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Spotlight On PYP Issue 5

From Editor's enclosure

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

Visual Arts at PYP

From Editor's enclosure Dear Reader‟s, Etymologically, the word curriculum is derived from the Latin word “Currere” which means a racecourse or a runway, on which one runs to reach goal. Education should help to pursue the students to achieve their goals, ideals and aspirations of life. Keeping all this in mind, we have added another chapter by releasing our Fifth issue of spotlight on PYP. Giving opportunity is always been the essential ingredient of Choithram International educational curriculum. This issue brings out that aspect of our students. The school just imparted the class room learning but also developed the thirst for society and country. The motto of our school, “Every child deserves the best” well summarizes the objective of our school. This is a time of great changes. In education too we see fast changes. The student today is an individual, is a real person with feelings of self-respect, sensitivity, responsibility and compassion. We need to recognize, appreciate, applaud and foster the fine blend of sensibilities in a child .As the saying goes, mind is like parachute works best when opened. This humble initiative is to set the budding minds free allowing them to roam free in the realm of imagination and experience to create a world of beauty in words. We hope the array of articles and features in this issue will exhibit the seasonal glow of renewal and enrichment. We are trying to live up to the expectations of keeping up to the standard of the earlier edition of the Spotlight on PYP. The fifth edition will produce a comprehensive review of the work and co- curricular life at Choithram International. We aim to provide a good balance of captivating content, offering new ideas, fresh perspectives and a visual treat through images. With the guidance of our fantastic and diverse students, the brilliantly colorful minds and the talent of our contributing writers, we are confident that Spotlight on PYP is an issue you‟ll actually want to read. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way” - John C Maxwell Thanking you, Durgesh Jadhav Sonu Sharma Pallavi Makhija

Snippets of PYP I “We are surviving on the planet Earth not only with our fellow human beings, but with all other creatures and resources who make our life easy and comfortable..!!� It is true that the more you explore about your surroundings or the nature, the more interesting your findings become. The reason is astounding, the world is full of surprising rudiments which sometimes make you smile and some moments are there which are either thought-provoking to change the way of our living in order to save and protect the environment. The first simple step to do so is to use the available resources in a way which not only saves the same for future but also start using them only when it is required; this will help to use these resources to the minimum level. With the same thought, the PYP 1 students started finding out the ways to save the Natural Resources with the help of their next interesting Unit „How the world works. In this theme, children came to know about some of the important Natural Resources- soil, water and air. They explored their learning by understanding the uses of these resources and the ways and means to protect these resources. They visited a beautiful nursery where they found variety of plants which were captivating in their own way and their importance in the nature and how we are reliant on these plants for our endurance.

Snippets of PYP I They gathered their findings about the resources by creating beautiful wall hangings which not only improved their communication skill but also enhanced their research skill and creativity. In order to generate responsiveness to use the resources in an appropriate manner, they also prepared posters based on 3 R‟s, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. They discovered one of the most thought-provoking task through which people can reuse the objects in a different way and that was „Best out of waste‟ things and shared creative ideas to make use of different waste items like newspapers, old CDs and socks. Through these activities, children also got an idea to practice the 3 R‟s and they made paper bags, puppets, pen stand etc. which was a visual treat to all the spectators. This unit of Inquiry made them realize that they should take care of their home Planet – Earth as it is important not only for human beings but also for other mortals like- plants and animals. Children exhibited and reflected their learning through exhibition in which they displayed models of Earth, Charts, wall hangings, best out of waste posters etc. The exhibition gave them a platform not only to display their creativity but spread the message by gifting a plant to onlookers, “You can only save our Earth by saving the Air, Water and Soil” and “Save Earth by Planting More trees.”

Snippets of PYP I In English, students continued with the creative writing skills and also made sentences on words related to the theme. After ascertaining the world of naming words and their changeovers, i.e. Pronouns they heightened their thinking and research skills by learning about action words, Verbs. They even integrated some of the words with the functioning of the natural resources, likedifferent uses, harvesting, breathing, cleaning, washing, planting, filling etc‌ etc. In their ICT lessons they played different interactive games on reuse, recycle and reduce. Also in their VA classes they learned to make landscape.

