Making Connections – Animals and Humans 19-10-19


Students developed their thinking skills and created a visual representation of their ideas by sorting pictures of carnivores, omnivores and herbivores on a Venn diagram.

A formative assessment marked the reflection of the first line of inquiry, which was carried out with the help of a take and talk activity.

During a classroom discussion, students organised their understanding of needs and wants.Students tuned into the second line of inquiry namely, the reasons threatening animal survival.  Activities depicting the increase in human population over the years helped them conclude that rapid increase in population is the primary threat to animal survival worldwide. Students delved deeper into how reasons like testing on animals and their use for recreational purposes affect their survival. 


Students  listened to the story titled ‘Eric the elephant’ and reflected on the same using visible thinking routine -word, idea, sentence. Blends , phonogram words, common nouns and proper nouns were revisited too. 


Students used a KWL chart to depict what they knew, wondered about and learned in the operation for addition. They also made a poster denoting addition specific vocabulary. They were introduced to the concept of number line. To understand number bonds, students used counters and made various combinations with the same.


To enhance reading and writing skills, students watched a video on ‘इ ‘ ki maatraa and extended their comprehension by reading words and making meaningful sentences using those words. A word puzzle activity was conducted too The difference between the usage of the following akshars ड -ड़, घ -ध , ढ-ढ़ was discussed in class.


Students were introduced to Augmented Reality, also known as AR. AR is a simple combination of real and virtual worlds. Some students shared their experiences with AR application which they have used previously, like Pokemon Go. Later they experienced it through applications like Dino AR and Solar System AR. The students were very excited while working on these applications.


Diwali – the much-awaited festival of lights is around the corner. Various stories related to this festival were shared with students during the week. Students listened to a Hindi story ‘amma kahe kahani – Diwali’. It was a charming and informative book that introduced Diwali with a beautiful rhyme- “Diyas twinkle like stars – what a sight! This is Diwali, in all its glory, As told to little Klaka – a magical story” The story perfectly sequenced the reason for Prince Ram to leave his kingdom and move to the forest, his victory over the evil king Ravana, the celebration of prince Rama’s homecoming, and story of Goddess Lakshmi who rewarded her true devotees with fortune and health on Diwali. Written in rhyme with vivid and captivating illustrations, the book brought Hindu festival celebration story to children in a fun and non-preachy way.


Students were demonstrated how to use lines and shapes to draw animals easily. This activity helped the students develop their observational skills as most of them could draw the animals independently.


Students worked on development of motor skills in the skating class.


This week students were encouraged to write their feelings and thoughts for different situations. This activity helped them to understand how thoughts are different from feelings. They also watched the story of Valmiki and reflected on the character of Valmiki.


Students made connections between animals and mythology during an assembly on October 14,2019. Each God and Goddess is associated with an animal because of the unique feature that particular animals possesses and attention was drawn towards the animals that were part of the epic Ramayan. Connections between animals and Diwali were drawn. Students inquired how human actions impact animal survival when animals are used for entertainment and during festivals. A video on how reindeers are exploited in the name of Christmas made poignant viewing. Students further delved into how some rehabilitation centers work to rescue and rehabilitate wild sloth bears at an SOS Wildlife facility near Mathura .


Understanding the Relationship between Humans and Animals 05-10-19


Students collaborated to discuss the central idea ‘Human behaviour has an impact on animal survival’ and displayed their understanding by writing synonyms for key words from the central idea. Taking their learning further, students brainstormed essential requirements for survival of animals with a think, pair and share visible thinking routine. They also watched a video which supported their understanding on habitats.


Later they created an anchor chart by listing down different animals and their habitats. Young inquirers were engaged in classroom discussions for learning different adaptations seen in animals. Students tuned into the first line of inquiry namely the relationship between humans and animals by watching the story of ‘a tailor and an elephant’.


They extended their knowledge by making a mind map on ways by which animals and humans help each other.


Students watched the story of ‘the brown bear’ and extended their comprehension by writing the sequence of various characters appearing in the story.


Students were engaged in an activity wherein they picked up models of animals from a mystery box and spoke a few lines about their habitat, eating pattern, body colour, unique features and human dependency. They were engaged in activities which helped them revisiting the concepts of common and proper noun.


