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Spotlight On PYP Issue 4

From Editor's enclosure

Trotting into Early Years Nursery

Trotting into Early Years KG I

Trotting into Early Years KG II

Snippets of PYP 1

Snippets of PYP 2

Snippets of PYP 3

Sneak peak of PYP 4

Sneak peak of PYP 5

Teacher's Tent

A cohort of Interesting Assemblies

PYP Mantra

Performing Arts at PYP

From Editor's enclosure Dear Reader‟s, Tender and fragile, filled with innocence, curious inquirers are these little ones. Knowledgeable and Creative, Thinkers and great communicators; Open – minded and risk takers but at the same time balanced and reflective are these little ones. Committed and Principled, Empathetic and Cooperative are these little ones. Enthusiastic, Confident and Independent learners are these little ones. Talented though Tolerant and Caring all set to goal are these little ones. Wet as cement, sand set to be imprinted, Buds ready to bloom and spread their fragrance, Brightly coloured and sparkling smile is their ornament. The painters of the rainbow of life are these little ones. As said by Maya Angelou, “I believe that every person is born with talent.” The young tender learners step in their second home to be nurtured with knowledge, love and guidance. At Choithram International, we the facilitators are just like the gardeners who with their constant affection and devotion nurture these saplings. Right amount of nourishment helps these little ones in having firm roots in the field of values and their branches filled with aspirations to touch the sky. Every single day of their life‟s learning provides them with windows of opportunity which determine their values and goals. These form the stepping stones, which builds their life. The right environment back home and at school together leads them to strive towards achieving heights and be good humans. The true value of these moments turning into beautiful memories is engraved in this Spotlight with great efforts. So here we bring before you, the next spotlight issue to give you a glimpse of the CI Family crossing one more milestone on the path of success. Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it. – Lou Holtz Thanking you, Durgesh Jadhav Sonu Sharma Pallavi Makhija

Trotting into Early Years Nursery As a part of our continuous improvement in Nursery children are becoming eager learners‟ day-by-day. They all are bonded so firmly and have been developing strong friendships with one another. They enjoy helping each other and working together. It is wonderful to see how close and cooperative they become now. Thank you to each one of you for your kind support back home in nurturing the growth of your children a step ahead. Lots of fun we had this month to erudite about “Fruits and Vegetables”. Along with it, children explored their senses through different activities based on fruits and vegetables. Fruit Salad activity was thoroughly enjoyed by little cutties. This activity helped them learning many new vocab words like healthy, junk, raw, and cooked. They have now become familiar with different tastes like sweet, sour, tangy, and bitter. This activity helped them to answer their inquiry that why we don‟t eat vegetables in the raw state..??

Surprise bag activity helped kids to become aware of different textures like rough, smooth, bumpy, and spiky. Through a brief introduction on life cycle of plant they met with their inquiries, where do fruits and vegetables come from? How a tiny seed will become a big tree?

Trotting into Early Years Nursery What a rejoicing time, we had this month in learning patterns of colour and shapes. Now kids easily recognize patterns and they follow it. Along with oral drilling of numbers they have started recognizing and writing numbers 1 to 20. We will be spending more time in sequencing numbers. Kids have started using mathematical terms in their class routine like heavy- light, tall -short, full-empty, up-down etc. We have begun learning letters and their p h o n i c sounds. Kids have now been introduced to initial sound of letters using syllable speech of different words beginning with the letter being taken. Our curriculum is focusing on letter identification which we have commenced and gradually will be budding towards in depth understanding of each letter sound, as we concentrate on a letter per week. We will be gearing up for so many new learning endeavours and exciting events to come. We will be very busy readers and writers in the next few months.

- Ms. Sonu Sharma

Trotting into Early Years KG I Helper`s show by Teachers: Children are often introduced to community helpers with firefighters, police officers, mail carriers, doctors, and so on. That list expands with experience and with language. Finer distinctions are made and whole new areas open up. But is that sufficient to make students understand the running theme clearly? So, we teachers decided “let us celebrate the work people do in our community.� As children learned literacy, developed vocabulary, they learned about tools, uniform and tasks of variety of community helpers and more! The efforts put by teachers were so commendable that each and every student enjoyed the program very zealously. Their concepts were clearer and they had a very wonderful experience.

