Students started their learning of Mathematics this month through a prior knowledge session of Number Operations. They were quizzed on Addition and Subtraction sums and word problems using RUCSAC method. Continuing their learning further, they introduced to Multiplication. Students shared few real life examples where multiplication and division concepts were used like – finding cost, grocery shopping, fruit vendors etc. Students were enthusiastic as always to attempt the SEP Edu activities.
This month witnessed the Inter House Mental Math competition. Students practiced to strengthen their mental calculation abilities in the related worksheets and quizzes. The quiz was conducted on MS Form and Kahoot platform.
Animals Habitat and adaptation
Students of Grade 5 concluded their learning about the adaptation of different animals on the basis of their dental pad where the students compared the structure of the dental pads of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores animals. They were able to understand why the dental structure of animals varied based on their classification and the food they eat.
In sync with the monthly theme for the month of August, students started their inquiry by identifying and categorising the vegetables into root, stem, leaves and flowers. They learnt about the structure of seed with the help of real sample of a seed and with the help of the AI tool Loopy. It helped them to understand how different factors affect the germination process in seeds. They watched a video - story of The Arrogant Tree which helped them understand the need for dispersion of seeds. They were able to make connection to the monthly theme and moral value of being respectful towards others and everyone around them.
The Arrogant Tree - Story on seed dispersal and plant reproduction | BodhaGuru Moral Stories - YouTube
Ch. 8-Saudi Arabia-
The lesson was continued from the previous month. Students watched a video to learn few facts about Saudi Arabia.
After watching the video, the students wrote their observations under each category as seen in the video and discussed their thoughts about the climate, vegetation and life of the people and their interrelation using See-Think-Wonder strategy.
An increase in practice of agriculture was shown with the help of Google time-lapse video. Location of the hot and cold desert s of the world was shown with the help of Natgeo mapmaker. Map Work was done to mark hot and cold deserts of the world in the Map Book. Reflection of the topic was done through a Nearpod Quiz.
Ch. 6 The Land of Dense Forests- The democratic Republic of Congo
"Nature paints for us, day after day, frames of infinite beauty if we have eyes to see ... " John Ruskin
The topic was initiated with the help of guessing game. Students were given clues and they tried to guess the name of the country with each clue. Students really enjoyed this activity and they came up with so many responses. After the introduction of the country, the location was shown on Google map and students learnt the names of the neighboring countries. The famous 4’O clock rainfall was explained with the help of diagram of heat zones. Students understood the effect of this rainfall on the biodiversity of Congo. Students watched a video to learn more about the dense forests of Congo. They attempted a Nearpod quiz as a topic end reflection.
Ch.9- The Grasslands-Prairies
Students were introduced to the topic by way of picture identification of different types of vegetation. They learnt about the heat zones and the climate of the Prairies. A class discussion to understand the location, climate and vegetation was done. This topic is carried forward to the next month.
An interesting topic filled to the brim with activities is enough of a booster for the students to participate in the class whole heartedly.
Mail Merge - an amazing and unavoidable feature of MS Word, was an eye opener for the students to learn how the use of computers can make our work simple and quick.
The students created birthday invitations, sports invitations and a Participation Certificate for a competition by using the Mail Merge feature and posted it to several dummy entities.
The chapter was concluded with revision and brainstorming question and answer session.
Students started the month by learning about ‘Types of sentences’ and learnt to frame correct sentences using question tags. The concept was revisited through several practices. They were introduced to the importance of maintaining a Diary and the techniques of Diary writing.
The enthusiastic learners enjoyed the Language & Performing art Subject Integration week which gave them a change to self-compose and pen Acrostic poem on aquatic animals (integrating with SDG: Life below water) applying common literary devices effortlessly.
In literature, they re-read the fable of The Hare and the Tortoise, the story with a twist in the story, acquiring new words and vocabularies. The idea of ‘Slow and steady wins the race’ was reiterated through this well-known lesson. They understood more about the art of persuasion and Persuasive writing which was taken up in the lesson ‘Rainforest in danger’. They read, observed several intriguing videos, and noted the problems, impacts and solutions as a reflection activity (in a form of a problem tree) based on this lesson. The activity enhanced their observational skill as well.
