23, September- 4, October

23, September- 4, October


Students collaborated to discuss the central idea ‘Human behaviour has an impact on animal survival’ and displayed their understanding by writing synonyms for key words from the central idea.  

Taking their learning further, students brainstormed  essential requirements for survival of animals with  a  think, pair and share visible thinking routine. They also watched a video which supported their understanding on habitats.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzykg5HF1FI

Later they created an anchor chart by listing down different animals and their habitats.

Young inquirers were engaged in classroom discussions  for learning  different adaptations seen in animals.

Students tuned into the first line of inquiry namely the relationship between humans and animals by watching the story of ‘a tailor and an elephant’.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Gf5lVjNtGY

 They extended their knowledge by making a mind map on ways by which animals and humans help each other.


Students watched the story  of ‘the brown bear’ and extended their comprehension by writing the sequence of various characters appearing in the story.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WST-B8zQleM

Students were engaged in an  activity wherein they picked up models of animals from a mystery box and spoke a few lines about their habitat, eating pattern, body colour, unique features and human dependency.

A summative assessment on reading comprehension and nouns was taken.

Students keenly engaged  in reading with due attention to punctuations and voice modulations.


Learners continued practicing various kinds of patterns with objects, numbers and those seen in daily life.

Addition was introduced with a hypothetical situation wherein the form tutor invited two sets of students and asked the class questions based on it ‘putting together’. Later they explored various manipulatives in pairs to build upon their understanding of addition.


To enhance reading and writing skills, students were introduced to इ ki मात्रा, they were able to identify  related words by practicing the same in their journals.

In order to strengthen grammatical skills, students identified nouns (संज्ञा[KS1] )  and made a noun tree.

Students watched a Hindi story of ‘चींटी और टिड्डा’. [KS2] This helped in building their listening and speaking skills. They further showcased their understanding with the help of a visual thinking routine.


Dance lessons focused on the development of rhythm patterns and flexibility.

Movements were based on simple rhythmic combinations with large isolated steps. 

Solitary performance was also introduced.


Students integrated music with their unit of inquiry on health. 

They learned about music therapy, how it can impact our health and how we can receive health benefits from music.

They learned a new song “we will rock you”.


Students listened to the story of ‘Owl Moon’ by Jane Yolen. The story  about a little boy and his father who one winter night went for owling made interesting reading. The trees stood still as statues and the world around seemed silent as a dream. When they both reached into the deep dark forest, father called whoo-whoo-whoo to invite mysterious night birds, but there was no answer.

The duo of father and son walked silently for the father had said to the son “when you go owling you don’t need words, you don’t need anything but hope for sometimes there is an owl, but sometimes is none”. Eventually their patience paid off and they caught sight of an owl.  

The book proved to be a verbal and visual treasure, it displayed the learner profile attribute of being courageous as the little child went with his father for owling and he knew he had to be brave at this time of the night.


Students observed various objects to identify 3D shapes in them. Later they drew some of the 3D shapes like cube, cuboid and cone using rulers to colour them neatly.


Students developed their basic motor skills with the help of different lead-up and recreational games, which included jumping, running, hopping. They have started  practicing ball handling with the help of basketball and football.

During skating session, they practiced walking and balancing on the skates.


Students were shown various posters as a provocation of new tool. They discussed the commonality in each poster like background colour

Maker space

Grade 1 Assembly

Students of Grade 1 participated in an assembly on ‘Gandhian philosophy’ – The future depends on what you do today’ on September 23, 2019 where they decoded the statement word by word. They saw a power-point presentation that showcased the Mahatma’s philosophies of being truthful, taking care of the environment and the need to pursue non-violence. Students made connections between sustainable practices followed at school.


Blog – 9th Sept to 21st Sept

Unit of inquiry

Students carried out an activity with the help of body cut outs and identified food items that benefit various body parts. For example, honey aids to soothe the throat.

A formative assessment marked the reflection of learning based on the third line of inquiry, ‘importance of taking care of their body’ as a summation of the unit.