Learners continued practicing various kinds of patterns with objects, numbers and those seen in daily life. Students were also assessed on their understanding of patterns through a formative assessment.

Addition was introduced with a hypothetical situation wherein the form tutor invited two sets of students and asked the class questions based on it ‘putting together’. Later they explored various manipulatives in pairs to build upon their understanding of addition. They further explored addition by playing games on the number line .


To enhance reading and writing skills, students were introduced to इ ki मात्रा, they were able to identify related words by practicing the same in their journals. In order to strengthen grammatical skills, students identified nouns (संज्ञा) and made a noun tree. Students watched a Hindi story of ‘चींटी और टिड्डा’. This helped in building their listening and speaking skills. They further showcased their understanding with the help of a visual thinking routine.


Dance lessons focused on the development of rhythm patterns and flexibility. Movements were based on simple rhythmic combinations with large isolated steps. Solitary performance was also introduced.


Students integrated music with their unit of inquiry on health. They learned about music therapy, how it can impact our health and how we can receive health benefits from music. They learned a new song “we will rock you”.


Students listened to the story of ‘Owl Moon’ by Jane Yolen. The story about a little boy and his father who one winter night went for owling made interesting reading. The trees stood still as statues and the world around seemed silent as a dream. When they both reached into the deep dark forest, father called whoo-whoo-whoo to invite mysterious night birds, but there was no answer. The duo of father and son walked silently for the father had said to the son “when you go owling you don’t need words, you don’t need anything but hope for sometimes there is an owl, but sometimes is none”. Eventually their patience paid off and they caught sight of an owl. The book proved to be a verbal and visual treasure, it displayed the learner profile attribute of being courageous as the little child went with his father for owling and he knew he had to be brave at this time of the night.


Students observed various objects to identify 3D shapes in them. Later they drew some of the 3D shapes like cube, cuboid and cone using rulers to colour them neatly.


Students developed their basic motor skills with the help of different lead-up and recreational games, which included jumping, running, hopping. They have started practicing ball handling with the help of basketball and football. During skating session, they practiced walking and balancing on the skates.


Students gave final touch to their food pyramid that they illustrated using MS paint. They were also assessed on their skills through a checklist.

Students were shown various posters as a provocation of new tool. They discussed the commonality in each poster like background colour, less images, different types of font usage according to the theme of the poster .Later they were introduced to Pic collage which is an application for poster and card making. They were shown basic tools of the application which they happily tried while making cards on Dussehra.


Students of Grade 1 participated in an assembly on ‘Gandhian philosophy – The future depends on what you do today’ on September 23, 2019 were they decoded the statement word by word. They saw a power-point presentation that showcased the mahatma’s philosophies of being truthful, taking care of the environment and the need to pursue non-violence. Students made connections between sustainable practices followed at school.Students of Grade 1 attended the assembly on Gandhi Jayanti and shared their knowledge among themselves.


This week students were encouraged to segregate thoughts from feelings with a recognition activity wherein, they filled 2 buckets (heart bucket & thought bucket) with different thoughts and feelings. This activity helped them to understand the difference between thoughts and feelings.

Responsible Eaters 21-09-19

Unit of inquiry

A formative assessment marked the reflection of learning based on the third line of inquiry, ‘importance of taking care of their body’ as a summation of the unit. What better way than to encourage students to actively appreciate and explore nature around them with a nature walk. Students keenly observed different kinds of plants grown in the green areas at school. They identified medicinal plants like aloe vera and tulsi (basil) and further inquired into the health benefits of these plants. Later, they completed the thinking routine by writing their understanding in their journals .

Math :

Students revisited the concept of ordinal numbers class activities.Formative assessment on ordinal numbers was taken with a game called ‘where is the orange cat?’

The concept of patterns was introduced with the story ofpattern fish; this helped students to enhance their thinking skills. A nature walk whereby students closely observed patterns on leaves, flowers and fish further strengthened the concept. Later they were shown pictures of animals like zebra, tigers, butterflies etc. Patterns in day, night and seasonal cycles were also discussed.

