7th October 2018

Language and literature

We delved deeper into character analysis using STEAL and practiced it with characters from plays by Anton Chekhov. We decoded the text of ‘The Chameleon’

We also learned how to frame our paragraphs properly laying emphasis on the topic sentence which should be followed by supporting sentences.

Science

Physics- We started the topic ‘Force’ by writing a story on the given situation. We presented our story and reflected that in every action force is applied in the form of push or pull. Following this we discussed various examples of contact and non-contact forces. Next we discussed in detail the effect of force on objects. With an example of tug of war, we understood the concepts of balanced and unbalanced forces. We also discussed how friction is considered an as necessary evil.

Chemistry- We learned about mixtures, compounds and elements, understood how they have similarities and differences taking examples from daily life. This was followed by a formative assessment on Quizizz. Next, we investigated and prepared property profile for some elements through lab work. We tested and reinforced our understanding of the concepts by completing a task sheet on the same.

Biology- We watched a video to revise our understanding about eukaryotic cells. We learnt about different types of cells present in our body, and how every single cell is in itself an independent factory working together to form several organ systems which continue to form an organism. We even did a group work on this concept in which we had to build a cell using the organelles printed and provided by our teacher. Next, we studied about the organization of life and learnt how our body is formed (cell – tissue – organ – organ system – organism) and the different types of atoms. These two weeks were very interesting and we as class would love to dig deeper into the science hidden behind our body. (Written by Antara Gupta)

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Math

We learnt about various Algebraic Expressions: their representation and manipulations. Thereafter, we connected the Algebraic Expressions to various geometrical patterns around us. Next, we applied the technique of substitution for finding input and output table.

Language acquisition

French- We revised the unit and its grammatical concepts by playing quizzes on Kahoot and Quizus. Thereafter, we started describing our daily routine and of others using connectors and conjunctions. We also watched the interactive videos on ‘A Typical Routine‘. Following this, we have started working on showcasing our learning in classroom by making posters.

Spanish- We took an oral formative assessment on the current topic ‘Mi rutina diaria’. We were a given a homework to interview our parents asking about their daily routine which we will present in front of the class next week.

Hindi- Phase 1

Phase 1

We practiced paragraph writing on the topic ‘How many things contribute in our growing and all over development as a Human including friends, family, relatives, nature and society’. Working on Criterion A, we e watched the Hindi feature film ‘School Bag’ narrating  the story of a child and mother This week we also had our Formative assessments based on criteria B, C & D. We had a quiz on Kahoot based on grammar concepts. We also practiced shrutlekh and story reading activities.

Phase 2

We practiced paragraph writing on the topic ‘How many things contribute in our growing and all over development as a Human including friends, family, relatives, nature and society’.  Working on Criterion A, we  watched the Hindi feature film ‘School Bag’ narrating  the story of a child and mother  This week we also had our formative assessments based on criteria B, C & D.

Individual and societies

We have started formulating Natural Disaster Management Plans. This required critical understanding of the various stages that need to be kept in mind. We had to understand the magnitude and location of the disaster. This helped us to come up with plans for LEDC and MEDC and reflect upon the differences in terms of preparation, prevention and recovery in a rich vs. poor country. We also focused on immediate and long term aids.

DT

We researched on various modern buildings and finally predicted the architecture 50 years from now in the form of a building. This architectural structure (it can be a villa, a building or a restaurant design) will be our end product. While finalizing the end product, we thought of our resources and sustainability so that we can have a better place to live.

ICT

We have submitted our presentation for assessment of Criteria A: Inquiring and Analyzing. We reflected on our performance to understand our strengths and challenges. Thereafter, we started working on Criterion B: Developing ideas and are in the process of designing drafts for the screen layout of our website.

Art

We have completed our research work on different art movements, artists and artworks associated with them. During our research work we tried to understand composition arrangement, symbolic representation of colours and the ways in which innovative ideas were used .Thereafter, we tried to critically analyse how artworks vary in different art movements. Based on the research, we created mind maps and layouts for our final artwork. We also tried to work upon meaningful application of colours in our art works. We have completed the layout and process journal and have started our final work.

