Blog – 7 Oct 18

 

Mathematics

Extended: We understood the concept of domain, range and co-domain. We used different functions to find the same using mapping diagrams, set representations and graphs. We also discussed the vertical line test in class and solved composite of functions at different values.

Standard:

Group 1

Standard:  We understood the concept of domain, range and co-domain. We used different functions to find the same using mapping diagrams, set representations and graphs. We also discussed the vertical line test and solved linear functions f(x) = mx+c, clearly identifying relations and functions.

Group 2

We understood the concept of relation and function.  We made presentations on domain, range and real life examples of different types of mapping. We used different functions to find the same using mapping diagrams, set representations and graphs.

Science

Physics: We made posters showing real life application of Newton’s laws of motion. We learned about conservation of momentum and performed an activity using marbles and inclined plane to understand the law of conservation of momentum. We learned about impulse and linked it to real life applications such as to why fielders move their hand backwards after catching a ball.

Biology: We observed the effect of hydrogen peroxide concentration on catalase enzyme activity. We concluded our first unit with a formative assessment on enzymes, wherein we expressed our knowledge by creating posters.

Chemistry: From group one to eighteen, period one to seven, we explored the periodic table in depth.  Later in the unit, we went into the details of each group of the periodic table through our group presentations. We acquired knowledge of the different reactions that occur with different elements and the physical and chemical properties as well. We wound up this week with a formative assessment testing our knowledge and skills related to the periodic table.

by: Nandini Saluja

Language and Literature:       

For the past two weeks in our language and literature lessons, we have been working on our presentations for the formative assessment. Having worked in groups, we explored ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ further and in more depth, as each group was handling a specific day from the novella. We analyzed the structure, language, character development, and symbolism. We concluded the unit by analyzing Hemingway’s own interpretation of his work.

By Nandini Saluja

Individual & Societies: During the last two weeks we have been engaged in a variety of interactive assignments. We started by presenting our infographics on water conflicts around the world, which aided us in understanding why resources need to be managed and what are the consequences of ineffective resource management. We moved on to the exploration of an interesting concept of how tourism functions through a model proposed by Butler. We enhanced our understanding of the topic by selecting a place and representing it on Butler’s model. We wound up the unit with one last activity about the ways to encourage students from our school to reduce their ecological footprint and how to advertise this change.

Nandini Saluja

Language acquisition:

Spanish: We learnt to talk about a picture or a text. After practicing on a few texts, we took an oral formative assessment. We discussed how communication has evolved with the passing of time.

French: Phase 1 & 2: We explored numerous resources to deepen our understanding of using Internet safely. We made posters that create awareness of Internet safety, advantages and disadvantages for youngsters. We also learnt the formation of Imperatives in affirmative and negative forms. We made posters on the rights and duties of being an Internet user. We also discussed our homework sheet and worked on the feedback received.

Hindi:

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.

Phase 4

We worked on our own Hindi blogs and learned to type in Hindi. We read through a variety of Hindi websites, blogs and travelogue articles in order to discuss how travelling to different places gives us the opportunity to explore history and old cultures. 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.

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

e-Portfolio Subject

Digital Design: These two weeks were dedicated to working on Criterion B, which revolves around creating designs, receiving feedback and developing the designs with more precision. We had regular feedback sessions with our teachers and peers to assess the impact of our designs on the viewers. This is a good strategy to improve the quality of our digital products. Amidst all the tough grind, we played a game of Kahoot based on ICT facts. The quiz was surely enjoyed by all, and was amusing and educational at the same time.  We are looking forward to creating our digital products using the applications we have decided upon.

Aradhia Bhagett

 

Product Design: Our class started with criterion B of the design cycle by creating the design specification stating all the necessary details of our product. We designed a few feasible sketches for our client to choose from. After this exercise, we got constructive peer feedback which enabled us to improve the design. Then we planned and drew a final design for our product with all the details, like dimensions, colour and materials. To sum it up, we finished criterion B in two very eventful and interesting weeks.

Soumya Rana

Music: We had a formative assessment on the topic ‘Elements of music’, where we listened to a piece of music and identified all the musical elements and critically evaluated the piece in terms of tempo, texture, structure, pitch, articulations and dynamics.

PHE: We inquired into using the Karvonen Formula – a way to use mathematics to determine our target heart rate (HR) training zone. We applied it in practice with our designated partners. Each one was allocated a client interview to administer the Karvonen formula on. We also played sports of our choice and practised related skills in sports EDGE.