Stick puppets: Nothing beats stick puppets when you need a resourceful craft to make with kids. Stick Puppets can be used to teach a variety of literacy skills. And, they make a great addition to enhance any literacy experience. We made stick puppets of different community helpers using varieties of clip arts on community helpers, photos, crayons and ice cream sticks for role play and storytelling. Students used puppets to show ability to sequence the details from the story. It helped children a lot in developing better understanding of characters in a story and how they act, learn, and change. As students role played with puppets it helped enriching the literacy experience and relate to stories.

Trotting into Early Years KG I Survey on community helpers: We want to keep children in charge of their learning and become responsible for it. We want them to be responsible for their successes and failures, show them how engaging learning is, and that the motivations for learning should be the childâ€&#x;s intrinsic interests, not an external reward. Keeping this thing in mind we had a survey on the running theme How we organize ourselves -Community helpers, in which we involved parents also to help their kids out .The survey was all communicating with different community helpers to whom they meet regularly (milkman, vegetable seller, electrician, teachers etc) where they had to mention their name, profession and number of years they have been working. Kids enjoyed a lot and parents also took enormous and substantial hard work in accomplishing the given task on time.

My helper`s book: Parents often become occupied in their children's tutoring through parent oriented task and also through home assignments. letting parents and other adults know what the child is learning, giving children and parents a reason to talk about what's going on at school, and giving teachers an opportunity to hear from parents about children's learning. Having this idea in mind we gave them a task which was all about making a book album where they will cut and paste the pictures and will add some information collected by them at the time of the survey. This was a really interesting and fascinating task for them.

Trotting into Early Years KG I

Guest lecture by Pallavi ma`am: In today's environment, hoarding knowledge ultimately erodes your power. If you know something very important, the way to get power is by actually sharing it. Guest Lecture is a way of enriching our students .So, we invited Pallavi Ma`am to conduct a session with kindergarten students and handmade those students aware of community helpers and how to identify community helpers.

- Ms. Reni Tirthani & Ms. Tanvi Bajaj

Trotting into Early Years KG II Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; we at our kindergarten are running the unit „How the worlds works‟ in which kids are getting to know about weather, seasons and climate. Before beginning the unit we assessed prior knowledge of students about weather, seasons and climate, basically kids came up with clothing impact and were also aware about weather change such as sunny, rainy, cloudy, windy, snowy etc. We hear about weather and climate all of the time. Most of us check the local weather forecast to plan our days. There is, however, still a lot of confusion over the difference between the two. Think about it this way: Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get. Weather is what you see outside on any particular day. So, for example, it may be 75° degrees and sunny or it could be 20° degrees with heavy snow. That‟s the weather and climate is the average of that weather. In most places, weather can change from minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour, day-to-day, and season-to-season. Weather changes in cycles. Cycles of weather changes are called seasons. There are four seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn. Young learners of CI have taken initiative and come ahead with parental support. They have donated their old woolen wear for needy. They have understood that weather conditions can affect the lifestyle of people. This action helped them to ripen their caring nature.

Trotting into Early Years KG II Our unit is in full bloom kids are enjoying various activities such as globe activity on climatic zones, differentiating things based on different weather and season, learning weather song, season climate, and so on. Budding learners of KG II took a survey on favourite weather, seasons and climate of different people. They went to facilitators of CI and inquired about their favourite weather, season and climate. It helped them to concrete their concepts on different weather and climatic changes. A pictograph is a graph that shows numerical information by using picture symbols or icons to represent data sets. The advantage of using a pictograph is that it is easy to read. Based on our survey around the school community on weather, seasons and climate, we had a math integrated activity in which little wonders made a pictograph representing various weather, seasons and climate in form of smileyJ. It was a fun and hands on learning experience for the kids. They loved counting on the survey sheet and then drew smileys J to represent their counting.