Music

We had our formative assessment on the derivation of scales – major and minor on the staff. We also discussed the answers of the questions we had attempted in the assessment paper.

PHE

We continued with our unit on Healthy lifestyle. We researched about the effects of exercise on the muscular system. Thereafter, we enjoyed practicing the gaming skills in the sports of our choice.

 

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21st September 2018

Language and literature

We honed our report writing skills by describing our recent Bagiya visit and senate results. Thereafter, we revisited formal and informal letter writing skills by writing letters to the Editor and friends.

Science

Physics- We discussed motion graph and learned how a distance time graph looks when the object is stationary moving with a constant speed.  Thereafter, we learned how to find out the total distance travelled from a graph. We also observed a velocity time graph and identified when the object is accelerating or decelerating.

Chemistry- We discussed the properties of pure and impure substances and made real life connections. Next, we discussed properties of elements and compounds taking examples from daily life and learnt their diagrammatic representation. Following this, we completed a task sheet on the same and took self-assessment. We did a looping back activity on properties of metals and non-metals and how elements got their symbols.

Biology- We performed practical investigation to test the presence of glucose in different food sample using Benedict’s Reagent  and completed the analysis questions. Following this, we discussed the homework task sheet on analysing the data based on the effect of temperature and rising of the dough.

Math

We learnt how to solve decimal story sums and were introduced to conversions of fractions, decimals & percentages – Next we learnt how the percentage discounts are calculated. We are all geared up for our upcoming formative assessment.

Language acquisition

French- During this week, we practiced the conjugations of irregular and reflexive verbs. We learnt how to differentiate between reflexive and non-reflexive verbs. Thereafter, we discovered useful expressions to describe the daily routine. To strengthen our grammar skills, we discussed the homework and revised the expressions of time.

Hindi-

Phase 1- We read stories from Hindi Children magazines and practiced sentence making. We also revised basic grammar concepts that help in formation of sentences.

Phase 2- We read the stories ‘Makhmal Mein Llipte Jjoote’, ‘Raaste ke Sangee’ and discussed how memories become important part of our lives. We also shared about our own experiences and learning. Next, we practiced article writing on ‘How various things Affect and Contribute in our Complete Growth and Development as a Human’.

Spanish- We got feedback on our formative assessment.  We learnt to make questions and implemented our learning and knowledge in playing ‘Hopscotch’ in pairs.

Individual and societies

We tried finding answers to number of questions that keep coming up as soon as we hear the word volcano- what causes volcanic eruptions, what comes out of volcanic vents, how many types of volcanoes are there and so on and so forth. There is so much we learned about volcanoes and so much more to explore. Eternal thirst for knowledge keeps us going and searching for answers.

Digital Design

We have submitted our presentations for feedback on strand i and ii of Criterion A: Inquiring and Analysing. We have started working on evaluating the features and limitations of similar products that are already available. We will now complete our design brief for final assessment.

Product Design

We have completed the first stage of design cycle. Next week onwards we will start working on the ideas stage of the design cycle.

Art

We have completed our research work on different art movements and, artists and the art works associated with them. During our research, we tried to understand the compositions symbolic representation of colours and the ways in which innovative ideas used in the compositions. We tried to critically analyze how art works vary in different art movements. Following this, we created mind maps and layouts for our final artwork. We also tried to work upon meaningful application of colours in our art works. We have completed the layout and process journal and have started our final work.

Music

We revised the formulas used to derive major and minor scales and marked the pitches of those scales on the staff. To be able to express ourselves artistically on our instrument, we must memorize our scales and have them our fingertips.

PHE

We started our fitness training by playing multiple sports.

 

8th September,2018

Language and Literature

This week we were assigned various stories by Anton Chekhov wherein we had to identify various elements in the story along with plotting it on the Freytag’s pyramid. Thereafter, we framed research questions keeping in mind the author’s background and the time period in which the stories were written.

