|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.|
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: 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: 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.|
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.
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.|