2nd week of April- Blog

 

ENGLISH  We took our summative assessment on the unit ‘Media Analysis’. Having wrapped up this unit, we have begun our inquiry process into the next unit: A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. We have presented our group research findings on establishing the social and historical context for the play and have simultaneously been reading the play and doing an in-depth character analysis of the protagonist Nora.

We have also been introduced to the skill of writing a speech using a propaganda poster as a visual prompt. We analysed the poster using the rhetorical triangle and will now be writing a speech using language effectively to convey the tone needed for the chosen poster.

– by Umang Chauhan MYP 3C

SCIENCE Physics:  

We completed the current unit, ‘Organizing the World Around Us’, and took the related summative assessment. We were introduced to the new unit, ‘Magnets and Electromagnets’, with the help of a short clip from a James Bond film. We further delved deep into the inquiry and purpose of the unit. In our next class we engaged in activities in the form of bus stop stations to predict and understand the properties of magnets.

Chemistry:

For the past two weeks in Chemistry, we enriched our learning by furthering our knowledge about Organic Chemistry. We initially started by learning about functional groups. In addition, we also saw examples of functional groups to help us understand them. Next, we learnt about isomers. We mainly did this by figuring out the names of different isomer compounds. Undertaking this activity opened up our minds to the sheer amount of hydrocarbons that exist, and that there is still much more to be discovered. We also appeared for unit end Summative Assessment.

By Aarush Vajapayajula

Biology:

This week in Biology we began to understand the mechanism of photosynthesis: the mechanism of both light and dark reactions and the other factors affecting photosynthesis. We also investigated the difference between the absorption and adsorption phenomenon, diffusion as well as osmosis. We also learnt about photo-period, short and long-day plants by brainstorming with the aid of examples.

Himmat  MYP-3A

INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES In the past two weeks, we began with the unit ‘Urban Change’, highlighting what urbanization is and how it affects our surroundings. A class discussion was held where all of us gave our inputs on the topic of urbanization, and learned from each other. To get in-depth knowledge of the unit, each one of us created reports regarding the urbanization of a city of our choice and explained the causes and impacts of urbanization. This not only helped us improve our research skills but also gave us an opportunity to use our critical thinking skills and understand the concept better. To present our research and report, we are working on creating a video where we will convert our report into a script with a voice over.

By Parijat S. B. Barua

MATHEMATICS In the past week, we comprehended the concept of trigonometry ratios and how to solve word problems based on them. But as it is said knowledge is boundless, our understanding of trigonometry did not end at ratios. We learned about the angle of elevation and angle of depression, which allowed us to relate with real life application problems and find a viable solution.  Through past and present concepts, we have gained knowledge on the basics of trigonometry that will be applicable in small ways in real life.

Sakshi Ohri

MYP3C

FRENCH We explored the new unit, where in we learnt about the documents needed to apply for jobs. We also deepened our understanding about the educational system of France and how it differs from our country.

Then, we proceeded with designing the format of the CV along with its essential components. We created CVs online after seeing various job offers and selecting one. This was a great learning experience as the vocabulary helped us in preparing for our formative assessment on criterion B. Soon we will practice writing a cover letter to apply for internships or part time jobs.

Hetvi Kirat Majmudar

SPANISH We practiced to create a Curriculum Vitae for job applications and learnt to talk about the specific skills required for different professions. As part of a class activity, we designed a cover letter according to different job openings.
HINDI MYP 3 Hindi Phase  2

In the past two weeks we completed the previous unit, ‘Festivals, Traditions and Culture’, and took the related summative assessment. The criteria we covered in this assessment were A, C and D. We began the unit ‘Our Free Time’ by answering questions and engaging in a detailed discussion. Some questions at a glance:

·         Should we take leisure breaks in our day to day lives? Justify.

·         What all activities can we do in our spare time?

·         Should we reserve this spare time for our extra studies or relaxation?