Trotting into Early Years KG II Kindergarteners developed their vocabulary on weather and seasons too. They often talk about current weather situation. It is cloudy today… It is sunny today…I am wearing sweater because it‟s windy today….They are taking initiatives and talking about weather. Kids are also getting enlightened about impact of changing weather on our lifestyle. Weather can have a big impact on our day-to-day lives. Change in weather can affect our daily routine, our plans, our clothing and food and various other things. Making out an example from daily life of impact, kids reflected that due to cold weather we are getting days off from school. It was an amazing response from our young learners that they could make out the impact of weather well. Apart from this they were also enhanced about ordinal numbers. An ordinal number is a number that indicates position or order in relation to other numbers: first, second, third, and so on. Children always take keen interest to get some position. While playing they use these words I am first, I am second…Here in CI also they have learnt these number positions. Enthusiastically they took part in the activity where they were giving position to their friends and then they have drawn them too. It was an enormous moment to see their enthusiasm during the activity. Moving further towards culmination of the unit kids will be attending a task based on weather, seasons and climate in which they will be pouring the knowledge they gained during the unit. Kids will also be reflecting upon impact they observe around the surrounding due to change in weather. It will be an astounding learning experience for the kids which will content them throughout their learning journey. - Ms. Archana Arya & Ms. Gursheen Gulyani

Snippets of PYP 1 The change in the environment has always been better for life. With this thought in mind PYP 1 students started their yet another learning journey of the next themeHow we organise ourselves, wherein they explored how change over time in travelling from one place to another has given a new facade to an environment in which they are living in. For the first time they beheld the world Map and wondered that to travel long distances there are three modes and many means of transportation available, i.e. through Land, Water and Air you can travel across the world..!! They even built their favourite means with the constructible and reflected upon the same in the journals. Their journey became more interesting when they discovered the Timeline and understood the development of technology and the increasing needs of people have upgraded the travelling facilities. They even learned that the availability of money and time play a vital role in the choice of both modes and means of transportation. Students even learned French names for some of the frequently used vehicles, which helped them understood that different languages have different names but of similar things/objects.

Snippets of PYP 1 The most interesting part of the journey was knowing the rules and safety measures to be followed as mostly and frequent travelling is done on Land and to make the travelling expedient and harmless it becomes necessary to walk on the path of safe zone. They explored different traffic signs and the rules followed while driving. They mirrored their learning through creating amazing charts which were praiseworthy. To showcase their absolute learning they shared the same with other students in the school assembly and even by taking a survey in which they found different likings of their teachers for the vehicles and the modes. Finding the world of means of transportation had been really exciting journey for the students. This was very much perceptible during the classroom discussions and filling in the journals. It was nice to see that the explored world by them was much bigger than their imagination. In Language, they revealed that even nouns have changeovers, Pronouns!! They learned different words to know that sentences framed by them, verbally or in written can be made better by using the Pronouns. Now framing sentences was stimulating task for them as they learned to use more of pronouns and less of nouns. In Math, students made their hands free on Tally Marking as they learned that Data Handling can be done in several ways. After practicing Addition, they became confident in doing yet another exciting topic, Subtraction. Finding difference between both Addition & Subtraction was another zealous factor for them, i.e. one is forward counting and the other is backward counting. Besides these interesting learnings, they also practiced numbers in other Additional language French.

Snippets of PYP 1 Students are proving themselves more confident readers in Hindi and have started showing curiosity in group discussion activities. They have achieved one more step in their learning process and that is writing and understanding the difference between the questions and answers of the lessons read. Though the time is running in PYP 1 but the way students have started participating in activities and showcasing the same in different manners is really appreciable. The continuity in the learning process itself proves that the zeal and the commitment of these little ones is not only remarkable but also shows that though there are ways to go but these learners will neither be tired nor will become unwilling and slack the energy.

