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Spotlight On PYP Issue 2

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

Students peek into mind

From Editor's enclosure Dear Readers, We are glad to bring out the second edition of our spotlight on PYP after successful completion of our second theme. Carrying forward the motive of overall development in our children this edition features variety of articles in the journey of our teaching clubbed with entertainment and learning outcomes. Every child is unique, so has a unique learning style and pace. Not only about its capability of learning but also about getting success. Each child is a distinct flower with its own fragrance and they all together make this world a beautiful garden. Based on this ethics, we, at CI treat each and every child individually with a sparkling mind! We work with their existing knowledge and awareness to flourish it more to build their bright future. In the PYP, Students and teachers collaborate to fulfil the commitment of the continuous improvement of children by providing them with the best of education which develops their potential physically emotionally and mentally in the best possible way. Our organization is striving hard to develop their skills , imparted and achieve the learning outcomes at every grade level. We welcome and encourage parents as volunteers, partners in academic and non-academic activities of the school. We are equally open to their valuable contributions.

Thanking you, Durgesh Jadhav Sonu Sharma Pallavi Makhija

Trotting into Early Years Nursery In our daily process and jog trot way, we now become familiar with the Seasons of Mother Nature. The theme on season has helped us in expanding our conceptual understanding on Seasons like Hot summer, Wet Rains and Cold Winters. How does the season change? How does it affect our eating habits and clothing? Why do we prefer to have chilled drinks in hot weather whereas spicy and hot stuff in cold weather? Weather affects human being, and so nature, colour of leaves even. A hot sunny day and a lovely rainy day has its own tints and shades. Students work on theme-

Fun with numbers: Playing with Numbers was a great fun we had. Including recognizing them from 1 to 5, counting objects and oral drilling was even more interesting from 1 to 20. We learned all through various activities including concept of Big / Little.

Trotting into Early Years Nursery Pre-Writing: Other attractions include commencing of Pre Writing Book, and more adequate Pincer Gripping. As day advancing more we are developing our social skills through various group activities. We have started taking interest in pre writing book along with clay manipulative.

Good Practices in the Class: Reading Practice Daily: Now the picture book is a great attraction and little cuties have started showing their great interest in reading them and using library resources to the fullest. They have started completing the story by giving little clues and started making their own imaginations by seeing the pictures in the books. Their urge has been eminently noticed to use the books. Reflection: Now they have been showing commendable level of imagination Cooperative learning and collaborations: The grasping ability for the new learning and knowledge gaining is higher in Kids when they are in social environment. They develop effectively by peer to peer learning produced by social interaction. A comparatively smarter kid helps their peers completing their tasks when they expedite their own. Reflection: They develop a sense of help and cooperation among them which is apparently noticed during classrooms. This Month we advanced our steps towards become more familiar with the natural environment: Fruits, Vegetables and Plants. Looking forward for another happening month where we will be meeting again with some more excited learning experiences. Parental involvement has always been a great support in a child’s learning process, so we want you all in the loop. -Ms. Sonu Sharma

Trotting into Early Years KG I Activity-Animal stick puppets for role play: 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 animals using animal’s 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. Paper folding : Origami is a fascinating and creative craft for kids, especially if you can find origami models appropriate to their age. Not only will children get a real sense of satisfaction out of making these fun origami models, but they will be getting practice at following instructions, increasing their manual dexterity, and producing a fun and decorative end-product. Keeping this in mind we made children make cats and dogs out of origami which was a great experience for them. Their gleaming eyes showed the aspiration of learning new things.