Students created and illustrated their own patterns in their journals. Taking the concept further, they were introduced to color and  object patterns.


English :

Students enhanced their understanding of proper and common nouns by engaging in an interactive games. Concept of capitalisation was reinforced too. Students were assessed on their spellings with a spell bee. A formative assessment on nouns was conducted using the scavenger hunt activity. Students enhanced their vocabulary by thinking of meaningful words using ‘dr’, ‘br’, ‘fr’ and ‘cr’ blends and showcased their writing skills by framing short and relevant sentences using these words.


To enhance reading and writing skills, students identified, read and wrote words with त, ह,च,द, व, ख (व्यंजन) letters. They saw a story ‘किसने खाए मालपुए’ and performed a role play allowing their creativity to soar, whilst developing an array of valuable skills; inquiry, thinking, social, emotional, communication and language amongst others. The students attempted a formative assessment. They were assessed on spellings with spell bee.


Using their research skills, students designed a food pyramid. Students used proper proportion and colour code to depict different food categories and the most and least consumed foods using MS-Paint. They also learned to save their files in specific folders.


Students integrated Math with their Visual Arts classes as they solved addition sums and used the solutions to find the keys to the colours, they needed to use for colouring each section in the given picture. This activity helped them in improving their observation as well as colouring skills.

Music :

The students were assessed on their understanding of note values. They attempted playing different note values on the Conga. Individually, the students sang their favourite songs ‘Maa tujhe salam’ and ‘A gift to you’.


 Through movements we convey our emotions; this week’s dance lessons were focused on the discussion of dance therapy. Students were engaged in several group activities related to the same. An activity was performed where they were instructed to stay still while a calm music was played and were asked to focus on what was happening inside their body. During another task, with their eyes closed, students imagined an empty auditorium having only one source of light and were asked to dance visualizing nobody was watching them.

PE & Skating :

Students developed basketball skills with the help of different lead-up activities and recreational games, which included dribbling, passing and shooting. Students practiced walking and balancing on the skates during their skating lessons.

Library :

To celebrate the birthday of much-loved children’s author Julia Donaldson, students were read one of her popular books ‘Tiddler- A story telling fish’.

Tiddler was always late for school and would make up tall and exciting stories for his classmates as to why he got late. One day as Tiddler was moving slowly- thinking about a new story, he unknowingly got caught in a net, which resulted in a real adventure! All children identified with Tiddler as a fish with big imaginative powers !

Diving Deep into Basics 07-09-19

Unit of Inquiry :

Students inquired into factors affecting our health and developed an understanding of consuming a balanced diet for staying healthy.

They were familiarised with terms like ingredients, nutritional value, red and green dots on food packets, manufacturing and expiry date of products with the use of empty wrappers.

As a part of making real life connections, students were taken on a field trip to a departmental grocery store, where they saw all the food products options available on shelves. They understood the significance of making the right choices, the importance of locally grown food and its health benefits. They also learnt to identify fresh and processed food.

Math :

Integration to the unit of inquiry was done with the aid of empty food wrappers where students viewed the nutritional content. They noted down the sugar content present in different drinks and recorded the names of drinks which had maximum and least sugar in them.

Students were introduced to the concept of ordinal numbers through a class activity.


The form tutor read a poem to the students to hone their listening and visualisation skills. They listened carefully and drew images in their journals. They also extended their vocabulary by learning new words, like smooth and braids.

Listening skills were further enhanced with the story ‘Peppa Pig-the dentist’. They summarized their understanding by answering simple questions. Students were assessed on their spellings with a spell bee.


To enhance reading and writing skills, students read and wrote three- and four-letter words. They also revised आ ki maatraa by reading small sentences. They saw a video related to good food habits and discussed about it to enhance their viewing and speaking skills.

Students marked Janamashtami at school by identifying learner profile attributes for Lord Krishna. His caring and balanced approach to life was evident in the heart warming welcome accorded to his childhood friend Sudama. The lifting of Govardhan parvat marked his principled behaviour towards his village folks. Killling of Kaalia nag was an act of courage that sent out a cultural message about the good deeds of the Lord.


