Blog – 20 April 19

 

Mathematics
Extended: During the past 2 weeks, we were engaged in the exciting world of statistics. We learnt the measures of central tendency and dispersion. We also practiced the introduction of the box and whisker plot. We understood the different forms of data and how to use it.

By Ananyashree Mishra
Standard: We started a new unit of statistical analysis by learnt about different types of
data, and revised measures of central tendencies. We engaged in an active class
discussion on our prior knowledge of statistics, related concepts and debatable issues
around it. The need for analysis of data was discussed and how it aids understanding
of our world. We practiced different ways of representing data such as stem and leaf
plots and box and whiskers. Under box and whiskers, we learnt about quartiles, how to
represent data and the five-point summary. We extended beyond our prior learning of
outliers and analysed group data.
We familiarized ourselves with class width, modal class, how to find the mean for group
data and cumulative frequency curves. We have been assigned a task to understand
human growth parameters and collect data through a survey for analysis. It is a
challenging and interesting assignment and we look forward to working towards it in the coming week.
By : Aanya Chowbey

Science
Physics: These two weeks we learned about waves. This topic was introduced with
chain of students making different types of waves. Our teacher demonstrated how
waves work using a wave simulator called a ripple tank. We also participated in a fun
activity where we learnt about reflection and how plain mirrors create a virtual image.
We learned about different types of waves and used a slinky to demonstrate them. We
performed an activity on refraction and understood the difference between reflection
and total internal reflection, followed by real life application of these concepts, for
example SONAR, Endoscopy and optical fiber.
By: Aayush Rathaur
Biology: In the past two weeks, the summative for our integrated unit 'Scientific
Unification' was conducted and the answers were discussed. A formative based on our understanding and reflection of the unit 'Genetics' was also organized, where we represented our knowledge of personality traits in the form of a KWL chart and a Venn diagram. Later in the week, a formative based completely on the Punnett square was held which assisted us in creating Punnett squares based on real-life examples. We also began with the discussion and revision of Term 1 topics to prepare for our upcoming Term End Assessment.
By: Tamanna Rathore
Chemistry: We discussed how the covalent compounds are formed. We analyzed the
structure of covalent compounds to explain the properties exhibited by them. We
practiced to diagrammatically represent some covalent molecules.  We observed some
samples of metals and the properties exhibited by them. We discussed the physical
properties of metals and explained them on the basis of metallic bonding. We discussed
the need of alloying and uses of common alloys in daily life.
by: Vedant Rana – MYP 4C

Language and Literature:
During the last 2 weeks, we developed skills like analysis, text interpretation and
producing persuasive text. We learnt how to analyze text and a video clip and how to
summarize effectively. We also prepared a speech stepping into the role of Macduff,
asking people of Scotland, Norway and England to join his noble army to overthrow the
tyrant Macbeth. The emphasis on analysis has improved our thinking skills and has
prepared us for the Term End Assessments.
By: Ansh Aggarwal

Individual & Societies:
We discussed factors affecting growth and development with the help of some
examples. We compared growth with development and examined the similarities and
differences between the two concepts. We evaluated the impact of conflict on the GDP
and presented our findings with the help of graphs.

Language acquisition:
Spanish:
Phase 1
We discussed an employer's demand and requisites for a job post and talked about
different job requirements according to varied professional realms. We took the
formative assessment and received feedback.
Phase 2
In our current unit, we explored how to apply for a job. We are preparing for a job fair,
which will be conducted at the end of the April in the class. We enjoyed a peer
assessed formative assessment where we understood each strand of criterion B. We
got detailed feedback from the teacher on both formative and summative assessments.
French:

Phase 1 and 2
During these two weeks, we have learnt the structure of a CV and a cover letter. We
have learnt how to design it according to the job announcement or internship
opportunities and identified different formats of a cover letter with the accompanying
vocabulary and expressions. We appeared for the formative assessment on criterion B,
for which we received feedback on our performance and understood how to avoid
making mistakes in the upcoming assessments. The most fascinating way to conclude
this unit will be the student led presentations that will commence at the end of this
month. We have been assigned tasks: preparation of CV and cover letters, preparation
of job announcements, and the interview panel. We are working on implementation of
our learning to appear for summative assessment on criteria C and D (oral).

Hindi:
Under our unit “hamare shehar aur hamare gaun”, students discussed the features of a
village and how village life is different from city life. We discussed the rural and urban
areas using OPVL (Opportunity, Purpose, Value and Limitations) and talked about how
a person changes his or her lifestyle and needs when one moves from a rural to an
urban area. We also touched upon the topic of migration and the factors affecting and
leading to migration. Finally, to assess our understanding a formative assessment of
criteria C and D was conducted, where we worked teams to create a PPT on our
respective topics.

e-Portfolio Subject
Digital Design: Last week, we completed our assignment based on criterion C for our E-
portfolio and received feedback. We are now working on criterion D, where feedback is
required, to test and evaluate our product developed in criterion C. We are applying our
communication skills to take guidance on our final product. We will also have to manage
our time properly to meet deadlines.
By: Priyansh Goel
Product Design: This week we completed working on Criterion B and started Criterion C
(creating the solution), practicing software like Revit and Google Sketch Up to create
our final solution, make the production plan and demonstrate the required technical
skills in our portfolios. Our knowledge of the session on standard dimensions of the
furniture which was held last week helped us in creating our product.