Trotting into Early Years KG I Activity-Animal story sequencing : In the above activity children arranged the series of picture cards into the logical order to create the stories like Red Riding Hood, Hare and the Tortoise etc from beginning to end. This gave the children the chance to demonstrate and reinforce their recollection and clear understanding of the story. Activity-Animal mask making: Children can have endless fun with colorful masks they’ve created themselves. Choose from carnival or animal designs, color and decorate then simply pop it on and take on a new identity! In class kids made animal masks during their first line of inquiry. Print, color, cut out, and wear these easy paper bear, bunny, cat, dog, fox, lion, monkey, owl, panda, and tiger masks. Activity-Survey on pet animals: Parents often become involved in their children's education through homework. 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. Thinking about all these things we had a survey on the running theme Sharing The Planet- Animals ,in which we involved parents also to help their kids out .The survey was all about the number of pets in their neighbourhood, the food they eat and the name of the owner. Kids enjoyed a lot and parents also took great and appreciable efforts to complete the task. -Ms. Renu Tirthani and Ms. Tanvi Bajaj

Trotting into Early Years KG II Kindergarten is a time for children to expand their love of learning, their general knowledge, their ability to get along with others, and their interest in reaching out to the world. Kindergarten "prospectus" actually includes such events as snack time, circle time, recess, and individual and group activities in addition to those activities we think of as traditionally educational. Developmentally appropriate kindergarten classrooms encourage the growth of children's self-esteem, their cultural identities, their independence and their individual strengths. Kindergarten children will continue to develop control of their own behavior through the guidance and support of warm, caring adults. At this stage, children are already eager to learn and possess an innate curiosity. We, at KGII have instilled various good practices to endorse learning of blooming buds in our classroom. Beginning the day with circle time in which they share their day spent after school as well as getting a nippy revision of their ongoing learning, singing rhymes, etc. boosts them up for whole of the day at school.. Winding up our previous unit “Who We Are” which was based on games we had a short story frolicked in front of kids, according to the story kids found out the do’s and don’ts of various games and reflected on it. The unit was a magnificent learning journey which made kids ripen their selfmanagement skills and they took initiative to reconnoiter variety of games and showcased learner profile “risk-taker”.

Trotting into Early Years KG II Further, our erudition is ongoing with our second unit of inquiry “Where We Are in Place and Time” which is based on homes, kindergarteners learnt about reasons of movement of people from one place to another. To make their understanding apt we organized guest lecture from our French facilitator who has come down to India for the purpose of job. Correspondingly, few grade 4 PYPians who have moved to India for different purposes enlighten kids on reasons of movement. Moving forward towards second line of inquiry they are relishing their learning about different types of houses and homes. Additionally they will learn about changes in homes from local to Global level. They will sum-up exhibiting their models of homes around the world, which will be integrated with arts and math. We observed some best efforts during the tasks and activities concealed in the classroom. Such as, during a formative task they correlated their learning with real life situation which was based on “Reasons for movement”. They mentioned why their own family moved from one place to another place. This way they catered to the learning outcome of the purpose of movement. Moreover, while getting to know the concept of pattern children came up with their own patterns. In an activity on pattern every child created their own patterns showing a differentiation from what was of made by others. Education by involvement is the best way of education. -Ms. Archana Arya and Ms. Gursheen Gulyani

Snippets of PYP 1 Food, The word itself takes us to an imaginative world of favourite and most yummy food we wish to eat all the time. With the same impetuosity, PYP 1 has wrapped their second Theme- Who We Are, wherein they discovered lots of interesting facts about a healthy way of living. Each one of them frantically participated in the class discussions and endowed various food groups which make the Food Pyramid. Their excitement didn’t end here, they explored their learning and shared interesting facts with other students through an Assembly presentation and later, they created their own dinner plate to show the Balanced Diet they will follow themselves and will encourage others too.

Again with the Creya toy bricks students created different food items (apple, banana, pizza etc.) and objects used for being hygiene (tooth brush, comb, soap etc.). They also revealed the fact that even food items are created with variety of shapes. It was a peculiar thing for them to know that how exercise helps one to keep fit and healthy. Knowing the same they inscribed the facts in the form of a Booklet

Exploring the food world!!!