What better way than  to encourage students to actively appreciate and explore nature around them with a nature walk. Students keenly observed different kinds of plants grown in the green areas at school. They identified medicinal plants like aloe vera and tulsi (basil) and further inquired into the health benefits of these plants. Later, they completed the thinking routine by writing their understanding in their journals.

The new unit of inquiry on animals was introduced based on the transdisciplinary theme ‘Sharing the planet’.

Central Idea – Human behaviour has an impact on animal survival

Key Concepts –

  • Connection
  •  Causation
  •  Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry –

  • Relationship between humans and animals
  • Reasons threatening animal survival
  • Our role in protecting endangered animals


Provocation of the unit was done by sharing a video of a polar bear starving that provided an open-ended invitation to students to explore and express a variety of thoughts and ideas. 

Students used their thinking and research skills and analysed their understanding of the video with the help of  ‘I see, I think, I wonder’ visible thinking routine.


Students revisited the concept of ordinal numbers by playing on-line games.

http://www.softschools.com/math/ordinal_numbers/games/ .


Ordinal Numbers Quiz 1

Formative assessment on ordinal numbers was taken with a game called ‘where is the orange cat?’

The concept of patterns was introduced with the story of pattern fish; this helped students to enhance their thinking skills. Later they were shown pictures of animals like zebra, tigers, butterflies etc. Patterns in day, night and seasonal cycles were also discussed.

Students created and illustrated their own patterns in their journals.

Taking the concept further, they were introduced to geometric , colour , object  and number patterns.


Students enhanced their understanding of proper and common nouns by engaging in an interactive game of ‘passing the parcel’. Furthermore, with the help of pictures they connected a proper noun to its respective common noun.

 They were shown a video related to common and proper nouns.

Concept of capitalisation was reinforced too.

English sessions were integrated with the ongoing unit whereby, students read and interpreted the given pictures 

Students were assessed on their spellings with a spell bee.

A formative assessment on nouns was conducted using thescavenger hunt activity.

Students enhanced their vocabulary by thinking of meaningful words using ‘dr’,  ‘br’, ‘gr’, ‘pr’, ‘fr’ and ‘cr’ blends and showcased their writing skills by framing short and relevant sentences using these words.


To enhance reading and writing skills, students identified, read and wrote words with त, ह,च,द, व, ख (व्यंजन) letters. They saw a story ‘किसने खाए मालपुए’  and performed a role play allowing their creativity to soar, whilst developing an array of valuable skills; inquiry, thinking, social, emotional, communication and language amongst others.

The students attempted a formative assessment. 

They were assessed on spellings with spell bee.


Using their research skills, students designed a food pyramid. Students used proper proportion and colour code to depict different food categories and the most and least consumed foods using MS-Paint.

They also learned to save their files in specific folders. 


Students integrated Math with their Visual Arts classes as they solved addition sums and used the solutions to find the keys to the colours, they needed to use for colouring each section in the given picture. This activity helped them in improving their observation as well as colouring skills.


The students were assessed on their understanding of note values. They attempted playing different note values on the Conga.

Individually, the students sang their favourite songs ‘Maa tujhe salam’ and ‘A gift to you’.


Through movements we convey our emotions; this week’s dance lessons were focused on the discussion of dance therapy. Students were engaged in several group activities related to the same.

An activity was performed where they were instructed to stay still while a calm music was played and were asked to focus on what was happening inside their body.

During another task, with their eyes closed, students imagined an empty auditorium having only one source of light and were asked  to dance visualizing nobody was watching them. 

 PE & Skating

Students developed basketball skills with the help of different lead-up activities and recreational games, which included dribbling, passing and shooting.

Students practiced walking and balancing on the skates during their skating lessons.


To celebrate the birthday of much-loved children’s author Julia Donaldson, students were read one of her popular books ‘Tiddler- A story telling fish’.