Music: We chose a particular artist to research about, Michael Jackson, researched
about his childhood and his professional career and made a poster. We mainly focused
on his contribution to society through his songs.We also analyzed two of his most impactful songs. We assessed the song & lyrics and musicality. Upon completion, we narrated the report and recorded our voices. We started composing our song for task 3. We researched different types of chord progressions, heated topics in the society and more.
By: Harshal Agarwal

PHE:
In past two weeks we covered many concepts; we started off by working on our 15
pages. We started collecting evidence for our work. Most of us have refined the role of
being a coach and are half way through being a client. We performed a class activity,
wherein we displayed our understanding of the questions required to complete our
work. We have started with our final submission of our e-Portfolio unit.
By: Mannat Sahu.

Visual Art: We have started the unit ‘3D clay modelling animation movie’. We have
finalised the characters, the script and created our storyboards based on different social
issues. We are practicing the art of creating characters in clay as well as the set design
for our story using waste materials like cardboard, paper pulp etc. For the different
scenes of the story, we have developed different sequences and are working on the
technical aspects of creating light and sound effects in our storyboards.

Drama: The past two weeks have been rather productive. We have been putting together a script for a forum theater performance. Over the past week, we have delved deeper into the characters and their thought process as well as the concept of oppression. We have also had several discussions regarding the meaning of being opposed, the people who are oppressed, and communal oppression. These conversations and discussions have helped us form opinions, understand the life we live in better, and introduced us to certain spectrum of opinions and viewpoints we otherwise would not have explored.

By: Tripti Kaur

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Blog – 7 April 2019

 

Mathematics

Extended: We revised the concept of surface area and volume of three dimensional shapes like prism, pyramid, etc. We used online quizzes to practice a variety of questions for a better understanding of the unit. We have taken our formative assessment based on volume and discussed the same in class to make corrections. We have started the new unit ‘Statistics’ and have been introduced to the concept of mean, median of discrete series. We also practised constructing the stem and leaf plot and reading the same for data interpretation.

By: Soham Gopinath Phargade, MYP 4A

Standard: In last few weeks we were introduced to the new unit 3D geometry. We discussed the inquiry questions in detail. We made nets of all basic 3D shapes to derive the formula for total and curved surface area of these shapes. We did a variety of questions based on real life application. We celebrated International Pi day by playing an online quiz and played a game of memorizing the value of pi up to the maximum number.

By: Akshat Rai, MYP 4C

 Science

Physics: We investigated the efficiency of the wind turbine. We were asked to first plan the investigation using one factor impacting the efficiency. We worked in groups to design and create a turbine. Using a multimeter, we collected our data. We were asked to submit individual lab reports, where we analyzed and evaluated the data collected. We then started our new unit – ‘Waves’ where we learnt about the different types of waves and their characteristics as well.

By: Aanya Chowbey

Biology: In these past two weeks we have learnt how to calculate the genotypic and phenotypic ratios for monohybrid crosses. We also learnt how to calculate the phenotypic ratio for dihybrid crosses. Learning these skills was highly challenging, and we practiced many questions to perfect them.

By: Kashika Lath

Chemistry: We did a looping back activity on key words related to new concepts. We discussed the need for bonding and how it is connected with daily life. We connected periodic table with ionic bonding and learnt the ion formation and subsequently, bonding. We took our summative assessment on the concepts covered till now. We learned and practiced the diagrammatic representation of ions and ionic compounds as well as discussed the various physical properties exhibited by ionic compounds.

By: Imroz Inam

Language and Literature: During these past few weeks, we learned more about Shakespeare’s writing technique and style and how various filmmakers of the present day have interpreted them. We used our knowledge of mise-en-scene to gain a deeper understanding of suspense in different films and the techniques used to create and further build it. We looked at various sound effects, dramatic silence, light and tonal contrast and so on.

This week, we participated in a Mini-Unit inquiry and created our own discussion points as well as original questions in reference to the events that had taken place during Act 3 of the Scottish Play. Various lively discussions helped us empathize with the characters and interpret their behaviour.

Additionally, this week we looked at gossip columns by analyzing two articles on the basis of their language, text structure, content and other elements characteristic of this text type.

By: Ananya Kar and Maanya Pagare

Individual & Societies: We started our new unit Growth and Development. The two have similarities and differences, therefore our first exploration was to identify them. We learnt about their meaning, how they are measured and their indicators. Further in the week, we learnt about four different types of economies – Market, Traditional, Mixed, and Command.

To deepen our knowledge and understanding of the topics learned, we worked in groups of five  on a given situation  – ‘stranded on an island’ or ‘the only people alive on Earth’. We had to plan a whole structure for what we’d like our island to be. We planned the economic structure, resource allocation, and environmental planning.

By: Nandini Saluja

Language acquisition:

Spanish:

Phase 1: “We started our new unit ‘professional world and future plans’. We explored the statement of inquiry of this unit and brainstormed different professions and their requirements. We also had a discussion on our dream jobs and an ideal life”

Phase 2: We learnt how to make an advertisement to create a job and how to apply for a job. We are working on a project “Job fair”, which we will be doing in the month of April in collaboration with phase 1 students.