Students understood the meaning of research and how different search engines work. While searching for images of healthy and unhealthy food using Google Chrome, they practiced effective citing and referencing in their documents which is an essential skill in the digital age. Students discussed the ‘Essential Agreements’ and reviewed what they had drafted during their first ICT class of this session. They made a few changes and agreed to act accordingly.


Students were encouraged to express themselves freely on a topic of their choice using colour pencils. Later they wrote their reflections based on the guiding questions given to them.


The students learned a new song ‘A gift to you’ and they also did some vocal warmup exercises to improve their vocal performance.


Students clapped and stomped their feet to rhythmic music. This helped them to understand the rhythm better. They worked on body isolations and explored different types of body movements. Releve was introduced in class. It describes the action when a dancer rises up and seemingly is standing on his/her toes.

PE & Skating

Students developed their basic motor skills with the help of different lead-up and recreational games, which included jumping, running and hopping. They practiced walking and balancing on the skates during their skating lessons


Social Emotional learning (SEL)

This week, students were encouraged to segregate thoughts from feelings with the help of an activity that used an emotion tree that asked students to express and write their own feelings. This activity also helped them to understand how every individual reacts differently in different situations.


This year Grade 1 summer assignment challenge aimed at developing the students’ analytical and thinking skills. They undertook an extensive and meaningful assignment and presented insightful reflections based on The DE Bono’s hats for the stories they read during their summer break. Winners of the summer challenge celebrated their victory on September 3, 2019 by dressing up as favourite characters from their respective stories and went on a character parade. Students enjoyed their celebratory ice cream and attention. The school takes pride in awarding winners with an interdisciplinary certificate of appreciation that applauds their effort.

Exploring further 01-09-19


Continuing with the ongoing unit, students interviewed the facilitators of different grades and identified various healthy and unhealthy practices on a worksheet.

They further inquired about food as an important contributor to health with a thumbs up-thumbs down activity. Students further illustrated the healthy and unhealthy food items under two categories. They participated in a class discussion on different food groups and followed it up by reading a story about the importance of healthy food.

Students carried out a sorting activity where they segregated different food items on the food pyramid.


Students revisited the concept of place value using an abacus. Taking their learning further, they explored the use of graph paper to represent a set of numbers on it.

Students were shown an audio visual named ‘Even Steven’ to brush up their concept of even and odd numbers. They attempted a practice worksheet on the same. Students also practiced creating two-digit even and odd numbers using three single-digit numbers. Further, they represented the same, using bars of tens and blocks of ones, with class manipulatives.

Reading and writing of number names from 1 to 10 was practiced by the students that were shown to them using flash cards.


Students read a poem and engaged in visual imagery. They were assessed on their spellings with a spell bee. They were shown an online story ‘Food Fit’ that talked about the importance of healthy food. The students then reflected on their understanding of the story. A ‘Take and Talk’ activity helped students reinstate the five factors that promote good health. Students revisited the blends ‘sh’ and ‘st’ by writing words in their journals.


To enhance reading and writing skills, students were introduced to ‘आ’ ki maatraa. For practice, they read and wrote two and three letter words. They also saw a story, बढ्ने का रहस्य (badhne ka rahsya) and presented their understanding through visual imagery. To enhance viewing and presenting skills, students learned about good habits through a PPT. They drew images and presented their work in class. They attempted a spellbee to improve their vocabulary.


Using MS-Paint, students designed their plate with various types of food that promote healthy food habits. Students searched for images of healthy and unhealthy food using Google Chrome. They learned to copy and paste images from Chrome to MS-Paint. Students were briefed about the importance of academic honesty and giving credit for the copied images. They enhanced their research skills while doing various tasks.


Dance Lessons focused on the development of rhythm patterns and flexibility. Movements were created based on simple rhythmic combinations with large isolated steps. Solitary performance was also introduced.


Students learned how to express themselves visually using rulers, keeping the proportions of their artwork in mind. This activity helped them to hone their fine motor and thinking skills.


Students learned about notes and note values and inquired how they are used in music. They were able to count and play different note values. Students have progressed to playing these notes on the Congo.