Tiddler was always late for school and would make up tall and exciting stories for his classmates as to why he got late. One day as Tiddler was moving slowly- thinking about a new story, he unknowingly got caught in a net, which resulted in a real adventure!

All children identified with Tiddler as a fish with big imaginative powers!

Free play

Blog – 2nd Sept to 6th Sept

Unit of inquiry

Students inquired into factors affecting our health and developed an understanding  of consuming a balanced diet for staying healthy.

They were familiarised with terms like ingredients, nutritional value, red and green dots on food packets, manufacturing and expiry date of products with the use of empty wrappers.  

As a part of making real life connections, students were taken on a field trip to a departmental grocery store, where they saw all the food products options available on shelves. They understood the significance of making the right choices, the importance of locally grown food and its health benefits. They also learnt to identify fresh and processed food.


Students were introduced to the concept of ordinal numbers with an exercise on medal tally of top ten countries in 2018 Asian Games.  

They enthusiastically participated in an activity in which they stood in a line and recognised their respective positions. Later they practiced writing ordinal numbers from 1- 10 both in words and numbers.

Students ranked their favourite food using ordinal numbers.


The tutor read a poem to the students to hone their listening and visualization skills. They listened carefully and drew images  in their journals. They also extended their vocabulary by learning new words, like smooth and braids.

Punctuation was introduced to students with  sentences without punctuation or capitalisation. Post discussion they were given cut outs of period, comma and capital letters which needed to be placed at appropriate places in the given sentences.

Listening skills were further enhanced with the story ‘Peppa Pig-the dentist’. They summarized their understanding by answering simple questions.

Students were assessed on their spellings with a spell bee.


To enhance reading and writing skills, students read and wrote three- and four-letter words. They also revised आ ki maatraa by reading small sentences. They saw a video related to good food habits and discussed about it to enhance their viewing and speaking skills.   

Students marked Janamashtami  at school by identifying learner profile attributes for Lord Krishna. His caring and balanced approach to life was evident in the heart warming welcome accorded to his childhood friend Sudama. The lifting of Govardhan parvat marked his principled behaviour towards his village folks. Killling of Kaalia nag was an act of courage that sent out a cultural message about the good deeds of the Lord.


Students understood the meaning of research and how different search engines work. While searching for images of healthy and unhealthy food using Google Chrome, they practiced effective citing and referencing in their documents which is an essential skill in the digital age. 

Students discussed the ‘Essential Agreements’ and reviewed what they had drafetd during their first ICT class of this session. They made a few changes and agreed to act accordingly. 


Students were encouraged to express themselves freely on a topic of their choice using colour pencils. Later they wrote their reflections based on the guiding questions given to them.


The students learned a new song ‘A gift to you’ and they also did some vocal warmup exercises to improve their vocal performance.


Students clapped and stomped their feet to rhythmic music. This helped them to understand the rhythm better. They worked on body isolations and explored different types of body movements.

Releve was introduced in class. It describes the action when a dancer rises up and seemingly is standing on his/her toes.

PE & Skating

Students developed their basic motor skills with the help of different lead-up and recreational games, which included jumping, running and hopping. They practiced walking and balancing on the skates during their skating lessons.


This year Grade 1 summer assignment challenge  aimed at developing the students’ analytical and thinking skills. They undertook an extensive and meaningful assignment and presented insightful reflections based on The DE Bono’s hats for the stories they read during their summer break.

Winners of the summer challenge celebrated their victory on September 3, 2019 by dressing up as favourite characters from their respective stories and went on a character parade.

Students enjoyed their celebratory ice cream and attention. The school takes pride in awarding winners with an interdisciplinary certificate of appreciation that applauds  their effort.

Blog – 19th Aug to 30th Aug


Continuing with the ongoing unit, students interviewed the facilitators of different grades and identified various healthy and unhealthy practices on a worksheet.

They further inquired about food as an important contributor to health with a thumbs up-thumbs down activity. Students further illustrated the healthy and unhealthy food items under two categories. They participated in a class discussion on different food groups and followed it up by reading a story about the importance of healthy food.


