professional journey of a person after finishing studies. We have used a flowchart to learn numerous vocabulary words and expressions. We also learnt about impersonal verbs and simple future tense. We participated in a lot of audio-visual activities related to professions. Lastly, a formative assessment on criteria A, C and D was conducted, for which we received peer evaluation and feedback.

 

Nandika Soni (MYP 3C)

 

SPANISH During last two weeks we revised known tenses and learnt to talk in future tense. We have almost finished our unit “The World of Work”. In coming weeks, we will have our summative assessment.

Veer Chaudhary (MYP 3 A)

HINDI Phase 1&2

Under our unit, ‘Festivals and Traditions’, we discussed the importance and relevance of festivals in present day. We answered unit-based questions in writing and wrote articles on the topic of the extent to which a festival should be celebrated – in moderation or with grandeur.

We utilized our time for a group task, where each group was assigned a festival, for example Eid, Diwali, Holi or Christmas. The groups wrote short descriptions and presented them. We learnt about the forms of [ ra ] and gave examples. We also had Samvaad lekhan and a story writing session where we wrote and shared our short stories with each other.

 

DIGITAL DESIGN We are doing our research work and getting feedback on what we have done so far. We have started making forms and doing existing product research, which

helps us know what we should or should not incorporate in our product. We have

almost finished our presentations and Criterion A Strand 4.

 

-Parijat Barua

 

ART We have been practicing drawing fashion design Illustrations. We have made good progress in understanding the basic proportions of a fashion figure and have tried sketching male and female figures from different angles.  We are now moving on to using different coloring mediums like inks and fine liners for our drawings.
PRODUCT DESIGN We created a design problem where we mentioned our client and the product they want. We also formulated research questions in class. Furthermore, we completed Primary and Secondary research and concluded our presentation by writing a design brief. Thereafter, feedback was given by our teacher on criterion A. Subsequently, we began criterion B and started working on our design specifications in class.

 

PHE In the past week we have been talking about RICE as a medical technique and Principles of sports training to ensure safety in sports. Apart from these two, we have also been occasionally playing sports such as Basketball and Football, to eventually work our way up to see what the medical aspects of said sports could be.

 

Veer Chaudhary

 

MUSIC We are busy with our assessment where we are working in groups to develop lyrics for our songs based on any subject, topic, occasion or language of our choice. All of us in every group have distributed the various sections of the song to work on – verse 1, verse 2, chorus and bridge.
We have already brainstormed titles, made mind maps to create short and long phrases using rhyming words. All of us are using our creative ideas to express ourselves in our songs.

 

By Rohan Rathi MYP 3B

 

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February – 2nd Blog- 17.02.19

ENGLISH These past few lessons, we have enhanced our skills of media analysis by using elements of mise en scene. To further our understanding, we applied our analytical skills in writing a compare and contrast essay using two stills from the same movie. We have taken a formative assessment on writing a compare and contrast essay using the elements of mise en scene.

Aarush Vajapayajula

 

SCIENCE Physics:

This week we learnt about objects in the universe, our solar system and many more. We explored a variety of concepts and skills in small groups. Each group made a presentation on the topic provided. Through this activity we enhanced our research skills by inquiring about our topic for a week. We improved our collaboration skills by working with our partners, and acquired communication skills as we had to share our learning with the rest of the class. Soon after, we continued with our topic and started Kepler Laws.

-Umang Chauhan

 

Chemistry:

In class we enriched our learning by first defining organic and inorganic compounds. We further understood tetravalency and catenation of carbon. Next, we made a table that allowed us to distribute hydrocarbons into different categories. We explored and discussed alkanes in depth. We will soon be performing an activity to create a 3D structure of hydrocarbon.

Aarush Vajapayajula

Biology:

We started this week by discussing what we have learned and structuring our prior knowledge. We revised classification, which helped us understand the hierarchy and the distinguishing features of each group of the kingdom Plantae. We had a practical involving flowers, roots and seeds to understand monocots and dicots and learned how to classify them. The activity gave us an insight on how we classify plants on the basis of their parts.

We also discussed our upcoming formative assessment and the role of newspaper reading in it.

Parijat Barua

INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES Last week we worked on inquiry questions and created posters in small groups. The posters gave us a basic idea of our topic and what we need to research, simultaneously enhancing our creative skills. This helped us create an 80-minute lesson plan to teach our classmates. This activity taught each group social, communication, thinking and research skills as well as how to draft a lesson plan.  Many groups created quizzes on their topic, and one group created a role play depicting Hitler’s and Stalin’s negative contributions to their countries and the rest of the world.