French: After the mid-term break, we have started to further explore the world of work. Our next unit is a continuation of learning from the previous unit as it delves more into the professional world. This unit focusses on learning the structure of a CV cover letter, and how to apply for internships or jobs. We have covered the structure and rubrics of designing a professional resume by accessing official sites such as Onisep.fr and Voyagesenfrancais.fr which give information on the importance of designing an ideal CV and its specifications. We had reading comprehension activities and learnt vocabulary required for writing a CV. In grammar, after revising the past tense we have learnt the use of the simple future tense and conjugation of regular –er, -ir, and –re verbs. Next, we shall learn how to write a cover letter by practicing it from official resources and French manuals and will prepare for our upcoming assessments on these units.

Hindi:   In the past week, we focused on the unit, ‘hamare shehar aur hamare gaun’. We had a class discussion which helped strengthen our grasp of this concept and shared our personal experiences and knowledge of the conditions in the village. We also discussed the features of a village and how village life is quite different from that of city life. At the start of our unit about the underprivileged in our country, we began with the positives of a village in Maharashtra, the ‘hivre bazar- aadarsh gaun’ which stands today as a fully developed, model village.  For contrast, we watched a video about a village on the border of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, namely the Bundelkhand village. As a follow up, we discussed the hardships and the basic necessities of humanity and how they help us set our priorities.

e-Portfolio Subject

Digital Design: The previous week, we continued working on Criterion C, in which we have started creating our digital products and now they are nearing completion. We planned the tasks related to our products with the help of a Gantt Chart. We are regularly updating our process journal to show our technical skills. Our teacher checked our progress with criterion C and gave us feedback on strands which we could improve.

By: Kartik Oberoi, MYP 4C

Product Design: This week we started criterion B. We discussed in detail the writing of effective and detailed specifications. Next, we have started exploring Revit, a software for architecture and design, which we can use to make our products.

Music: We practised a few musical pieces from different musical genres that we will later present in the assembly.

PHE: Over the past few weeks, we furthered our understanding of the unit, ‘Levelling the playing field’. This was done by completing the coaching part of our unit plan. We were able to enhance our communication, research, and critical thinking skills. In this process, we were able to complete criterion B and C. Now, we are going to swap roles and become the client of a student coach.

By: Tamanna Rathore, MYP 4B

Visual Art: We have completed our unit on Cubism. Based on our critical analysis of Synthetic and Analytic Cubism, we created new forms of Cubist Art on the concept of twenty first century. We finalized and got our layouts approved after detailed class discussions and worked hard on our art piece. We created our art work on A1 sheet and experimented with different techniques of colour application to create new dimensions in our paintings. We completed our process journal and formal analysis of our practical work. Through class discussions we learnt how to write a comparative study and a formal analysis.

By: Naisha Dahiya, MYP 4B

Blog – 10 March 2019

 

Mathematics  

Extended: During the last 2 weeks, we completed our unit on trigonometry by understanding how to simplify trigonometric expressions using trigonometric identities. We have been introduced to the unit ‘Geometry’ and revised the concept of surface area for different three-dimensional shapes. We practiced questions based on cone to find surface area with given conditions.

By Ananyashree Mishra

Standard: We have been exploring the concept of bearings in trigonometry, which has extended our understanding of the application of trigonometry. We attempted a formative assessment on bearing and similarity concepts – both these topics have been interesting to explore and with each new problem we have developed a better understanding.  We have now started exploring application of trigonometry in finding sides and angles of 3D shapes. We have been able to use our prior knowledge of geometry and trigonometry from MYP3 to attempt and solve the problems.  This unit of trigonometry has been a great learning experience where we have been able to see real life application of the concept.

By Mahin Sardana

Science          

Physics: In the past two weeks in our physics class, the groups have finished presenting their research on different renewable energy resources. We delved into how energy is harnessed from each source and how efficient it is. We also discussed the advantages and disadvantages of each to understand if it’s practical to use and why it is not used today as a major source of energy.

To summarize our understanding of the concept learnt previously and its application to the new learning, a formative assessment on Sankey’s diagram, a graph showing energy efficiency, was conducted.

Our understanding was further deepened through our visit to TERI, which uses solar energy and biomass energy as their main sources of energy. We actually saw how energy is harnessed through generators and how effective it is.

By Nandini Saluja

Biology: We started the topic of genetics and learnt about the DNA structure. We uncovered how codons and genes are a part of the DNA structure. We attempted a formative assessment on how the acidity of soil affects the growth of a plant. Every plant requires a different pH level to reach optimum growth and allow it to absorb nutrients easier. We learnt about Chargaff’s rule and the types of biomolecules like DNA and RNA. We conducted an interesting survey and asked our parents if they displayed the traits identical to ours, for example, right-handedness or a widow’s peak.

By Amrit and Kashika

Chemistry: We discussed the importance of chemical bonding and learned about three different types of bonds. We explored more about ionic bonding after a formative assessment on criteria B and C.

By Vedant Rana

Language and Literature:

Our new unit started off by watching a video clip and analyzing how the director used lighting and positioning to set the tone. We also discussed the characters in the scene and filled in an organizer in our notebooks to further deepen our knowledge. We then read a poem related to the clip, the ‘Siren Song’ by Margaret Atwood. We discussed the diction of the poem and how the connotation of a word can switch with context. We worked in groups to filled in a graphic organizer related to the poem to prepare ourselves to the TP-CASTT analysis of the poem.

As an icebreaker to the play, Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, we discussed the crimes committed in the play by various characters, ranging from unimportant to absolutely heinous. We debated the gravity of the scenario where one character incites to crime and the other falls for the persuasion and actually commits one. We used post-its to make known our stance and exchange counter-arguments, all within a given time frame.

