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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.