Snippets of PYP 1 The Summative Assessment Task, which was a Poster creating activity proved to be a wonderful reflection of their learning!! In Math, after exploring the numbers they have sharpened their skills on comparing the numbers and their ordering in the form of ascending and descending pattern. They are even through with the concept of different patterns of Addition and applied their hands on one of the forms and that is Vertical form. Although their knowledge about the days of the week and Months of the year was appreciable but understanding their importance in day to day life. In English, children did an activity on Naming wordsName/Place/Animal/Thing, and found that nothing in this world is without name. They even learned ample of words related to the food world, which included the different categories like, kitchen equipment, eatables, raw food, etc. children are now able to recognize small words and read small sentences with an ease. The growth will certainly rise high as they are not only building up their confidence but are also showing eagerness to bring off the best of their skills. Besides these learning’s, they enjoyed the month October as it was a Month of Celebrations for them!! They celebrated different Indian Festivals, like- Garba, Dussehra, Diwali along with their peers and other PYP students which was a delightful sight. They doubled the effect of these celebrations by donating their dresses, toys, stationary items to the helpers, cleaners and drivers of the school. Though the month is over but it has left the zeal and fanaticism behind which would certainly help the students to perform even better!! -Ms. Pallavi Makhija and Ms. Jaya Upadhyay

Snippets of PYP 2 October was the month filled with celebrations and fulfilled learning. Students enjoyed celebrating Dussehra, Diwali party, and enthusiastically participated in Diya decorating Competition.. Students were enthusiastic throughout the theme ‘Who we are’. They explored on different cultures around the world. The students did a lot of research work through internet and various books, Power Point presentations and reflected on their learning’s by preparing charts. The tuning-in activity was a visit to different places of worship like Khajarana Temple, LIG Gurudwara and Red church in which children came to know about different religion. They also learnt about different religions, places of worship, food, and dance forms and so on. Students took active part in attending the guest lecture by Mr. Gana about the culture of France. It was very informative for kids as it gave them an opportunity to deepen their understanding and also get their doubts cleared. They were real inquirers, communicators and thinkers during the guest lecture.. They also watched different PPT’S of different cultures. Students enhanced their learning and creativity through CREYA by making different places of worship, different communities w h i c h showed how people from different culture live in community etc. with the help of blocks.

Snippets of PYP 2

In their Visual Arts lesson, students creatively made their own fashion book. They also had fun in making dresses with the help of colourful papers. Their Performing Arts Lessons helped them in preparing international dance, which was later showcased as welcoming performance during their mesmerizing Fashion show. PSPE lessons facilitated the students with the knowledge of National games of four different countries. In Tech, students extended their understanding by searching images of different cultures’ lifestyle and also learnt Power Point and made PPT on Diwali. The summative task was the most exciting one for the students. Students enjoyed their summative task, a Fashion show in which children did ramp walk showcasing different cultures. They were also asked questions related to cultures assigned to them.

Snippets of PYP 2 In language, students learnt new words related to the theme. They enjoyed making short acrostic poems and stories on the given words, objects and prompts. Students also worked on identifying the adjectives and adverbs through describing the given pictures and objects. Apart from this, creative writing sessions are being taken in the class on a daily basis. Topics related to theme are being discussed through picture reading. In Math, Students have finished Addition and subtraction. Now they are taking interest in learning Tables and Multiplication. Assembly is a gathering of all or part of a school in order to communicate information. The theme for their assembly was - “SAVING WILDLIFE” and “DISASTER MANAGEMENT”. The students gave a wonderful presentation of their learning during the assembly. It was splendid to see the full grade participate and present an informative skit. It proved to be one of their finest performances and was appreciated by all.

Plant more trees, Save mother Earth!! -Ms. Sakshi Makhija and Ms. Chetna Lakhwani

Snippets of PYP 3 “Learning is not a spectator sport” – By D. Blocher “Who We Are” was the second theme where PYP 3 learners tuned in excitedly. An Interactive Tech Activity successfully caught their attention on different body organs. This also promoted their curiosity and inquiry to research more on body systems .The thirst for knowledge was further generated at Bio lab. The excitement and high - spirits of the students was unbeatable while seeing and knowing about the human body through skeletal in Bio- lab. Beginning with our inquiry into the Central Idea "Different systems function in coordination to keep the body healthy", students slowly progressed with the theme through different games and activities about different parts and systems of Human Body. They readily shared their prior knowledge with their peers. “Reading a good book is like taking a journey…” said by Emma Gulliford. Believing in the same quote, students read several books from the class library. Books like Flip Flap book of body, Inside your Outside, The Magic School bus has a Heart etc helped in enhancing their reading skills and knowledge. Audio Visual Aids have always been an effective teaching aid. Students were seen engrossed in watching interesting videos about different body systems. It helped them understand the inside of the body systems. The thin skin on their body can have layers, surprised them and they were anxious to inquire more about the Human Body. Students drew enthusiastically the parts of sense organs, different body systems in their notebooks and journals.