Science

Physics- We practiced numerical based on calculating distance and displacement in various situations. Following this, we learned to apply Pythagoras theorem to calculate displacement in the given directions.

Chemistry- We observed samples of pure and impure substances and took self-notes. Thereafter, we learnt new terms homogeneous and heterogeneous which were then connected with our observations. Following this, we discussed the properties of pure substances.

Biology- We performed the practical formative assessment task on investigating the presence of starch in different food samples. We analysed the data and completed the worksheet. 

Individual and Societies

We have been learning about natural disasters, especially the recent one in Kerala. We started exploring the SDGs by discussing its significance in groups. We also had a discussion on the topic of earthquake as an outcome of plate tectonic movement.

Language Acquisition

French- This week we learnt the conjugation and usage of verbs that describe our daily routine and made phrases with them. We carried it further with the help of activities such as storytelling, matching the diagram with the expression and Kahoot Quiz activities. We also saw some videos on daily routine of students. Lastly, we practiced parts of a sentence and revision of conjugation of –er ending verbs. 

Hindi- Phase 1- We had a discussion on the statement of inquiry for the current unit, the associated global context, key concept and related concepts. Next, we practiced reading and writing short paragraphs.

Phase 2- We had discussion on the statement of inquiry for the current unit, the associated global context, key concept and related concepts. We practiced reading and writing short paragraphs. Following this, we made cards and wrote messages for the Hindi Diwas.

Spanish- Phase I – We practiced to describe our daily routine in present tense.

Phase 2– We learnt simple past tense: El pretérito indefinido and practiced describing the routine of a specific day in Spanish

Mathematics

We continued practicing BEDMAS rules in the family of numbers with respect to fractions. Thereafter, we appeared for a formative assessment to check our learning and used the ATL – Reflection to set our goals.

Digital Design

We are developing our research skills by working on the research questions that we need to focus on in the present unit. We will be researching on these questions using primary and secondary sources of information.

Music

We understood the formation of a major scale, which is the basis of most western music.  We learnt how it is made up of a series of intervals of either a tone or a semitone. We learnt the major scale in terms of solfege ( Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do ), degrees (numbers –  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ) and the pitches we have in a particular scale like a ‘C major scale’ ( C D E F G A B C ).

Design

We constructed a detailed research plan, which identifies and prioritizes the primary and secondary research needed to develop a solution to the problems independently.

Art

We have completed our research work on different art movements, artists and the artworks associated with them. During our research, we tried to understand the compositions, symbolic representation of colours and the ways in which innovative ideas used in the compositions. We tried to critically analyze how art works vary in different art movements. Following this, we created mind maps and layouts for our final artwork. We also tried to work upon meaningful application of colours in our art works.

Drama

We discussed in details Greek theatre, the theories of i origin and watched videos of Greek theatre, its origin and other aspects. Next we worked in groups to develop chorus songs and tried enacting the Greek chorus in groups.

PHE

We discussed about the effects of exercise on the cardiovascular system. We also honed our gaming skills in various sports.

 

 

 

1st September 2018

Language and literature

We have been introduced to our unit, ‘A Chameleon’ by Anton Chekhov. After understanding the Global Context, Key Concepts and Related concepts for this unit, we determined the Statement of Inquiry. Through a class discussion, we prepared a list of similes to describe various characteristics of humans especially those that are reminiscent of certain animals. We now comprehend how the expression ‘changing color’ is applicable to humans and the situations that might compel them to behave in this manner. We have started reading the short story and are annotating unusual and interesting words/phrases used by the author to sketch the characters, setting and situations in the mind of the reader.

As part of this unit, we are also brushing up on our grammar skills.

Mathematics

We learnt about GCF & LCM and practiced solving various types of word problems.  Thereafter, we studied the use of fractions in the number system. 

We took a formative assessment to check our areas of improvement with respect to the Reflection Skills  (ATL)

Science

Physics- We explored the difference between scalar & vector quantities, speed & velocity through real life situations. We looked at the application aspect of time, speed and distance problems. 

