3rd December – 7th December

Unit of inquiry:

Probing further into the current unit ‘how we organize ourselves’, students inquired into different parts of a car and a school bus like the fuel tank, bumper, head lights, tail lights, wiper, windshield, rear view mirror, engine, steering wheel, odometer, window frame, wheel, brake, spare wheel etc. They learned the importance of the PUC certificate and a driving license. They also observed the logo and were curious to know where the fuel is filled in a vehicle.

Students were asked to discuss with their parents about different fuel variants they use in their cars and also find out the company logo on the cars they use.

A formative assessment was undertaken for students where they identified different modes of transport and pasted the cut-outs of vehicles in appropriate categories (land/air/water).

An assembly was conducted by students   were they enacted various roles  depicting that the  wild animals should not be hunted , secondly plastic should  not be thrown in the ocean / seas which enhancing pollution . Students were made aware that 4th  December is the Wild Life Conservation Day , which is celebrated all over the world , to observe the protection of the wild animals and wild plants . They were told about the endangered animals which are extinguished in the coming years , and why they are been killed.

 

English:

The students were introduced to sound ‘g’ through picture cards.

An assessment was undertaken where they arranged the pictures in a correct sequence and narrated the story in their own words.

Math:

To assess students understanding of odd and even numbers and patterns a formative assessment was undertaken.

Introduction of zero was done through a game where the students were invited as a small group to play a game.

Students learned number sequencing from 0 to 9 and recorded it in their process journals. They also received cut outs of numbers in a mixed pool, from which they picked the numbers and sequenced in their journals.

Hindi

The students developed an understanding of formation of vyanjan ‘la’ through paper crushing and pasting activity.

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A formative assessment was attempted by the students- they identified the initial sounds of the objects and associated them with the respective vyanjans.

Students presented take and talk to promote oral communication skills and to build self-confidence and improve their fluency in the language .

Circle Time:

As a part of early year skill building program, students focused on:

  • Enhancing their communication skills by singing a song ‘We are going to the zoo’
  • Enhancing their hand eye co-ordination and gross motor skills through pressing in and pulling out velcro
  • Enhancing their visual discrimination by suing the primary Colour box that differentiated between red, blue and yellow.
  • Stretching bands on the Geo board to enhance their fine motor skills and understanding of patterns

Music:

The students sang ‘Jingle Bells’ in English and Hindi and ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’. They also learned how to apply dynamics like ‘piano’ (meaning soft) and ‘forte’ (meaning loud) while singing.

Dance:

The students stressed on basic dance routines based on level. The concept of posture, expression and dancing statue were also introduced through which they developed a better understanding of performance.

Art:

This week the children explored drawing various organic forms using geometric shapes. They were encouraged to explore drawing by observation as well as drawing by joining dots.

Information Technology

Students explored various stamps on Tux Paint and made beautiful illustrations about various types of transport and accessorized them with road, tree, bird and buildings. They also learned how to increase and decrease the size of the stamps.

Library

Students made illustrations of all the gifts they wish Santa to bring for them at Christmas, on a given sheet of paper.They further interpreted what they drew. Many of them wanted candies or chocolates, toys, dolls however, some expectations of gifts were very unique like trucks, machines, robots, and a real baby sibling.

Physical Education

Students are working on their body balance , spatial Awareness and coordination of leg movement  and hand movement by practicing bouncing and crossing the hurdle at the same time .

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19th November-30th November

Unit of inquiry    

To further deepen their understanding of the ongoing unit  about modes of transportation, students created a bar graph representing their mode of travel (bus/car/walking/carpool) to school.

A role play was enacted by teachers and students on ‘How to travel by air and things required for travelling (passport, visa, boarding pass etc.). The procedures to be followed at an airport (check in, security check, immigration) were shared with students.

Unit of inquiry was integrated with English with the  story ‘mum to the rescue’. The story about water transport  further extended awareness about the unit where students shared their observation about the same as they filled in and built upon a graphic organiser.

English

Students constructed  core vocabulary of the sound ‘f’ and tried creating meaningful sentences using the same.

Students wrote ‘f’ in the correct zone and illustrated new vocabulary words in their journals.

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To assess their understanding on phonic sounds a dictation was undertaken in class.

Maths

To further strengthen the concept of ‘shapes’, students were divided into two groups to identify 2D shapes. They coloured 2D shapes- a square and a rectangle on a given sheet and then tried identifying objects with three/four/no edges.

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Reinforcement of number quantity association was  done through a number hunt game.