Students carried out a sorting activity where they segregated different food items on the food pyramid.


Students revisited the concept of place value using an abacus. Taking their learning further, they explored the use of graph paper to represent a set of numbers on it.

A formative assessment was conducted on the number system.

Students were shown an audio visual named ‘Even Steven’ to brush up their concept of even and odd numbers. They attempted a practice worksheet on the same.

Students also practiced creating two-digit even and odd numbers using three single-digit numbers. Further, they represented the same, using bars of tens and blocks of ones, with class manipulatives.

Reading and writing of number names from 1 to 20 was practiced by the students that were shown to them using flash cards and a video.


Students read a poem and engaged in visual imagery. They were assessed on their spellings with a spell bee.

They were shown an online story ‘Food Fit’ that talked about the importance of healthy food. The students then reflected on their understanding of the story.

A ‘Take and Talk’ activity helped students reinstate the five factors that promote good health.

Students revisited the blends ‘sh’ and ‘st’ by writing words in their journals.

The concept of nouns was introduced with a nature walk, where students closely observed everything on their way. On resuming their classroom session, they categorized their observations under – name, place, animal and thing on a worksheet. 

Students attempted a think and pair sheet after they were shown a unit related story, ‘Brushing is not fun’.



To enhance reading and writing skills, students were introduced to ‘आ’ maatraa. For practice, they read and wrote two and three letter words. 

They also saw a story, बढ्ने का रहस्य (badhne ka rahsya) and presented their understanding through visual imagery. 

To enhance viewing and presenting skills, students learned about good habits through a PPT. They drew images and presented their work in class.

They attempted a spellbee to improve their vocabulary.


Using MS-Paint, students designed their plate with various types of  food that promote healthy food habits. 

Students searched for images of healthy and unhealthy food  using Google Chrome. They learned to copy and paste images from Chrome to MS-Paint.

Students were briefed about the importance of academic honesty and giving credit for the copied images. They enhanced their research skills while doing various tasks.


Dance Lessons focused on the development of rhythm patterns and flexibility. Movements were created based on simple rhythmic combinations with large isolated steps.  Solitary performance was also introduced.


Students learned how to express themselves visually using rulers, keeping the proportions of their artwork in mind. This activity helped them to hone their fine motor and thinking skills.


Students learned about notes and note values and inquired how they are used in music. They were able to count and play different note values.

Students have progressed to playing these notes on the Congo.

Social Emotional learning (SEL)

As a part of their social emotional learning, students gained more knowledge about self – awareness. They were helped to understand the difference between thoughts and feelings through various interactive and self-reflective sessions wherein, they were encouraged to segregate the thought from feeling.

PE & Skating

Students developed their basic motor skills with the help of different lead-up and recreational games, which included jumping, running and hopping. 

They practiced walking and balancing on skates during their skating lessons.


Students listened to the story of ‘The Little Princess’ by Tony Ross, that narrated the tale about a little princess who did not want to go to bed.

This story will resonate with every parent and children will love the fact that they are not the only ones who can come up with some clever ways to put off sleep for just “one  more minute.”

Blog – 5th Aug to 16th Aug


The tuning in part of the inquiry cycle was done by discussing the importance of maintaining personal hygiene, keeping surroundings clean, and  various ways by which this can be achieved. The activity was followed by a class discussion and later the students illustrated the same in their journals. They reflected on their daily routine and habits and made personal connections by talking about the healthy and unhealthy practices seen during a day. This was represented on a  T- chart.

Students were engaged in an interesting classroom activity where they did exercises like knee ups, toe touches, jumping jacks to name a few. They  observed how they felt after doing these exercises. They were then asked to note down their thoughts, feelings and understanding about the importance of daily exercise. The same was reiterated to them through a guest speaker session.

Learnings from this activity were integrated with the inquiry cycle with the help of a discussion on the importance of post-exercise rest. Students were asked to note down their experience using some keywords.