We visited the Teen Murti Bhavan to learn about Freedom struggle of India and its history, which is helping us build our knowledge for the current unit on the topic of Nationalism.

Umang Chauhan

MATHEMATICS Last week we were introduced to the concept of volume. We learnt how to calculate the volume of various 3D solids like prisms, pyramids, cones and composite solids. We solved various questions based on the concept and took our first formative assessment which was based on surface area of composite solids.
FRENCH We explored numerous expressions related to the theme of work and studies. Other topics covered were related to the concept of French educational system and the importance of managing personal and professional life. We explored the site “Apprendre TV5 monde” under the theme of “Professional life” by watching a few interactive videos. These videos enhanced our vocabulary and understanding of the content as we solved related exercises. We will continue to explore the theme with the help of comprehension passages.
SPANISH We revised the past tense and learnt to make curriculum vitae in Spanish.  We discussed specific qualifications required for different job profiles. We watched some job interviews in Spanish and did an interactive activity to revise. Phase 2 students made their video curriculum and watched a video clip related to work load.
HINDI Phase 1&2 

We had group discussions about various aspects of festivals in our daily life and their positive and negative impacts. We had group activities of card making based on various festivals. We read two articles – ‘Dharm sankat’ and ‘Ek bhediye ka bachna’. We wrote letters in response to these articles based on the issues raised by their authors. We watched a short Hindi film based on a famous story ‘Eedgaah’ by Premchand and had a written comprehension task based on it. We also had Samvaad lekhan and story writing practice, after which we shared our stories with each other.

Phase 3

We had a group discussion about discrimination existing in our society. We watched short films based on Hindi stories ‘Thakur ka kuan’ and ‘Sawa ser gehoon’, after which we did some oral and written comprehension exercises. We had a poetry analysis session based on different works by eminent poets.

DIGITAL DESIGN We got into our groups and chose a topic to depict the story of its evolution. We created storyboards by drawing different frames with characters and text. We will peer assess the storyboards and incorporate appropriate modifications to our designs. We explored the software Adobe Animate CC for creating animations. We will be submitting our Criteria A for feedback and evaluation.

– Aarnaa Batra

ART After having been introduced to Fashion Design Illustration, we learnt how to draw a basic fashion figure in proportion. The unit is based on fashion design under the global context as orientation in space and time. The research work on chosen designers and brands has been done in our DT class and in Visual Art we are developing basic figure drawing skills.
PRODUCT DESIGN We chose our clients and identified the design problems. Thereafter, we recorded our design problems in our process journals and noted down the clients’ response.

We analysed a range of existing products that inspire a solution to the problem.

PHE In the last two weeks we have been focusing mainly on our athletics unit, which ended with our Annual Athletics Meet, quite a challenging and amusing competition. Thereafter we started our next unit – Fairness and Health, which is shaping up to be quite an interesting one.
MUSIC We performed a composition for our formative assessment.

February – 1st Blog

 

ENGLISH This fortnight we were introduced to media analysis through our unit ‘The King’s Speech’. We started with, first, analyzing the visual elements in several posters and then moved on to using elements of mise en scene. Having understood how setting and props, body language and facial expressions, positioning of characters and objects, use of light, color, costume and makeup play crucial roles in creating a dramatic effect on the audience, we are now going to use these elements to compare and contrast several movie stills and video clips.

Umang Chauhan MYP 3C

SCIENCE Physics:    We continued exploring the universe and identifying objects in the universe. We started working on our group presentation on topics related to the universe such as galaxies, stars, our solar system, constellations and asteroids.  We included a line of exploration of our Global Context, Orientation in Space and Time, turning points in big history, in our presentations. We also looked into factual and conceptual inquiry questions keeping our topic in mind.

Dev Talwar

Chemistry:

We started the topic of organic chemistry and learnt about carbon chemistry as a separate branch of chemistry. Our class on this advanced topic started with learning how to differentiate between substances that can be grouped into organic and inorganic. We performed a lab investigation on properties of these substances.

