KG-D Blog (20th-24th May)

Unit of Inquiry 

Students were tuned into information about the summer season through an activity in which they put some ice cubes in a bowl and kept the bowl out in the sun for a while, only to find that the ice had melted. The whole activity turned into a discussion which was followed by some thought provoking questions like- ‘what do you think happened to the ice cubes?, where did the water come from ?’ etc.

To further probe into summer time activities, summer fruits and vegetables, they watched an online story ‘And then comes summer’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0ZlOkMQGi8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw8KsleCNF8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9thcPhxC0I

 

Post story narration, students had a group discussion on questions like – ‘why don’t we wear thick clothes in Summer?, why the air conditioners and coolers are switched on during these months, why do we enjoy cool drinks in this season?’ etc.

They indulged in flameless cooking to make lemonade, a summer drink made from lemons.

Revisiting the year-long unit on the‘Earth’s natural cycles’, students attempted a Summative assessment on the same.

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English

 Students revisited blends and diagraphs through various games and class activities

Students attempted a Summative assessment on blends and diagraphs

They also presented the last ‘Take and Talk’ for this academic session by describing a picture in their own words

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Math

Students were familiarized with the weighing scale and they tried measuring different objects drawn from the class. This was followed by introducing them to the standard unit of measurement for weight i.e. grams and kilograms. As an extension to this and to further deepen their understanding, they worked in pairs to compare each other’s weight as they recorded their observations in their journals.

Students were introduced to capacity through a power point presentation.

They attempted a Summative assessment on measurement-length/height/weight.

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Hindi

  • Students revisited the formation of vyanjans by tracing on sand
  • They attempted a Formative assessment on ‘writing sentences with punctuation’
  • They were taught ‘How to be safe on roads’ through an online story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yClR68yPYDQ

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Circle Time

Students enjoyed playing a number of games during circle time:

  • They loved playing ‘Simon says’ and ‘Copy me’ where they copied actions done by the leader.
  • Students made cards for their peers and wished them a happy time during the summer vacations

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Information Technology

Students reiterated all the apps learned  during term 2. They practiced Tux paint, Word wagon, Tiggly draw, Park math hd, Mp weather and Code a Pillar.

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Music

The students sang their favourite songs individually on the microphone. They also played ‘Twinkle, twinkle, little star’ on the xylophone.

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Dance

Students practiced different leg work set to different music. They attempted to clean their lines and develop a steady rhythm.

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Art

Students observed the difference between a signage and a symbol. As an extension to the current unit, they illustrated a signage and a symbol on their own using geometric shapes and assigned personal meanings to them.

Physical Education

Students continued with their recreational games related to major sports. They played different team games where they could develop social and communication skills by involving themselves in the group and showing team spirit while coordinating/cooperating with their team players. Students also developed thinking and time management skills by completing their tasks in the given time frame.

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Library

Students were felicitated as ‘Crowned owls’ to mark the culmination of the reading programme at DPS International on  May 21, 2019. The celebrations began with the ‘wise ones’ dressing up in pyjamas as they curled up to do what they enjoy most…read. Students witnessed a puppet show while savouring their ice cream in the library.

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KG-D Blog (13th-17th May)

Unit of Inquiry 

Students explored various marine signals through an audio visual presentation that was  followed by some more emergency signals used by the sailors in case of distress.

https://www.boaterexam.com/navigationrules/sounding-off.aspx

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td4vbcsgvDM

They guessed different sound signals that were played online.

 

Danger- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwANQb4phH0

Ambulance- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCQykaL8Hy4

Police- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G9mNBUymP8

Firetruck- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEa3ZliQkZ0

Red alert- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf624tfg5wM

Navy- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBA-1ENblN4

Countdown clock- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7guNNC2QEKo

 

They attempted a Summative assessment where they created posters on different signs and symbols catering to different areas in and around the school building.

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English

Students were shown an online story ‘Be happy’. As an extension to the story, they enacted a role play and retold the story in their own words- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbWGiV7s6Uc

Students did copywriting and made illustrations for dr, tr, cr and fr words in their journals.

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Math

Students probed into the concept of ‘Measurement’ with an activity for which they were given ice-cream sticks to find objects in the class that are longer/shorter compared to it. They illustrated their observations on post-its and pasted on a sheet which was followed by a class discussion.