Students enthusiastically participated in a guest speaker session on Yoga and its multifaceted benefits.

They were also shown a collage of various recreational activities, through which they inquired about their impact on health.

Little learners were then shown a few audio visuals demonstrating the importance of sleep and understood why it is important to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle. 


To reiterate the concept of numbers, students began their week with an activity wherein they were paired with a partne . They wrote a number and their partner’s number in the journal to make  a 2-digit number from it. Subsequently all numbers were arranged in order.

They attempted another task  where they wrote numbers 1-10 and quantified the corresponding hierarchies using blue and green colour. They further marked the number as odd or even.·  

Students were tuned into the concept of place value through bundling and grouping strategy.


Students started their week by reiterating CVC words with medial sounds like a, e, i, o, u and wrote them in their journals. Learning from the unit was integrated by watching an audio-visual story ‘Goodnight IPAD’ where they discussed the importance of sleeping without the presence of an electronic screen .

A reading assessment   rubric allowed to understand  reading  levels among students.A spell bee was attempted while a  bingo game on sight words was also played in their journals

UOI Integration- They watched an online video on healthy/ unhealthy habits and further wrote their understanding in the journals.

During a bus stop activity, students moved to different stations in the class that had blends written on them. They illustrated words beginning with those blends.


Students enthusiastically participated in reciting the poem ‘सभी फलों में सेब है न्यारा’. This was followed by identifying the names of vegetables and fruits, and by writing their initial letters in the journals. To enhance their communication skills, they did ‘show and tell’ activity in which they described their favourite fruits. They learned about alphabets and made two to three letter words using the knowledge acquired. 


Students are further exploring MS-Paint where they are learning how to add shapes, colours and the pencil tool to the work pane. Young learners are still learning to handle the mouse with their tiny hands while coordinating  their eyes on the screen imultaneously.

Students also gained knowledge on about social media(YouTube, Facebook, Skype etc). They enhanced their fine motor skills by working on an online tool on mouse program, where they gained knowledge on how to click with left and right button, scrolling of the mouse  up and down to see the content of the page.


Dance Lessons focused on the development of posture and flexibility. Solitary performance was also introduced.


Students learned how to use a ruler to take measurements and draw straight, standing and sleeping lines. Later they created free expressions and gave their reflections.


The students learned about note values. They also learned how to count and clap these notes.

Social Emotional Learning

The students gained knowledge about Self – Awareness as a part of their SEL sessions. They were introduced to emotions and feelings through various interactive and self-reflective sessions wherein, they were encouraged to explore their self. 


Students continued with their unit in athletics where they developed their basic skills with the help of equipment and callisthenic exercises.


Students learned balancing on their skates to grow in confidence.


 Independence Day was celebrated where a poster was put up showing the tricolour, number of states and union territories in India. Children also learned that India is the 7th largest country in the world and the second most populous.

The birthday of one of the most popular bestselling fiction authors of all times, ‘Enid Blyton’ was celebrated. She as per the  UNESCO, is the most translated children’s author in the world having sold more than 600 million copies.

The children were given a brief introduction about the author and the popular series written by her namely Noddy , Famous Five, The secret seven, Amelia Jane etc.


On 12th of August, 2019 grade of 1A presented an assembly on Independence Day. The assembly began with the significance of freedom for people as well as animals. This was followed by a quiz about National symbols of India. Students got aware of the countries also celebrate Independence Day on August 15, apart from India. Next a group song “Ma tujhe salaam” to the delight of everyone sitting in the audience.  

Blog- Grade 1-A – 24th July to 2nd Aug

Unit of inquiry

TD theme – Who we are

Central Idea – Leading a balanced lifestyle can help us stay healthy

Key Concept – Form



Lines of Inquiry – Ways we take care of ourselves.

                            – A balanced lifestyle

                            – Our responsibility in taking care of our body.

Students were welcomed into their new grades with an ice breaking activity wherein they were asked to talk to their classmates and find answers to the questions given to them, like who plays football , who wears spectacles etc.

