September is the month of nutrition as “The National Nutrition Week” is observed in India every year from September 1st to September 7th in order to create awareness about nutrition and health. There could have been no better month to explore the theme of ‘Food’. Students were excited to explore the importance of healthy food and learnt how they benefit us. They were also introduced to the disadvantages of consuming junk food in excess. The educators and learners connected together throughout the month and explored the importance of healthy food.
paRENT wALK - IN
‘The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides.’
Our efficient students of Grades II astonished their parents with their marvellous executions in the Virtual Parent Walk-in organised from 6th to 10th September 2021. Parent Walk-in is a remarkable component of Suncity Schools where learners don the hats of educators and recapitulate their year-long learning accentuating the essence of “Multiple Intelligences”. The orbits of intelligence are an array of specially formulated activities based on all eight bits of intelligence. The parents were brought on as audience and they became the learners to be taught by our budding educators. It was an extraordinary role reversal and flipping of roles where all the children executed their part impressively. Under the guidance of their educators, the students undertook multiple rehearsals to prepare for the final event. The parents were fascinated to participate in the programme. Young educators allured everyone not only by their confident teaching but also with their modern pedagogies and technological expertise Their meticulous performance left everyone awestruck. Parents applauded the effort put in by the educators and appreciated the individual guidance that was provided to each child. The Principal, Ms. Guneet Ohri addressed the gathering by congratulating all the students, educators and parents for participating enthusiastically in the event.
This Virtual Parent Walk-in was a considerable hit and a delightful experience for all.
Students were engaged in exploration of the concepts of ‘Addition’ and ‘Subtraction’ in mathematics followed by recapitulating the same through playing different online games. With the learning practice, the students developed number-sense and fluency in operations. They practiced, breaking down numbers into tens and ones and used a variety of manipulatives, tools, and math games to develop understanding. Students used different ways to represent addition and subtraction concretely, pictorially, and symbolically. It was remarkable to see them working on word problems and to understand those in a better way, students were introduced to numberless word problems which provided them the space to visualise and helped in understanding the context of the problem.
The month of September was full of new ideas and building confidence among students with recapitulation of the topics covered so far and through assessments.
As a concept closure and evaluation of the learning, students attempted live worksheets and played lots of game via online platform – toy theatre, Math Learning center.
Taking the topic of ‘Plants’ further, the students learnt about the usefulness of green friends in their lives. In the ‘Organic Bazaar’ activity, our little nurturers performed with full zeal and enthusiasm. To connect the month’s learning with the SDG- Life on Land and Life Below Water, a poster-making activity was conducted in which our little artists showcased their talent and visual-spatial skills.
Later in the month, the students delved deep into understanding the nutritional value of the food. They learnt about the various ‘Food Groups’ and their importance for our physical and mental development. ‘Good eating manners are equally important as good eating habits’. These were discussed and supported with a video on ‘Food Etiquettes and Table Manners.’ The SDG- Responsible Consumption and Production was discussed with the help of the story- ‘A Wise Sage’. Towards the end, the responsible Suncitizens took a pledge not to waste the food that is served to them.
The students were introduced to the various keys of the keyboard – Alphabet keys, Number keys, Enter Key & Space bar etc. They were introduced to Tux Typing Software, where they had fun learning typing and also played online games for typing. The students also played games in tux typing where they crossed the easy and medium level very easily and were excited to go for the next level. They enjoyed learning and had a lot of fun while learning this skill.
The month of September was characterized by students learning, practicing, revising and as a result honing their vocabulary and spellings through Spell Well sessions. This was coupled up with the enhancement of listening abilities as well, through video demonstration and discussion of comprehension-based questions. Picture comprehension took an interesting and technological shape as students answered questions through MS-Forms and performed excellently. Introduction of scientific word bank also took place, with Unit-6 ‘Baby Reptiles’. They also learnt vocabulary related to bridges in Unit-8 ‘Bridges’, followed by learning to arrange words in an alphabetical order. Thereafter, they created their own indexes as a part of practical-based learning.
Students got a sneak peek into India’s glorious history while researching about the famous places related to India’s freedom struggle for a Paragraph Writing activity. They wrote about places like Dandi, Jhansi and made relevant pictures to enhance their presentations. This was an activity to commemorate ‘Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsava’- an initiative by the CBSE. ‘Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy’ campaign witnessed the students spreading awareness about eating a healthy and a nutritious diet through a Poster Making activity. They made colourful posters and wrote creative slogans on the topic and thus celebrated ‘Poshaan Maah’- a CBSE activity, with full zeal and vigour. The recapitulation of grammar concepts like ‘Genders’ and ‘Homophones ’was done to reinforce the learning which has taken place in the previous months.