By Nandini Saluja

Individual & Societies: Last two weeks were very productive for us, as we went to the Gandhi Smriti, where we learnt a lot about the life of Mahatma Gandhi. We learnt about all his hardships, his struggles, his failures, his achievements, his hard work and everything about his life. We were given three task sheets to complete for this journey – the pre-trip worksheet, the during-trip worksheet and the post-trip worksheet.

A few days after the trip, we learnt about supranational organizations. We learnt about their systems and their importance in the society. We brainstormed on what basis they were made. We were then given a task based on this concept, after completing which, we worked in groups in order to create our own supranational organization based on a global issue or topic.

By Harshal Agrawal

Language acquisition: 

Spanish: Last week we revised future tense in Spanish and practiced it in an activity where we talked about our future plans.  We learned conjunctions and practiced them in our sentence formation.

French:

Phase 1 and 2:

During the past two weeks, we delved deeper into our unit “The world of work”. We learned the phrases and verbs linked to our unit on writing a resume, going for an interview, getting the job, getting fired and so on. Learning these verbs helped us in phrasing sentences and paragraphs. Lastly, a formative assessment was conducted on criteria C and D – this was an oral assessment. In this assessment, we made pairs and researched on our partner’s future profession. This assessment improved our pronunciation, phrasing and sentence structures as well as showed us the areas we need to work on. We shall be working on the same exercise, however this time in written form, to prepare us for the upcoming summative assessment.

By Sohani Potu

Hindi:  Phase 3 and 4

Under current unit we discussed the relation between language, empathy and inclusive society. 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?’

e-Portfolio Subject

Digital Design: This week we were introduced to Criterion C of our Portfolio, where we need to create our final products. We will be planning our schedule for the development of our products.  We also need to focus on building our process journal in criterion C, where we will be adding details of working on our product, step by step.

By Aryan Mandhar

Product Design: Over the past two weeks we worked on the sketches of our product and made digital layouts using AutoCAD and SketchUp. We got YM software installed in our laptops to operate laser printing. We also printed a school logo designed by all of us using the laser machine. We delved into the details of the design specification in Criterion B. We worked on the door and window specifications. We learned to choose a scale to create toilet layouts on paper. We enhanced our creativity and sketching skills while creating the layouts and explored the concept of interior designing in detail. We learned how to specify each element of interior design – it is an integral part of the design specification.

By Kritika Chugh

Music: We had a formative assessment in which we were asked to create and present a walking bass line and a countermelody in which we had to demonstrate the understanding of the piano techniques, fingering and writing skills under criterion B and application of our creative thinking ideas under criterion C by demonstrating improvisational skills and use of syncopation and swing rhythm that is typical of Jazz phrasing.

PHE: During these two weeks we engaged in many activities. We completed all strands of Criterion A and started with Criterion B. We discussed how we can improve our training methods. For the next two weeks we aim to complete all strands of Criterion B and start with Criterion C. We are continuously recording and planning our skills and our learning in our journals.

By Froharr Singh Bhasin

Visual Art: We progressed in our unit on Cubism. Based on our critical analysis of Synthetic and Analytic Cubism, we are trying to create new forms of Cubist Art based on the concept of the 21st century. We have finalized our layouts and got them approved after a detailed class discussion. We are currently working on our upcoming art piece. We are creating our art work on an A1 sheet, where we are experimenting with different techniques of colour application to create new dimensions in our paintings.

By Naisha Dahiya

MYP 4C – 25 Feb 19

 

Mathematics

Extended: During the past 3 weeks we have developed our understanding of similarity, congruency and bearings. We learned about different methods to test the similarity and congruency of two triangles. Moreover, we participated in a fun activity on bearings, where we had to find the treasure using the information provided. We became more knowledgeable about the usage and application of these concepts. We were also introduced to the length of arc and area of sector and practiced a variety of questions to understand the concepts.

By Ananyashree Mishra

MYP 4A

Standard: This month, we continued our unit based on trigonometry. We explored all six trigonometric ratios and understood their application in real life. We participated in an activity using clinometers made by us. We measured different angles and found out heights of different objects such as poles, the school building, camera present in our school. This activity contributed to our understanding of trigonometry further. We were also assigned a group task – a puzzle based on the values of trigonometric ratios, where each solution was a letter which eventually spelt out a secret code. We also discussed similarity and congruency, followed by solving some word problems. We explored a higher level of trigonometrical applications in real life situations. For years we have been calculating angles with a protractor, but this week we learnt how to measure angles using three-point bearings. This enhanced our sense of direction as we explored the concept of ‘True North’ and how angles change with direction.

– Naisha Dhaiya & Simar Bhogal

Science

Physics: These two weeks we have been presenting our group work on the topics we were assigned. In this groups task each group worked on a form of energy and made a PowerPoint presentation on how it is harnessed, its advantages and disadvantages. We also had to construct a Sankey’s diagram for it. We learned about hydroelectricity, its advantages and disadvantages. and made a Sankey’s diagram to learn how its energy conversion works. We also learned about wave energy and the way it is generated.

-Vedant Rana

Biology: In last two weeks, we learnt about symbiosis, commensalism and ammensalism. We learnt about the types of interactions that exist among various organisms. We also learnt about vectors and the diseases which they spread. We even had our first FA. In that, we read a case study. We then had to analyse it and complete some tasks and activities wearing the six different thinking hats. It was a group work, and we all enjoyed it a lot.