-Ms. Pallavi Makhija & Ms. Jaya Upadhyay

Snippets of PYP 2 “Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.” In this theme “How the World Works” students gained knowledge on the topic Solar System. They got engrossed in the class discussion while sharing their prior knowledge on the same subject. After some introductory information, we started with the Sun, proceeded through the solar system, followed by the Mercury, the Venus, the Earth, the Moon system, the Mars, the Jupiter system including its large Galilean satellites, the Saturn system including its rings and moons, the Uranus system, the Neptunian system, and comets. Students made beautiful charts, wall- hangings, flash cards even planets; they made their classroom more colorful with this beautiful artwork. Students also got a good understanding on new terms like - Comet, Asteroids, meteors and so on. The movie named GRAVITY gave them an understanding the term gravity, they were relishing all the sessions taken during this theme.

Snippets of PYP 2 There was an exhibition held by PYP 2 on this theme, they also celebrated Alien Day on the same diurnal and even wore the attire of Aliens. They presented their models on solar system, phases of moon, gravity, cause of day and night, asteroids, meteors, commits, sun etc. and accompanied with this was a role play for the audience which reflected on their understanding in a very pleasant manner. They received appreciation and positive feedback by everyone which motivated them and brought a big smile on their faces.

In their language lessons, they read a story from the novel “ The Blue Umbrella� to gain an insight about what is a story and character.

Students enjoyed researching and browsing for information on the Google to find out about different facts of planets and presented the information in the form of a power point presentation in their ICT lessons. They were excited to search for the images and use them for their presentation.

Snippets of PYP 2 They exhibited an enthusiastic and energetic performance while playing the traditional games. It helped them in connecting better with what is Gravity and how gravity useful . With the example of a ball. The PSPE lessons were filled with energy and fun.

Exhibition By PYP 2 Students

-Ms. Sakshi Makhija & Ms. Chetna Lakhwani

Snippets of PYP 3 “Tell me I will Forget, Teach Me and I remember, Involve me and I Learn” An old saying but stands true with everyone to become life - long learners. The activities promote thinking and problem solving things. With this practice of giving the best hands on experience to the young learners, they were taken to a nature walk to tune in into their theme “How the World Works”. Different types of things were displayed in three different stations, and learners curiously observed, analyzed and categories them into various types. Surprises are the best way to make the young kids curious, next came in the Surprise Box Activity. Students used all their senses to guess the articles in the packed boxes. They concluded their learning through the experiences using a mind mapping activity to define Matter in their own words. Someone has rightly quoted, “Play is our brain‟s favourite way of learning.” Learner also enjoyed acting as tiny molecules and forming the structures of different states of matter, this gave them an understanding of how they have different properties because of their molecular arrangements. They tried balancing a deflated and inflated balloon, comparing water balloon and air filled balloon, bigger and smaller balloon etc. Gaining the experience that every state of matter occupies space and has weight, they started experimenting with the different shaped beakers and water. They tried moving the water from one to the other beaker and weighing them. This helped them know that liquids take the shape of the container. Making a density tower using honey, milk and vegetable oil was the next step towards their gaining of knowledge about matter; they tried putting different articles and understood density matters. They later researched about how oil spill affects the aquatic life as oil is less dense then water.

Snippets of PYP 3

To present their learning, the young learners formed various groups and made a chart depicting the molecular arrangements and sticking pictures related to the state of matter. They then dramatized as tiny molecules and spoke about the properties of the state of matter which they also presented in the assembly. Further their curiosity drove them towards the fourth state of matter. They researched about Plasma. One of the enthusiastic students went one more step further and researched about the fifth state of matter, he shared his learning with his peers happily. Sorting out various grains and weighing them helped them analyze the difference in weight. Learners later performed several activities to understand how properties of matter change due to change in temperature. In groups, they contested against each other to make one drop of water disappear, making an ice cube melt faster. The results helped them know how heat affected matter.

Snippets of PYP 3 Several experiments like burning of paper, peeling of potato and banana, cutting of potato, tearing of paper, modeling with clay etc helped them gain an insight as to how physical and chemical changes are different. They also discussed whether they were reversible or irreversible changes. Also, learners performed various activities at home like burning a candle, melting ice, refrigerating water, making cottage cheese etc. helped in generating excitement and curiosity in them. They enthusiastically clicked pictures of their experiments inside and outside the school environs and used them for making an informative power point presentation to present their views. An informative guest lecture by Ms. Paramita enlightened the students with types of changes happening in different states of matter. It was followed by a quiz making the students jump with happiness. T charts, Mind Mapping and other graphic organizers helped them evaluate their understanding about the activities.