They were tuned into the concept of length and height when:

  • They collected random objects from the class and tried arranging them according to their height starting from the shortest. As an extension, they also arranged themselves according to their height
  • Students compared length of objects using non-standard units. They traced, measured and compared their hand and the teacher’s hand in their journals using jodo-gyan cubes/bottle lids/ice cream sticks etc.

They were also introduced to the standard unit of lengths like metres, centimeters and kilometers with an audio visual- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll21j2r8gDc

Students were tuned into ‘weight’ under measurements. They were asked to find objects that weighed more than and less than their water bottles. This was followed by preparing a class chart where they recorded their observations and a group discussion  followed.

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Hindi

Students were introduced to swar ‘u’ and ‘oo’ through flashcards that was followed by practicing their formation on sand tray. Later, they also did copywriting of swar ‘ai’ in their journals.

Students revisited the unit related vocabulary. They also wrote simple sentences in their journals.

Students enjoyed learning a new rhyme ‘Aloo, gobhi, baigan, bhindi’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZjGlat74lw

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Circle Time

During circle time, students played quite a number of games.

  • ‘All aboard’ game where they grouped themselves in hula hoops and stood still for some time
  • In another game, they created a portrait of their friend on a sheet
  • ‘Shuffle your back’ game in which they tried doing yogasanas and practiced meditation

They loved creating random things with play doh.

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Music

The students sang ‘500 miles’ and ‘Que Sera, Sera’. They also learned to play ‘Twinkle, twinkle, little star’ on the xylophone using natural notes.

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Dance

Students started to learn a new dance routine on the song ‘A hundred miles’. They also did exercises to improve their focus and concentration.

Art

Students explored basic geometrical shapes and lines to draw/ create complex forms like humans and figures.

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Physical Education

Students played lead up activity games related to major sports like relay races with the basketball, run over the hurdles, Dodge ball, tag and run, fire in the mountain. They engaged in developing their gross motor skills by using hula hoops, cones and small bean bags.

 

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Information Technology

Students recapitulated the concept of ‘paint and stamp’ tool in Tux Paint and created signs and symbols for different places like school, road and hospital etc. This was done to integrate technology with their unit of inquiry on signs and symbols.

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KG- D Blog ( 6th – 10th May)

Unit of Inquiry   

Students were narrated an online story ‘In my heart’. The story dealt with different feelings that we experience as humans. This was followed by a group discussion on- what are feelings?, what are emotions?, why do we feel happy, sad or angry?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIfLgHBwYx4

Post this, they indulged in illustrating different emoticons for representing different feelings.

 

Students watched a song on different feelings which was followed by the introduction of some new vocabulary words like glee, glad, content, angry, unhappy, thrilled etc.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J7HcVLsCrY

The students attempted a Formative assessment on the 3rd line of inquiry – ‘Symbols I use to communicate’.

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English

Provocation to ‘r’ blends (fr, pr, gr, br, fr, tr etc.) was undertaken with related picture puzzles and brainstorming of different words. This was followed by showing an online audio visual presentation- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J7HcVLsCrY

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Math

Students attempted a Formative assessment on Time (o’clock and half past).

They were tuned in to the concept of ‘Fractions’ using pizza cutouts. They were given pizza cutouts and were asked to share it with 3 other students, they tried dividing it into equal parts. This was followed by introduction of the vocabulary words like whole, half, halves, quarter etc.

Students also prepared a cookie booklet which showed fractions like half, quarter, whole etc.

Revision of the concept of addition and subtraction  was undertaken as students attempted a few sums on white board and slates. As an extension, they attempted a Summative assessment on the operations.

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Hindi

Students were introduced to swar ‘e’ and ‘ai’ using flashcards while also brainstorming different words that start with these swar. This was followed by practicing their formation on sand tray/slate. They also did copywriting of swar ‘e’ in journals and illustrated related pictures. Students enhanced their reading skills by reading simple sentences without ‘aa ki matra’. Few of the sentences were – ‘madan ab ghar chal’, ‘naram naram matar chakh’. They loved learning a new rhyme ‘sadak ke paar’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dF-CQT2v5o

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Circle Time

During Circle time, students played quite a number of games.

  • The ‘learning scavenger hunt’ where they looked for the names of their friends written on sticky notes hidden in the class
  • ‘Dance freeze’ was also played in the class where they danced when the music was playing and froze in different poses when the music ceased to play
  • Students did a balancing activity where they kept a book on their head and walked a few steps
  • Another game where they stood in a circle and the teacher tapped on one student’s shoulder and he/she started an action which others followed.

