Week 18

Unit of inquiry

Taking the unit further, students were read a story ‘Be a good friend’  through which they inquired into some attitudes like- cooperation, appreciation, tolerance.

They loved being an audience for a role play enacted by their facilitators show casing the relationship with friends with the above mentioned attitudes.

As a follow up activity, students made a friendship tree. They were given a leaf each on which they illustrated/wrote the attitudes connected with friendship and how they would like their friends to treat them.

Students loved singing- ‘The more we get together, the happier we’ll be’ and were also read a story book – ‘Never be selfish’. Post which a formative assessment was undertaken for which they coloured the attitudes they learned with respect to neighbours, parents, teacher, pets and friends.

 

English

Students were introduced to a new set of sight words – so, of, to, and has with a hopscotch game. Later they wrote the same in their journals and tried making sentences using the same.

 

Introduction to ‘ut’, and ‘un’ family words was done with a mystery bag activity. Students took out pictures, identified them and called out aloud. For example – nut, hut, pug, hug, sun.

As a follow up, a listening activity was carried out in the class  where students listened to the audio and answered questions about the same:

http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/skills/listening/elementary-a2-listening/eating-out

http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/skills/listening/elementary-a2-listening/going-cinema

Maths

Difference between oval and circle was reiterated to students through videos on the two shapes, post which they had a discussion on the difference between the two.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sPT-lLk8JY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfYNkMgJfLo

Formative assessment on 2D shapes was undertaken in which students were given a bingo sheet. They were asked shape related questions and expected to colour the 2D shape accordingly. Introduction to 3D shapes was done (cube, sphere, cylinder, cone, cuboid) with a 3D shapes song .

https://youtu.be/2cg-Uc556-Q

Association of real objects with 3D shapes was undertaken too  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jerxQ0tvtI. They also illustrated real life objects for each 3D shape in their process journals.

Hindi

Students were introduced to vyanjan ‘थ’ through flash cards and vocabulary words were introduced. They brainstormed the words starting with the letter. Students practiced the formation with the help of rainbow writing which was followed by writing on the slates.

Students were given some pictures which they pasted in their journals and wrote the initial vyanjan against it.

Students were narrated a story ‘Amma ki saari’ in  class. As a follow up, they sequenced the picture cards of the story.

Circle time

Students developed-

Self-management skills- How to tie shoe laces

Art

Students are learning to draw a portrait of their peers following simple steps. Use of  geometric shapes and  line of symmetry are being used for drawings.

Music

Students learned two new dynamics in music which are ‘legato’ (indicating that music notes are sung in a connected manner) and its opposite ‘staccato’ (indicating that music notes are shorter and sung in a disconnected manner).

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Physical Education

Student have been practicing basketball dribbling as a primary skill. They practiced basketball dribble in a zig zag way with the right and left hand around the cone and through the cone.

Library

KG children were asked to draw on a piece of paper all those gifts that they want Santa to bring for them on this Christmas, , they further explained what they drew and it was written by us on those slips. Many of them wanted cars, dolls, trucks. however, some gifts were very unique like machines, robots, and real baby girl or baby boy.

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Dance

Students were taught the mirroring exercises to improve their concentration and observation skills.This would enhance their skills to pick up movements with more clarity.

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Week 16 & 17

Unit of inquiry

Taking the unit further, students loved narrating stories about their friendship with their pets at home,  how they played, cuddled  and took care of them.

A guest speaker session was undertaken by Ms. Isha Vasudeva to further build up the understanding on a child’s relationship with pets. Students were shown an audio-visual of the facilitator’s pet dog’ which displayed the beautiful relationship they share. They learned how the facilitator took care of her dog. Students were also shown a few accessories (hair brush, slippers, leash, food etc.) used for pet care.

Students attempted a formative assessment wherein they coloured a few attitudes which could be associated with different relationships. An interesting learning engagement was undertaken wherein the students were asked to discuss and label their facilitator in class using attitudes and attributes that best suited her.

 

English

Students were introduced to ‘ig’, ‘id’ and ‘it’ family words through a learning engagement using disposable glasses. They tried forming the words on a mat using LMA (Large Moveable Alphabet) box. Later, they wrote the words on a slate. They also brainstormed and wrote ‘ip’ and ‘in’ family words in their journals.

Recapitulation of sight words – my, that, we, have, he, she was also done on the light table. As a follow up, they read and wrote the same in their journals.

Maths

Students enhanced their social skills by working in pairs to assess their peers on the concept of time.