Chemistry-We investigated various signs of chemical reactions through a lab activity and shared our observation in the class. Next, we watched a video on physical and chemical properties of the materials followed by a self-assessment.  Thereafter, we discussed the terms pure and impure substances.

Biology- We did a starter activity to review what we had learned about nutrients, balanced diet and cellular organisation. We then watched a video showing the journey of food through the digestive tract. While watching the video, we listed the digestive organs. This was followed by class discussion a group task detailing the role of various organs in the digestive process.

Individuals & societies

We had discussion on the recent natural disaster in Kerala and suggested solutions to the on-going flood crisis. We discussed the effects of the plate tectonic movements. We were introduced to the theory of continental drift and enhanced our learning through a pair-share activity.

Language acquistion

French-This week our benchmarking results were declared. We discussed the papers and some exemplary responses were shown in order to demonstrate what is deemed as a correct way to respond to the four criteria. Apart from these results, we commenced with the unit ‘Ma routine’ We revised how to tell time using appropriate expressions. Moreover, we learnt expressions to describe our daily activities as well as the new type of verbs (Reflexive verbs) that support such expressions. We did storytelling and Kahoot Quiz activities in the class to describe daily routine and also used expressions with the verb “jouer a” and “jouer de”.  

Spanish- We learnt to describe a person in Spanish using the verbs “ser, tener, and llevar”. We chose a person; either a favorite sportsperson, a family member or a best friend and described them in Spanish.

Hindi

Phase 1

We had discussion on the topic ‘Me, My Family and Friends’. We discussed the concept of family and extended family We read the stories ‘Makhmal Mein Lipte Joote’ & ‘Mere Raaste ke Sangee’ and enjoyed vocabulary building activities.

Phase 2

We had discussion on the topic ‘Me, My Family and Friends’. We discussed the concepts of family and extended family Thereafter, we had practiced paragraph writing on the topic ‘My Memories with Family and Friends’. We read the story ‘Mere Padosi ka Jaana’ followed by vocabulary building activities. 

DT

Progressing towards our summative assessment, we are predicting the design of a modern building 50 years from now. To achieve this we are analysing the existing buildings to come up with the final design.

ICT

We have started brainstorming on our individual website and its clients. We identified different elements that should be included in our website. Last week we framed our own definition of the command terms that are used in Digital Design. In the coming weeks, we will focus on the design problems and the first phase of Design Cycle, i.e., inquiring and analyzing.

Drama

We discussed and explored the historical and geographical background of Greece and its cities and states.  We shared theories associated with the origin of Greek theater and aspects associated with it. This was followed by group improvisation on the relationship between humans, Gods and forces of nature. 

Music

We learnt the names of all the music intervals and their role in our tonal system. We learnt how categorizing sounds and giving those names makes them clearer and conveniently communicable. We also watched video demonstrating different songs based on different intervals and how recognition of the intervals becomes easier by humming some popular tunes.

Art

We have completed our research work on different art movements, artists and art works associated with them Thereafter, we tried to understand composition arrangement, symbolic representation of colours and ways in which innovative ideas have been used in the compositions. Following this, we tried to critically analyze how art works vary in different art movements; created mind maps and finalized the layout for our art work.

PHE

We discussed the importance of exercises in maintaining healthy lifestyle.

August 17, 2018

Maths

We started our inquiry into the family of numbers by a coding activity and playing number games requiring us to use the rules of ‘BEDMAS’ correctly.

We revised whole numbers and appeared for a benchmarking assessment. Next we learnt to apply the RICE method of solving word problems in real life context.

Science

Physics- During skill building week, we enhanced our graphical interpretations and graph plotting skills. Thereafter, we discussed inquiry and purpose of our first unit. We watched a video to understand the difference between distance and displacement.  This was followed by the group task ‘Fun Race’ wherein we learned how to measure distance using measuring tape, record time with stopwatch and establish the relationship between distance, time and speed.