Students were introduced to the concept of odd/even numbers using different combinations of figurines where students placed the figurines in a ten frame order to subitise and then later figure out if the number was odd or even.

Students were introduced to positional words ‘Pete the cat’ and ‘wheels on the bus’, where students were given a picture of  Pete the cat and the bus to demonstrate each positional term.

Hindi

Reinforcement of  vocabulary related to the names of fruits and vegetables (fal aur sabjiyon ke naam) was done in the class through a role play.

Flashcards and sand tracing on the light table were used as tools to introduce the vyanjan ‘la’.

Circle Time:

As a part of early years skill building program students focused on:

 

  • Listening to the story on values – ‘Respecting nature’
  • Illustrating different types of transport which pollute the air and brainstormed about what can be done to save the Earth

Music

The students were assessed on their singing capabilities. Each student sang individually on the microphone. The students also learned how to sing ‘Jingle bells’ in Hindi.

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Art

Students continued to connect dots to form basic geometrical 3D shapes like the cylinder, cone and cube. They also explored more complex shapes like those of animals and man-made objects which they coloured using complimentary colours.

Physical education

Students are learning different terminology and basic skills on track, lane, starting line and finishing line. They are learning how to start the race with a proper stance.

Dance

The students stressed on basic dance routine based on levels. They also developed a better understanding of body posture through a game on dancing statues.

Information Technology:

Students had fun creating their favourite transport and also added various types of stamps to beautify it using Tux Paint.

Library

The students listened to the story of the ‘Odd dog’ by author Claudia Blodt. A story about an odd dog called Helmut who was odd because he did not like bones but loved apples made interesting read for students. Helmut worried that his next door neighbor, Igor, would steal all the apples from his tree. He spent all his time thinking up ways to protect his apples. The story ended when he learned that Igor had no interest in his apples; they become friends.

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12th November -16th November

Unit of inquiry:

Revisiting the yearlong unit on ‘celebrations’, students have become aware about the importance of Children’s day and the rights of every child where the importance of giving each one a happy childhood was emphasized.

Continuing along the 2nd line of inquiry on ‘kinds of transport’, students inquired into different types of water transport (cruise ships, boats, submarines, ferry etc.). They further enriched their vocabulary by creating a word list which included words like port, anchor, launch, sails, harbor, paddle, dam, lighthouse, rudder, shipyard, aboard.

Students also watched an audio visual presentation related to the same

https://www.lingokids.com/english-for-kids/songs/i-saw-a-ship-a-sailing

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As a part of our on-going unit on transport, Ms. Preeti Singh was invited as a guest speaker to share her role as a pilot. It was an enriching experience where students were informed about the generic traits of a Pilot e.g. uniform, discipline, punctuality and alertness.

English: 

Students were introduced to the sound ‘r’ through a puzzle wherein they had to identify the object and it’s initial sound. They also practiced writing the letter ‘r’ and illustrated objects related to the sound in their process journal.

Math:

Pattern as a concept was reinforced using an assortment of things like beads, shapes, pebbles and students tried making visual patterns in both simple and complex ways. They headed outdoors and loved collecting leaves, twigs, stones etc. which they also used to create patterns.

Hindi:

Students practiced writing vyanjan ‘na’ in their process journals .They illustrated the objects in their journal and developed vocabulary associated with the letter.

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Circle Time:

As a part of early year skill building program students focused on:

  • Fastening nuts and bolts to enhance wrist manipulation
  • Listening to the story on values – ‘Cory learns to tell the truth’
  • Lacing to enhance their fine motor skills and understanding of patterns

 

Music:

The students learned to sing ‘alive, alert, awake’ with actions. They also sang a song on thankfulness.

Art:

The students have explored drawing skills using dots. They were encouraged to connect dots to form basic geometrical 3D shapes like the cylinder, cone and cube.

Dance:

Concept of shapes were also introduced in the classes, through which they developed a better understanding of creating them using movement for better posture. The students also followed videos from just dance.

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Physical education

Students are getting more exposure to different types of equipment and their uses.

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Library

The students listened to the classic nursery rhyme ‘little miss Muffet’. Poor little miss Muffet wants to  eat her curds and whey in peace. But when a rather terrifying spider appears, she desperately scurries away. Frantically searching for  much-needed solace, she ventures outside, only to be startled by a vivacious frog, a squawking crow, and easily the largest moose ever sighted! What else could she possibly encounter outside? Would she ever get back to the safety of her tuffet? These were some questions that teased the minds of young readers.