Further reinforcement on the concept of time was done through a learning engagement where they were asked specific time related questions: ‘what time does breakfast end?’, ‘what time do you go to the park?’, ‘what time do we eat lunch?’, ‘when do you sleep at night?’ etc. As an extended activity, they marked the time on a wooden clock.

Provocation to the concept of 2D shapes using pictures provided cues for students to locate different shapes in their surroundings.

Students were introduced to few more shapes like diamond, pentagon, oval and semicircle and their properties were even discussed in the form of riddles.

Colouring of different 2D shapes was undertaken and students wrote the number of sides and vertices of each shape in their journals.

Hindi

Students wrote two letter words like bas, van,vak etc. on the slate and in their process journals.

Students enhanced their communication skills by enthusiastically performing their ‘Take and Talk’ activity in Hindi. They were introduced to swar ‘a’ and its vocabulary using flash cards. They also brainstormed  different words beginning with the letter and  tried to trace it in sand. They further wrote the same in their journals and illustrated pictures related to it.

Students sang new rhymes ‘yeh hai mera parivaar’ and ‘udi patang’.

https://www.youtube.com/user/venuskidsworld

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txGruoneubk

Circle time

 

  • Communication Skills- students shared how they spent their weekend with family and friends.
  • Self-management skills- students were taught how to tie shoe laces through a lacing board and how to fold a handkerchief/t-shirt.
  • Enhancement of fine and gross motor skills was achieved by creating maple leaves in different colours using play doh and sand castles in play area
  • Art

    Students examined the elements of composition. They even discussed about  portraits  and their types. Students also observed some of the portraits created by senior students.

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Music

The students were assessed on their singing capabilities. They sang individually on the microphone. The students also took turns to play the C major scale (Do, Re, Mi) on the xylophone.

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Physical Education

Student did circuit training to develop their locomotor skills. They enjoyed feet jump, zig- zag run, hopping, various foot work by using ladder, cones and hurdles. Students became agile, developed body mind coordination,  strength and speed through circuit training. They played relay-type games using selected locomotor skills and apparatus.

Library

KG listened to the story ‘when the earth lost its shapes’ by Shobha Viswanath. The story had a very interesting take on shapes. One day, the earth loses all its shape. Someone apparently stole it. Then the triangles and squares and circles and spheres are no longer triangles and squares and circles and spheres. The oranges are no more round and eggs are no more ovals. They start losing shape and start becoming like each other. It’s only the smallest dot that was left in its original circular shape and eventually emerged as a hero for by joining all small dots it made shapes come back to the earth. The story taught  team spirit to children

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ICT

Students practiced telling the time through an app. They were asked time by the hour, which they showed by arranging hour and minute hands on a geoboard app. Some students also finished recording voice overs for short scenes on a puppet app.

Week 15

Unit of Inquiry   

Delving deep into the inquiry, students were introduced to the matriarchal family through a power point presentation.

A guest speaker session was undertaken by Ms. Ruby Gandhar to talk about a joint family set up. Ms. Gandhar explained the roles and responsibilities of her family members. As a follow up, students reflected on their learning by illustrating on paper, various roles shouldered by their own family members.

Students learned about mindfulness and how it can help  to stay calm and composed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k_R7R1gIdA

Further, a  post lunch session on meditation focused on the breathing rhythm and allowed students to learn to be calm and relaxed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFZKK7K52uQ

Students were read a story – ‘What pet to get?’ where they understood the relationship people share with their pets.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSHt14v_EME

English

The students were introduced to ‘in’ and ‘ip’ family words. They identified  pictures and tried reading suitable words from cues. They also formed the words on a mat using LMA (Large Moveable Alphabet) box. Later, they wrote the words on a slate.

To further strengthen understanding of ‘in’ and ‘ip’ family words, students sorted and pasted  pictures of related words in their process journals and wrote the CVC words beside them.

Students were introduced to a new set of sight words – my, that, we, have through flash cards. As a follow up, they read and wrote these words in their journals.

Recapitulation of sight words  was done through an online game

https://www.fun4thebrain.com/English/popcornWords.html

Maths

Provocation to the concept of time was undertaken by creating clocks using hula hoops.

Some thought provoking questions such as ‘what does this look like?’, ‘where have you seen a clock?’, ‘what is a clock used for?’ were asked. Further on, vocabulary related to time like am, pm, noon, day, night and o’clock were introduced. Students marked time on a wooden clock.

They were introduced to the difference between digital and analogue clock.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNNMAexNdGo

They read and marked time on clocks and pasted cut-outs in their journals.

Hindi

Students reinforced two letter words done so far. A few new words like कल, जल, वन, वक, चल were also introduced using a power point presentation.