Snippets of PYP 3 Further, they were taken to the Chemistry lab where they were astonished to see the litmus paper changing colours, how vinegar and baking soda inflated a balloon, etc. The chemical changes amazed the learners. Their excitement touched the sky when they practically saw how a water cycle takes place. Survey around the school was conducted by the students to know how different forms of states of matter were used in our daily life. They also reflected on their learning during Student Led Conference and later they performed several experiments at home and spoke about the various states of matter and the changes taking place in them. They connected them with several real life experiences and presented the information in the form of video. Overall, all the practical and hands on experiences helped in making the students get acquainted with how states of matter from a personâ€&#x;s world.

-Ms. Durgesh Jadhav & Ms. Aakanshi Rajani

Snippets of PYP 4 HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES Central Idea - Through arts people use different forms of expression to convey their uniqueness as human beings. The theme, How we express ourselves, sparked the studentsâ€&#x; curiosity about how through arts people use different forms of expression to convey their uniqueness as human beings. Their prior knowledge activity proved to be really successful to develop the understanding about different expressions. They were given a booklet on smileys with different expressions and were asked to identify the moods and to write the names of the person who resembles the smiley. Students really enjoyed this activity and shared their answers happily. It was a good stepping-stone into the unit. ..\SLC\STUDENTS WORK\GRADE 4A\DIVYANSH B\prior knowledge.ppt Students tuned to this theme with PE Activity. They were shown few clippings of BHAG MILKHA BHAG to make them understand more about expressions. They got to know that some can show their anger by being passionate or dedicated towards their interests, some can show their happiness by crying. They learnt how to take a start and finish of track events. This really helped our athletes to perform in Annual sports meet too.

Snippets of PYP 4 Now letâ€&#x;s go through their learning journey in different Arts areas. WITHOUT MUSIC LIFE WOULD BE INCOMPLETE: Keeping this quote in mind, we wanted our young learners to be full of life. Students were given an opportunity to listen to various songs and connect them with their thoughts. They also reflected on their reactions to each song. They also learnt different moods of music in a musical way. They also understood the role of music in culture and society. Music is the soul of life; they learnt funny songs, passionate songs, soft songs etc. Students understood that music can carry them to a different world altogether. By now, they understood that music and emotions have a close relationship. Music has the power to influence the feelings and is a wonderful tool to express our feelings and emotions. ..\SLC\STUDENTS WORK\GRADE 4A\BHAVESH\GROUP SONG.AVI

DANCE IS THE HIDDEN LANGUAGE OF THE SOUL Dance is a form of art that has the power to connect diverse groups of people. A dance is a set of movements designed to match a piece of music. Students understood that dance is an art form to express empathy. Facial expressions and body movements are integral part of dance as much as the ornamentations required here.

Snippets of PYP 4 It is said that all the dances are centered round nine rasas. They are hasya (happiness), shoka (sorrow), krodha (anger), karuna (compassion), bhibasta (disgust), adhbhuta (wonder), bhaya (fear), vikram (courage) and shanta (serenity). In language, students were introduced to NAVRASAâ€&#x;s. Through Dance they developed better understanding about this. Students were shown different videos on Navrasas. They picked one of the rasas according to their personality for a dance performance based on the same. They came to know how music, lyrics, body language, movements and facial expressions convey emotions in a dance performance. DRAWING IS A KIND OF HYPNOTISM Students were inquisitive about VA. They understood after visiting an art gallery and Lal bagh that through different art forms people express their uniqueness. Students participated in different craft activities to appreciate cultural diversity. Students did word association with colours. They learnt about the cultural symbolisms of different colours and how different colours are perceived in different cultures. They got to know that there are different art forms in VA such as painting, sculpture, textile etc. They were also given a gist of each art form so that they could choose any of the art form according to their interest. Students were made aware of Chinese painting by a guest speaker Ms. Deepshree (DP Art Teacher).