Students were treated to an hour long presentation on Children’s day where teachers moved to music, enacted snippets from their classrooms and engaged in group dancing. The show was highly entertaining and much appreciated by the student audience.

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29th October-2nd November

Unit of Inquiry:

Revisiting the year long unit on ‘celebrations’,  students learned about the festivals of light across the globe like Diwali in India, LoiKrathong in Thailand and Hanukkah celebrations from Israel  . As a follow up, students were engaged in map marking where they marked places on the world map where these festivals  are celebrated.

Audio visual presentation was shown to ring in the festive season in the host country. Discussion on five elements, artefacts, food, clothing etc. was also undertaken.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp59n0So-XE&vl=en

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English:

Students were introduced to the sound ‘h’ and they associated objects with it through a game wherein they had to guess the words through riddles. Students also practiced writing the letter ‘h’ in their process journal and pasted objects associated with the sound.

We started out in circle time with reading a few headlines about green crackers and hunting for letter ‘h’ and ‘m’

Math:

Students were introduced to the concept of patterns with an assortment of things (beads, shapes, pebbles), where they tried to make  visual patterns in both simple and complex ways. Students were encouraged to create patterns by arranging colored blocks, crayons, different sized objects or stringing beads.  Students learned about patterns thereby honing their problem-solving skills.

 

 

Hindi:

Students practiced writing vyanjan ‘ba’ and ‘s’ in their process journals .They illustrated the objects and vocabulary associated with the same.

Students were introduced to a new rhyme ‘aayi diwali’ to experience the festive mood and also to enhance their listening skills.

 

Circle Time:

As a part of early year skill building program students focused on:

 

  • Singing rhymes to further develop musicality and communication skills
  • Pink tower and Brown stairs extensions to enhance visual discrimination of size and thickness
  • Learner profile attribute of being ‘principled’ and ‘open-minded’ through a story to enhance their listening skills

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT2f3oQGyH4&context=C442cb16ADvjVQa1PpcFOMf9aCkpAaqpOIyNeoIaaba35KXd4Zu-4%3D

Music

The students sang a transport song and a song on thankfulness:

https://youtu.be/B1yNgKeYM3k

https://youtu.be/zw40KkJWVwI

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Art

Connecting to the festival of lights- Diwali, students coloured a cut-out of a ‘diya’ using the three primary colours and embellished the same with shape cutouts or sequins.

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Dance:

Concept of shapes were also introduced in the classes, through which they developed a better understanding of creating them using movement for better posture. The students also followed videos from just dance.

Information Technology:

ICT was integrated with UOI when students illustrated their understanding on Diwali. They made beautiful diyas, stars and crackers.

Physical Education:

Students are working on their flexibility, strength and coordination by practicing jumping over hurdles, developing agility on ladders and other manipulative skills with hoop.

Library:

The students were read a big Hindi book – ‘kiske daant’. The hilarious story was about a set of grandfather’s denture kept in a jar, while the grandchildren kept guessing as to whom these set of teeth could possibly belong to.

Their wild imagination travelled from a mouse to a crocodile, from a tiger  onto a bear and because the teeth looked old the grandchildren thought maybe they probably belonged to the dinosaurs.

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15th October to 25th October

Unit of Inquiry:

In continuation with the 1st line of inquiry ‘Kinds of transport’, reinforcement on types of planes was undertaken.

To enhance  experimental and contextual learning, students inquired into the working of a hot air balloon through an experiment. A bottle with a balloon covering it’s mouth was placed in  hot water and observed how the  hot air inflates the balloon . The scientific concept of hot air being lighter was highlighted through this experiment.

In continuation with the yearlong unit on ‘celebrations’, the students also inquired into celebrating Dusshera. They were apprized about the story behind celebrating Dusshera in India. As a follow up, students engaged in map marking where they pinned places which celebrate Dusshera. To hone their listening and thinking skills they were also read a story on the festival.

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Information Technology was integrated with the year long unit- celebration, with students making Ravan using Doodoo Lite app. They enjoyed decorating Ravan with different colours and shapes.

Special assembly on Dussehra- The assembly started with the marking of native states and countries where Dusshera is celebrated. Students were shown pictures of King Dashrath, his wives and his four sons– Ram, Lakshman, Bharat and Shatrughan. The facilitator shared information about Dusshera. Information about how and why Lord Ram went to the forest for 14 years was shared. A role play was organized by the facilitators to explain some important events from the epic. As an extension to the assembly, students were acquainted with the story of Durga Puja and navratras. They were also shown pictures of garba dance, after which teachers performed the  dance form with students in groups to give them a festive feel from the western part of the country.