A mixed pool of vyanjans along with pictures were given and students tried forming the correct word. As a follow up, they wrote them on  slates. Furthermore, they practiced writing two letter words in journals. Students were shown a story ‘chaar mitr’.

ICT

Students were introduced to time through an online interactive clock. They further practiced reading time by the hour through an iPad app.

Physical Education

Students practiced football dribbling as a primary skill. They practiced to dribble the ball in a straight line using right and left foot .

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Music

The students learned how to sing ‘Hello to all the children of the World’ (https://youtu.be/2nYjGy_ZUG8).

They also learned some dynamics like ritardando and poco ritardando (gradual slow down) and understood how to use these dynamics while singing.

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Dance

Students were taught a basic routine on the song ‘Shalala’. It was a combination of basic footwork and the earlier routines that had been learned but had been set to a new rhythm pattern.

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Library

The students were read a fantastic book  ‘The something’ by Rebecca Cobb’that portrayed creativity and imagination. The story  follows the adventure of a little boy who had  a hole in the back of his garden tree. The little boy didn’t  know what the hole was and asked a lot of different people who had different ideas. He asked his parents, friends and grandparents but no one had a clue. He kept on thinking about it and pondered about what could be the meaning of the hole. The double page spread of the little boy asleep on his windowsill and everybody’s imaginary ideas about what’s alive down the hole of the tree was intriguing. From a badger sipping tea down the hole, to a fire breathing dragon trying to get some sleep the author had fanciful things to portray! The book was  a perfect way to inspire children to stretch their imagination to endless possibilities.

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Week 14

Unit of Inquiry   

Students shared their understanding of joint and nuclear families by depicting their own family on a bar graph.

To further strengthen the students’ understanding of family and family members, they were given pictures  which they stuck on a double bubble map to further differentiate between a joint and a nuclear family.

Some new vocabulary words like maternal, paternal, matriarchy etc. were introduced too.

English integration was done through a story ‘Who’s in my family’.

English

Recapitulation of  ‘o’ family words- ‘ob’, ’op’, ’ot’, ’og’ and ’ox’ was done where pictures were identified  and students read the CVC words aloud. They also associated the words with given picture cards and wrote the words on the slate too.

Language was integrated with unit of inquiry where in students presented a ‘Take and Talk’ on ‘relationship I cherish’.

Students also constructed short sentences with sight words and ‘a’ and ‘o’ family words.

Hindi

Two letter words were introduced with the help of flash cards.

Students practiced formation of two letter words on sand light table and on slates.

Dictation on vyanjan  was undertaken too.

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Math

Summative assessment on positions words was undertaken.  Students were assessed on their understanding of vocabulary related to position words.

Math was integrated with unit of Inquiry  where  students shared their understanding of joint and nuclear families by depicting their own family on a bar graph.

Information Technology

Students practiced coding skills on the app code –a –pillar. They had fun working on the app. Students also revised computer fundamentals through question and answers.

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Music
The students sang ‘a gift to you’ and ‘she’ll be coming round the mountain’, applying dynamics to these songs. They also shared their favourite songs on the microphone.

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Dance

Students were taught a basic routine to rhythm pattern using the combination of movement phrases, they had learned earlier.

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Art

Students discussed about the elements of composition like background, foreground and objects. They observed the difference between oil pastels and wax colours. Later they used their time wisely to finish their pending work.

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Physical Education

Students practiced basic types of dribbling like normal dribble, where in there are no nearby defenders to steal the ball and low dribble, thereby keeping the ball low to the floor. They played matches as well to develop a little more interest for football.

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Library

Kindergarteners were read a Hindi book ‘baitha aas lagye, jaldi saal pura ho jaye’ by Deepak Mehta. The story about a child who waited for his father to buy him a bicycle because his all friends had one,was an interesting read .After a wait of 2 long difficult years, he finally got the bicycle but then soon realised that something was more difficult than buying bicycle.. that was cycling itself !! But with constant practice, passion and dedication he became an excellent rider.

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Week 13

Unit of Inquiry

Tuning  into the first line of inquiry, how we develop relationships was undertaken by reading a story ‘our new baby’. This was followed by a class discussion on how relationships are developed and what is a child’s first relationship when he/she is born.

Students decoded the central idea, ‘people’s relationships with each other can have an impact on their well-being’ with the help of visual illustrations.

Social emotional learning was introduced through morning and afternoon circle time activities where students expressed their present feelings and the reasons for it. They were also apprised about different emotional feelings like anger, happiness, excitement, sadness, confusion etc. Later they illustrated their feelings to depict different emotions.