MYP 3 Hindi Phase 3

In the past week, we focused on the unit ‘Hamare Shehar aur Hamare Gaon’. As a hook, we tapped into previous knowledge related to this topic by holding an engaging class discussion, which helped strengthen our grasp of this concept. We shared our personal experiences about the existing conditions in villages. We also discussed the features of a village and how village life is quite different from that of a city.

We compared the advantages and disadvantages of a village in Maharashtra, the ‘Hivre Bazar- Aadarsh Gaun’ which stands today as a fully developed, model village, to that of a village on the border of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, namely Bundelkhand. As a follow up activity, we discussed the hardships and the order of needs of a human and how it helps us define our own priorities.

DIGITAL DESIGN We are designing the characters for our final animation in Adobe Animate as per the storyboard selected by us. A member of each group will write the script for the final animation, which will be completed for final submission by the end of this month.
ART We practiced 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 have also practiced using different coloring mediums, like inks and fine liners to illustrate our drawings. We created the fashion design board for the Annual Art Exhibition display. Based on our progression in the unit we have written a commentary based on the problems, solutions, methods and materials.
PRODUCT DESIGN This week in our DT class, we looked deeper into the creation of fashion, which is not just about drawing a sketch of a piece of clothing but bringing it to life. We began with a discussion on the importance of measurements in order to meet the clients’ needs and truly solve the design problem. We linked it with other product design projects which we have done previously in DT. We learnt how to take measurements, specifically for a garment and practiced the basics of pattern making.

Sakshi Ohri

Myp 3 C

PHE Last week, we talked about various fitness components and the importance of RICE in treating sport injuries. Along with this, we played and enjoyed various racquet sports such as badminton, squash and table tennis. This week, we learnt about the rules governing basketball and football. We discussed the various technicalities and regulations in both the sports.

Krutica Aggarwal

MYP 3B

 

THEATRE

 

Our theatre classes have lately been about bonding with the new teacher. Right after a casual and fun introduction round, we got down to work. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen was our first assignment to build upon. We unraveled the plot and discussed ways in which to replicate the storyline or write an entirely new one that is inspired by the book. We bounced ideas of either switching the gender roles or tweaking and toning the story. We are yet to arrive at a consensus before we begin working on a formal script.
MUSIC We composed a melody using the lyrics we had created in our last assignment and performed the compositions with our group members in the class. Our goal was to create something new and unique. All the songs were quite different and were related to past experiences of our lives. It was an engaging activity as it helped us connect with our own emotions thereby providing an outlet to express them through our music. We used our understanding of the music theory to work on the elements and locate the chord progression for the songs.

 

By Arshia Sabharwal MYP 3C

 

March blog- 14.03.19

ENGLISH  We have been analysing different speeches this fortnight. We watched one speech delivered by a Canadian teenager at the UN assembly and another by Trevor Noah. The former spoke on a serious issue of lost voices of the underprivileged children and animals whose habitats are being threatened. She spoke for her generation’s future. The latter spoke on being a ‘mixed’ breed in South Africa during the times of apartheid. We analysed the language used by both speakers and how they used linguistic tools to create an effect on their audience. We have taken our summative assessment on Unit 1.

We have also been introduced to our next unit, A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. Through a Gallery walk we were introduced to the social and historical context of this play. Our mid-term break homework will be a webquest based on this activity.

Umang Chauhan MYP 3C

SCIENCE Physics:

We completed a simulation lab and finished our lab reports. We started with a worksheet based on the video talking about the lifetime of a star – we worked and discussed our answers in teams. We also have a debate coming up, for which an initial discussion was held. We will debate the question – “Why do we need to study universe beyond the Earth?”

– Dev Talwar

Chemistry:

Last week we delved more into learning about various organic compounds. We paired up, modeled and presented different types of organic compounds, which helped us to understand their properties and uses. We were formatively assessed on our presentations. This week, we learned the basic differences between Alkanes and Alkenes, their respective properties, uses and where we can find them in our daily lives.