-Ms. Pallavi Makhija & Ms. Jaya Upadhyay

Snippets of PYP 2 Students of Grade 2 tuned in with the new theme – „HOW WE ORGANISE OURSELVES‟. The tuning in activity was really interesting for them as they understood the meaning of the term “community‟‟ and the roles and responsibilities of various people in a community. Students visited the different departments in school to understand the hierarchy. They also understood how each organization meets certain needs of the people in the community. Videos were shown to children to explain them about the Community helpers. During this unit of inquiry students interviewed the community helpers of the school and gathered information about their roles. They also made beautiful charts on community members which were appreciated by all. For their summative task, students drew various organizations and depicted the community members associated with them on A - 4 sized paper. They showed their understanding of how the community is organized to support members. They conversed about the roles these members play. Later, they selected 2 members from the community of their choice, wrote their importance and about how they are interdependent on each other.

Snippets of PYP 2 English – In English, we continued with the reading of books along with the understanding of Antonyms, Synonyms and prefix, suffix. Math- In Math, this month children practiced symmetry and patterns. They also learned about fractions.

Beautiful wall hangings made by the students

- Ma. Sakshi Makhija & Ms. Chetna Lakhwani

Snippets of PYP 3 Books are man‟s best friends. This theme revolved around inculcating reading, writing and listening skills in the young learners. They learnt how to become friends with books forever. Visit to the library, where in the students were divided into groups and given different sets of books for analyzing helped in a smooth tuning in to their new theme – „How we Express Ourselves‟. Learners enjoyed listing and classifying these books in different categories like biographies, folktales, stories, encyclopedias etc. Following the tuning in activity they made T chart for fiction and non - fiction books, this provided them with the knowledge of different categories the books are classified into. With the onset of the first line of Inquiry „Tales across the World‟, learners grabbed an opportunity of sailing in the world of fantasy. The world of folktales carried them from the present to the past, connecting them with their ancestors and their culture. Stories which always play a vital role in the growth and development of children became these young learners‟ new world. They read and analyzed the books which giving them a glimpse of different elements and parts of the stories. The characters became their friends and left them with a teaching. They enjoyed comparing the folktales of different nations in groups. Building on to their research skills, they researched about the famous writers, who have been writing awesome stories for these young readers. After reading few books, they wrote book reviews about their favourite books.

Snippets of PYP 3 Books have always been a useful source of information and learning. To comprehend the writers views good reading skills are one of the pre requisites. They help the learners to succeed in future. With this thought, learners were taken in the world of books. Reading them helped the learners with their confidence levels, coping with their feelings, language and learning. Further, engrossed in the world of Fiction, learners tried to pen down their imaginations on paper. Using the elements of story writing they wrote the beginning, middle and the end of their own stories. The young writers were thrilled to create a story with their own title, plot, settings and characters. They enhanced the beauty of their story booklets through their learning of Warli Art in their Visual Arts class through illustration.In E. L. Doctorow words, „Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go‟‟. Gaining confidence in writing stories, they were given different sets of books which they classified into fiction and non – fiction. Going with the flow, the learners flowed into the world of poetry. They read few poems and tried illustrating the gist of them. They also tried to become poets and composed beautiful poems. Examining the different forms of writing, learners learnt the proper structure of writing. Formal and Informal Letters and their uses was one of them. They were delighted to write their own application for leave as E – Mails to their Teachers in their ICT Lessons. After writing informal letters in their notebooks and Journals they proceeded with informal mails to their friends. They had great fun in writing messages to their parents asking them to prepare their favourite food for Sunday Lunch.

Snippets of PYP 3 As said in the words of Meg Rosoff – „Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to flatter or make well shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of our mind, your heart, your soul.‟ To express their feelings and emotions, indirectly helping them with their language skills the concept of Diary Entry was introduced. The delighted kids decided to continue with this practice and made their diaries their best friends wherein they shared their experiences. Moving further, they were given few passages in groups to analyze and know about report writing. They understood about the logical sequencing, importance of clarity and use of language. Later, they selected the reports from the newspaper and analyzed its contents. They gained confidence with report writing when as reporters they reported about the Municipal Elections held in Indore on 31st January‟2015. They wrote about their experience through personal narratives about how they had celebrated Christmas and New Year Celebration. Moreover, the air of excitement was seen when they compared the delicious Burger and the parts of writing Essay. They gained insight of the introduction, middle and concluding paragraphs in the Essay. The enlightening guest lecture by Ms. Sonu Sharma and Ms. Pallavi Makhija, the members of the editorial team of the Spotlight Issue helped the students gain knowledge about the whole process of writing of articles till the publishing of the newsletters/ magazines.