Visual Art: We completed the layout and started our final practical work. We conducted a research on different material to be used in our final mural work, as we are trying to introduce different materials, including those of waste, such as mirror, glass, broken tiles, plywood, MDF board, cardboard and many more. Through our art work we are trying to create a new language.

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Blog – 24 Sep 2018

 

Mathematics

Extended: We discussed our formative assessment in class and made corrections accordingly. Our doubts in the weekend task sheet were clarified and we practiced a variety of questions on AssessPrep to revise all concepts covered under our first unit. We started the unit ‘Linear Functions’ and discussed various forms of the equation of the line. We used elimination method and substitution method to solve applications of linear functions.

Standard: We learnt how Pythagoras theorem is used in Coordinate Geometry to find various lengths.  We inquired about the median of a triangle and applied the rules of Coordinate Geometry to different geometric shapes. We look forward to taking an assessment to gauge our progress.

Science

Physics: We completed our group presentations on Newton’s laws of motion and created posters depicting real life applications of the Newton’s laws of motion and graphs of motion. We appeared for a formative assessment, discussed our homework and made necessary corrections.

Biology: We discussed our homework and did the correction work. We watched a video about factors affecting enzyme activity and learned the plotting of graphs as per dependent and independent variables. We also discussed control factors for the three different factors i.e. substrate concentration, temperature and pH. We tried to observe mitosis stages under a microscope.

Chemistry: We presented our research work on various families of the periodic table in class. We discussed important physical and chemical properties of each family and uses of common elements in daily life.

 

Language and Literature: Our first formative assessment was followed by feedback and a redrafting session. Afterwards, we discussed the symbolism and allegory present in the text and how it translates into Santiago’s Code Hero’s Journey. We delineated five days in our text and in groups of four started working on presenting the day allocated to us, with focus on Santiago’s trajectory throughout the novella, Hemingway’s writing style, descriptive language and indirect characterization through dialogue.

Individual & Societies: We completed our research on water conflicts and shared our presentations with peers. We explored Butler’s model of tourism in detail and studied about its six stages in context of different tourist places. We selected our own tourist place and researched about its stages of development. We created graphs of the selected tourist places highlighting different stages of Butler’s model.

Language acquisition:

Spanish:

We received the teacher’s feedback on our formative assessment. We created signs for the school on internet usage, such as – ‘Don’t play videogames in school’, ‘Don’t use social websites during school hours’, ‘Don’t listen/download music in school’ and many more, thus  implementing our knowledge and learning of imperatives.

French:

Phase 1: We watched interactive videos about the Internet and its dangers, which was followed by a classroom discussion. We also learnt about the advantages and disadvantages of Internet. We explored ways to stay safe online. We played Jenga and Kahoot in class to revise verb conjugation and vocabulary.

Phase2 : Songs like ‘Despacito’ and ‘Attention’ were played in target language. We were instructed to prepare a list of verbs in pairs while listening to the songs. Later, we conjugated all the verbs from their infinitive form to simple past tense. We were also asked to exchange our responses with other group members. All the corrections were made in collaboration.

Hindi:

Phase 3

We practiced writing formal letters on the topic of travel. We also read 2 articles based on travel ‘jarra jarra kajarra’ & ‘ek paath ke liye ek shahar ki khoj’ and participated in vocabulary building activities based on the aforementioned sources.

Phase 4

We worked on our own Hindi blogs while learning to type in Hindi. We read and observed many Hindi websites and blogs. We also had poetry reading and analysis sessions during Hindi Diwas celebrations.

e-Portfolio Subject

Digital Design: We created design specifications which required extensive brainstorming, as we needed to show these specifications by drawing a design sample. This helped us in gaining better clarity about specifications we need to include. We also learnt about wireframe diagrams and are in the process of creating one for our website/app.

Product Design: We have discussed developing ideas stage of design cycle in detail, after which we wrote the design specifications. Next week we will create a range of feasible design ideas so that we can come up with the final design.

Music: We listened to two contrasting musical pieces in order to identify all the musical elements and critically evaluate both pieces in terms of tempo, texture, structure, pitch, articulations and dynamics.

PHE: We continued our fitness training by playing multiple sports.

Visual Art:  We completed the layout and started our final practical work. We conducted a research on different material to be used in our final work, as we are trying to introduce different materials, including those of waste, such as mirror, glass, broken tiles, plywood, MDF board, cardboard and many more. Through our art work we are trying to create a new language.

 

Blog 01 Sep 2018

 

Mathematics

Extended: We revised the distance formula, the midpoint formula and distance from point to line. We practiced their application using AssessPrep in class. We have understood the application of the section formula and were introduced to three-dimensional geometry.