 

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Music

The students sang ‘Five Hundred Miles’ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ExNM0RrH0o&feature=youtu.be

They also clapped and identified various time signatures.

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Dance

Students learned to use hand gestures (mudras) to represent animals. In addition they also did an exercise to enhance their musicality and understand the rhythm patterns.

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Art

Students concluded their illustrations on landscapes using lines and geometric shapes. They have now started colouring their compositions using different tints and hues of the same colour.

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Physical Education

Students played lead up activity games related to major sports like relay races with the basketball. They navigated hurdles while developing their gross motor skills as they used hula hoops.

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Information Technology

During ICT lessons, students continued to work on Tux Paint using an iPad. They learned about stamp, magic and text tools and created beautiful drawings.

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Library

Students were read ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell.  The story revolved around 3 baby owls who woke up one night in their tree hole to find  their mother gone.  They sat on the branch and waited for their mother, wondering when she would be back. At last when she did, they  jumped with joy as they welcomed her back home.

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KG-D Blog (29th April – 3rd May)

Unit of Inquiry

A Formative assessment on first line of inquiry namely ‘signs and symbols are used in communication’ was undertaken.  Students sorted pictures of signs and symbols related to hospital, food/clothes, airport, mall and road under different categories.

Students were shown a video on the security procedures before take off in an aircraft.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIWLA7v9L0g

Students were also shown a few video presentations of special news bulletin and an advertisement for hearing impaired:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrvaSqN76h4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O-DjYa6pnk

Post which, the facilitator asked some thought provoking questions like:

  • What do you think were the people doing?
  • Why were they using their hands?
  • Did you understand what they were communicating to each other in different scenes?
  • Do you think everyone can talk like this?

Students were then sensitized about  people with special needs during the course of the discussion. Students enjoyed singing a sign language song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jb4ukOymmI

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English

Integrating the unit of inquiry with the language, another Formative assessment on the second line of inquiry was undertaken in the form of Take and Talk in which students presented various signs and symbols while speaking about their purpose and meaning.

Introduction to ‘ay’ as a fixed combination diagraph was carried out. Students were encouraged to brainstorm words that had ‘ay’ sound.  As an extension, students practiced writing ‘ay’ sound words in their journals.

 

Students enjoyed playing a sight word bingo: https://www.abcya.com/games/dolch_sight_word_bingo

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Math

Students were assessed on their understanding of patterns through an online game on skip counting of 2s and 10s.

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/earlymath/BalloonPopSkip.htm

http://www.ictgames.com/octopus.html

https://www.abcya.com/games/number_bubble_skip_counting

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/earlymath/BalloonPopSkip.htm

Students revisited the half past time, marked it on the wooden clocks and demonstrated the time on pictures of clocks in their journals.

Later a Formative assessment was undertaken on subtraction wherein students chose subtraction sums from mixed pool and solved them using appropriate strategies.

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Hindi

Student were narrated a Hindi story online ‘Imandaari ka inaam’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC7IbkcsVdk

Further, they were introduced to a new swar ‘oo’ with flash cards. The students brainstormed words starting with the related swar that was followed by practicing its formation on the sand tray/slate. Students were also introduced to extended vocabulary words like oon, ooncha, oopar, oont. Students enhanced their writing skills by writing the swar in their journals and illustrating related pictures.  Students learned a new rhyme online ‘chunnu munnu’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiR0Z9X9o50

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Circle Time

Students picked up beads with chopsticks and put them in another bowl enhancing their fine motor skills and concentration.

Students were asked to cut coloured strips of paper along straight lines which helped in further development of eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills.

Later they watched an online video on survival safety signs:

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

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Music

The students sang ‘Que Sera, Sera’. They also learned to use natural notes while singing.

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Dance

Students were taught basic warm up exercises used in dance and were also introduced to the vocabulary used to convey dance instruction.

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Art

Students inquired into different types of landforms. They also observed visuals of landforms in warm and cool colours. Students started working towards their layouts on the same topic.

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Physical Education

Student continued with their unit on tennis where they were briefed about the forehand stroke and volleying.

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Information Technology

In ICT, students worked to unleash their creative skills on Tux Paint using iPads. Students explored various tools like paintbrush, shapes, new, save and eraser.