Social Emotional learning (SEL)

As a part of their social emotional learning, students gained more knowledge about self – awareness. They were helped to understand the difference between thoughts and feelings through various interactive and self-reflective sessions wherein, they were encouraged to segregate the thought from feeling.

PE & Skating

Students developed their basic motor skills with the help of different lead-up and recreational games, which included jumping, running and hopping. They practiced walking and balancing on skates during their skating lessons.


Students listened to the story of ‘The Little Princess’ by Tony Ross, that narrated the tale about a little princess who did not want to go to bed. This story will resonate with every parent and children will love the fact that they are not the only ones who can come up with some clever ways to put off sleep for just “one more minute.”

Being Healthy ,17-08-19


The tuning in part of the inquiry cycle was done by discussing the importance of maintaining personal hygiene, keeping surroundings clean, and various ways by which this can be achieved. The activity was followed by a class discussion and later the students illustrated the same in their journals. They reflected on their daily routine and habits and made personal connections by talking about the healthy and unhealthy practices seen during a day. This was represented on a T- chart.

Students were engaged in an interesting classroom activity where they did exercises like knee ups, toe touches, jumping jacks to name a few. They observed how they felt after doing these exercises. They were then asked to note down their thoughts, feelings and understanding about the importance of daily exercise. The same was reiterated to them through a guest speaker session.

Learnings from this activity were integrated with the inquiry cycle with the help of a discussion on the importance of post-exercise rest. Students were asked to note down their experience using some keywords. Little learners understood why it is important to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle.


To reiterate the concept of numbers, students began their week with an activity wherein they were paired with a partner . They wrote a number and their partner’s number in the journal to make a 2-digit number from it. 

They attempted another task where they wrote numbers 1-10 and quantified the corresponding hierarchies using blue and green colour. They further marked the number as odd or even.

• Students were tuned into the concept of place value through bundling and grouping strategy.


Students started their week by reiterating CVC words with medial sounds like a, e, i, o, u and wrote them in their journals.

Learning from the unit was integrated by watching an audio-visual story ‘Goodnight IPAD’ where they discussed the importance of sleeping without the presence of an electronic screen .

A reading assessment rubric allowed to understand reading levels among students.A spell bee was attempted while a bingo game on sight words was also played in their journals .

UOI Integration– They watched an online video on healthy/ unhealthy habits and further wrote their understanding in the journals.

During a bus stop activity, students moved to different stations in the class that had blends written on them. They illustrated words beginning with those blends.


Students enthusiastically participated in reciting the poem ‘सभी फलों में सेब है न्यारा’. This was followed by identifying the names of vegetables and fruits, and by writing their initial letters in the journals. To enhance their communication skills, they did ‘show and tell’ activity in which they described their favourite fruits. They learned about alphabets and made two to three letter words using the knowledge acquired.


Students are further exploring MS-Paint where they are learning how to add shapes, colours and the pencil tool to the work pane. Young learners are still learning to handle the mouse with their tiny hands while coordinating their eyes on the screen simultaneously. Students also gained knowledge on about social media(YouTube, Facebook, Skype etc). They enhanced their fine motor skills by working on an online tool on mouse program, where they gained knowledge on how to click with left and right button, scrolling of the mouse up and down to see the content of the page.


Dance lessons focused on the development of posture and flexibility. Solitary performance was also introduced.


Students learned how to use a ruler to take measurements and draw straight, standing and sleeping lines. Later they created free expressions and gave their reflections.


The students learned about note values. They also learned how to count and clap these notes.

Social Emotional Learning

The students gained knowledge about Self – Awareness as a part of their SEL sessions. They were introduced to emotions and feelings through various interactive and self-reflective sessions wherein, they were encouraged to explore their self.

Physical Education 

Students continued with their unit in athletics where they developed their basic skills with the help of equipment and callisthenic exercises. Skating Students learned balancing on their skates to grow in confidence.


The birthday of one of the most popular bestselling fiction authors of all times, ‘Enid Blyton’ was celebrated. She as per the UNESCO, is the most translated children’s author in the world having sold more than 600 million copies. The children were given a brief introduction about the author and the popular series written by her namely Noddy , Famous Five, The secret seven, Amelia Jane etc.