Snippets of PYP 3 Further they read a passage from Mahatma Gandhi‟s Autobiography „My Experiment with Truth‟ and inspired they were set to write their own Autobiographies. Later, they interviewed their friends and wrote their biography. With their enhanced language and communication skills they concluded this theme.

- Ms. Durgesh Jadhav & Ms. Aakanshi Rajani

Sneak peak of PYP 4 RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS ARE ACTIVE MEMBERS OF THEIR COMMUNITY: An Inquiry into Citizenship where the students learnt the role of citizens, their rights and responsibilities and how we can be responsible citizens by performing viable actions. In our theme, „WHO WE ARE‟ to know their understanding and prior knowledge about citizenship, we showed different videos on unity, a good citizen, what is your job, India my pride, citizenship etc. Student‟s reflection helped us to know how to drive the inquiry forward whereas they got to know the significance of being a citizen. Learners were given few situations to discuss in the class. Each one of them shared what would he/she do in each of the given scenarios. They understood the traits of a good citizen. They were provided the opportunity to display the traits and share personal stories/instances where they have been good citizens. They reflected through student journals. Students then searched for local citizens who generously contribute in the communities‟ welfare. To thank or honour those contributors, students made a scrap book on EVERYDAY HEROS. In this they pasted the articles from the newspaper of local Heroes who have shown any holy six traits.

Sneak peak of PYP 4 The children have written a poem, story, play or song about citizenship and they performed their creation for others. Students also researched and found out stories about personalities in the world who have inspired us all to be good citizens through our life and contributions. Young learner understood basic child rights through reading comprehension “Homeless child� exercises and multimedia resources. They created a chart presentation about the rights they have learnt. Learners got to know about the Fundamental rights of citizens by a guest lecture. They conducted research and made slide show presentations on their findings. They also understood the difference between a right and a responsibility through a class discussion. The presentation on Citizenship was shown by the teacher to create a pyramid in which they sorted out their rights, responsibilities and duties at different levels of citizenship for every person. We went further by exposing them to Human Rights. The significance of the same was given through a guest lecture delivered by an NGO working for Human Rights and senior students, who briefed them by sharing their exhibition experience.

Sneak peak of PYP 4 We also welcomed AGS Mumbai students for a presentation on citizenship. They shared their understanding of citizenship through nukkad natak, songs etc. After this presentation students understood why rules and rights are important. Learners also made a chart of fundamental rights and responsibilities associated with it. Motivated from a TV show CODE RED on human trafficking, the video was shared with the students and they requested to interview a cop, to know the actions taken by the police department for the same. This learning journey was concluded by an inspiring visit of INDORI SINGHAM Mr.Ranjeet Singh, a dedicated traffic cop. He is the best example of ONE MAN ARMY which was revealed by showing a video before his visit to CI. Inquirers interviewed him on the basis of the videos shown to them on Indian Traffic and their own personal experiences. “Do your little bit of good wherever you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” With this thought Fourth Graders started the Unit End Exhibition of “Who We Are” theme, an inquiry into “Rights and Responsibility”. Learners talked about the basic rights and responsibilities of every citizen in a country and that every right has a responsibility which needs to be fulfilled. Based on this, they understood about citizenship which connected with the central idea “Responsible citizens are active members of their communities.”