We started this week’s class by understanding that every organic compound has a carbon-hydrogen bond and this was reinforced through an interesting demonstration of the products released when hydrocarbon such as paper is burnt. During our journey deeper into this topic we came across new words like ‘tetravalency’ and ‘catenation’. These words allowed us to understand why carbon is so versatile.

Sakshi Ohri

Biology:

During these two weeks of biology we enriched our learning through our homework and lessons. In our homework we learned about a new research that proved that plants could be intelligent. The homework evaluated the social and ethical aspects of eating plants. In class we started by revising eukaryotes and prokaryotes. We continued by creating a mind map by discussing the various Kingdoms proposed by Whittaker. This helped us understand the evolution of life on the Earth from bacteria to animals.

Aarush Vajapayajula

INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES We began the week with a guest lesson by Mihir Sardana, DPSI student of DP1 who enlightened us about source analysis. When dealing with history, the world is not black and white. Different people express ideas in different ways because of their sensory perceptions. When dealing with a broad topic like nationalism it’s important to take on different case studies to evaluate the real meaning of nationalism. Our teacher offered us to devise a lesson plan, where we will get an opportunity to learn and teach our peers about nationalism in

various countries. We also designed and created a poster presenting factual, debatable and conceptual questions.

MATHEMATICS This week we revised the surface area of a cube and a cuboid. We participated in an activity related to cones, by firstly making one using a circle and then deriving the total surface area and lateral surface area. Soon after we moved onto the surface area of shapes such as cylinder, sphere, hemisphere, and various prisms. This enhanced our knowledge related to surface area of simple shapes. We practiced this several times and related it to many real-life applications. After we were thorough with the concept, we were then introduced to surface area of composite solids.

Umang Chauhan

FRENCH In the unit of ‘World of Work’, we commenced with an introduction to the different professions and jobs in our society. We learnt the masculine and feminine of nouns denoting professions, new vocabulary of workplace activities and other expressions related to the theme. We revised our conjugations of French verbs in present tense and learnt the formation of interrogative styles. Other grammatical structures that have been covered include simple future tense, impersonal verbs, and how to say “only”. We practiced these structures with the help of grammar exercises. We shall further incorporate more vocabulary and expressions in our unit word wall.
SPANISH We learnt the simple past tense and revised the vocabulary related to the unit ‘World Of Work’. We discussed the requirements of good curriculum vitae and learnt the correct format for it.
HINDI Phase 1&2 

We had group discussions about various aspects of festivals in our daily life, such as their positive and negative impacts. We had group activities of card making based on various festivals. We read articles ‘Dharm sankat’ and ‘ek bhediye ka bachna’. We wrote letters in response to these articles based on the issues raised in them. We watched a short Hindi film based on the famous story ‘Eedgaah’ by Premchand followed by a written comprehension exercise.

Phase 3

We had a group discussion about discrimination in our society these days. We watched a short film based on Hindi stories ‘Thakur ka kuan’ and ‘Sawa ser gehoon’ followed by oral and written comprehension exercises.

PRODUCT DESIGN In this week’s class, we researched a fashion designer of our choice. We had a chance to explore different fashion designers and add to our presentation with samples of their design with short descriptions. This gave us a chance to explore new designs and get inspired to make our own.

Areebah, MYP3A

 

MUSIC We composed a short poem for our formative assessment using C-scale and applied the concepts of tension and resolution in music. We performed our compositions in the class and were given feedback by the teacher on how to improve the melodies.

Yashvit Mahinder Kumar-MYP 3B

 

January – Week 4

 

ENGLISH The new term began with establishing certain essential agreements. We began the new unit, The King’s Speech, with an introduction to media analysis. We analysed three different types of posters by determining the rhetorical triangle for each and identifying how the linguistic and visual elements lend to their effectiveness.

We are currently participating in a class activity where we have identified strengths of each of our classmates by using adjectives. Once each of us received this list of ‘validation’, we entered these descriptions into the Johari window and shared how we felt about some of those. Next, we identified one aspect of our personality that hinders us from maximizing our potential. We are in the process of creating a plan of action to overcome this by using an external agency and documenting our progress in our journals.

 

SCIENCE  

Physics:

We started our new unit – organizing the world around us. In groups, we discussed inquiry and purpose of the unit and made our own inquiry questions with an activity using a collage of articles from magazines as a prompt. We presented it using posters, where we justified our Global Context, related concepts and key concepts. We now work in teams on topics such as galaxies, asteroids, constellations and stars.