Noah’s Ark- Revision of Gender
Story of Jhansi
शिक्षक दिवस के अवसर पर छात्रों ने कार्ड बनाकर शिक्षक के प्रति सम्मान व्यक्त किया ।
विलोम शब्द को वीडियो लिंक के द्वारा तथा अन्य वास्तविक उदाहरणों द्वारा समझाया गया । ऑनलाइन वर्ड वाल लिंक के द्वारा विलोम शब्द सिखाए गए।
उड़ान पुस्तक से ‘ रस भरे फल और ताज़ी - ताज़ी सब्जियाँ ’ पाठ के अंतर्गत छात्रों से उनके पसंदीदा फल और सब्जी के बारे में पूछकर उनके गुणों की जानकारी देते हुए पाठ का परिचय कराया गया । उनसे मिलने वाले पौष्टिक तत्वों की जानकारी भी दी गई ।
पाठ का सारांश और कठिन शब्दों के अर्थ बताते हुए अभ्यास कार्य करवाया गया ।
‘ हिन्दी दिवस ’ के अवसर पर सतत् विकास लक्ष्य -12- संवहनीय उपयोग और उत्पादन, मासिक विषय - भोजन से जोड़ते हुए मुख्य विषय ‘ पौष्टिक भोजन करे धमाल ’ की गतिविधि कराई गई ,जिसके अंतर्गत सभी छात्रों ने अपनी मनपसंद सब्जी और फलों की विशेषता बताते हुए यह संदेश दिया कि स्वस्थ रहने के लिए पौष्टिक भोजन जरूरी है ।
आज़ादी का अमृत महोत्सव के उपलक्ष्य में छात्रों ने साबरमती आश्रम के बारे में जानकारी
एकत्रित करके अपनी कार्य पुस्तिका में लिखा ।
In the month of September, the students worked on:
The students learnt:
Song: I like to move it
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymigWt5TOV8
Forms of Acting :-
Students learnt about various forms of acting such as comedy, tragedy, melodrama, etc. Children learnt a lot about acting and theatre.
Application of their learning:
Students performed a role play related to Cinderella written by Brothers Grimm and adapted by KIDSINCO. Through this, children understood gestures, postures, body language of the characters and also learnt how to modulate their voice according to the characters. They learnt how to narrate a story.
Additionally, they were made aware of costumes, makeup and props by practising for this play.
सितम्बर माह में छात्र छात्राओं द्वारा की गई गतिविधिया:
गायन अभ्यास:अलंकार, बैलून ब्रीथिंग।
गीत- अरे अरे कृष्णा, नारंगीगीत।
प्रयोग हुए वाद्य:तानपूराऑडियो ट्रैक।
गायनतकनीक: गायन के अभ्यास की बुनियादी तकनीक, गीत के माध्यम से ततवाद्यों का संक्षिप्त परिचय।
In the month of September, the students learnt:
Vocal warm-up exercises and basic notes of music
Recap session: ‘Five hundred miles’ and solo presentation
Instruments: Taught about the importance of rhythm in guitar
Techniques: Breathing techniques exercise with vocal warm-up.
Folk and Tribal Art of India
Composition using floral designs and geometrical shapes
Design a border using Warli art and paste their photograph in centre. (border design like a frame).
Clay slab activity
Composition : Creative & freehand
Art Technique : Free hand, paper craft, colour mixing, geometric (with tools), colouring, outlining
Art tools : Pencil, sketch pen, crayons, oil pastels, scale, craft paper, tissue.
In sync with the theme of the month “I AM COMPASSIONATE”, students were introduced to the meaning of compassion in great depth with the help of picture reading, video and role plays. Students enjoyed performing role plays and learnt the value of being compassionate. It is explained that compassion is empathy and caring in action. Also, as per NCERT curriculum, the importance of nutrition, physical heath, balanced diet and exercise was explained with the help of a power point presentation. All the sessions were very interactive especially the one on nutrition as students discussed about their daily diet.
A sneak peek into the assemblies
“A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future!”
The young children of grade1E, rightfully set out the significance of the International Daughter’s day on 24th of September on the virtual platform of their General Assembly. Daughters are an incredible gift of God and every fourth Sunday of September is celebrated as 'Daughter's Day'. Along with the essential elements of an assembly of ‘News reading’ and ‘Word of the day’, The students of Grade1E communicated the importance of daughters in a family and her footmark on the society through reminiscing the accolades achieved by the women of India - Bharat ki Beti, in the recent Tokyo Olympics. Students exhibited confidence in presenting the message aloud as a reminder to treat sons and daughters alike.
