Unit of Inquiry

Students continued to gain knowledge about their current unit of inquiry on health. The highlight of the past fortnight was a group activity of making a picture collage. Students gained knowledge about various aspects of health while honing their social and self-management skills.

Students further inquired about the importance of personal hygiene through a discussion. As a follow-up activity, they illustrated ways to maintain hygiene. Students reflected on their daily routines and habits through a T-chart. They identified, sorted pictures and illustrated the healthy and unhealthy practices. Students were encouraged to think about how they could replace unhealthy habits with healthier ones.

Students participated in a class discussion about how they spent their weekend shouldering various activities. Students interviewed peers and staff members at school to investigate various health factors, habits that individuals portrayed and discussed their findings in class.

A Formative assessment assessed students on their first line of inquiry ‘daily habits and routines’.

Students watched a story ‘I love to eat fruits and vegetables’ which was followed by a discussion on how to stay healthy. They wrote their understanding in their journals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B53wj0v5gFU

They also watched a video on ‘healthy and unhealthy family’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMrdXaMfhNI

English

During the English lessons, students practiced writing CVC words with medial sounds ‘o’ and ‘u’ in their journals. They wrote a few sentences with these words. Students read ORT books and were assessed for their reading levels with a rubric. Spellings were assessed through a spelling bee. Sight words were recapitulated with a bingo game. The Bus Stop activity recapitulated blends for students. They also revisited a few blends and practiced writing blend words in the journals.

 Math

During their Math classes, students practiced writing numbers in their process journals. They revisited number concepts like odd/even, quantity association, ascending/descending through ‘think, pair, share’ strategy. The concept of place value was reinforced using manipulatives. They also represented few numbers in their journals using bars of tens and ones.

Hindi

During their Hindi classes, students recited the poem ‘सभी फलों में सेब है न्यारा. An activity helped them identify names of fruits and vegetables in Hindi. They also learned vyanjan ह, च, द and wrote words with the same.

Assembly

An assembly was conducted by the students of grade 1B on Independence Day, where they discussed the changes and development that the country has undergone in the last 71 years of freedom. Students mapped the areas under the British rule, analyzed what independence meant to them, how responsibilities go hand in hand with rights. They enjoyed singing songs and the national anthem gave closure to the event.

Music

During the music classes, students were introduced to time signatures in music and they were able to identify the same for different beats played on the congo. They sang ‘Kandho Se Milte Hai Kandhe’ and the Indian National Anthem Students displayed International mindedness when they heard the South Korean, Japanese, Israeli and Chinese National Anthems and paid respect to the countries of their fellow classmates.

ICT

Students were introduced to research and its types. Later they were divided into two teams and were given examples to identify the types of research. They also learned about various browsers and the type of search engine associated with them. They were briefed on the keywords that they could use for the search. Some tried copy-pasting the image on the MS-Paint too.

Dance

During dance lessons, students were taught basic floor work through the imagery of starfish and baby. Locomotory skills were also enhanced alongside creative thinking through the theme of animal movements.

Library

To mark  India’s independence day,  a quiz was undertaken. Questions about the national tree, national marine animal, national reptile, India’s population, number of states, the national emblem, and many more such questions were asked during the library lesson.

Art

For this period the students were introduced to the concepts of color theory and various drawing forms. Activities included drawing and coloring frontal and side view of a human face, geometric compositions, and a fruit composition.

Physical Education 

Students worked on motor development by doing relay races. They were involved in different recreational games using cones, small hurdles, and ladders. They also worked on improving their flexibility through stretching exercises.

 

 

 

 

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The new academic session began with lots of learning, growing, making new friends, interactive learning engagements, and social-emotional development.

Students easily settled into their new classes and enjoyed the first two days by introducing, interacting and sharing their vacation stories with their peers. They participated in many ice-breaking activities. They worked on formulating essential agreements and revisited the Learner Profile attributes, the inquiry cycle, concepts, skills and the importance of action in a Unit Of Inquiry.

Unit of Inquiry

Leading a balanced lifestyle can help us stay healthy was the central idea that motivated students to undertake inquiry within and outside the classrooms.

Tuning into the unit was done through a mystery box game, where the students used their senses to touch, feel, taste and smell the objects placed inside the mystery box. The objects were related to health and wellbeing for maintaining a balanced lifestyle.

 Students connected the word ‘balanced’ with the learner profile attribute. They further shared their understanding of a healthy lifestyle by emphasizing the five factors that promote good health e.g. recreation, hygiene, rest, food, and exercise.

The students created a mind map by illustrating, ”what healthy means to them” in their journals.

English

During their English classes, students were welcomed with a fun ice-breaking activity ‘ colored gems’ in which they shared information about their favorite friend/family member/ cuisine/hobby/place etc.

They further enjoyed creating photo frames by sketching themselves on a colored sheet and pasted the photo frames in their respective cubby holes to get a sense of belongingness.

Students played the game about their name where they identifying letter cutouts to form spellings for their names. They used their name cutouts to make nameplates.

 Students watched an online story ‘sharing a shell’ and shared their understanding of the importance of sharing with their friends.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL2nJIuB7bI

 Letter recognition was done through a task sheet about a ‘secret message from their teacher.’ Their understanding of phonics sound & letter formation was done through a ‘fishbowl activity’. Students wrote upper and lower-case letters in their process journals. Their prior knowledge of blending sounds was assessed through looping back sheet. They attempted to make CVC words using the medial sound of vowels (a,e, i, o,u). Each group shared their words through a presentation.

Math

During their Math classes, students engaged themselves in various ice-breaking activities where students counted and introduced themselves on every odd number by saying fizz buzz.     

 A looping back sheet as used to assess prior knowledge of number recognition, and quantity association using manipulative. Students also practiced arranging numbers in ascending and descending order.

Hindi

During their Hindi lessons, students watched  the story ‘Aalsee Brahmin’

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-nagMCHrzs) and related different learner profile attributes from the same. They formulated essential agreements for maintaining an interactive learning environment in class. Students also revisited a few vernacular swar and vyanjans words through a bus stop activity.

Music

The students learned how to sing ‘Here comes the Sun’ (https://youtu.be/bgiQD56eWDk) and ‘Little April Shower’ (https://youtu.be/saa98l0yDYQ).

They also engaged in some vocal exercises.

ICT

Students were welcomed into the ICT  lessons post the summer with great interest. Essential agreements were made during the introductory class in which they were made comfortable with their surrounding and taught to handle the I Pad and laptop devices. Students were shown the input-output and all the other physical components of the computer.

Dance

Students have begun doing a basic warm-up, stretching and embarked on practicing hand & feet position as a regular dance routine.

Art

Students discussed warm and cool colors. They then observed front and profile faces and learned how to draw proportionate portraits.

Physical Education

Students developed their locomotor, non-locomotors skills by doing flexibility and strength building exercises. 

Library

Students were excited to visit the library after the long summer break. They were made aware of the fact that from grade 1 year, they would be choosing their books independently though teachers would assist in guiding them to make age-appropriate choices.

The summer reading log was assessed during library time to check the understanding of the books that each child had read during vacation time.