Shorya Gupta

 

Chemistry:

The new unit in Chemistry was introduced through an interesting video on the importance of chemistry in our life and we were asked to brainstorm the topic for the new unit, which came out to be ‘Organic Chemistry’. We then related the video with the chemistry involved in all living forms on earth as well as in the objects we use in daily life, such as paper, wood, leather, fuels, food and many more. In groups we worked upon five factual, conceptual and debatable questions. The questions were then placed on wall so that with the progression of unit, we could answer them. Thereafter, we analysed the unique and versatile behavior of carbon and figured out the reason for ‘Organic Chemistry’ being a separate branch of the subject. We also researched why all carbon-containing molecules cannot be categorized as organic compounds. An engaging activity was then conducted where we to picked up one object within the classroom boundaries and categorized it as organic or inorganic and supported our opinion with reasoning.

 

Biology:

We have started our new unit – Organising the world around us. We discussed the Global Context, Key Concepts, Related Concepts and the inquiry question in collaboration. We also took a brief inventory of the concepts we are studying in this unit, such as plant characteristics and levels of classification. We revised some terms we learnt last year – gymnosperms, angiosperms, monocots, dicots, self-pollination and cross pollination.

Shorya Gupta

 

 

INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES Our class started with three questions revolving around a similar concept projected on the board. Our task was to deduce a topic and concepts from these question, further enhancing our understanding of inquiry questions and their importance in a unit. A seed of doubt still remained regarding the topic and the concept. Hence, we researched the term ‘sustainability’ and explored various concepts that fall under it. We were also given a home assignment which was to form inquiry questions based on a topic and concept of our choice. The assignment helped us understand the thought behind the formation of inquiry questions. We critiqued and discussed each other’s questions in class.

All these tasks combined enhanced our analytical, critical thinking and social skills. Our first week emphasized skill-based learning rather than content-based. We realized that our capabilities are not based on knowledge but rather the ability to apply and translate it into something meaningful.

 

 

MATHEMATICS This week in math we started off with our geometry unit. We started by forming the idea of what surface area is. We created a net of a rectangular prism or a cuboid and then used this net to make a solid cuboid. Thereafter, we calculated its surface area using those measurements. We participated in this activity to learn to analyse surface area through nets. Next, we worked out multiple math problems of various types of prisms based on surface area using their nets.

Aarush Vajapayajula

 

FRENCH The second term started with the new unit, “World of Work”. We investigated the Global Context, key and related concepts, statement of inquiry as well as the inquiry questions. We were introduced to the vocabulary pertaining to professions, studies and career choices. We will further explore university life, secondary education, and professional life in France.

 

SPANISH We started our new unit, “World of Work”. We had a brainstorming session and subsequently created a mind map of professions, work places and activities.
HINDI Phase 2

Under our new unit, ‘Festivals and Traditions’, we discussed the importance and relevance of festivals in present day. We answered unit-based questions in writing and wrote articles on the topic of the extent to which a festival should be celebrated – in moderation or with grandeur.

 

Phase 3  

Under our new unit we discussed the relation between language, empathy and inclusive society. We worked in groups to present our knowledge about the division existing in the society – on the basis of caste, religion, language, gender and economic class. We read a story ‘Chota Jaadugar’ by Jaishankar Prasad and discussed its message.

 

PRODUCT DESIGN Last week we initiated our interesting new unit, Creativity in Fashion Design. We highlighted the Global Context, related concepts and key concepts for the unit and created factual, conceptual and debatable questions. We discussed various fashion trends, styles and fashion designers across the world.

We started creating process journals for the unit.

 

PHE We practiced various techniques and skills, such as start, finish, baton exchange, hurdle jump, shot put throw and standing broad jump in track and field for the annual athletics meet. We also participated in the heats for the same competition.

 

 

MUSIC We discussed the learning objectives and outcomes of the current unit, ‘Music Composition’. We reflected on some concepts covered in the last term, for example marking C scale on the staff using different note values. We clapped on a few ostinato patterns of rhythm.