अगस्त माह में गुंजन पुस्तक से पाठ – ‘ क्रिकेट का खेल ’ पढ़ाते हुए क्रिकेट से संबंधित अतिरिक्त जानकारी दी गई। छात्रों ने खुलकर इस विषय पर चर्चा की जिससे उनका ज्ञानवर्धन हुआ।
विषय – ‘ अपने मनपसंद एक खिलाड़ी – (जिसने ओलंपिक 2021 में अपना प्रदर्शन किया हो) पर रोचक परियोजना बनाई ।
९ अगस्त से १३ अगस्त भाषा –सप्ताह मनाया गया , जिसका विषय था – ‘ दुर्लभ जानवरों की कहानी , उनकी जबानी ’ | सतत विकास लक्ष्य –१४ जलीय जीवों की सुरक्षा से एकीकृत करते हुए नाट्य- रूपान्तरण के माध्यम से रोचक तथ्य बताते हुए छात्रों ने यह संदेश दिया कि हमें जल –प्रदूषण को रोककर जलीय जीवों की सुरक्षा करनी चाहिए। उनकी प्रस्तुति सराहनीय रही ।
मस्तिष्क मानचित्र की सहायता से सर्वनाम और उसके भेद बताए गए । वीडियो लिंक द्वारा सर्वनाम की पुनरावृत्ति कराई गई। MS form लिंक के माध्यम से छात्रों का आकलन किया गया ।
समान अर्थ बताने वाले शब्दों की पहचान कराते हुए तथा पर्यायवाची शब्दों की जानकारी दी गई । छात्रों ने अभ्यास कार्य करते हुए पर्यायवाची शब्द को समझा।
ऑनलाइन खेल द्वारा छात्रों को विलोम शब्दों की जानकारी देते हुए अभ्यास कार्य करवाया गया।
इस तरह से उनके ज्ञान के स्तर में वृद्धि हुई। रचनात्मक क्रिया – कलापों से उनके नैतिक मूल्यों का विकास हुआ ।
In conjunction with the monthly theme, students started to learn about plants ‘Plantas’. They watched a video and PowerPoint presentation to learn the names of vegetables and fruits.
During the Language and Performing Art subject integration week the students presented a song on fruits and prepared a delicious fruit salad. A virtual walk to understand the nature of Spain was also done which was quite informative. After watching they came up with new words and used adjectives to describe nature. They were able to identify singular and plural sentences and their answers reflected the understanding of noun, article and adjective agreement.
Video on fruits.
Students have very comfortably adapted to the language, especially after the unit test. Reinforcement to use the vocabulary [related to fruits& vegetables] that they have learnt till now was done. Students attempted to make small sentences by using the grammar concepts learnt – articles and nouns. Introduction of Adjectives was done with examples and a supportive worksheet. The highlight of the month was the virtual tour of Paris and the lifestyle of the Parisians that was discussed in the class. Salad making activity was done which was part of the language and performing arts integration week which was connected to the French song that helped them learn the name of the vegetables and fruits in French language. Children enjoyed making salad during the class while explaining the ingredients & verbs in French.
https://youtu.be/-kc3_Cdsmlc - Das ObstliedIn sync with the theme, students learnt the name of Fruits and Vegetables that was introduced through a song, ‘Das Obstlied’. They used adjectives to describe fruits and vegetables. They enjoyed the virtual nature walk after which they learnt the vocabulary related to nature - hills, plants, river, sea etc. They also learnt the names of different weather conditions – cold, raining, hot etc in German. Our enthusiastic learners of Grade 5, enjoyed the salad making activity the most. The highlight of the month was the Language Performing Art Integration Week, in which they performed the song- Das Obstlied in class.
https://youtu.be/-kc3_Cdsmlc - Das Obstlied
भाषासप्ताह में संस्कृत प्रस्तुति के लिए छात्रों ने श्लोकगायन प्रस्तुति दी । पाठ के माध्यम से गद्यांशावबोधन के द्वारा संस्कृत पठन-श्रवण का अभ्यास किया । अंतर्विषयक- वाचन-पठन-और गायन कराते हुए संगीत और गायन से समन्वयीकरण कर छात्रों का अंतर्विषयक परिचय कराया गया । परियोजनात्मक शिक्षण (Project base learning) के रूप में दृश्य श्रव्य सामाग्री के माध्यम से छात्रों श्लोक गायन द्वारा प्रस्तुतीकरण किया । पशु-पक्षियों के संस्कृत नामों से छात्रों का परिचय कराते हुए शब्दकोश में वृद्धि की गई। छात्रों ने संभाषण करते हुए लिंगवाचनानुसार अनुप्रयोग और पदपरिचय सहित अभ्यासकार्य करते हुए संस्कृत भाषा में वाक्यरचना की ।
In their Physical Education lessons, students worked on:
In their Western Dance lessons, the students learnt:
Song : Let it go - Frozen
In their Indian Dance lessons, the students learnt: Krishna dance and Asamyukta hasta mudras
Dance form: Semi classical/ classical (Kathak)
Song: “Govinda alaa re” (grades 3-5)
“Muraliya” (grade 6-9)
In the month of August students celebrated lord Krishna’s birthday by learning a beautiful choreography on a Krishna song.
Samyukta hasta Mudras (single hand gestures) were also taught.