Snippets of PYP 3 Activities provide a platform for almost every child to have fun and learn things unknowingly. Activities like tennis ball and heart, in which a ball was used to show the pumping and flowing of the blood from the heart left the students amazed, feeling of Spine of their friends helped them understand about vertebrae, importance of sitting straight etc.

‘Self Confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings’, rightly said by Samuel Johnson. Presentations always contribute in increasing a child’s self confidence. They reflected on their learning of first line of Inquiry through model and chart presentation made on the allotted body system. It was fabulous to see the young ones creative models and beautifully drawn charts. The efforts put in by them were praiseworthy. A healthy mind resides in a healthy body. Believing in this, children became aware of importance of Yoga and meditation in relaxing mind and body, in reducing stress and self-realization. They exhibited an enthusiastic and energetic performance while playing different games. They also learnt which yogic asana is effective in proper functioning of particular body system. They also learnt, in their PSPE lessons which body systems are used and affected more in accordance with the particular sport. They reflected on their learning by imagining how they would play a sport without a particular system.

Snippets of PYP 3 Moving further, they learnt about how systems are interdependent on each other and how the working of one system affects all the other body systems. They imagined a situation where one of their body systems was on vacation then what will be the effect of this on the other body systems. They wore their thinking hats and wrote their reflections in their Journals .The thrilled and enthusiastic lot of students were excited when they visited the Choithram Nursing College. The body models helped them gain an insight of the internal organs of the body. Students inquired through a lot of questions which the experts patiently explained and answered making the faces of the students glow with happiness. It was a big surprise for the kids to know that a human body can work on only one kidney.It was a great honour to have with us Dr. Sonu Kanthed who helped our young inquisitive learners know more about the meaning of diseases, symptoms, their causes and their cures. Students were also curious to know about how different systems are affected by these diseases and were happy to know about how to lead a healthy lifestyle. She also shared with them a lot of Healthy and Hygienic habits which would help them lead a Healthy life ahead. It was great pleasure to have Dr. Kanthed share her knowledge with the young learners. The most interesting and commendable part of the theme was the summative assessment task where in they gave presentation in order to reflect the enduring understanding on different body systems. Students were given a situation where any one of the body systems gets affected. Using their thinking and social skills, students prepared a drama based on the situations. They enacted the cause, effects and cure for the problem or disease arising out of the situation.

Snippets of PYP 3 In their Visual Arts class, students were divided into various groups and were allotted with different body systems. Students enjoyed drawing and colouring different body organs as per the systems allotted to them. Through the use of various online interactive activities in their Tech class, children learnt about the concepts of separate components working together to build a body system. They also learnt to write about their reflections on their own blogs Students were excited to know the names of body parts in French, Hindi and English. The activity of naming the different body parts in different languages was real fun for them. It also helped in enhancing their knowledge. Apart from this, the English language lessons had guided reading sessions about stories and books related with body systems. In French lesson, students played the game ‘Mon Profil’ where they sketched the face of their friends on the blank paper while playing in a circle .In their Drama lessons, Students were given a situation and they enacted in groups playing the role of patients, doctors etc. They played the drama on various diseases and how their body systems were affected because of this. In their performing arts lesson, students learnt about how to take care of their senses, throat, voice and the contribution of their body organs in performing dance in an affecting manner. -Ms. Durgesh Jadhav and Ms. Aakanshi Rajani

Snippets of PYP 4 Million saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why” We began our studies in full swing with the Theme “How the world works”. Students explored and investigated about Force and Motion, its types and the relation between force and motion. They were asked to demonstrate the different types of pushes and pulls and their consequences and effects. Let’s go through the inquiry cycle to know their learning journey Tuning in – PSPE being the subject focus of this theme, a Tune - in activity of playing a game was planned to generate inquiry. Learners played the game “Tug of war”. After playing the game they discussed their observation and they came up with the understanding of 1) We all were pulling the rope towards ourselves and hence were applying force to win. 2) More children have more force so they were able to pull the rope towards themselves. 3) Children were applying power, strength to win the game. 4) As one side children are more in number so they were able to pull the other side kids and they got pushed back side. Thus, the team won the game. Through this activity learners came up with the vocabulary push, pull, power, force, strength. This was further continued with the class set up with different objects to assess their prior knowledge. With the help of TIC-TAC-TOE they framed the definition of force.