 

6th Blog Entry – November 25, 2018

ENGLISH We have started our new unit on Letters from Vincent van Gogh. Having determined the global context, key concept and related concepts, we have designed the statement of inquiry for the unit. Ms. Alpna introduced us to some of the art work of this celebrated artist. She spoke to us of his life and how it influenced his art. We have been delving into some of the letters van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo and this has given us clues on van Gogh’s personality. We are also using the elements essential to an art critique while comparing and contrasting some of van Gogh’s famous paintings.
SCIENCE Physics:

We started the new unit – ‘Energy’. We discussed inquiry and purpose of the unit. We saw two videos and analysed them to identify the challenges of the place and how they made effective use of available resources. We covered various topics such as energy, forms of energy and types of energy resources (renewable and non-renewable resources). We participated in an activity where we had to research and find out the various forms of energy. Later in the week, we learned about potential energy and kinetic energy. We solved numerical on the same. We recalled law of conservation of energy and linked it to energy transformation and efficiency.

– Hetvi and Aayush Bhandari

Chemistry:

CHEMISTRY: We started with our next unit – ‘Acids, Bases and Indicators’. The unit was introduced through an interesting video on acids and bases. We discussed the Key Concept, Related Concept and Global Context as well as inquiry questions related to the unit. We brainstormed to find common acids and bases we use in our daily life and concluded the definition of acids and bases. We furthered our knowledge of the topic by defining the acids and bases scientifically and analyzing them with the help of indicators such as pH paper, litmus solution and methyl orange. We understood the difference between strong and weak as well as dilute and concentrated acids and bases through a demonstration in the lab.

Biology:

BIOLOGY: In the last 2 weeks we revised our concepts of endocrine system and started our new unit – ‘Circulatory System’. We learnt the new concepts of double circulation and the functioning and labelling of the parts of a heart. We also performed our practical on action of salivary amylase on starch. We will be preparing group presentations in class as our formative assessment and for better understanding of this unit.

Hetvi and Arshia Sabharwal

INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES During the last two weeks, we have been critically evaluating the Sustainable Development Goals related to the issues of food security, food wastage, worldwide diseases, and their impacts. We conducted a discussion about food production and supply and connected it to Sustainable Development Goals of No Poverty.
MATHEMATICS Last week, we learnt about the different methods of solving simultaneous equations, the elimination and substitution methods. We practiced these types of questions in class. We also used these methods to solve various word problems. This week, we had our summative assessment of linear and simultaneous equations. We have started our last unit – ‘Scatter Plot’.
FRENCH We prepared for the summative assessment of criterion B by exploring numerous expressions and vocabulary pertaining to the unit of Internet. We improved our reading comprehension skills by practicing reading passages as well as learning the pronunciation. In grammar, we learnt expressions for describing aim and condition and watched interactive videos to fortify our understanding and use of these expressions during a written assignment. Lastly, we revised the formation of imperatives by playing quizzes on Quizzus and Kahoot. This helped us in revising the conjugation of regular and irregular verbs in the present tense.
SPANISH We received the feedback on our summative assessment.  We discussed inquiry questions of our next unit and leant about different family structures.  We watched a video and learned about extended and nuclear families.
HINDI Phase 2

We conducted unit revision and had a formative assessment based on criteria C and D. We discussed our camp experiences in class and wrote small paragraphs about them. We also had a summative assessment based on criterion A and discussed the question paper. We had a discussion about the culture and food habits in relation to the way they affect our daily life.

Phase 3 

We conducted unit revision and had a formative assessment based on criteria C and D. We discussed our camp experiences in class and wrote small paragraphs about them. We also had a summative assessment based on criterion A and discussed the question paper. We had a discussion about the relations between humans and nature and evaluated the life of a tribal community as an efficient and positive model of co-existence.

DIGITAL DESIGN We have started working on our individual websites according to the designs we had created in Criterion B. We are excited to see how our sites have started shaping up.
ART We have begun the unit ‘Print Making’. We are analyzing various techniques and materials used in print making. We started our research work to develop manual and digital print making media. Through our research work we are trying to analyze the difference between manual and digital print making and how print making has changed over time.
PRODUCT DESIGN This week we made further progress into our design projects. We created the sketch of our end product in our sketch files. This sketch will enable us to create the final design while using Google Sketch up, which is the summative assessment for this unit. We mapped our sketches with design specifications. It was a big challenge for us to do this exercise.
PHE We practiced and learned to administer physical fitness test components, for example, standing broad jump and medicine ball throw to measure explosive strength, sit and reach test for flexibility and Illinois test for agility.
MUSIC We learnt and performed the chord progression of our favorite musical piece on different instruments – keyboard, guitar or ukulele for our summative assessment. We also prepared a handwritten chord sheet on the staff for our pieces.