PARIJAT S. BARUA

Biology:

We were introduced to the new unit – ‘Green Canopy’, and had a brainstorming session on how to relate the Global Context, Key concept and Related concept with the unit. After that, we created the statement of inquiry.

We had a practical, where we mounted the stomata from the lower epidermis of a dicot leaf. We also learnt how to differentiate between a monocot and a dicot by their roots, seeds, leaves and the multiples of flower petals. Thereafter, we had our second formative assessment on Criteria B and C, where we investigated the difference in stomata of a monocot and a dicot leaf.

Arshia Sabharwal 3 C

INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES Our week began with lessons led by fellow classmates. At the beginning of the unit ‘Nationalism’, we worked in small groups and created our lesson plans based on the topics given to us. The student-led classes were filled with activities such as quizzes, video reflections, debates, presentations, and role plays. Each team had their own activities planned. We created our own inquiry questions as guidelines. This activity helped us understand the importance of using inquiry questions to familiarise ourselves with the concepts.

By Sakshi

MATHEMATICS The week started with the practice of a few complex problems on Surface Area and Volume. Thereafter, we had a summative assessment on the same topic.

Now we have started a new unit – ‘Trigonometry’. We are learning about the Pythagoras Theorem, Pythagorean triplets and the converse of the Pythagoras Theorem. We were introduced to this concept by using our knowledge of area of squares. We have also practiced real life applications on this topic.

Dev Talwar MYP 3C

FRENCH In the current unit, we have started the revision of vocabulary and expressions by participating in speaking exercises. We deepened our understanding by participating in an activity known as “The job of my dreams”. For this activity we paired up and had to describe the best profession suited for our partner by researching official French sites and referring to a questionnaire provided. It was a really interactive activity, as we learnt numerous verbs and different professions. This activity has helped us in understanding where our speaking and communication skills needed improvement.
SPANISH This week we watched various videos related to different professions and built our vocabulary. We explored the responsibilities related to jobs and the origins of job stress. We practiced sentence formation using complex structures and conjunctions. We took the unit end summative assessment.
HINDI  MYP 3 Hindi Phase 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 [kaal, ling, vachan] and gave examples. We also had Samvaad lekhan and dialogue writing practice in class. We also had our written formative assessment of Criteria C and D based on paragraph and dialogue writing.

MYP 3 Hindi Phase 3

Under our current unit, we discussed the relation between language, empathy and inclusive society. We learnt a new concept through various means recently. We learnt about the linguistic devices which are used to write a story in order to make our stories more detailed. The linguistic device we learnt was Imagery. Using imagery, we conveyed the look, texture, taste, sound of something we may have felt or seen in a situation. The use of imagery helps the reader build a mental picture. We wrote a story using all kinds of imagery on the topic for our formative assessment. We also participated in a class debate on the topic ‘Can diplomacy and talking solve all issues?’

DIGITAL DESIGN We have been working on the design specification of the animation. We are, at present, creating two storyboards as a prototype for our final product: one as a hard copy and another one on storyboardthat.com.  Simultaneously, we are working on Criterion B presentations. A sample work of E-portfolio was shown to us to understand the product, process and documentation expected from us in Digital Design.
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. We are also making fashion design boards for the Annual Art Exhibition display.
PRODUCT DESIGN We started off with criterion B and created sketches of our intended products. A few of us created our designs on a human figure, while others drew independent garment designs. We also started with our design specifications and chose our final design ideas. Overall, after extensive research, we started finalizing our products.
PHE This week we discussed the components that make fitness and the principles of sports training. We received homework related to understanding how carbohydrates in our meals affects our growth. We also practiced fitness components.

Megha MYP3

MUSIC We worked on our lyric writing assessment. Every group presented the process of brainstorming for a title and created a mind map to make short and long phrases using rhyming words. We exhibited social skills while collaborating with our groups and communication skills as we shared our ideas and experiences. During our presentations we received feedback from the teacher in order to improve our skills.By Arshia Sabharwal MYP 3C

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

 

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.