Continuing further into the unit, students were introduced to different kinds of family structures like– joint and nuclear families with help of a story ‘Families are different’. They were introduced to words like maternal, paternal, grand-parents, joint family, nuclear family etc. and their relationships with each one of them.

Building further on the understanding  of relationships, students illustrated their own families on the given A4 sheets.

 

 

English

Students were read an ORT story ‘Presents for dad’.  Learning was further reinforced with a formative assessment, wherein they sequenced an ORT book using picture cards and narrated the story in their own words.

Introduction to vowels and consonants was done through LMA box. Students were asked to create CVC words with vowels and consonants to understand the importance of vowels.

They also practiced writing simple phrases with the help of pictures pasted in their journal like ‘The cat’, ‘A rat’ etc.

Students were introduced to ‘op’, ‘ox’ and ‘ob’ family words with a game called ‘Spin the wheel’ . They further practiced writing the same on the light table.

New set of sight words like as , at, I , can , an and see were introduced during a hopscotch game, whence they read the words aloud while playing and later wrote the same words in their journal.

Hindi

Students practiced formation of vyanjan ‘pa’ and made illustrations with related vyanjan in their journals.

Hindi was integrated with the unit of inquiry through story ‘Mera parivaar’. As a follow up of the story they enacted  one of their family member using  puppets as aids.

Students learned the days of the week in Hindi too.

Math

Students began the week by practicing skip counting with flash cards. Understanding of odd and even numbers was further developed with help of pairing strategy wherein they created odd and even patterns using flash cards. A summative assessment of odd and even numbers was undertaken too.

Introduction of positional words was done with help of a presentation, wherein student responses were noted down on a chart and position words were explained and highlighted.

Related vocabulary words like inside, outside, above, below, next to behind, up, down, left right etc were introduced .

Learnings were further developed through a game, wherein students followed teacher’s instructions and placed objects accordingly. They also drew objects on the template according to the given instructions.

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Circle Time

  • Students shared how they spent their weekend with family and friends
  • They illustrated their family, pets, toys etc. Later they explained the idea behind their drawings
  • Good mannerism in daily lives was practiced with help of an audio- visual.

 

Information Technology

As an integration with UOI, students explored different tools to put forth their creative skills while illustrating different seasons and relationships using Tux paint. Students also had fun forming different words on Word Wagon.

Music

The students sang ‘A Gift to You’ (https://youtu.be/n3iG1gkW9R0) with dynamics and understood how dynamics make songs more beautiful. They even sang some vocal exercises to enhance their vocal quality.

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Art 

Students revised the essential agreements of colouring. They then used the colour codes given to them to colour their compositions using wax crayons.

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Physical Education

Students practiced football dribbling as a primary skill. They practiced dribbling in a straight line with their dominant foot around the cone and through the cone lanes.

Library

The students listened to a story ‘Penguins can’t fly’ by Richard Byrne.

The story centered  around two baby birds, a gull and a penguin who grew up being the best of friends. When it was time for the gull to fly, the penguin realized he cannot fly. The gull becomes friends with other gulls who made fun of the penguin for not being able to fly. But when one of the gull got into trouble, they realized that even though penguins can’t fly he had a special talent of his own!

This book taught them that  though friends may not be able to do the same things, each and every one of them is special and unique.

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Week 12

Unit of Inquiry   

Kindergarteners commenced their 2nd unit under trans disciplinary theme who we are where the central idea revolved around how people’s relationships with each other can have an impact on well-being’.
Lines of Inquiry:

  • How we develop relationships
  • How relationship affect us
  • My role and behaviour in maintaining relationships

Students were shown a video on team building and the need for developing any relationship.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jop2I5u2F3U

The above video was followed by thought provoking questions using a question dice.

Building further on this students used their thinking skills and came up with interesting answers to understand the values of sharing, caring and being together.

Students also enjoyed the game of ‘blind fold’ to understand the importance of trust and unity, where students walked blind folded taking instructions from their peers to complete a task, based on trust.

Hindi Integration with the unit of inquiry was done through a story ‘ Ekta mein hai bal’ to understand the power of unity- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGG6KgZ3fhc.  This was followed by a small experiment with wooden sticks, where in students were given a stick each and later a bundle of sticks to break, helping them understand the power of unity.

Continuing further with the 1st line of inquiry, students were shown the following videos related to various relationship within the community- our relationship with family, our teacher, our pets and other living beings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qedh62-LYiU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X6pqSHYUgY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_FdHABaS24

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDI0gc9smZA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KFlJYWIrPs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UVr9KxdIMU

As a follow up, they indulged in a group discussion which addressed questions like:

  • Who all are there in the video?
  • What are they doing?
  • How are they related to each other?