Sneak peak of PYP 4 Finding out - We integrated CREYA (May the force be with you) with this stage of inquiry. Students were introduced to the concept of force. They watched two videos on ‘force’ and ‘pushing and pulling forces’. They then brainstormed and came up with the examples of pushing and pulling forces used in various sports and games. They were also introduced to the concept of contact and non-contact forces . Sorting out - Students were given the opportunity to explore through video and activities about types of force and motion. They sorted out the different types of forces as Contact and non-contact forces. Mrs. Meghna Dhere (MYP Science teacher) was invited as a guest speaker to brief the students about the impact of force and motion on people and object. Students gained knowledge by going through the books, guest lecture, watching videos and searching on the internet about the different types of forces and their uses in daily life. They also learnt about the application of force in real life and its effects. Students understood the role and importance of different types of forces and motions involved in all day to day activities related with the latest inventions going on in the world. FA - The young Newtons’ presented their understanding of different types of forces and motions through chart/booklet presentation in the class. Given Task: Conduct simple experiments using appropriate tools • Record data on scientific investigations performed • Link everyday actions to forces and motion. On the basis of records of students engaged in cooperative learning investigations. Create a chart/ booklet with the following headings: METHOD, TYPE OF FORCE, and KINDS OF MOTION. Have the group share observations and results. They will present their investigation through Chart /booklet Presentation .

Sneak peak of PYP 4 Going further - Students built a model of a block flipper which was used to throw different objects and building blocks. They experimented with the model by measuring how far a block or various objects are thrown with the application of less force and more force; they observed and reflected their understanding in CREYA journal that the greater the force on an object, the more the impact on the object. They also understood the relation between force and motion as well as the effects of forces on objects. Students built a model of a launcher that is capable of exerting a constant force on objects. They then launched different types of objects and observed how they moved when the same force is applied to each of them. They understood how different aspects of an object determine how it moves when a force is applied to it. Students were introduced to Gravity as a non-contact force through a video and they performed experiment with falling bodies that have the same size but different masses. FA2- Keeping differentiation in mind students were assessed through different tasks. Challengers Task: 1 Students built a model of a launcher that is capable of exerting a constant force on objects. They then launched different types of objects and observed how they moved when the same force is applied to each of them. They understood how different aspects of an object determined how it moved when a force is applied to it. Moderate and lower level Task 2: Students gave a written assessment including multiple choice and application based questions on how forces such as pushing and pulling forces, friction and gravity affect the movement of objects.

Sneak peak of PYP 4 Making conclusions - Students tried to make new models and performed various experiments using simple toy magnets to present their understanding. Student were even reflective during playtime to notice different types of motion, different forces being involved in the simple machine like hammer, pulley etc. and how it related with our lives. Students built a model of a vehicle that moves at a constant rate with the help of a motor. They then evaluated their models and calculated the speed of their models. This learning experience helped them to get aware of the definition of speed and learnt how to calculate the speed of an object that is moving at a uniform rate. Students were given the task to experiment with the relationship between force, mass and acceleration (refer to Newton’s 2nd law of motion F=MA) using the balls of various sizes and weights (e.g. ping-pong, golf, tennis and baseball). Drop the balls from various heights into smoothed sand, such as from the top of a play structure in a playground. Action - Students designed various models in Creya studio for all the inquiries based on different forces and motion and completed the journal worksheets. Children made connections that all machines have different forces which act on them to change their position and how these forces make a stationary thing into moving body. MATH - Students measured the distance travelled by the car on different surfaces and at different gradients. Using weighing machine, they measured their weight on Earth and calculated it on different planets by multiplying it with respective planet’s gravity. An activity was done in the class to measure time taken by different objects to roll down from the slide.