Snippets of PYP 4 She had a discussion with our leaners about the cultural influence, traditional and mythological importance of dragon in Chinese culture as lined up with our third line of inquiry. Curious minds got to know that the Chinese usually refer themselves to as „The Descendants of the Dragon‟. In Chinese culture, The Dragon signifies for:  Wealth  Fertility  Positive Energy  Immortality Students really loved learning mask making, wire sculpture, Chinese painting etc. Students also researched about the craft topics to understand that art is influenced by culture and society. The Dragon is used in a variety of house decorations. Students after knowing the significance they learnt the stepwise process of drawing dragons creatively. They got involved in drawing beautiful dragons.


Snippets of PYP 4 WE DON’T REMEMBER DAYS, WE REMEMBER MOMENTS: Students were asked to use digital cameras to record different emotions exhibited by their friends. They also attempted to ascribe emotions to inanimate objects and photographed them. For this they learnt photography skills by Mr. Sujan. This activity helped them to understand how humans convey different emotions differently. How photography, as an art, can be used to capture emotions. The Learners were made to understand the different aspects of the Camera and how the camera uses technology to transform Films to Digitalization. They were introduced to the effects of light and how an image is created, the different light sources and its effects. Exposure, shutter speed, aperture, what is reciprocal relationship between aperture and shutter speed. This was a controlled entry of the learners into the Universe of Photography. THE ENTIRE WORLD’S A STAGE: Students studied drama as a form of expression of art. Students understood drama as a form of art to enact out stories. Using various techniques of Theatre children were made acquainted with the Drama. Each session of this theme was based on following : 1.Speech-Breathing techniques, Projection, Articulation, Forward Placing,2.Snippets, 3.Monologues, 4.Duologues, 5.Improvisations Students also visited Helen O'Grady studio to learn more on Stage Craft. At the end of this theme, Students will be presenting a play to give a finishing touch to the entire program.

Snippets of PYP 4 COMPUTER IS YOUR FRIEND In ICT learners were introduced with fotor tool to make a collage, they made a collage of themselves with different expressions. They tried collage maker to turn their photos into awesome collages. No matter how they wanted to arrange them, they had the tools needed and hundreds of possible combinations. From pre-set templates, to montage ďźˆfree-style), funky collage, photo stitching and shape collage. It helped them all to discover their inner artist!

Students were amazed to know that an art is a universal language by which we can communicate within and across culture.

-Ms. Disha Batham & Ms. Gunjan Belani

Snippets of PYP 5 Peace, which is only a 5-letter word, plays an important role in our lives. It is peace which makes us live happily and comfortably. To be an IB learner, in truest sense and to adapt to a process of acquiring the values, the knowledge and developing the attitudes, skills, to live in harmony, the students of fifth graders were introduced with an interesting activity known as „Kelso‟s choices‟ during the theme – Sharing the planet. Kelso‟s choices, is a tool for students with several strategies to resolve conflict situations. All the students were encouraged to act as Kelso, who is a Conflict resolution manager and choose the most suitable strategies to resolve conflict situation. Learners soon became familiar with the tool and began to practice Kelso‟s strategies enthusiastically in the class. The students developed the ability t o determine their own behavior and use the best suitable practice. This tool encouraged the students to become „peacemakers‟ in the class.

Snippets of PYP 5 Recently our students have also got an opportunity to participate in a Student exchange programme with the Ajmera Global School in Mumbai. During the program the students learnt to analyze the things in a constructive manner. Students only not got an opportunity to interact with new peers and mentors but they also developed „Social skillsâ€&#x; required for facing any foreign situations. The students were benefitted with numerous hands on learning activities, field trips and guest lecturers which helped them to form their own opinions and confront social challenges outside the comfort zone.

-Ms. Kanchan Natu & Ms. Anjali Nair

Teacher’s Tent “ What we learn with pleasure we never forget” Experiencing in different schools I got to know that IB programme is much more practical and application based. It has a broader spectrum of subject areas that lead to all round development. The purpose of IB is to produce a global citizen rather than being focused on only local level. Students get to learn more about their personal self and ethics such as team work and leadership as here they are responsible for their own learning. IB focuses on holistic learning, intercultural awareness and enhancement of communication skill. It has a curriculum were subjects are taught in an integrated way in order to avoid a fragmented approach, as here students are free to explore the world. It‟s main focus is on “How to learn rather than what to learn”. It gives me immense pleasure to be an IB Facilitator. At the end of the day, I am truly satisfied with my job as for me it‟s great work and I love to do it. -Ms. Navneet Chhabra