The questions set them to think about families and relationships, further enhancing their social and thinking skills too.

English

Students attempted a dictation on ‘a’ family words.

Students were paired up and they sequenced the ORT picture cards. Later they sequenced the story .

Recapitulation of the sight words was done through ‘word ladder’ game, wherein they pasted the ‘word ladder’ in their journals and tried reading and coloring the sight word.

They brainstormed ‘ot’ and ‘og’ family words and wrote the words in their process journals.

Hindi

They were introduced to a new vyanjan ‘pa’ and vocabulary words with the help of flash cards.

Students practiced formation of vyanjan ‘pa’ on sand light table.

Reinforcement of vyanjan ‘ra’ and ‘ka’ was done where students associated picture cards with the related vyanjan.

Reinforcement of ‘Rangon ke naam’ was also done.

They loved learning a new rhyme ‘Suraj’.

Math

Students were introduced to number line. They created number line with the help of number cut-outs. Through the same they learned skip-counting in 2’s by jumping and skipping one number.

They reinforced the odd and even number patterns in their journals.

Information Technology

UOI was integrated with information technology, when students explored different tools like stamps, paint brush and Tux Paint and unleashed their creative skills to illustrate different seasons. Some of them also tried illustrating the solar system using Tux Paint.

Music
The students learned dynamics like ‘forte’ (loud), ‘piano’ (soft), ‘mezzo piano’ (medium soft) and ‘mezzo forte’ (medium loud) and applied them to their singing. They loved singing ‘Let It Go’ and understood how dynamics make a song sound more beautiful. The students have also been doing some vocal exercises.

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Dance

Students revised ‘ram sam sam’ song to test their rhythmic sense, ‘the rain dance’ to test their somatic memory skills and ‘the winter dance’ to test their floor work techniques. Students were appreciated for their practice and exhibited improvement in their routine.

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Art

Students drew a semi-circle with the help of a stencil and converted the same into a rat by drawing some more simple elements. On completion, they were given wax colours to colour their work.

Physical Education

Students practiced low dribble (up to knee level) and high dribble (up to waist level). They also learned the difference between these dribbles. Practicing these skills is helping them develop body and hand coordination. They are working on improving their motor skills.

Library

Bela gets lost again! This time, at the railway station. ‘Did her granny board the train that she just missed?’, ‘Will the kind ticket collector help reunite her with granny?’..The kindergarteners took an exciting journey with Bela and her friends in Neha Singh’s endearing sequel to ‘The Wednesday Bazaar’, illustrated by Sonal Gupta.

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Week 11

Unit of Inquiry   

Taking the current unit further, the students inquired about birds and animals that start to prepare for migration and hibernation during autumn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc3YIrs19fw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FonCq9YJJxw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm6uUpF0p5U

They were shown an audio-visual that provided insight into equinox and why days become shorter during autumn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drujIxWmxyc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSs8K_HQSZ4

Moving further, they inquired about crops that are harvested during autumn season like cranberries, pomegranates, pumpkins, sweet potatoes etc. Further, students also investigated fall harvest festivals like Moon festival in China, Chuseok in Korea, Thanksgiving in Grenada, Sukkot in Israel and Halloween in America .

 

English

The students were introduced to ‘ot’ and ‘og’ family words through a fun game –‘spin the wheel’. They identified/named the pictures and tried reading the words. They also formed the words on a mat using LMA (Large Moveable Alphabet) box.

Further they researched ‘ot’ and ‘og’ family words by sorting and  sticking pictures in their process journals and writing CVC words beside the pictures.

 

Hindi

Students practiced formation of vyanjan ‘va’ on slates and sand light table. As a follow up, they made illustration related to vyanjan ‘va’ and practiced writing the same in their process journals.

They further pasted pictures related to vyanjan ‘va’ in their process journals and identified the initial sound.

Math

Students created number patterns with the help of punched paper bits in their journals. They were also introduced to an iPad app on patterns.

Students attempted a formative assessment on ‘patterns’.

 

Information Technology

Students had fun exploring educational games on the laptop, joining  dots and solving mazes. Though initially they found mouse handling tough but later enjoyed manipulating it.

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Music

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

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Art

Students learned how a complicated drawing can be made easy by dividing it into geometrical shapes. Keeping this concept in mind, they illustrated a bird, following the steps of using shapes.

 

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Physical Education

Students focused on basketball drill, where they did zig-zag run and walked through the cones. They were also involved in different recreational games using basketball like relay races, drop and catch. These drills helped students to develop their locomotive and non-locomotive movements.

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