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English:

Students were introduced to the sound ‘v’ through picture cards and online videos. They further made illustrations related to the same in their process journals. As a follow up, they traced letter ‘v’ on sand paper and practiced writing it on the slate to improve directionality for writing the letter.

The letter- sounds (o, c, l, t, i) already undertaken in the class were reinforced using slates for strengthening the correct writing directionality.

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To assess their knowledge of phonic sounds students practiced sounds and learned new vocabulary words with a bingo game.

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Unit of inquiry was also integrated with English where students associated different means of transport with the initial sound letters using picture cards.

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A new rhyme – ‘We all go travelling by’ was introduced too.

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The take and talk was worth watching as enthusiasm and excitement knew no bounds. The students came dressed up for  Halloween and spoke about their unique characters.

Maths:

Students practiced writing the numbers in their process journals.

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The students were introduced to the concept of ‘missing numbers’ through manipulatives. They accomplished an activity on missing numbers in their process journals.

Reinforcement of days of the week was done through a ‘Hungry caterpillar’ story which  enhanced their literacy and thinking skills.

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Hindi:

Students strengthened the correct writing directionality of vyanjan ‘sa’ through various activities like sand tracing and slate writing.

Students reinforced vyanjan (ba, sa) through sorting activity where they picked up one picture card each and associated it with its respective vyanjan.

Students were introduced to a new rhyme ‘Chuk chuk rail gaadi’.

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Circle Time:

As a part of early year skill building program students focused on:

  • Sorting of seeds to enhance visual discrimination skills
  • Reinforcement of cutting paper with the help of scissors and pounding pulses to enhance fine motor skills
  • Transferring water with sponge from one bowl to another to develop hand eye co-ordination
  • Carrying a tray to enhance gross motor skills
  • Use of skewer (Pineapple and cheese) to enhance fine motor and presentation skills

Art:

This week, the students continued with their artworks exploring the evolution of transportation, employing artistic renderings of the cubist style as prominently employed by Pablo Picasso. They engaged with their previously coloured drawings by pasting theme based coloured papers. They achieved artworks featuring means of transport in ascending order from the wheel to a modern means of transport such as aeroplanes via the cartwheel, horse driven cart, car, truck and train. These works are scheduled to feature in a forth coming grade level exhibition on the theme of transportation and cubism

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Physical Education:

Students are working on their energy level and body agility by running short distance races to further develop their body coordination.

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Music:

The students learned a new song ‘I Am Thankful’ (https://youtu.be/zw40KkJWVwI) for Thanksgiving Day. They also sang the transport song and did some vocal exercises.

Library:

Nursery was read a poetic picture book ‘If your dreams take off and fly’ by John Butler where a little boy drifts off to sleep one night.His dreams take him on an adventure around the world. He imagines vast oceans where dolphins leap through the waves; icy landscapes where penguins huddle for warmth and wild grasslands where hippos, giraffes and zebras roam free . The story inspired the listeners and shared with them the power of imagination.

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8th October to 12th October

 

Unit of Inquiry:

Continuing further with the 1st line of inquiry ‘kinds of transport’ under the transdisciplinary theme ‘How we organise ourselves’, students inquired into different types of airplanes.

They also enhanced their vocabulary by probing into questions related to different kinds of planes (sea plane, bi-plane, blimp, fighter plane, drone, cargo plane etc.) and watched an audio visual presentation related to the same: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D06yOzptrgM

 

 

 

 

Nomenclature cards were used to reinforce parts of a plane. The inquiry was strengthened when students coloured different parts of the plane (rudder, flaps, cock pit, turbo engine, slats and wings) independently. Students got acquainted with ‘sea planes’ under different types of aeroplanes and were able to gain an insight into how it lands and floats on water.

 

 

 

English:

Students were introduced to the letter ‘c’ using flash cards and associated the sound with objects in the class. They also strengthened the correct directionality of letter ‘c’ with sand tracing and light table activity. They  practiced writing  letter in their process journals and illustrated the objects associated with it.

 

 

The letter-sounds consolidation (a, l, o, m, t, i) already undertaken in the class was reinforced with a ‘Spalding session’.

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Audio visuals on the religious story of goddess Durga and Mahishasura was also shown to ring in the festive season in the home country: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHDt4lUP-4k

A new rhyme – ‘Puff a train’ was introduced in the class.

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Maths:

To assess their knowledge on number recognition,  students rolled the dice, counted the number of dots and located the same numeral on the number strip and coloured it.