We took an online assessment on AssessPrep to monitor our progress and discussed our weekend task sheets in class.

Standard: We learnt about various points and lines in space. We learnt how to change the subject formula and substitute various values. We also took an online assessment to monitor our progress. We are looking forward to attempting our weekend tasks using AssessPrep interface.

Science

Physics: We learned about equations of motion, Newton’s first and second laws of motion. We solved numerical problems based on the equations of motion, on motion laws and discussed real life application of the laws. We discussed our homework and bench marking papers.

Biology: We discussed our bench marking results and made the necessary corrections. We revised the nervous system and performed an experiment to see the activity of Diastase enzyme on starch and used Iodine as an indicator to analyze the reaction. We plotted the results on the graph. We appeared for our FA which was based on analytical and other subject related skills.

Chemistry: We were assigned groups and concepts for the collaborative work. We started working in our groups to prepare for the presentation which is a part of our formative assessment. We were provided with web links and other useful resources. We have started presenting our research work in the class and were peer assessed.

Language and Literature: We started working on descriptive writing techniques. After a short discussion, we came to a conclusion that the reader constructs meaning of the text just as much as the writer does, hence, it is extremely important to anticipate the audience’s emotional reaction. We have noted down and implemented a few tips and tricks of good description and practiced them by expanding a plain declarative sentence. We attempted to construct meaning of our own using seemingly nonsensical word combinations and short sentences, with an eye on brevity of expression.

Individual & Societies: We discussed resource management and stages of resource planning. We made presentations on resource planning and shared with our peers. We learnt about various conflicts centered around resources and tried to find solutions to resolve those conflicts.

Language acquisition: 

Spanish: We learnt about the use of imperatives. We practiced affirmative imperatives in class. La Tomatina, a Spanish festival which falls on the last Wednesday of August in Buñol, Spain., was marked in class by decorating both Spanish rooms, eating bruschetta (a dish made up of bread, tomatoes, garlic and basil) and playing with paper tomatoes.

French:

Phase 1 : This week was about strengthening the conjugation of the first and third group of verbs in present tense (-er and –re ending verbs). To fortify this, various activities and resources were utilized, such as playing a quiz on Kahoot app. We also listened to dialogues to practice Criterion A, wherein we had to put the conjugated form of the verb from the list given. Lastly, we also practiced the conjugation of irregular verbs through worksheets.

Phase 2: Simple past tense was introduced in the class. We learnt the formation of the tense, context, as well as conjugations of regular and irregular verbs. After learning the tense, we practiced grammar exercises using online resources and enjoyed translating texts from English and Hindi to French.

Hindi:

Phase 3: We had a discussion on the topic of our unit ‘Travel and Tourism’. We discussed various benefits of traveling to different places and participated in writing activities based on the discussion. We read a travelogue ‘kothi banaal’ which talks about the journey to a remote Uttarakhand village. We also had vocabulary-building activities in the class.

Phase 4: We had a discussion on the topic of our unit ‘The role of internet’. We discussed various benefits and dangers of using internet to excess and how it affects our life. We participated in writing activities based on the discussion and debated the topic of banning Internet till grade 8 in schools. We wrote down and shared our childhood memories in response to reading a blog on the same topic.

e-Portfolio Subject

Digital Design: We are working on the last strand of Criterion A of the Design Cycle where we are writing a design brief to summarize the research we have conducted on the design problem. We will focus on what our research tells us about the design that we are creating and what purpose it will serve.

Product Design: We completed the inquiring and analysing stage of the design cycle and are now making changes to our presentations according to the teacher’s feedback.

Music: We studied the basic elements that make up music. We understood how music can be analyzed by considering a variety of its elements.

PHE: We discussed how different activities can affect heart rate and learnt how to measure the pulse rate.

Visual Art: We critically analyzed works of two different artists and tried to understand the technical aspects of those art forms. After analyzing the context, we started making layouts towards creating our final art work by using different mix media techniques. Through our art work we are trying to create our own visual language. This week we visited an art exhibition of Bengal Patachitra which helped us understand composition arrangement.

Drama: We discussed the social and historical background of the play ‘An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestly. We tried to analyse the themes and symbols of the play. We created character charts to gain better understanding of said characters as individuals and their relationships with other characters throughout the text.

Blog -20 Aug 18

 

Mathematics:

Standard: We started the academic session by recapitulating the concept of linear equation in two variables and appeared for a benchmarking assessment. We participated in a collaborative activity to solve the equations graphically and algebraically. We discussed inquiry and purpose of our first unit ‘Coordinate Geometry’. We learned about the derivation of distance formula, midpoint formula, gradient, finding the distance of a point from a perpendicular line and their real-life application.