We even started learning about the nutrient cycles of nitrogen, carbon and oxygen and how food chains and food webs plays important role in maintaining ecological balance. We made the cycle and discussed the scientific terms and processes related. The homework this week is based on comic strips and it was fun discussing the same in the class.

-Harshal Agrawal

Chemistry: In our unit about scientific unification we came across several types of reactions. We studied about redox reactions and learned new terms such as ‘oxidation’, ‘reduction’, ‘oxidizing agent’ and ‘reducing agent’. We were then shown some chemical reactions to reinforce and check our understanding of the concepts. We also discussed their real-life application. Through another practical activity we investigated conditions required for rusting and discussed how rusting can be destructive. Following an investigation, we discussed the methods to prevent rusting.

By: Rishi Mohan MYP 4C

 

Language and Literature:

In the last two weeks, we learnt about appeals. We got to know the difference between appeals, complaints, and proposals. We recapped rhetoric appeals and how to write convincing appeals by effectively using these. We wrote a sample appeal to restore justice in a hypothetical, but very believable situation. Our approaches differed – some of us decided to represent the entire class while others wanted to act in their individual interest. While we were sharing our answers, we wrote down some strategies our peers used better to try and implement those later.

Harshal Aggarwal

Individual & Societies:

In the last 2 weeks, we learnt a lot about the world’s history. We learnt about World War 2 and watched a few interesting videos about it, followed by a formative assessment. The criteria that we were judged on were A and D, analysis of the sources. After that, we learnt about the Cold War as well. We learnt about the nations involved and the major events that took place. We were given a report writing assignment, where we could choose from 4 different events –  the Cuban Missile Crisis, Angolan Civil War, Vietnamese War and the Soviet-Afghan War. We then went for a field trip to the Gandhi Samriti Museum, where we got to see Gandhi’s house. We learnt about his lifestyle and his family. We were given three worksheets to complete. It was a great learning experience.

-Harshal Agrawal

Language acquisition:

Spanish:

Phase 1- We revised past tense and learnt to make a curriculum vitae in Spanish.  We discussed specific qualifications required for different job profiles. We watched some job interviews in Spanish and conducted an interactive activity for revision.

Phase II: We worked on our video curriculums vitae and got the feedback from the teacher.

French:

Phase 1: In the unit “The world of work”, numerous key concepts and topics have been covered in the past few weeks. We have learnt the masculine and feminine forms of professions and discussed the implications of working and studying during adolescent years. We learnt about different upcoming professions and further watched interactive videos related to the content covered. In grammar, we revised thoroughly the formation of the Simple Past tense by doing skill-building activities. We made a flow chart of work place activities by using the vocabulary and expressions learnt and did other interactive exercises. A formative assessment was conducted on criterion A for which we received feedback on our performance. Lastly, we understood the implications of gender inequality and pay-scale gap that exists in the professional world market.

Mehak Akash Oberoi  MYP 4B

Phase II: In Phase 2 we explored male dominated and female dominated professions. We revised the concept of the Simple Future tense. We enjoyed reading aloud in target language in class – we read out horoscopes of our peers’ possible futures.

Aayush Rathaur

 

Hindi: 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 also had Samvaad lekhan and story writing practice and we shared our stories in class with each other.

e-Portfolio Subject

Digital Design: Last week was challenging as we finished inquiring and analysing and submitted out research work for assessment. Now, for criterion B, we have been developing our design specifications, success criteria and have begun working on our initial designs.  To create accurate designs, annotating and connecting them with design specifications requires creative and critical thinking skills.

Anandi Nambiar

Product Design: In the last two weeks, we finished criterion A with peer feedback. It helped us to learn more in terms of writing portfolios and improve communication. We moved on to criterion B, wherein we started creating the layouts of our designs. Next week we will start working on our final designs.

Soumya Rana, MYP 4B

Music: We learnt about two famous genres in music – Blues and Jazz. We explored known artists, instruments, principles, key features, structure of melodies, chords and scales. We investigated the reasons for which people like or dislike Jazz, as well as early vs modern style of playing piano in these genres.

– Harshal Agarwal – MYP 4C

PHE: We started our new e-Portfolio unit, “Levelling the Playing Field”. We were introduced to the topic and started off with our first task, where we were given an opportunity to explore around and find out what does levelling the field mean. After a week we presented our research and discussed various points of view we had. Thereafter we discussed the factual and conceptual questions and ‘agreed to disagree’ on the debatable one. Then we started working on our first task where we were the coach and we chose our client. We interviewed our respective clients to find out about their demands and requirements. Our clients had some goals to achieve in athletics, strength or some personal pursuits. Our main aim for the upcoming classes will be to design a plan that our clients will follow to achieve their goals.

Mannat Sahu, MYP 4A and Soham Phargade, MYP 4A

Visual Art: We progressed in our unit on Cubism. Based on our critical analysis of Synthetic and Analytic Cubism, we are trying to create new forms of Cubist Art based on the concepts of the twenty-first century. Everyone has finalized and got their layouts approved and are currently working on their upcoming art piece. As a part of our learning experience we also worked on a sustainability project with the foundation ‘I am Gurgaon’. We explored graffiti, a common yet influential form of street art and created several graffiti pieces based on sustainability.