 

5th Blog Entry – October 13,2018

 

ENGLISH We have completed the reading of the novel ‘My Family and Other Animals’.

We watched a video clip of one of the episodes from the movie adaptation of the book. We compared and contrasted how the author and the director create humor in both text types using the tools available to them. As part of descriptive writing skill, we annotated the words and phrases used by the author that create vivid images in the minds of the readers. We practiced writing several short descriptive passages.

SCIENCE Physics:

In the last two weeks, we wrapped up our group presentations and revised the concepts on the three laws of pressure in gases. We started a new topic – specific heat and latent heat. We performed an activity where we were in the groups and we had to come up with the explanation on specific and latent heat by using internet as a source, but the definitions had to come up with our understanding. We discussed our homework, which was on planning an investigation.

Chemistry:

We had our formative assessment on the energy changes in the chemical reactions and alternatives to fossil fuels. We also discussed the homework assignment and clarified our doubts. We had an engaging think-pair-share activity on energy changes in various chemical reactions happening in our daily life. This was done to reinforce the concept and for error correction in our last assessment.

Biology:

We discussed homeostasis, various glands, hormones and their roles in our body. We tested the presence of nutrients like starch, reducing sugars, lipids and proteins in various samples of food using different reagents. We concluded our first unit by a formative assessment.

INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES Last two weeks we have practiced our understanding of Criterion B and the expectations that ensue. We conducted a guided research and framed focused research questions. As we are about to begin the new unit of ‘Food and Health’, we brainstormed the key and related concepts that we will cover during the unit.
MATHEMATICS In the last two weeks, we started our new topic of linear equations and gradient. We also had one formative based on linear equations on AssessPrep and understood the topics of gradient better by watching a few videos on Khan Academy. Thereafter, we practiced it by solving questions online.
FRENCH We explored the advantages and disadvantages of the Internet as well as made posters to mark an end to the current unit. In grammar, we revised the tenses that we have studied previously and learnt how to give commands, suggestions and advice by using “L’Imperatif”. Using the grammar book resources, we read dialogues and understood the usage and formation of imperatives in affirmative and negative forms for regular and irregular verbs. We practiced some exercises and this also helped us revise the present tense, since it is crucial in learning other grammatical concepts too.
SPANISH We appeared for a formative assessment of criteria C and D.  We practiced pictures descriptions in class.  We explored how people used to communicate in past and the evolution changed the ways of communication.”
HINDI Phase 2

We had a story telling session of a Rajasthani folktale ‘Kavya aur baagh’.  We had a discussion about human values and ethics based on this story. We also watched a short film ‘Dar’ (Swami aur uske dost) in class. We wrote articles to discuss and answer the question whether the humanity is becoming completely selfish in present time. We read many other stories during class reading sessions.

Phase 3

We watched Hindi feature film ‘Pankh’ which tells the story of a anonymous travellers arrival in a village and how he develops good connections there and then disappears. We also had Criterion A practice based on the same. We watched another short movie also named ‘The joy of giving’. We read a travelogue article ‘Ek path ke liye ek shahar ki khoj’ and discussed how travelling different places gives us opportunity to explore about History and old cultures. We read an story by Mukesh Nautiyal ‘Ek boodhi kahani’ after which we discussed the challenges in life. We also write an article on – ‘Can we say life is a journey?’ and discuss the various points in the class.

DIGITAL DESIGN We were introduced to Criterion B: Developing ideas. We have outlined the design specification for our website and are in process of creating prototypes for the web pages in wireframe.cc. We will, in coming weeks, select and justify one design idea from the prototypes created.
ART As our practical work is nearing completion. we tried to analyze ways of creating colour perspectives as well as new language in art by symbolic representation of colours. Through our final art work we are trying to include the concepts of different artists and the ways they can be applied to contemporary forms. We also started writing our reflections on the unit.
PRODUCT DESIGN We learnt about various wooden joints and their uses. The intent of the unit was to understand the wooden joint and its application while creating products. We researched and analysed a range of wooden joints suitable to create our end products. Since it was a group activity, it was fun to collaborate with our group members.

Jahnavi Goriyaan

PHE We practiced a “6-minute walk test” for aerobic endurance. We also discussed the purpose and procedure of this test. Also, we practiced the skills of different sports of our choice during sports EDGE.
MUSIC We did an aural exercise in which the teacher played random chords on the keyboard and we had to identify the type and character of that chord.