Chemistry- We started our new academic year with some skill enhancement activities. After a brief discussion on the importance of command terms, we applied our understanding to solve variety of application-based and analytical questions. Thereafter we started the new unit ‘Building Blocks’ with key concept, global context, statement of inquiry and the inquiry questions. We enjoyed the starter activity for the unit wherein we discussed few examples of types of changes and categorized them as physical and chemical change by comparing their characteristic features. We discussed and learnt the physical and chemical properties of materials.

Biology- We reviewed the scientific method to enhance our understanding about designing, investigating, analyzing and evaluating investigations and data in science. This method also helps us formulate questions that we want to find the answers for.

We learned about the types of variables with examples. Thereafter we learned about note making and summarizing skills using the video on cellular organization and completed the given graphic organizer. Next we started the unit ‘Building Blocks’ with a discussion on the global context, key concept and the related concepts.

Language and literature

The academic year began with activities that helped us revise our prior learning and comprehend command terms. We reiterated the global contexts, key concepts and related concepts for Language and Literature. Since report writing is a skill we will learn during our first unit, we browsed through HT Pace, the newspaper we receive at school, and established the format of a report. We were, subsequently, introduced to the inverted pyramid format as an organizer for arranging our thoughts. We are in the process of reporting the school senate elections as our first report writing task.

Individuals & societies

We began the new academic session with exciting and engaging activities that helped us revise our prior learning and skills. We associated Global context with the given article on a volcanic eruption. We further discussed the pros and cons of staying around the volcanic area.  We collaboratively created the statement of inquiry for our new topic ‘Natural Disasters and Sustainability’. 

Language acquisition

Spanish- Brainstorming and scaffolding activities were conducted in the class. We enjoyed watching video on the daily routine of Acustin, a Spanish teacher who lives in England. After discussing his routine, we talked about our daily routine which helped us understand the conjugations of reflexive verbs in present tense.

French- Once again, the excitement and love for French eagerly took us back to our language room where we geared ourselves for learning more about the culture and civilization. During the first week, many skill-building activities were planned and this is how our preliminary introduction to French began. We revised definite and indefinite articles with activities such as ‘Hangman’ and learnt the useful expressions as well as vocabulary to converse in class.  These expressions will help us in improving our communication skills. Our formal introduction to this year’s course began with the theme ‘My Routine’ where we contributed our thoughts towards ‘What do I Know?’ and ’What do I want to learn?’ Lastly, our bench marking assessment was conducted to determine our correct phase level.

Hindi – The term began with sharing of summer vacation experiences and discussion on our areas of improvement for the new term Activities like Just a Minute and Pahchan Kaun helped develop our communication and collaboration skills. As a part of our group reading activities, we read various stories and articles.

Under SEL social emotional learning we made cards for our peers which helped us in understanding each other’s skills and positive aspects of personality.  

Design and technology (DT)

We have started our journey in Product Design with the unit ‘Creation to Evolution’. We have started exploring Autodesk AutoCAD design software. This software will help us create the final sketch of our products. We collaborated to develop essential agreements which we believe will create a better learning environment. 

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

We started planning for the new unit in Digital Design based on Web Designing. We collaborated in groups to revisit and present the phases in a Design Cycle. Thereafter we brainstormed in pairs to choose a theme for our website. In coming weeks, we would focus on the design problem and clients to begin the design process.

Drama

The session began with a brief discussion on myths and their importance in our culture. Next we tried exploring myths associated with Greek theatre. We watched videos on the origin of Greek theatre other aspects. This was followed by group improvisations on the relationship between humans and Gods. We even tried our hands on poster making depicting Greek playwrights.

Music

We started the lesson with some interactive and fun activities that helped us know each other in terms of our personal interests, unique talents and things we share in common.

Thereafter, we reviewed the concepts covered last year – staff, pitch names, treble clef, and bass clef. We also studied about the relationships between pitch, frequency, wavelength and tension. 

Art

We are working on different art movements across the world. We tried to critically analyze how art movements leave a lasting impact on the society.  We are researching on the art forms and symbolic representations that characterize these different art movements. We have started making layouts based on the research work and we have also discussed on how to create color symbolic representation in compositions.

Physical Education (PHE)

We discussed different tests to measure the physical fitness.