 

Sciences:

Chemistry: We started our new academic year with enhancing our skills required in Science. We participated in a looping back activity and revised the important concepts. We practiced the atomic structure, calculating number of electrons, protons and neutrons for an atom of various elements, writing chemical names, chemical formulae and balancing the chemical equations. We started the new unit ‘Sorting it all out”. The key concept, global context, statement of inquiry and the inquiry questions were shared, followed by a class discussion. We conducted a starter activity for the unit and watched a video on how the modern periodic table was developed. We observed the modern periodic table and discussed our findings. We analysed the table and learnt to derive important information from it.

Biology: We learned about the negative feedback mechanism for Insulin and glucagon hormones in our body. We designed a table to analyse types of receptors. We drew a neuron, a reflex arc and created a flow chart to understand parts of Human Nervous system. We watched a video ‘Nervous System in Nine Minutes’ and annotated the brain diagram to understand the basic functions and parts of a brain. We conducted a brainstorming session on importance of synapses and neurotransmitters in our body.

Physics: We enhanced our graph plotting and graph analysis skills. We discussed inquiry and purpose of the new unit. We learned about scalars, vectors and discussed various motion graphs.

Language & Literature: The academic year began with activities which helped us recap our prior learning and comprehend command terms, Global Contexts, key concepts and related concepts for the subject. This was followed by an introduction to Modern Literature and its characteristics. We started our first unit ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ and decoded the concepts of a Code Hero, symbolism and allegory. We have discovered that the Code Hero’s journey overlaps the Freytag’s Pyramid and attempted the plotting using a medium of our choice.

 

Individual & Societies:

We started the unit ‘Resource Management’ by discussing the key and related concepts as well as the global context. We drafted a relevant statement of inquiry and worked in groups to define and categorize resources. We conducted an activity on resource planning and evaluated the need of resource management.

Language Acquisition:

French: Regardless of our current level in French, the interest and motivation to attend French language classes never goes away. All of us knew at the start of the academic year that the benchmarking assessment will be conducted in the second week of August to ascertain our phase levels correctly. Therefore, most of the skill building exercises were predominantly based on improving our reading and listening comprehension skills. We saw videos, practiced grammar and participated in spoken exercises. Now that the assessment has been conducted, we were placed in the appropriate phases and a preliminary introduction to French phonetics, accents and sounds was practiced through multimedia resources.

Spanish: Brainstorming and scaffolding activities were conducted in the class.  We revised two past tenses in class and used kahoot quizzes to practice those. Furthermore, we appeared for the benchmarking assessment.

Hindi: We shared our summer vacation experiences and discussed our improvement areas for the new term in terms of language and ATL skills.  We discussed the essential agreements of our class and participated in various activities, for example Just a Minute, Pahchan kaun in our class, which were helpful in further developing our communication and collaboration skills. We also read various stories and articles during group reading activities.

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.

Furthermore, this week we had our benchmarking assessment.

ePortfolio Subjects:

PHE: We prepared presentations on the functioning of the cardiovascular system and shared them.

Product Design: We have started our journey in Product Design with a unit ‘Creativity in Architecture’. The main intent of the unit is to focus on elements and principles of architecture and finally design an architectural structure which will be the end product for the unit. Simultaneously, we are exploring Autodesk Revit Design software. This software will enable us to create the final sketch of the product with precision. As a class, we have decided to come up with an architectural layout of the Primary School building. We have identified the scope of work for the entire project and each one of us will create one structure related to the Primary School. Through this unit, we will be highlighting social skills, as extensive collaboration is required to complete this project. We have started writing our process journals after the information-sharing sessions and learning activities conducted by our teacher. The task is a challenging one and we are trying hard to achieve the best.

Digital Design: We have started working on a unit where we have to decide whether we want to create an app or a website based on any one sustainable development goal. We learnt how to formulate a design problem, create a research table and analyse products using OPVL format. It was interesting to understand how extra information can be added to an e-portfolio using an appendix. We understood how an annotated bibliography can be a rich source of information and would help us develop better research skills.

 

Music: We discussed the requirements of an e-portfolio of all the musical works. We discussed major and minor scales, three forms of minor scales, evolution of harmonic and melodic minor scales, identification of intervals – consonance and dissonance, modes and different chord types.

We participated in an activity on the topic of modes, where we had to identify tunes based on different modes.

We also had a formative assessment on the intervals and their aesthetic appeal.