Sneak peak of PYP 4 English – Language integration with UOI was planned through different tasks on Force and motion like – comprehended Isaac Newton biography sheet, creative writing skills using Science vocabulary and procedural writing skills by writing the steps of investigations. Drama - Mime on force and motion, heavy and light – movement activity, enacting different forces like gravitational force, falling as a leaf, feather etc. Students also created a scene - forces acting on different bodies like how much force do we need to move an object. Sports (PSPE) – Force was also integrated with sports as it demonstrates Newton’s law of motion. Sports teacher helped students to understand the application of Newton’s law of motion on the ground. Measurement unit was also well integrated with PE; children measured their peer’s weight. Throughout the task they were very enthusiastic. Tech - Teacher helped the students in researching on different types of forces and playing games related to friction. Reflection of the Guest lecture by Meghana Ma’am on the third line of inquiry was very well posted on the blogs by the students. Children were very excited to play online quiz For Formative 1. Learners designed Prezi on types of motion and reflected on the unit through Prezi. Visual Arts - Learners did artwork, using various tools like colour pencils, oil pastels, water colours on different types of surfaces, and explored the variation in texture depending on the force of the tool applied. Music: Learners explored the sounds of the musical instrument, dynamics of music according to the force applied to it - flute, synthesizer. They learnt the music vocabulary as well. -Ms. Disha Batham and Ms. Gunjan Belani

Sneak peak of PYP 5 “Education is not just about learning facts, but more so about learning how to think. It is learning to make good choices. It is learning to act with purpose.” During the unit of inquiry on advertisements, students came to know that logos/images are a critical aspect of advertising as it anchors a company’s brand and becomes the single most visible manifestation of the company within the target market. They also understood that powerful words are very important, hence used as Punch lines for brand/product endorsements. Students of grade 5 presented their favourite advertising logo with punch lines and also explained the reasons behind their selection. They enjoyed the activity “Sell a chair”, which gave them an opportunity to use their thinking skills creatively. They worked in groups and tried to persuade the audience to buy their chair. Children came up with innovative ideas of persuasion. Children gathered information on the techniques of advertising through classroom discussions and videos shown. They made beautiful booklets on these techniques and explained it confidently in the class. Grade 5 students also participated in an activity “Picture a word”, where they were given a scene and were told to describe it through creative use of language. Students displayed their creativity while describing the scene and came up with interesting descriptions.

Sneak peak of PYP 5 Children conducted a personal survey within their households to gather information about the various products they use at home. Through that they listed out factors that influence their decisions as a family and presented their findings in the form of charts. Learners in group selected a product of their choice that has been in existence since a long time. They conducted research on the various advertisements used for that product since its origin, till date and came up with an analysis on the various reasons why the advertising strategies might have changed over a period of time. Then they made a keynote presentation about their findings. Students also chose one product and created an ad campaign, where they made different advertisements for the same product but catering to different types of market segments. They used their photography and videography skills to create the ads. In one of the activities, students in group had chosen two similar products, but belonging to different companies/brands they created a persuasive advertisement explaining why the audience should choose one product over the other. Students were asked to create persuasive text for a book/film of their choice. Using their knowledge of advertising so far, they created a radio advertisement for the object chosen. Their advertisements were innovative and creative.

Sneak peak of PYP 5 The PYP focuses on the heart as well as the mind and addresses social, physical, emotional and cultural needs within the academics. Our Summative assessment task which is the culmination of teaching and learning was very stimulating for the students as it provided the students an opportunity to identify their own strength to choose their ways of showcasing what has been learned. Students had chosen different social issues to advertise and create awareness. As the subject focus for this unit was ‘Arts and Language’, students had chosen different forms of arts to publicize their issues through - Poster making, composing Jingles, Skit on Education for all and Population explosion and Dance on women empowerment. Efforts put in by the students were praiseworthy!