A cohort of Interesting Assemblies Young learners of KG II have prean assembly on the unit II A sented G “How The World Works” which K covers the topic weather and seasons. No matter how the weather is kids always carry a sunshine in them which was clearly seen during their presentation. The little ones enthusiastically presented a wonderful weather song which goes as “How‟s the weather…….it‟s sunny..:)‟‟. Continuing with the presentation, kids energetically presented a poem on the yellow colour which described the presence of yellow in their enviorns. Along with this they also performed a bollywood dance number. They jiggled their feets on the beats of “Love shav.. “They performed vibrantly, which created positive vibes in the atmosphere around them.

“Imagination will often carry us


to worlds that never were, but wit h o u t it we go n o wh e re . ” ― Carl Sagan With a presentation on impact of imagination under their ongoing unit „How we express ourselves‟ which is about stories, little blossoms of kindergarten made everyone realize the true sense of imagination and how images design their fantasy world. Bubbling with energy, dressed in beautiful attires like angels; little girls presented a song on fairies which was „Kaun hu mai… Mai pariyion ki shezadi...‟ On the other hand, the dashing little heroes sang the song „Aao tumhe chand pe lejaye… Ek nayi duniya basaye...‟ it brought sagacity of imagination all over the air. “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” This quote was truly sensed by the presentation that imaginative thinking and its impact inspires the kids and takes them for a tour out of the world.

A cohort of Interesting Assemblies "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela The curious learners had so PYP 4 B many inquiring questions in their mind like; What is swine influenza? How common is swine flu infection in humans? What are the symptoms of swine flu in humans? How does swine flu spread? How can human infections with swine influenza be diagnosed? What medications are available to treat swine flu infections in humans? They researched and inquired about it to get all of their questions answered about the swine flu, from common symptoms to treatment options. With this thought in our minds, Grade 4 B wanted to educate the PYP community about swine flu. The assembly started with a thought “Prevention is better than cure”. Learners briefed the audience about swine flu, how it spreads, symptoms, warning signs in children & old aged people, treatment and Prevention. The video on prevention created by health department for public awareness was shown which was continued with Ayurvedic Prevention & Treatment based on Natural Remedies. According to Ayurveda, flu is caused only when there is lack of immunity in the body. 10 home remedies to avoid swine flu were also shared. Students promised to join the “Fist mission”, after knowing the five facts about it. Last but not the least it ended up with a video in which one of the students interviewed the chemist from “Dava Bazar” to know the present scenario about the stock of medicines available for swine flu. This informative session presented by student was highly appreciated by the audience.

PYP Mantra “Culmination of learning via UNIT END EXHIBITION” The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt Today, as this wonderful journey of ours is crossing a major milestone, we wish to take a look back at our little journey, which presented us with some great learning‟s about „learning‟. We want to stop here for a moment to give you a quick recap on what we have been sharing with the community. We at PYP across all grades have chosen a unit to be culminated through an exhibition which is onus of students to present their own learning to the society and stakeholders. Our journey of exhibition commenced with kindergarten exhibition on the unit „Who We Are‟ (Homes), then PYP 3 exhibition on the unit „Sharing The Planet‟ (Understanding about earth) , followed by PYP 5 exhibition on the unit „Who We Are‟ (Body system and cells), then PYP 4 exhibition on the unit „ Who We Are‟ (Rights and Responsibilities) , continued by Jr. kindergarten exhibition on the unit „How We Organize Ourselves‟ (Helpers) and nursery on animals followed by PYP 2 exhibition on the unit „ How The World Works‟ (Solar System) and last but not the least PYP 1 exhibition on the unit „How The World Works‟ (Natural Resources). We at PYP provide students varied and differentiated experiences so that all learners develop requisite skills, procedures and knowledge they require in the medium of the culminating performance. Almost everyone agrees that student presentations benefit the presenter in significant ways. By doing presentations, students learn how to speak in front a group, a broadly applicable professional skill. They learn how to prepare material for public presentation, and practice (especially with feedback) improves their speaking skills. When the teacher talks, students more or less have to pay attention, at least some of the time, but when their classmates present, they can be comatose. But at PYP, learners learn with and from peers and eagerly listen to their classmates to gain new things.

