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.

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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.

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.