-Ms. Kanchan Natu and Ms. Anjali Nair

Teacher’s Tent Learning of a learned person "The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change." - Carl Rogers School.......... apparently a sight of teachers and students carrying books twinkles in my mind. On my first day, as I entered the worldwide and globally renowned school, a glance of high tech students, holding on to tabs and laptops in the similar mode of carrying books, was just laudable. A glimpse in my mind popped up: It’s going to be a multimedia teaching learning programme using both auditory and visual stimuli to learn and teach information. Awesome! I recalled what I have always heard about the school “Choithram International is an Eco Friendly Campus. The school promotes international- mindedness on the part of the adults and the student’s community. It celebrates all the festivals with passion and deep sense, promoting awareness of different cultures, customs in different countries.” Entering into the Class room was like entering in a vibrant and colourful place with full of incalculable “students work” on the soft boards and walls, classrooms having interactive white board and smart T.V. Students have enormous energy which should be channelized. Here, they are not confined to one book per subject but indeed have a class library with many books to explore on the same subject area. It immensely gives them a wider area to read and explore. I was completely thrilled seeing exuberant group of students and I smiled. Much to my surprise, Interns, Proficient and Expert were invited from within or outside the school, who readily demonstrate the source of information and brings the outside world to the children, straightforwardly.

Teacher’s Tent “There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colours are brighter, the air softer and the morning more fragrant than ever again.” - Elizabeth Lawrence I aimed with zeal to provide a fertile ground for holistic growth and development so that every child can bloom and reach the heights in a true sense with a balance between head and heart, traditional and modern. Seeing the commitment and open-mindedness of authorities, co-ordinator and co-workers for developing in students the quality, attitudes and characteristics described in the IB learner profile; I too started rolling up with unassailable inquiry based teaching-learning , as it creates the spark and zeal in students to do something on their own. Where the student is at centre of learning and teachers facilitate the process creating an area of involved teaching learning. As Curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help us better understand and retain information, I too started working enthusiastically on strategies which promote student inquiry for their development. To end with, I must declare.... My passion to teach drives me to the school every day, and now I feel it’s an indispensable part of my life. - Ms. Aakankshi Rajani

A cohort of interesting Assemblies A Root to Build Up Confidence and Awareness of the World Around School assemblies provide an opportunity to students to share their views and gain knowledge with others in an appropriate manner which helps them to connect with everyone around. These assemblies act as a community where all the students and teachers focus on one goal, which is creating awareness about the happenings in the environment and nurturing the development of overall personality. It not only makes a student grow and develop self-confidence but also helps him to understand and take responsibility to protect environment we are living in. An assembly is rather a way to share the knowledge of what students are learning and the interesting facts they explore during the theme or the taught concept. The PYP Assemblies are not only based on the UOI Themes but also promote different issues which can make one’s life better which help the students connect with the surrounding with the Teachers’ support and Parent’s guidance. During the past month, students promoted about the conservation of Wild Life and PYP 4 and PYP 2 students gave a magnificent performance through an astounding skit. Other PYP students too gave an appreciable presentation and shared their learnings during their second theme with everyone.

A cohort of interesting Assemblies Likewise PYP students too shared their learnings and also contributed some interesting facts of celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights. The day to day firmness among students to participate in the assembly presentations itself shows their eagerness and confidence to face the audience and share the knowledge of the taught concepts. The openmindedness among them is evident from the way they appreciate each other and these presentations are contributing to their communication and research skills to a great extent.

- Ms. Jaya Upadhyay

PYP Mantra Every element of the PYP supports the individual’s commitment in action through knowledge, dexterity, and approach, problem-posing and problem-solving. Students learn to choose, to act, and to reflect on their actions, so that they grow for their own well-being and that of the community and the environment. Appreciation of these actions by friends and teachers motivate them. This action can be different depending on students’ standpoint. Action from someone drawn in the PYP can be as simple as a student wanting to share with someone what they are learning about or even wanting to go to the library to continue their learning of a particular topic or it can be an action like taking up the ASL challenge against Ebola virus or writing to their congressman or corporate CEO about an issue that was raised during a unit on sharing the planet. Action in the PYP can also be deciding not to act, for example if during a unit on health a student realizes that a can of Coke with dinner is not the best choice and they opt for milk instead. Students are able to grow socially and personally, developing skills such as cooperation, problem solving, conflict resolution and critical thinking. This is an important part of a student’s participation in his or her own learning. Sometimes action taken by them can also be a kind of good practice like, exploring new things, following instructions given by facilitators (15 minutes reading practice every day, trying to manifest their responsible behavior etc.). Students grow within the social order and universally, build up skills such as mutual aid, problem solving, difference resolution and critical thinking. PYP is an important part of a student’s participation in his or her own learning and develop as lifelong learners. -Ms. Tanvi Bajaj