 

 

Students reinforced the names of days of the week through a play. Students played this game in pairs and each pair was given a set of mixed up colored cards with each day written on it. Later by referring to the calendar, they put the days in a sequence.

Students touched each card and repeated the days of the week and by paying special attention to the initial sound of each word (e.g. ‘th’ sound for Thursday) helped students to anticipate what will be expected of them on a specific day.

 

 

 

To assess their understanding on capacity, students were given two containers to pour water into and find out which holds the most. As a follow up they were asked probing questions related to capacity.

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Hindi:

Students were introduced to vyanjan ‘sa’ through flash cards. They further made illustrations related to the same in their process journals. They understood the directionality and formation of the vyanjan through lady finger printing activity which  augmented their fine motor skills.

 

They enjoyed listening to a story ‘Sunhara hans‘(The golden swan) which enhanced their auditory skills.

 

Circle Time:

As a part of the early year skill building program, students focused on:

  • Outlining with seeds and pegging to enhance their fine motor skills
  • Singing rhymes to further develop musicality and communication skills.
  • Reinforcement of magic words (sorry, thank you, please and excuse me) to hone their social skills.

 

Assembly:

Students were shown a short story involving all the IB learner profile attributes. This was followed by a quiz organized for all the school houses- Churchill, Mandela, Lincoln, Gandhi. The students participated with great enthusiasm and skillfully answered  questions. They were able to make many meaningful connections related to the ‘Learner Profile’. The scenarios encouraged students to emulate the best qualities of each character.

Art:

The timeline of transportation was introduced and students coloured pre-drawn pictures of transports inspired by  Picasso’s  cubist style.

 

Dance:

The students stressed on dance routines based on path. The concept of props with forward and backward movement during the dance routine was introduced in class.

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Information Technology:

Students revisited different types of colours and shapes through a musical iPad app. They enjoyed filling up of shapes with different colours using their fingers.

 

Music:

The students learned a song on transport: https://youtu.be/B1yNgKeYM3k. They also did some vocal exercises and understood their importance.

 

Library:

The students were read a book from the Elmer series – ‘Elmer and Rose’. Grandpa Eldo asked Elmer and Wilbur to help a young elephant find her way back to her herd – and they get a shock when they see she is pink! No wonder she is called Rose. But there is an even greater surprise in store when they reach her herd – because every single elephant turns out to be pink!

 

1st October to 5th October

Unit of Inquiry

Continuing further with the 1st line of inquiry ‘kinds of transport’ under their current transdisciplinary theme ‘How we organize ourselves’, students enjoyed watching videos on different kinds of transport -land, water and air.

Students were introduced to different parts of an air plane – cockpit, wings, slate, cabin. As a follow up activity, students assembled cut-outs of different parts to make a paper air plane.

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Unit of inquiry was integrated with English, students were shown a story which further helped them to develop vocabulary for different types of transport.

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English

Students were introduced to sound ‘t’. They traced the letter on  sand paper to get the formation right and associated objects with the same. As an addition to this, cut-outs of standing line, sleeping line and a curve were given to the students to form the letter ‘t’ and understand the directionality of the letter.

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Students practiced writing the letter ‘i’ in their process journal and illustrated  objects associated with the sound.

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Maths

 Students practiced writing the number ‘4’ in their process journals.

The sequence of days of the week was reinforced through an activity where students marked their birthdays on the calendar by answering a question about the day on which their birthday falls in the year.

Hindi

Students strengthened the correct writing directionality of vyanjan ‘ba’ through various activities like sand tracing and slate writing. They also illustrated the objects related to vyanjan ‘ba’ in their process journals.

 

Circle Time

As a part of early years skill building program, students focussed on:

 

  • Seriating Knobless cylinder to enhance fine motor skills and dimensional awareness.
  • Reinforcement of Brown stairs to enhance visual discrimination with dimensional awareness
  • Zipper dressing frame to enhance fine motor skills and skills of self care
  • Learner profile attribute of being ‘principled’ through a story to enhance their listening skills

 

Information Technology

Students explored an app which helped them understand  comparison of height (tall/short) and size (big/small). They also had fun  doodling numbers on the iPad. They enjoyed working with educational apps.

Dance

Dance routines based on path were stressed. The concept of moving forward and backward during the dance routine was introduced in class.

Music

The students were assessed on their singing where each  came up to the microphone and sang individually.

Arts

This week, students explored painting within pre-drawn shapes. In doing so they also explored holding the brush and painting with water colours.

Physical Education

Students practiced football dribbling and understanding the difference and use of inner toe and outer toe in kicking.

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