The objective of the Poshan Maah is to ensure community mobilisation and bolster people's participation for addressing malnutrition amongst young children was exhibited by the students through the ‘laghu natika’ in Hindi.
“Rivers are compared to the arteries of the world. Rivers give us the water in our taps and play an important role in our lives.”
The young, talented students of Grade I D came concurrently on the digital platform to present the Online Virtual Class Assembly on 17th September, Friday on World Rivers Day. The assembly began on a soulful note with the Morning Prayer which was recited by the students seeking blessings of the Almighty. The students then shared ‘News’ and ‘word of the day. Rivers have been the cradle of civilizations and the backbone of our economy. The students personified themselves as rivers and gave interesting information about rivers all over world. The students mesmerized everyone with their stupendous performance. Our respected Principal Ma’am, Ms Guneet Ohri, applauded the execution of the students with aspiring words, accentuating the necessity of rivers in our lives and how we can prevent them from succumbing to pollution. The learners showcased meticulous coordination and enthusiasm throughout. It was an overwhelming experience to see such young children performing splendidly. The assembly concluded with the National anthem
Alluring August is the month of getting a sense of wonder by observing the drops of water connecting sky and earth. It's the time when children enjoy rains and observe the changing patterns of clouds.Let their vivid imagination allow them to identify shapes formed by the clouds
The monsoon season has begun taking over the nation, with the sweet smell of wet earth and running water droplets on plants. Which better season than the monsoon season to explore the theme ‘Plants’! Students explored the importance of plants and learnt how useful they are for all of us. They were also introduced to the concept of life below water which sensitised them to understand how important water is for aquatic animals, too. The educators and children connected together throughout the month and pledged to preserve our environment.
The universal value of the month being “I am respectful” was explored through various stories and activities. This enhanced the emotional outlook of children and helped them to emerge as better humans
The Magnificent Mornings were brought in with a lot of positive thoughts to give children an optimistic view of life. Mingle Monday allowed the students to shed their shells and taught them how to bond with their peers. Terrific Tuesday was a day to discuss the monthly theme and explore the immense aspects of environment. Wow Wednesday brought a surprise element for the children teaching them how to hold on to their excitement. Tango Thursday- Let's dance! Every one wore their dancing shoes and danced to their favourite beats. Fantastic Friday was the Early Primary Assembly Day, where in the students of different sections conducted the assemblies thereby celebrating special days and events.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Suncity School 37D celebrated India's 75th Independence Day with unprecedented patriotic fervour. The gamut of celebration started with our Principal Ms.Guneet Ohri hoisting the Tricolour on campus along with all the staff members with the national anthem echoing in the ramparts of the school campus.
The Independence Day Special Assembly was very well coordinated and conducted by our confident and enthusiastic VI graders. It was a moment of great pride for the newly elected council members for whom their parents had the honour of pinning their prefect badges.
The toppers of last year’s Olympiads, academic scholarship holders and winning houses were also felicitated for their excellent performances in the virtual presence of Maj. Gen. Kulpreet Singh (Retd), the Chief Guest for the occasion. Gen Kulpreet congratulated the students and encouraged them to take on the mantle of leadership seriously. "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” is what he quoted to motivate the council members.
He also spoke about his fellow soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our country. He appreciated the Principal’s leadership under whose guidance the school is emerging to be one of the best in Gurgaon.
Our talented students paid homage to the martyrs through their impeccable song and dance performances. The event concluded with the Inter-House Patriotic Song competition which was assessed by the eminent judges Mr.Vikul Sharma and Ms.Riya Maity Sinha. The mellifluous performances by the students were highly appreciated by the judges. Principal, Ms Guneet Ohri, addressed the gathering by congratulating all students, staff and parents for enthusiastically uniting to celebrate and honour the nation despite the current tough and troubling times.