Naisha Dahiya MYP 4B

Blog Week 5, Jan 19

 

Mathematics  

Extended: During the past two weeks, we have developed our understanding of trigonometry by learning about the unit circle. Moreover, we framed inquiry questions on trigonometry to recap our understanding of it and to find out more. We explored the fascinating real-life uses of trigonometry and conducted an activity where we used a clinometer to measure the height of various tall objects. For instance, we measured the height of the school building, poles and pillars.

By Ananyashree Mishra

Standard: We started this term by reflecting on the areas of mathematics we need to improve in. We set our goals and made resolutions to help to improve our math skills. Our current unit revolves around triangles and their measurements. We began the unit by discussing and creating inquiry questions – factual, conceptual and debatable. We learned about different trigonometric ratios and their application, made a clinometer and used it in calculating the height of school pillars and poles. This group activity allowed us to apply critical thinking and research skills. It was a great learning experience.

By Mannat Sahu

Science          

Physics: In the beginning of the second term we were introduced to the new unit, “Scientific unification”. The unit began by writing down unit details on a Padlet wall after watching a video. Then, in pairs, we discussed the need to study energy, with daily life applications. Secondly, in groups, we prepared posters informing about human effects on climate change, forms of energy and renewable energy as well as non-renewable energy.

By Aanya Chowbey

Biology: In the past two weeks we started a new unit, ‘Scientific Unification’. Earlier this unit was introduced to us through our holiday homework, hence, now we are already quite versed with the unit contents.

So we started off by learning about symbiosis. We discussed various examples of symbiosis and made notes. After that we learnt about parasitism and discussed several examples of it.

By Kashika Lath

Chemistry: We started the second term by discussing the key and related concepts as well as the Global Context for new Chemistry unit, ‘Scientific Unification’. Thereafter we created the statement of inquiry and the inquiry questions. We discussed the importance of using scientific vocabulary and made a list of terms. We discussed the reactivity series and conducted an investigation to design a reactivity series. We analysed and shared our observations in class to inquire more into the application of reactivity series. We observed a few displacement reactions to test our understanding of reactivity series. We learned new terms such as oxidation, reduction and redox reactions and practiced some chemical reactions.

By Vedant Rana

Language and Literature:  

During the past two weeks our learning has focused on personal narratives. We discussed their types and unique features. Through an activity where we wrote three-sentence memoirs with a condition of avoiding personal pronouns and some overused words, we tried our hand at engaging the reader. That activity gave us a better understanding of writing personal narratives. Thereafter, we went to the library to study a variety of personal narratives and discussed our discoveries later in class.

Kashika Lath

Individual & Societies:

We started our new unit, ‘Peace and Conflict’. In this unit we discussed conflicts and how we can manage them. We discussed different strategies to handle or manage conflict, including war, diplomacy and treaties. We also investigated different factors that lead to World War 1 in a worksheet planner. We completed a cauldron activity discussing causes of World War 1, factors that instigated the war and the results of the war, after which we investigated one conflict of our choice and mapped it. We commemorated Gandhi on his death anniversary and discussed the relevance of his ideology in the present day.

By Rishi Mohan

Language acquisition: 

Spanish: We started a new unit ‘El mundo de trabajo’. We saw some job advertisements and learnt to write a letter to apply for that job. We watched a video and discussed the format in the class.

French: 

Phase 1: Our current unit, ‘World of Work’, began with a group activity. We came up with three factual, debatable and conceptual questions. Several interesting questions were brought up, which led to a further discussion of topics such as ‘What can we do for our community?’ We also discussed the global context and soon it turned into a debate about possible explorations of the chosen context. After the initial unit discussions, we moved on to learning past tense in French – a grammatical concept we found to be more complicated than we initially thought. We learned how to conjugate -er, -ir and -re verbs, learned to differentiate between etre and avoir verbs. And yes, we did complain about irregularity in verbs.

By Mehak Akash Oberoi

Phase 2: We learnt the masculine and feminine forms of professions. We discussed the implications of working or studying at a young age. We leant to describe different job profiles.

Hindi:  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.

e-Portfolio Subject

Digital Design: As school resumed in January, we delved right into our new unit titled ‘Promoting Productivity through Design’ by looking at two sets of pictures and analyzing the differences between them. This helped us to notice how a simple object could be enhanced to help a user increase their productivity. With this fresh inspiration in mind, we set about researching the unit details, exploring possible clients and discovering the digital tools we would be using for the coming months in order to create solutions. To do that, we would first need design problems to solve! We have just now concluded writing a detailed design problem in our first strand of our ePortfolio, which we will continue creating throughout the term.

By Manya Malhotra

Product Design: We have been learning a variety of software such as Sketch-up and AutoCAD enthusiastically. We have completed criterion A and have moved on to criterion B. We explored the GUI – General User Interface – of these programs and learned the basics of 3D modelling.

By Aaditya Singh

Music: We started the unit by discussing our prior knowledge and general interest in different musical genres. We were asked to relate different adjectives indicating emotion with various genres that we knew. We learnt about various types of instruments and their classification. We learnt about the ‘Pop’ genre – its history, artists, songs, bands, fashion, the main instruments used and more. We then had a quiz on our knowledge of Pop music.

By Harshal Agarwal

PHE: We practiced the techniques and skills such as start, finish, baton exchange, hurdle jump, shot put throw and standing broad jump for the annual athletics meet. We also participated in the heats for the same competition. In PHE e-portfolio unit, we discussed global contest and inquiry question.