Sneak peak of PYP 4 Learning journey of the “citizenship “unit was wonderfully showcased through Power Point Presentation. The Zenith of the theme “Fundamental Rights” were presented in an innovative and creative way: Right to equality through a dance performance which basically covered women empowerment, Right to freedom through different songs connecting to freedom of speech and expression, of movement and residence, of profession, of assembly and of association. Right against exploitation through English drama and Cultural and Educational right by Hindi drama. Right to constitutional Remedies which is the “heart and soul” of our constitution was presented by one of the student dressed up/role model as BR Ambedkar. Musical instruments performance for Right to freedom of Religion was really entertaining. Last but not the least was the speech by “Malala”, on right to Education. The impact of the speech on the audience was amazing. Many of us didn‟t know the meaning of “National Anthem”, this was magnificently explained by the bunch of stars using various props. Finally it ended up by taking National Pledge.

Sneak peak of PYP 4 Parents and Graders 1 to 5 visited classroom to witness the Exhibition where student work was displayed.

It was a great experience and learning for everyone who attended the exhibition. Now the action part,   

Students have taken several actions after knowing their responsibilities and duties towards the society. Some of the students have started teaching helpers. Students learnt the meaning of National Anthem and understood that it‟s our duty to respect our National Anthem, so few students took the initiative to make the seniors aware of how to stand for National Anthem. One of our student after watching CODE RED she asked her maid not to bring her daughter with her rather send her to school along otherwise discontinue. Now students are asking their parents to wear seat belt while driving after knowing the traffic rules and they also want to volunteer their services on squares to spread the importance of wearing helmet. Students also want to be a part of “SWACH BHARAT ABHIYAAN”.

-Ms. Disha Batham & Gunjan Belani

Sneak peak of PYP 5 To know about the importance of needs and wants the students were tuned in for this unit-How we organize ourselves, through an interesting activity where in the learners in groups were given a list of items. They were given a situation where they had to survive in a deserted island. They had to choose from their items and identify the most important ones needed for survival. This way, they explored the concepts of wants and needs. Students made a list of all the items they use in daily life further they shortlisted the items looking at the need and finally were left with minimum items .With this activity; students got an understanding of the basic difference between wants and needs. Students also made a pictorial chart to express their understanding about “wants and need”. As their Formative Assessment, students made a Venn diagram on “Goods and Services’’. Further students set up a market place to find out the advantages and disadvantages of „Barter system’. Students researched and found out the History of money. They created a timeline of the evolution of money, and shared the timelines with the class.

Sneak peak of PYP 5 To understand the importance and need of currency after the Barter system, students tried to sort out the currencies and understood its conversion with Math integration. They also learnt about exchange rates of currency used as basis for standard trade. Students understood the concepts of import and export with Math integration. They understood how imports and exports affect trade. High Demand - In Inquiry lab, student groups were divided into vendors, selling bricks, and buyers, who bought them. They were asked to build the longest bridge within the provided budget. In this process students explored the concepts of Demand and Supply and their relationship to Price. Further students learnt about possible unethical practices that are usually followed by businesses. Learners conducted research and explored case studies of some real life examples where businesses came into legal troubles for following unethical practices. Students interviewed many teachers and were excited to know their experiences. Buying responsibly: Students were introduced to the rights and responsibilities of consumers. Students came to know that consumers in India are entitled to their rights provided they follow certain responsibilities. Students made creative booklets relating it with the consumer rights. Students also understood that consumers in India are entitled to their rights provided they follow certain responsibilities. Learners in groups conducted research on one of the consumer rights. They looked for cases where consumers complained about these rights being denied to them and how they got justice. They also used the Pages application on their I-pads to make print ads

Sneak peak of PYP 5

Sharing, discussion and Reflection. Finally the students of PYP 5 hosted a market fair very enthusiastically in the school atrium which offered learners with a real-world business experience to go along with their classroom studies. Calculating their costs and figuring out the best strategy to maximize their profit was integral to the project. Students learned about marketing skills by creating their own posters and print ads to promote their products. The best part was that students got to create and promote their own product based on their personal strengths and interests. This fair was a good learning experience for the students. Parents also played a very important role in the fair by supporting and motivating the learners. -Ms. Kanchan Natu & Ms. Anjali Nair