PYP Mantra Exhibition gave our students opportunity to express thinking aloud in a non-threatening context. It was a process of thinking through having to find the words to articulate it to someone else. Student asked questions, seeked clarification and felt supported which made thinking visible. They went beyond the content and gained awareness as a learner. In our entire Unit end exhibitions, one could clearly sense the basics of studentsâ€&#x; learning which are learner driven, personalized, competency based and applied through engagements and involvement of students. Children have to be educated, but they also have to be left to educate themselves. -Ms. Gursheen Kaur

PYP Mantra “Student-Led Conference at PYP” “A particularly vivid example of putting students in the driver‟s seat of their own education is the way they handle what traditional schools refer to as parent-teacher conferences. At these time-honored encounters, it‟s not uncommon for students to stay home while the adults discuss their progress or lack thereof. But at schools built on Deeper Learning principles, the meetings are often turned into student-led conferences, with students presenting their schoolwork, while their teachers, having helped them prepare, sit across the table, or even off to the side. The triad then sits together to review and discuss the work and the students‟ progress. Student-led conferences refer to the process whereby the student plans, implements, conduct and evaluates a conference. It provides a forum in which students can effectively talk about their school work with parents." "Student led conferences", celebrates student learning. It demands that students take responsibility for their learning and in so doing it promotes the creation of self-motivated learners capable of reflecting critically and constructively on that learning. Student led conferences are an excellent form of assessment and reporting to parents. They include all the participants in the learning process and provide an opportunity for students, teachers and parents to celebrate their achievements.

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Student led conferences -help students develop communication skills. -instill the development of confidence and self-esteem by the student. -provide a learning experience for teachers - help teachers decide what skills need to be developed next. -are less work than a written report and often more meaningful to the parents. -inform and involve students about their responsibility in the learning process. -help students develop organization, time management and social skills. -provide a time to practice and develop goal setting and evaluation skills. We at PYP believe that student involvement in the conferences makes learning active, providing opportunities for students to evaluate their own performance, and encouraging students to take onus of their learning. Having students take charge of the conference makes them more accountable for what they are learning.

Prior to the conference, students collected work that reflects what they have learned. Students were taught how to select work samples and how to evaluate their work to determine their strengths and weaknesses. This work has being assembled in a portfolio or folder. As the students conducted the conference, they explained skills they have learned and shared goals they have set for themselves. A block of time is scheduled for parent and child to conference together. While a teacher or other staff member serves as the conference facilitator, the student led the conference. Student led Conference at CI- PYP was a great success in which students presented their learning magnificently, which was well appreciated by our whole school community. -Ms. Gursheen Kaur

Visual Arts at PYP-The treat to eyes!! The Treat which lasts forever in the eyes of the one who witnesses the real beauty of the Surroundings!! “It seems to me the natural world is the greatest source of excitement, the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living!� By David Attenborough

Arts are integral to the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). It is 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 visual arts is fundamental to the development of a child, promoting creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving skills and social interactions. We broaden the concept of visual art of students to understand the reason of learning the same through and with the help of other taught concepts, i.e. the themes. The use of visual arts in the classroom affects the quality of studentsâ€&#x; specially visualizing the learning concept with better outlook and reflecting the same through creative writing as well.

Visual Arts at PYP-The treat to eyes!! In PYP, a visual art has been given relevance throughout the Transdisciplinary themes. Arts promote attitudes such as creativity, empathy and appreciation, and skills such as thinking and communication, that help us to see the uniqueness of each child as well as explore the commonalities that connect us. Work in visual arts is a way of conveying meaning, sharing a culture, developing one‟s sense of self and expanding knowledge. It provides opportunity to reflect on aesthetic experience, to engage the imagination and explore what is uncertain. The connection of visual arts with that of the academic learning of students has really extended the perspectives which itself is a kind of Visual Treat to the Eyes of One Who Witnesses and Thinks from Different Aspects. In PYP, though the learning are as per the grade level of the students but the outcome received is not less than a miracle as it has given a new definition to the art form; “Visual Arts cultivates Thinking and Develops the Bond of Collaboration!!”

-Ms. Swanubhuti Jain

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