Welcome Grade 1 B,02-08-19


TD theme – Who we are

Central Idea – Leading a balanced lifestyle can help us stay healthy

Key Concept – Form



Lines of Inquiry – Ways we take care of ourselves.

                            A balanced lifestyle

                            Our responsibility in taking care of our body.

Students were welcomed into their new grades with an ice breaking activity wherein they were asked to talk to their classmates and find answers to the questions given to them, like who plays football , who wears spectacles etc.

They were engaged in a classroom discussion on 6 TD themes and the learner profiles. This was followed by showing related audio visuals.

Prior knowledge assessment – Students were given pictures that showed the 5 factors of health (rest, recreation, exercise, hygiene, food) which was followed by asking them to sort the pictures according to the groups using their thinking skills.

Provocation – Students were exposed to some hints about their unit of Inquiry  using the guiding question like ‘What do they think the unit will be about?’ etc. which was followed by writing the central idea on the board and displaying the images that pointed to balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Later, they wrote the central idea in their journals and underlined important words.

Students engaged in an activity where they were shown a few pictures kept inside a mystery bag. One by one they picked up a picture and identified the picture and  it’s use? They came up with varied yet interesting answers.

A gallery walk was conducted outside the classroom wherein they observed the display boards and discussed the message being put forth through those boards.


Students were welcomed to their class with an ice breaking activity named ‘Fizz buzz’ wherein they stood in a circle and counted numbers from 1 to 50 and at every odd number they said ‘Fizz buzz’ instead of the number.

They also attempted task sheets based on the activity ‘Scavenger Hunt’ and ‘Math about me’.

Students completed a looping back sheet to reiterate the concepts done in their previous grade.

They played a game where they were divided into pairs to compare numbers by rolling a dice and identify who had the bigger number.

To reinforce the concept of numbers, students played a number Bingo game from 1-20.

They also did an activity where they were given number cards from 1-30 and were asked to arrange them in the correct sequence. Later, they repeated this activity using manipulatives.


Students were welcomed back with quite a few fun activities. They were given sheets where they were asked to draw anything creative which appealed to them. This was followed by an activity where they were given 4-5 colour pencils each with a meaning assigned to each colour. They spoke some facts about the meaning given to each colour.

A general discussion followed where students spoke about their new classroom and discussed  essential agreements. They also attempted a task sheet about a ‘secret message from their teacher’.

Students did a fish bowl activity where they picked up a chit that had a letter written on it. They read aloud the letter and named a word with it. A few of them tried speaking a sentence using those words too.

They practiced writing upper and lower case letters, while also attempting a work sheet to reiterate the previous concepts.


The students expressed themselves through an activity and also spoke about how they spent their summer vacation. They also practiced Vyanjan and maatraas, through an activity using flash cards. They watched a video on वर्णमाला (varnmaala), identified pictures and wrote two/three letter words. 


Students were welcomed into their ICT classes with a warm smile. Students interacted with each other and talked about their summer holidays- vacations, summer activities and, of course, studies. Some of the students happily shared with the class the skills they had developed during the holidays, such as creative writing using computer  and so on.

The week began with a discussion on essential agreements .Each student had a unique perspective of the challenges that they have faced in the past years, and everyone provided possible solutions for them, to improve the classroom environment.

Students were introduced to Microsoft Paint which is a basic computer graphics program found on most personal computers using a Windows operating system. They were shown how to draw basic shapes using pencil feature.


Dance lessons focused on development of rhythm patterns  and body isolations .Students learned basic choreography in jazz style on the song uptown funk.


Students discussed about the importance of using a ruler. They also learnedt how to draw straight lines by taking measurements with a ruler. Later they drew standing lines at a distance of 1 cm each using a ruler.


Students learned about rhythm and how to clap different patterns over a beat . They also sang their favorite songs.


Students shared their previous knowledge about motor skills and engaged in general warm up exercises to develop their motor skills.


First graders  visited the library after the summer vacation with lot of enthusiasm and excitement. The opportunity to choose their books independently beckoned them.  They were given a library tour to make them aware where to find books of their interest. Grade 1 was also read out library Essential Agreements and why these agreements were important to follow. Students chose two books for borrowing and reading at will.