Teacher’s Tent Being a part of a highly respected IB school, I was introduced to diverse and innovative education frame work, unit planners and evaluation method which is completely different from any other CBSE school. It is a good part which I personally feel that here it has a curriculum where subjects are taught in a transdisciplinary manner in order to avoid a fragmented approach. Here students are free to explore the world which makes IB different from any other board. It`s main focus is on „how to learn‟ rather than „what to learn‟. It also emphasizes on holistic learning, intercultural awareness and enhancement of Transdisciplinary skills of a student. More importance is given to languages, arts and humanities so as to help a student understand and develop his personality not only at academic level but also at the level where he is able to face the challenges in all the areas of learning. Collaboration in planning and reflection makes the working environment very healthy; the co-teachers are helpful and guide each other in every possible way . I am grooming myself to become a facilitator in the IB world. It increases my passion towards teaching even more .I am grateful to be a part of such a family.

- Ms. Chetna Lakhwani

A cohort of interesting Assemblies Children are often introduced to community helpers with firefighters, police officers, mail carriers, doctors, and so on. That list expands with experience and with language. Finer distinctions are made and whole new areas open up. But is that sufficient to make students understand the running theme clearly? So, made our students celebrate the work people do in our community. As students learned literacy, developed vocabulary, they learned about tools, uniform and tasks of variety of community helpers and more! They came dressed up very beautifully describing and expressing their character The efforts put by students were so commendable that each and every student enjoyed the program very zealously. Their concepts were clearer and they had a very wonderful experience. The program conducted by them was highly appreciable.

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Assemblies play a vital role in developing a childâ€&#x;s skills. It is one of the most amicable ways through which a student can showcase his learning and share the knowledge he has achieved during the taught concept. This platform proved to be fruitful for PYP 1 students too, as they assertively shared their learning about traffic rules and the traffic signs used for our safety on roads. They shared the facts through the PPT and speaking about the same with other PYP students. The Assembly presentations have certainly helped the students in building up their independency and self-confidence. The enthusiasm and the committed approach is observable as each student tries to give his best which is praiseworthy.

A cohort of interesting Assemblies Students of Grade 3 presented an assembly on Makar Sankranti on 13 th January 2015. With a Start of the year with new ideas, more energy and vigour, they presented a melodious song in Guajarati Language “ Udi Jao Re” and a glorious dance about fun filled kite flying event “ Deel de de re, de de re Bhaiya, is Patang ko Kich le…..” Everyone was walking on air and it was a splendid performance. Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14th January every year and it is an Indicative of transition of change for food too. Through the assembly students taught others to be thankful for all that you have and also that there is always more strength and fun in working together.


PYP Mantra Student Exchange Programme“Travelling for different reasons is the only thing you can buy, but the experience gained from it makes you richer!!â€? The word exchange gives the indication of getting in return of something. It simplifies one thing and that is nothing goes waste, whether it is money, goods or knowledge. The more you spend, the better you get in return. The same philosophy might also work for exchange programmes, especially when it comes to studentsâ€&#x; learning and exploring the world of knowledge they are living in. The students exchange programmes are one of the best ways to help students enhance their learning and share it with those people who do not belong to their world but still leave a mark of experience in their life. These programmes are designed for the self-development and enriched confidence and narcissism. It is an advanced way of integration of people into another family which can help in the long-term friendships and remarkable role played by each member to benefit oneself as well as others. As far as educational needs are concerned, the programme gives and understanding of an array of different cultural and community perceptions. Students get aware about the adoption of multi-faceted approaches to increase their knowledge. They also develop analytical and problem solving skills. These programmes also help students to connect with other students and gives an opportunity to learn and understand the environment with different perspectives and take responsibility to improve their role as a citizen or the member of the community.