Visual Art: We have been introduced to Digital Art and have been taught how to use the basic tools of Photoshop. The unit is based on raising awareness about social and political issues. We are creating layouts to convey meaningful and strong messages. We have also been introduced to the next unit, ‘Cubism’, and started working on our research. We have learned how to analyse paintings.

Blog 17 Nov 2018

 

Mathematics

Extended: We started the unit ‘Quadratic Functions’ and learnt about different forms of parabolas. We used the ‘Desmos’ graphing tool to find the variables in the equation that could affect the side which the parabola is facing. We learnt how to find the vertex when the quadratic function is given. We understood the concept, discussed the real-life applications of quadratic functions and were able to solve word problems. We are currently learning the vertex form.

  • Soham Phargade

Standard:

We learnt about quadratic equations and brushed up our knowledge on finding the roots of the quadratic function by Factorization and Discriminant method. We also learned how to find the coordinates of the vertex and finding the equation of the axis of symmetry by completing the square method and by using formulas and hence learned how to plot quadratic functions on graph. We watched a presentation and a video on parabolas and learned how to determine whether the concave is upwards or downwards for a quadratic function. We also discussed the real-life application of parabolas.

  • Aanya Chowbey

 

Science

Physics: Potential energy, kinetic energy, mechanical energy, you can trust us to know about all of them. Our previous unit came to an end with an interesting activity about converting kinetic energy into potential energy and vice versa. We then wound up the unit by completing the unit-end reflections. We started the next unit about electricity with a buzzing ice-breaker experiment. We were given equipment to learn about the functioning of a circuit from. Later we tried to draw the circuit and became aware of its scientific representation, the symbols representing different parts of a circuit and their placement. We also explored how different types of circuits affect the energy supplied do the different lamps.

– Nandini Saluja

Biology: We discussed the biology questions of our integrated science summative assessment.

We studied in detail the various phyla of Invertebrates with the help of diagrams, key words and examples. We have also started the comparisons between the various classes of Vertebrates like Pisces, Amphibia and Reptilia.

Chemistry: The students of MYP 4C learnt a new concept, electron affinity and revised a bit on ionization energy as well. Since we were wrapping up the unit, last minute questions were looked into and answered. We were introduced to the process of electrolysis. We learnt the keys words and working of an electrolytic cell.

  • Aanya Chowbey

Language and Literature:

Last week it was important for us to contextualize the novel ‘The Picture of Dorian Grey’ to better understand the historical and social scene it was written and received in. We conducted a webquest to find out more about Victorian England, the history, society and artistic movements of that era. We presented our findings in class and began exploring the text of the novel. We established the purpose of the initial setting and the way Oscar Wilde expertly used floriography and musical references to foreshadow the future events. To aid our exploration of the foreshadowing, we listened to “Wildszenen” by Robert Shumann and listed the moods evoked by the musical piece. We compared our findings to actual subheadings of Schumann’s work and established the possible character development the protagonist will undergo.

 

Individual & Societies:

We started a new unit ‘Globalization: Trade, Aid and Exchange’ and engaged in some learning activities that helped us understand this topic. We discussed globalization in general and then linked it to trade. We brainstormed and suggested several technological innovations that brought the world together by promoting globalization. In our most recent task we chose one of the inventions we had discussed, made Brochures presenting it and shared them with the class.

Language acquisition:

Spanish:

We took our summative assessment.  We will be brainstorming on our next unit “Extended family”.

French:

Phase 1: Summative Assessment on criterion B was conducted. We practiced complex grammatical structures (present continuous and imperative). We received feedback on criterion B. Moreover, we did a mock speaking exercise to prepare us for the upcoming assessment on criteria C and D, oral language.

Phase 2:  Summative Assessment on criterion B was conducted. We practiced complex grammatical structures such as simple past tense, negation and imperative. We received feedback on criterion B summative assessment. We learnt the placement and accord of indirect pronouns.

Hindi:

Phase 3

We conducted our unit revision and had a formative assessment based on criteria C and D. We discussed our camp experiences and wrote small paragraphs describing it. We also had a summative assessment based on criterion A.

Phase 4

We conducted our unit revision and had a formative assessment based on criteria C and D. We discussed our camp experiences and wrote small paragraphs describing it. We also had a summative assessment based on criterion A.

e-Portfolio Subject

Digital Design: This week we continued to work on our digital products. Most of the products are nearing completion and look presentable. Creating websites and apps which help further the Sustainable Development Goals is hard, but benefits us immensely and helps us create a sustainable planet. After looking at each other’s websites, we have been inspired to reflect on some features which could look or function better. We hope to complete our products soon to demonstrate our finished creations, after months of meticulous work and analysis of continuous feedback.

Amrit Madhav Srivastava

Product Design: We started the session by watching a video on the impact of stress in our body. We worked in groups and assumed the unit title, key concept, related concept, global context and the statement of inquiry. We then discussed the points we have to keep in mind while designing a workspace. After that we discussed the actual key concept, unit title, related concept, global context and the statement of inquiry for the new unit. We made mind maps using Coggle to demonstrate our understanding.

Vedant Rana

Music: We learnt about the circle of fifth, a graphical representation of key signatures. This concept aids musicians while composing. We also learnt about figured bass, chords indicated by figures. We had a formative assessment wherein we made presentations on the circle of fifth. Harshal Agarwal

PHE: We discussed different training methods to develop the endurance level. We understood the functioning of cardiovascular and energy systems to analyse and suggest factual, procedural and conceptual solutions to health-related and fitness issues that have been set in familiar and unfamiliar situations. We also practiced skills like forehand and backhand in badminton as well as dribbling and shooting in basketball.