 

4th Blog Entry-30.09.18

ENGLISH We read part 2 of the book My Family and Other Animals and analysed the characters as well as the animals from the book. With the help of the book we understood proposal letters and wrote them for practice. In class we also had some revision of our existing writing skills, such as internal monologues.
SCIENCE  

Physics:

In the last 2 weeks, we were divided into groups and made presentations on force, pressure in solids, pressure in liquids and pressure in gases. Through presenting, we learned more about the topic. Then we were again divided into groups where we made posters on these topics. We were also given task sheets for better understanding of the concepts. We then had a formative assessment based on pressure in fluids.
-Parijat S.B.

 

Chemistry:

In the chemistry classes we learned about the fuels. It was a great topic, as we understood how we can save our environment by using various alternative fuels instead of fossil fuels. We also learnt about the characteristics of good fuel. We watched an interesting video on collision theory and further discussed the factors required for effective collision-like orientation of the particles and energy contained by them.

By Shorya

 

 

Biology:

We concluded our first formative assessment by giving group presentations on the topics allotted to us. We discussed our homework posted on ManageBac. We started studying about the endocrine system, the last topic of our first unit. We compared catalysts, enzymes and hormones, exocrine and endocrine glands. We explored hypothalamus and homeostasis in detail. Thereafter, we discussed our curriculum overview.  We were introduced to the practical assessment criteria and theory about food tests to be performed next week.

Arshia

 

INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES We started the week with political cartoon analysis. We made cartoons on the 19th century colonialism which will be peer assessed. This helped us to explore the creative side of our learning, wherein we discovered that even the smallest amount of text in a cartoon is extremely meaningful and conveys our understanding of the colonial era.

 

MATHEMATICS We have taken our first summative assessment and clarified the lingering doubts afterwards. We started with the new unit ‘Linear Equations’ and revised solving linear equations in one variable by balancing the equation. We started using AssessPrep in class and used it to solve questions. We will take our first formative assessment on AssessPrep for the unit ‘Linear Equations’ in the coming week and will practice during the weekend.

 

FRENCH We were given our Formative Assessment (Criterion B) marks as well as feedback on our performance. We revisited the home task sheets and graded them in class using peer feedback and evaluation. We revised the grammatical structures and explored the advantages and disadvantages of Internet after seeing the interactive videos of “Vinz et Lou”- these official characters are responsible for creating awareness among youngsters on safe use of Internet. We learnt French colloquial expressions from these videos too.

 

SPANISH We created Internet usage policy in Spanish.  We discussed what should be restricted and what should be permitted in terms of using Internet in school.  We watched a video on the risks involved in cybernetics and discussed them.

 

HINDI Phase 2

We practiced paragraph writing on the topic ‘How many factors, including friends, family, relatives, nature and society, contribute to our growth and overall development as humans’. We watched a Hindi feature film ‘School Bag’ which tells the story of a child and a mother and had Criterion A practice based on the film. This week we also had our formative assessments based on criteria B, C & D.

 

Phase 3

We watched a Hindi feature film ‘Pankh’ which tells the story of an anonymous traveler’s arrival to a village, how he develops good connections there and disappears afterwards. We also had Criterion A practice based on the film. We watched another short movie named ‘The Joy of Giving’. We read a travelogue article ‘Ek path ke liye ek shahar ki khoj’ and discussed how travelling to different places gives us the opportunity to explore history and old cultures.

This week we also had our Formative assessments based on criteria B, C & D.

 

DIGITAL DESIGN We completed criterion A and have submitted the presentations for assessment after a feedback session. We will be starting with criterion B to create different designs for our project.
ART We completed our research, layouts and proposals for our final paintings. We started investigating into different abstract artists and trying to understand colour perspective, symbolic representation and ways in which these artists create language through their art work. For our final work we chose acrylic colours and poster colours on A3 size paper.
PRODUCT DESIGN We are working on the Inquiring and Analyzing stage of the design cycle. Most of us have completed our assessment, whereas others are still working on it
PHE We practiced ‘planks’ in order to enhance our core strength and understand how this exercise improves the physical fitness of an individual.  Also we practiced the skills of different sports of our choice during sports EDGE.
MUSIC

 

We revised all theoretical concepts covered in class. We had our first formative assessment based on chord identification.