PYP Mantra PYP 5 students experienced the astonishing phase of the programme held in the month of January, â€&#x;15, in our school wherein they enthusiastically welcomed the students of Ajmera International School from Mumbai. Each student had the experience which left the mark on their minds and happily shared the discovery of the new world of learning, fun-filling and strong bond of new friendship with each other. These programmes broadens the understanding of the concept. Besides the subject areas, students get a contingency to learn and expand their skills and learn to analyse the things around them in a more constructive way. The activities help them become independent in cracking the nut. They even discover new and interesting facts of their surroundings through the subject areas. They start analysing the things in a constructive manner and apply their learning with a practical approach. Students develop personal flexibility, encompassing an ability to reach the desired goals, focus and succeed through challenging times. Though at the beginning of the programme, some might feel increased pressure to communicate and relate to others opinions but with the passing of the time the realization of the benefits not only rectifies the complex zone but makes a student comfortable and gives the feeling of never leaving the task and the place. Successful completion of the programme represents an excellent coordination between the two different communities, helping each other at the time of challenging times and long lasting bond created among the students. The students exchange programmes are very much beneficial in the growth of a student as it helps him become aware of the fact that the world you are surrounded with needs you in way to help making it better and not only take benefits but also give benefits and protect it from the issues which are making it inconvenient and unhealthy. - Ms. Jaya Upadhayay

Performing Arts at PYP Arts are integral to the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). They are a powerful mode of communication through which students explore and construct a sense of self and develop an understanding of the world around them. Arts provide students with a wide range of opportunities and means to respond to their experiences and engage with historical, social and cultural perspectives. The students are stimulated to think and to articulate their thoughts in new ways, and through a variety of media and technologies. The PYP recognizes that not all learning can be supported solely through language, and that arts as a medium of inquiry also provide opportunities for learning, communication and expression. Learning about and through arts is fundamental to the development of the whole child, promoting creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving skills and social interactions.

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Music means vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion. In our PYP music classroom at CI the environment provides hands on opportunities to explore the four strands of the PYP music curriculum. Students have opportunities to create and compose, listen and appreciate, notate and perform music. The music specialists collaborate regularly with teachers to plan lessons to enhance the transdisciplinary themes students are studying in their classrooms. Music enables students to communicate in a way that goes beyond oral language. Music is a part of everyday life. Our students are being exposed to wide variety of cultural musical styles that help them to see the uniqueness of each person as well as our similarities. The children are chosen according to the aptitude and artistic bent and trained in groups in different disciplines and instruments including drums, table, congo, guitar, Casio synthesizer. In vocal music, there is option of both Western and Hindustani - classical and light fusion. Training of music at PYP 1 and 2 is all about introducing them towards various instruments and different cords along with some fresh peppy songs. PYP 3 has recently learnt and performed folk song based on festival “Makar Sankranti�. PYP 4 is learning songs based on nation, especially National Anthem with its proper pronunciations, which is allied with their theme Citizenship. PYP 5 is learning various songs to be sung as a choir.

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„Dance is a projection of life‟ – means whatever we do in our daily life; when projected on stage with expressions, gestures and music it becomes Dance. The main objective to teach dance is to, make student learn how to express his/her inner feeling in front of the world with the use of simple gestures and expressions. Dance teaches students about music, rhythm and beat. PYP 1 students learnt the concept of responsibility. Responsibility in the sense, how to take care of the co-dancers? How to use small - small props while dancing? Where else PYP 2 has learnt a dance describing different means of transports and at present are dealing with dance act on song “Family of the sun” depicting solar system. PYP 3 is learning folk dances and getting exposed to the diversity of Dance styles. Similarly, PYP 4 and 5 are learning the basic concepts of Classical dances. Through this they are exposed to the complexity of dances. All these dance styles and dancing skills enhance a child‟s academic performance, as well as their physical well - being. Creative thinking skills are developed through dance, as well as learning the value of discipline, commitment and work ethic. Self-confidence develops as young people overcome challenges to master new goals, learning to apply themselves and accomplish any task put before them. Showcase opportunities Students get an opportunity to showcase their artistic finesse at events like Assembly Presentations, inter -house talent contests, inter - school contests, Annual function, and many other events and competitions. The nuances of different musical art forms help the young talents from across the globe to understand the depth of dance and music. This also helps them bond with each other´s culture through the universal language called Arts. - Mr. Rakshit Yadav & Ms. Richa Singh

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Choithram International - IBPYP Spotlight Issue 4  
Choithram International - IBPYP Spotlight Issue 4