They were engaged in a classroom discussion on 6 TD themes and the learner profiles. This was followed by showing related audio visuals.

Prior knowledge assessment – Students were given pictures that showed the 5 factors of health (rest, recreation, exercise, hygiene, food) which was followed by asking them to sort the pictures according to the groups using their thinking skills.

Provocation – Students were exposed to some hints about their unit of Inquiry  using the guiding question like ‘What do they think the unit will be about?’ etc. which was followed by writing the central idea on the board and displaying the images that pointed to balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Later, they wrote the central idea in their journals and underlined important words.

Students engaged in an activity where they were shown a few pictures kept inside a mystery bag. One by one they picked up a picture and identified the picture and  it’s use? They came up with varied yet interesting answers.

A gallery walk was conducted outside the classroom wherein they observed the display boards and discussed the message being put forth through those boards.


Students were welcomed to their class with an ice breaking activity named ‘Fizz buzz’ wherein they stood in a circle and counted numbers from 1 to 50 and at every odd number they said ‘Fizz buzz’ instead of the number.

They also attempted task sheets based on the activity ‘Scavenger Hunt’ and ‘Math about me’.

Students completed a looping back sheet to reiterate the concepts done in their previous grade.

They played a game where they were divided into pairs to compare numbers by rolling a dice and identify who had the bigger number.

To reinforce the concept of numbers, students played a number Bingo game from 1-20.

They also did an activity where they were given number cards from 1-30 and were asked to arrange them in the correct sequence. Later, they repeated this activity using manipulatives.


Students were welcomed back with quite a few fun activities. They were given sheets where they were asked to draw anything creative which appealed to them. This was followed by an activity where they were given 4-5 colour pencils each with a meaning assigned to each colour. They spoke some facts about the meaning given to each colour.

A general discussion followed where students spoke about their new classroom and discussed  essential agreements. They also attempted a task sheet about a ‘secret message from their teacher’.

Students did a fish bowl activity where they picked up a chit that had a letter written on it. They read aloud the letter and named a word with it. A few of them tried speaking a sentence using those words too.

They practiced writing upper and lower case letters, while also attempting a work sheet to reiterate the previous concepts.

During a class reading session, students were read a story ‘Sharing a shell’ which emphasized  the importance of sharing with friends to allow them to revisit essential agreements.


The students expressed themselves through an activity and also spoke about how they spent their summer vacation. They also practiced Vyanjan and maatraas, through an activity using flash cards. They watched a video on वर्णमाला (varnmaala), identified pictures and wrote two/three letter words. 


Students were welcomed into their ICT classes with a warm smile. Faculty members[KS1]  interacted with each other and talked about their summer holidays- vacations, summer activities and, of course, studies. Some of the students happily shared with the class the skills they had developed during the holidays, such as creative writing using computer  and so on.

The week began with a discussion on essential agreements .Each student had a unique perspective of the challenges that they have faced in the past years, and everyone provided possible solutions for them, to improve the classroom environment.

Students were introduced to Microsoft Paint which is a basic computer graphics program found on most personal computers using a Windows operating system. They were shown how to draw basic shapes using pencil feature.


Dance lessons focused on development of rhythm patterns  and body isolations .

Students learned basic choreography in jazz style on the song uptown funk.


Students discussed about the importance of using a ruler. They also learnedt how to draw straight lines by taking measurements with a ruler. Later they drew standing lines at a distance of 1 cm each using a ruler.


Students learned about rhythm and how to clap different patterns over a beat.


Students shared their previous knowledge about motor skills and engaged in general warm up exercises to develop their motor skills.


First graders  visited the library after the summer vacation with lot of enthusiasm and excitement. The opportunity to choose their books independently beckoned them.  They were given a library tour to make them aware where to find books of their interest. Grade 1 was also read out library Essential Agreements and why these agreements were important to follow. Students chose two books for borrowing and reading at will.