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Library

As the crowned owl ceremony day approaches, students are eagerly waiting  the same.Student’s continue to be assessed on their reading log inputs with  questions related to stories mentioned in the log.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KG-D Blog (22nd – 26th April)

Unit of Inquiry

Going further with the unit, students were informed and explained the meaning of different types of number plates that are seen on the road transport.

Students were  shown flash cards of the signs and symbols used at a hospital and mall.

Students played an interesting game of  dumb charades’ and guessed the sign and symbols on chits of paper. They looked at the pictures and enacted the symbol while the rest of the group guessed the action.

symbols

Grouping strategy: Assign each student to a specific group which is different from the other group and later ask questions like:

  • Where do we see such actions happening?
  • Which people engage in the action?
  • What is the purpose of doing such actions?

As an extension, they were shown flash cards of pictures of signs and symbols seen at the airport.

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English

Students were read a story  which they retold in their own words following the correct sequence of events.

Students revisited sight words with an online game

https://www.starfall.com/h/ltr-lv-i/match-sw/?t=260522740

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Maths

Students revisited the concept of time and practiced o’clock time during  a game. Students were given a bowl full of chits and were asked to plot the time written on the chit.

Provocation for time (half past)was carried forward as students observed various clocks in the class with different time marked on them and tried to read off the time from a wall clock, wrist watch, table clock, mobile phones and the smart board.

They were asked various questions such as ‘what time is it?’, ‘what time do you think is it?’, ‘why do we call it half past?’. Students were also introduced to half past time through a video:

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

They further practiced the concept of time through online games in class.

https://www.education.com/game/what-time-game/

https://www.education.com/game/time-in-the-sky/

https://www.education.com/game/clock-match/

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Hindi

Students were introduced to the concept of ‘purn viraam’ during a story.

A Formative assessment was taken on 3-4 letter words.

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Circle Time

Students learned about Earth day through a class discussion post watching a visual presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl3zgcL0Tv8

Students enthusiastically practiced for their unit of inquiry presentation, thereby developing their self -management, social and communication skills.

Music

Students sang the ‘food chain’ and ‘Que Sera, Sera’ songs with actions.

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Dance

Students learned how to use expressions while performing. In addition they also learned how to enter and exit while performing.

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Art

Students observed some work that used the art form of  ‘assemblage’. Most of them then created a camouflage artwork using this technique. They used paper cutouts, twigs, cotton, etc. to create their work.

Physical Education

Student continued with improving on mini tennis. They learned forehand counter with the help of ball dropping thereby improving on their hand body coordination.

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Information Technology

This week during ICT lesson, students engaged in  a recap of concepts of directions using ‘Bee-Bot’. They practiced addition using an online activity. This was integrated with Math. Students also practised movement of the mouse by playing a game using numbers.

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Library

Students were read the story of ‘The tiger who came to tea’ .The story delved on  a tiger who came for tea to Sophie’s home. He ate and drank everything in her house, once he finished everything; it left the family wondering what they would feed Sophie’s dad when he came home. So when dad came home, they all decide to go out. They shopped at a store and filled up their house again along with the tin of tiger food, though the tiger never came back for tea again.

KG-D Blog (15th -19th April)

Unit of Inquiry

Going deeper into the unit, students investigated the use and purpose of signs and symbols through a grouping strategy. They were divided into small groups to solve puzzles related to signs and symbols. They spoke about where these symbols are found and what purpose they serve.

A floor map was created to explore various signages, their meanings/uses and where they are found. As an extension, they illustrated road signs and symbols which they regularly observe in their surroundings.

They loved singing a rhyme on traffic signals- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it-dTcFGsFc

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English

Students were introduced to ‘ee’ sound and related vocabulary words during an interactive session. They wrote the words in their journals and illustrated images of the same.

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Math

Students practiced subtraction using pictures in their journals and moved onto learning subtraction on a number line. To strengthen the concept of a number line, students were paired with their peers to create subtraction equations on slates and they solved them using a number line created on the floor by jumping backwards. Students also practiced subtraction  in their journals too.

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Hindi

Students enhanced their writing skills post a brainstorming session on words that begin with ‘u’ sound. Those words were then listed and students practiced writing them in their journals while  illustrating related objects.

Further a recapitulation of three and four letter words was done in the journal. The students identified the pictures and filled in the gaps with the missing vyanjan.

Students also enjoyed watching a story ‘Imandaari  ka inaam’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC7IbkcsVdk

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Music

The students engaged in some vocal warm ups. They also sang the food chain song and the DPSI school anthem.