Language and Performing Arts Subject Integration Week
"What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child". George Bernard Shaw
One way of discovering the curriculum with the children is integrating it across the board with other subjects and to do that we organized a Subject Integration Week in school during the week of 9th August to 13th August. We integrated Language with Performing Arts through an array of activities. Integrated study brought together diverse disciplines in a comprehensive manner, enabling students to develop a meaningful understanding of the complex associations and influences within a topic. ‘Envirophilia-A Fancy Dress Party’ was organized for Grade I students. The little learners looked super excited as they came dressed on the theme of Plants and Aquatic Animals and spoke about the ‘Plant or Animal’ that they played the role of, using their drama skills. They also carried props to convey their message. They explored the importance of SDG 14- ‘Life below Water’ and SDG 15- ‘Life on Land’ and made other students aware about them through their presentations. ‘The Edible Tales- Story on my Plate’ turned out to be a successful venture for Grade II students as they narrated their yummy-licious stories with the help of creatively crafted fruit and vegetable salad using their vivid imagination and creative skills. This approach further developed the children’s ability to transfer their learning to other settings and correlate their sub-conscious selves to conscious selves. The class was divided into Performers group and Audience group for these activities. The audience judged their peers’ performance on a Peer Assessment Rubric. This was only possible because they were able to closely relate to real-world linguistic connections in an integrated curriculum approach. We were amazed by the meticulous efforts shown by the students. It was altogether an amazing week and we loved every bit of it.
School assemblies are an essential component for learning and evolution of any child. Assemblies not only inculcate a sense of school unity but also encourage expression and boost confidence. Regular assemblies aid the development of proper habits and an attitude of being a part of the audience; for performers as well as audience are equally imperative to a wholesome aesthetic experience.
In the month of August, grades I-A, I-B and I-C presented their class assemblies. It was the first time for the little ones to perform live. Grade I-A displayed patriotic fervour with their special assembly on Independence Day and remembered many of our freedom fighters. Grade I-B filled the audience with the joy of sibling relationship with their special assembly on Raksha Bandhan. Grade I-C celebrated the birth of Krishna and the highlight of their special assembly for Janamashtami was the ‘Dahi Handi’.
All the children performed their best and we value the cooperation of parents in making all the assemblies a success
Students were engaged in solving Mental Math questions by unravelling the way numbers work at a deeper level. Students applied strategies based on place value and properties of operations to add up to three-digit numbers. They explored flexible methods and models to solve and represent addition within 1,000, wherein concrete models, pictorial representations, number sentences and open number lines were included.
Taking learning further to an experiential mode, students made different creative shapes using trapezium with the help of the SEP Edu kit and book. They were also excited to create the first letter of their name using trapezium. It was remarkable to see them identifying the objects of that shape in their surroundings and bringing them to the class.
As a concept closure and a part of formative assessment activities, students attempted live worksheets, Ms. Forms and played lots of game via online platform – Toy Theatre
Taking the topic of ‘Animals’ further the students learnt about the animal homes and the young ones of different animals. They further enhanced their knowledge about animals by understanding the different ways in which they are useful to us. The topic- ‘Eating Habits of Animals’ was discussed with the help of an informative ppt. To make the learning more interesting they did an Animal Role Play where they wore the animal mask made by them and spoke about the food they love to eat. Further, the food chain was discussed with the help of an informative video.
The next topic ‘Plants’ was introduced with the help of a real plant, which was shown to them in the class and the functions of different parts of plants were also explained. The students further delved deeper into the topic of photosynthesis and learnt how the leaves make their food.
Project based learning activity-Let’s grow the plants together was taken up where the little nurturers planted the seeds, observed their plants for three weeks and noted down the observations in the record sheet shared with them.
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The students were introduced to the topic “OPERATING A COMPUTER” by inquiring about how do they sit in the car, start it and go? They all replied with a few steps here and there. Then it was explained that to do anything there have to be a few steps to be followed. The students had a brain storming session on the steps involved in turning on and off the computer. This was integrated with Instructional Writing in English. The students also wrote the story of a thirsty crow in the word pad and learnt about the control buttons of the window, re-sizing of a window and computer care tips.
Students completed the Unit- ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ with focus on reading, comprehension, glossary and writing skills. Through the medium of story telling session, the students gained the understanding of story settings such as garden and woods and the usage of adjectives like bright, sunny, dark and gloomy. Further, they learnt about Adjectives and their opposites. Story Map using graphic organiser became a window to organisation and differentiation of different story elements. Students of grade II also enjoyed creating book covers as a part of practical based learning following the information gained in Unit- ‘A Book Cover’. They turned into authors, giving their book covers suitable titles and publisher names.
Moving ahead and stepping into grammar, the students learnt about different types of Adjectives and used them in forming meaningful sentences. The recapitulation of grammar concepts like Verbs and Nouns was done to reinforce the learning which had taken place in the previous months. The game ‘Simon Says’ witnessed the integration of Bodily Kinaesthetic and Verbal Linguistic. Children loved donning the role of Simon as they took turns and gave commands to the class using Action Words. Students also understood the techniques of composing sensible sentences through Online Games for jumbled sentences.