Visual Art: We started the unit “Communication Design”. We are looking at the aspects of artistic communication with people by using different symbolic representations of human characters, both traditional and contemporary. We started researching on manual communication design and advertisements which directly or indirectly create an illusion, to understand situations and sequences. We are watching different types of advertisement videos and posters to aid our research.

Blog – 24 Oct 18

 

Mathematics  

Extended:

In our previous two weeks, we have learnt inequalities and revised word problems of coordinate geometry. We discussed and revised applications of domain and range. In class, we frequently collaborated during activities and solving problems. We also integrated technology using ‘desmos’, an online graphing tool, to understand the graphing of linear inequalities and to get familiar with the tool. We practiced various online exercises to enhance our understanding of the concept.

– Soham Phargade

 

Standard: We practiced various questions based on range and domain. We learned elimination and substitution method to solve simultaneous equations. We also learned and practiced to factorise quadratic functions.

  • Aanya Chowbey

Science          

Physics: We learned about mechanical energy. We recalled the law of conservation of energy, discussed the examples (an oscillating pendulum and a ball falling down under gravity) and identified the form (kinetic or potential) of energy at different positions. We learned formulae for both forms of energy. We solved simple numerical based on the aforementioned concepts.

Biology: To wrap up our first unit and prepare for our upcoming summative assessment, we revised all concepts with an emphasis on the most challenging ones. We started our second unit, ‘Animal Classification’. We learnt about the bases of classification, like mode of nutrition and symmetry. We understood the concept of symmetry by brainstorming to find the examples around us. Lastly, we broadly classified Kingdom Animalia into vertebrates and invertebrates, and their specific phyla.

– Aanya Chowbey

Chemistry: Last week we learnt about a periodic trend, ionization energy. We learnt how atomic radii change across the period and group. It was a very interesting thing to learn about, because it required a few mathematical skills to grasp the concept. We analysed the periodic trends using bar graphs.
We are nearing the summative assessment of this unit, hence, we started our revision.

– Harshal Agarwal

 

Language and Literature: 

Last week we started our new unit based on the novel ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde. We discussed the concepts of ethics and perspective in a rather unique way – by examining a variety of old advertisements and brochures. On the spot, we had to make a decision and comment on whether or not there is an implicit meaning or a particular phrasing in the ad that can be looked down upon in the present context. We engaged in extensive discussion at that point as our opinions differed greatly. Oscar Wilde himself said, ‘there is no such thing as a moral or immoral book’ – it is a paradox, one of Oscar Wilde’s main principles of writing, meaning that what is moral for one, may be seen as immoral by the other. It was a very surprising activity to be a part of, and all in all, last week’s lessons may have been one of the students’ favorites.

– Harshal Agarwal

 

Individual & Societies:

We completed the unit ‘Resource Management’ and finished a culminating activity on reducing ecological footprint by preparing advertisements and sharing them with our peers. We used a reflection sheet to evaluate and reflect on our learning. We started a new unit, ‘Globalization, Trade, Aid and Exchange’. In the introductory activity we worked in groups to explore different Key Concepts, Related Concepts and Global Contexts to formulate our own Statements of Inquiry.

Language acquisition: 

Spanish: We learnt the past imperfect tense and practiced the conjugations of the same. We discussed how people used to communicate in the past and talked about the evolution in the ways of communication.

French: This week both phases were combined and to conclude this unit, we watched interactive videos from “TV5Monde – Enseignr le Francais” to fortify our learning about the world of internet and technology. We did some online exercises and learnt colloquial French expressions from video transcriptions. We also discovered the concept of cyber bullying and ways to prevent it. In grammar, we revised the formation of imperatives and did some exercises.

Hindi:  

Phase 3

We read a story by Mukesh Nautiyal ‘Ek boodhi kahani’, after which we discussed the challenges in life. We also wrote an article to answer the question ‘Can we say life is a journey?’ and discussed the various points in the class. We also had formative assessments based on criteria C and D oral communication skills. We read independent articles and stories during loud reading sessions.

Phase 4

We continued reading travelogue articles and discussed how travelling to different places gives us opportunities to explore history and old cultures. We read a story by Mukesh Nautiyal ‘Ek boodhi kahani’, after which we discussed the challenges in life. We also wrote an article to answer the question ‘Can we say life is a journey?’ and discussed the various points in the class. We also had formative assessments based on criteria C and D oral communication skills. We read independent articles and stories during loud reading sessions.

e-Portfolio Subject

Digital Design: We have reached the stage of the design cycle where we started creating our digital products. Most of us are focusing on an app and some on a website. We were looking forward to this criterion, as this would help us in demonstrating our technical skills. Since we are creating apps and websites for the first time, there is lots of learning for us.

Product Design: We presented the chosen design for the end product of this unit and outlined the reasons for our selection.  Most of us have developed the accurate planning and outlined the requirement for the creation of the chosen design.

– Preksha Gehlot

PHE: We discussed administering the fitness components tests like sit and reach for flexibility, medicine ball through and standing broad jump for explosive strength. We also researched and discussed about the effects of exercise on the muscular system. We practiced skills like forehand and backhand in badminton as well as dribbling and shooting in basketball.

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.

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.