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Dance

Students learned to coordinate movements through a group dance. In addition they also learned to use expressions to enhance their dance movements.

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Art

Students continued to work on their camouflage compositions within their respective groups. Through this they are developing their vocabulary about optical illusion.

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Physical Education

Students focused on circuit training to improve their overall motor skills. They also learned various kinds of jumps and practiced running around the cones, hurdles and rope ladders. They revised the ball handling skill while dribbling, to hone hand eye coordination.

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Information Technology

During I.C.T., students learned to move the bee-bot in all directions. They recapitulated the concept of place value using an online activity.

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Library

Students walked through the library where they were explained the essential agreements of the library. They understood the importance of placing books according to different categories and levels.

Blog KG-D (8th-12th April)

Unit of Inquiry

Taking the unit further, an exploration corner was created in each class where different signs and symbols were displayed. Students were then asked to explore the corner and brainstorm about the various signs and symbols used for communication.

Students were divided into groups and were asked to use the I See- I Think- I Wonder graphic organiser. They illustrated their findings, noted down their thoughts and  questioned signs and symbols that they could not comprehend.

Further, students explored shoe boxes, tags on clothes and toy boxes. They explored and shared the  symbols found on these boxes (size, washing symbol, care symbol, age- range, brand symbol, rupee symbol, toxic/non-toxic etc.) while concluding their discussion. Students learned what symbols  denote and represent.

Students were also familiarised with some symbols related to gadgets/media such as Bluetooth, WhatsApp, Twitter etc. to further brainstorm about the purpose of each symbol and how they are used for communication. They then presented and talked about them in their respective groups.

 

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English

Students were introduced to ‘sp’ and ‘st’ words during a fun game ‘stomp and spin’. As an extension students illustrated the ‘sp’ and ‘st’ pictures and labeled them in their journals.’

Students practiced to hone their writing skills.They also revisited sight words from newspapers and magazines where they spotted sight words .

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Math

Provocation to the concept of ‘subtraction’ was done through a story ‘A bun for Barney’.

Students enacted the story and played the part of Barney, the bear, holding a bun with five cherries on it with their peers as animals: wasp, mouse, crow, squirrel and fox.  Each time an animal took a cherry the students counted the remaining cherries.

As a follow up activity: students tried solving short word problems. For example: “I have ten cookies and I ate two cookies. How many do are left?”

Students enjoyed playing a subtraction bowling game. Setting up 10 bowling pins and a ball to knock some down proved to be fun. They recorded the subtraction equations on slates to represent how many pins remained standing. Furthermore, students practiced the concept of subtraction through a fun activity sticker story wherein, students were given coloured stickers/pictures to cross out  to make a simple subtraction problem.

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Hindi

Students practiced writing the vyanjan ‘pha’ in their journals and illustrated objects related to the same. Students were also introduced to simple four- letter words with flashcards. They chose a few pictures of four- letter words from mixed pool and tried identifying and writing their names.

Students viewed an online video to probe into ‘Traffic signals’-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMIfpDo6tTQ  and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJTyPxHZ25A

Students were also introduced to unit related hindi vocabulary words like daayein, baayein, laalbatti, dheere, chalein, mudein, rukein.

They were then introduced to a new swar ‘ou’ using flash cards. They brainstormed words starting with the same swar and followed through by practicing its formation on sand tray and slate.

 

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Circle time 

Students practiced wet pouring (with equal and unequal capacities) to develop their visual perceptual motor skills.

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Music

The students sang the ‘food chain’ song. They also identified time signatures and played percussion instruments.

 

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Dance

Students learned entry and exit while performing a dance routine. In addition they also learned how to coordinate their movements within the group by understanding the beats of the music.

 

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Art

Students inquired into camouflage art. They also observed some artwork related to it. They then explored  different types of camouflages used by animals and were divided into groups to create artwork on the same topic based on their choice.

 

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Physical education

Student practiced gross motor skills through balancing on beam, zig zag running, trampoline, agility ladder and hurdles. These exercises helped student further develop their neuro muscular coordination and locomotor components.

 

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Information Technology

Students were introduced to a robot called ‘Bee-Bot’. They learned to move the bot in the forward and backward direction and  clear the previous instruction, using the command buttons.

 

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Library
Students were familiarized about an author and where they should look for the author’s name on the cover page. Each child was given a book to find out the title of the book and name of author on the cover page and write it on  paper. The basic before reading a book was reiterated.