Students peek into mind Hello! My name is Ishaan Mirchandani. As being in an IB school, I have developed many skills in comparison with those I learned in a CBSE school earlier. The best thing about Choithram International is that it makes us interact with people across the world, with different cultures, different languages, different thinking, etc. belonging to different parts of the world. I love these kinds of interactions of students of Choithram International with the interns also. I think that after coming to this school, I am able to communicate with people with a growing confidence level. The improvement in my languages esp. English is after coming to such an IB learner school. Also, I am happy to say that I am improving my attitude, mannerism in this school with every new day. The main thing is developing as a whole for which we cannot get many opportunities in other schools i.e. studies along with qualities. I enjoy studying in this I.B. world school. Now, as I am the new vice captain of Mandela House, and as now I have being given the opportunity to lead them and guide them, I have seen and observed a vast change in the students behaviour as well as in their discipline. I think that I (Ishaan Mirchandani) now as being a responsible member, I should encourage my team. For an instance, whenever there is an event celebration or any assembly now I take initiative. Also, as the student of Choithram international, I think that we are the ones who can change the world.

Students peek into mind Hello, I am Aarushi Pathak student of PYP 4 B. I am a part of Choithram International from Nursery and all through these years, I have had many wonderful experiences. We have been taught through videos to make our understanding clear and strong, the videos make our studies exciting and interesting to know more about it. Creya learning has started from this year, Creya has its own journal and it is fun to solve its activities. It is also helping us in our UOI themes. Through Interactive boards we watch videos, do activities and if any important message is there so the teachers use interactive boards. Last year, we had a project called flat classroom in that we interacted with other schools all over the World. We use Ipad for studies. PYP is different because we learn through activities and go for trips to explore our current theme. Every theme has different actions to explore. I, Kartik love my School. PYP is very different from the primary year’s education in other schools. We gain knowledge in a very practical way through various tasks given to us regularly. Teachers focus on overall development of students in terms of studies, sports, language, social responsibilities, self confidence, group activities and awareness towards nature. Our school is also different and exclusive in terms of CREYA Studio activities where we get lot of useful information from various knowledgeable tools. The use of information technology in our studies is fun. We get very good computer knowledge, our home assignments and knowledgeable websites for studies are also mailed to us. I enjoy completing my tasks on time and sharing my views with my friends. Teachers always appreciate my good work and that encourages me. The School also gives us opportunities to take responsibilities and work for doing our best. I enjoy coming to school and look forward to every new day in the School.

Students peek into mind I came in PYP last year from CBSE, South Campus. The class size in previous school was bigger than this school’s class size. So, home room teacher is able to pay more attention on us, share breakfast. They spent time with us interacting about different things. Ma’am shows us very nice videos and asks us to write reflections on that. It is very different from my previous school. The projects in the class which I am getting are practically oriented. I got an idea of Geography of world and locations of planets in Universe. Various types of stories, I read in school gave me lessons how to live my routine life. Through stories I learned that I should be polite and humble. My daily exposure with teacher has increased these days. I enjoyed the appreciation of school staff. I liked the badges received in assembly. I got vice captain badge, which I enjoyed the most. Badges give me feeling to work more hard. Other badges that I got are Enthusiasm and Star of the week for completing my homework on time. In Creya lab, I made a blog flipper and today only started making motor car. It was fun to work in team in making blog flipper. I also participated in different competitions from my house. I am so happy that my Tagore house stood 1st in many competitions. I love my house. I love my school.

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Choithram International - IBPYP Spotlight Issue 2