Navras- Hasya and sringaar
Forms of Acting:-
Students learnt about role play, one-act, mono act, and skit. (Comedy, Tragedy, Melodrama)
Application of their learning:-
अगस्त माह छात्र-छात्राओं द्वारा की गई गतिविधियाँ:
गायन अभ्यास: शुद्ध स्वर अलंकार।
गीत: (अपनी माटी) देश भक्ति गीत, (राष्ट्रीय पशु भारत का), कृष्णा भजन।
प्रयोग हुए वाद्य: तानपूरा, ऑडियो ट्रैक।
गायन तकनीक: गायन के अभ्यास की बुनियादी तकनीक, प्रतियोगिता में प्रस्तुति के महत्वपूर्ण बिंदु।
सन्दर्भ वीडियो लिंक: https://youtu.be/hYiDSPB1hlI
बहुत से छात्र-छात्राओं ने सदनीय देशभक्ति गीत गायन प्रतियोगिता मे बढ़ चढ़ कर हिस्सा लिया तथा १५ अगस्त की विशेष प्रार्थना सभा मे चुने गए प्रतिभागियों ने विशेष अतिथियों के सामने अपने गायन का सफल प्रदर्शन किया।
In their Western Music lessons, the students learnt:
Vocal warm-up exercises
Song learnt: Teacher’s day song (This song is for those) by Brian Asselin
Instruments: Taught major scale (Draw parts of guitar)
Techniques: Learnt how to sing in low to high (Vocal scaling)
Taking the monthly theme into consideration, the importance of learning positive and what’s the safe way of managing anger was explained to the students. Students learnt that emotions are natural and normal feelings but they also understood when anger becomes unhealthy. Appropriate skills of managing emotions, healthy ways of dealing with anger, being aware of your own emotions, talking about your feelings, coping skills to manage anger and relaxation techniques were the areas covered in this month. This theme helped students to discuss their anger in detail. Interaction during the sessions helped in learning and role-plays, videos, live examples made the sessions more interesting.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_FMxPo4xDM
Subject Integration week - Language & Performing Arts
"What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child". George Bernard Shaw
One way of discovering the curriculum with the children is integrating it across the board with other subjects and to do that we organized a Subject Integration Week in school during the week 9th August to 13th August. We integrated Language with Performing Arts through an array of activities. Integrated study brought together diverse disciplines in a comprehensive manner, enabling students to develop a meaningful understanding of the complex associations and influences within a topic. ‘Envirophilia-A Fancy Dress Party’ was organized for Grade I students. The little learners looked super excited as they came dressed on the theme of Plants and Aquatic Animals and spoke about the ‘Plant or Animal ‘that they played the role of, using their drama skills. They also carried props to convey their message. They explored the importance of SDG 14- ‘Life below Water’ and SDG 15- ‘Life on Land’ and made other students aware about them through their presentations. ‘The Edible Tales- Story on my Plate’ turned out to be a successful venture for Grade II students as they narrated their yummilicious stories with the help of creatively crafted fruit and vegetable salad using their vivid imagination and creative skills. This approach further developed the children’s ability to transfer their learning to other settings and correlate their sub conscious selves to conscious selves. The class was divided into Performers group and Audience group for these activities. The audience judged their peers’ performance on a Peer Assessment Rubric. This was only possible because they were able to more closely relate to real-world linguistic connections in an integrated curriculum approach. We were amazed by the meticulous efforts shown by the students. It was altogether an amazing week and we loved every bit of it.
Independence Day Celebrations
Suncity School 37D celebrated India's 75th Independence Day with unprecedented patriotic fervour. The gamut of celebration started with our Principal Ms.Guneet Ohri hoisting the Tricolour with the national anthem echoing in the campus.
The Independence Day Special Assembly was very well coordinated and conducted by our confident and enthusiastic 6th Graders virtually. It was a moment of great pride for the newly elected council members for whom their parents had the honour of pinning their prefect badges. The toppers of last year’s Olympiads, academic scholarship holders and winning houses were also felicitated for their excellent performance in the virtual presence of Maj. Gen. Kulpreet Singh (Retd), the Chief Guest for the occasion. Gen Kulpreet congratulated the students and encouraged them to take on the mantle of leadership seriously. "Ask not what your country can do for you ask what can you do for your country.” is what he quoted to motivate the council members.
He also spoke about his fellow soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our country. He appreciated the Principal’s leadership under whose guidance the school is emerging to be one of the best in Gurgaon.
Our talented students paid homage to the martyrs through their impeccable song and dance performances. The event concluded with the Inter-House Patriotic Song competition which was assessed by the eminent judges Mr.Vikul Sharma & Ms.Riya Maity Sinha. The mellifluous performances by the students were highly appreciated by the judges.
The Principal, Ms Guneet Ohri, addressed the gathering by congratulating all students, staff and parents for enthusiastically uniting to celebrate and honour the nation despite the current tough and troubling times.
Inter-House Mental Math competition
Mathematics is a subject that the students should build upon and master throughout their educational experience, for it forms a strong foundation and aids in understanding how the world works and is a critical skill 21st century for learners, thereby allowing them to make important connections between these mathematical concepts that are being taught and the real world in which they live. Keeping this in mind the students from Grades 3 onwards participated in an InterHouse Mental Math competition held this month. The students from the 4 houses - Atlantic, Arctic, Pacific and Indian participated in a tough competition held on a virtual platform. There were 2 rounds - selection round done on MS Form application and the Final round (fastest finger first) conducted on Kahoot. Amidst nail biting finish, scores tied - the whole competition gave an insight to the students ability to calculate speedily
“One learns from books and example only that certain things can be done. Actual learning requires that you do those things.” – Frank Herbert
Jubilant July has seen an enthusiastic start after a refreshing summer break for everyone. They The students reflected their learning by recollecting the exclusive experiences garnered during the fun-filled summer break.