SOCIAL SCIENCE WEEK 2016-17
The Social Science week was observed in school from the 18 April to 22 April whereby a myriad of activities were carried out by the students which culminated with the Earth Day celebrations on the 22April. The aim was to not only create awareness amongst the students about their environment, but also to sensitise them to the grave problems of environmental pollution and its consequences.Class III (Activity): As part of Earth Day celebrations and to express our concern for motherearth, a mask making activity was organized on 18 April for class III on the topic – ‘Saveour mother Earth’ during the Social Science week. We can do little things to preserve ourEarth, from creating awareness by using waste materials. Keeping this in mind, the students were asked to make masks by materials provided by the school and they were also allowed to use their own waste materials like ice-cream sticks, matchbox etc. Masks add to the enjoyment of any game of make-believe for small children. Thus, the little ones had great fun making the masks and it activated their creative best and also created awareness for saving our Mother Earth.
Class IV (Activity): As part of Earth Day celebrations and to express our concern for Mother Earth, a poster making activity was organized on April 18 for class IV on the topic –‘Clean India Green India ‘ during the Social Science week. We can do little things to preserve our Earth, from creating awareness by using posters. Keeping this in mind, the students were asked to make posters by materials provided by the school and they were also allowed to use their own waste materials like paper, sketch pens, borders etc.
Thus, the little ones had great fun making posters and it made them aware about the need of keeping our country clean and contributing towards saving our Mother Earth.
Class V (Activity): Route en route activity was organized on April 18 for class V during Social Science week. The students were asked to map their way from the entry gate of the school to their classroom employing signs, symbols , use of scale, directions and different colours by materials provided by the school and they were also allowed to use their own materials like ice-cream sticks, matchsticks etc to represent the actual things. Thus, the little ones had great fun making their own way and presented their work in a creative and interesting manner.
Class IV & V (Visit): In lieu of the Social Studies Week students of class IV and V recently visited National Museum of Natural History on 22 April.
A Museum of Natural History is designed to depict India’s flora, fauna and mineral wealth to provide an out of school facility for education of children and to promote environmental awareness among the masses. The Museum also strives to share information with the Nation about the depleting resources of the vibrant environment of India and hence educating the masses as well as entertaining them through a display of wide Galleries and engaging students and youngsters in numerous environmental and theme based activities.
It was quite a learning experience for children to know about the depleting resources of the vibrant environment of India.
Class VI (Activity): Class VI students performed the activity on ‘Treasure from Trash: Best out of Waste’ on 18 April. Little efforts made by us can save our Earth. By using their creativity, the young students of class VI turned ordinary items into toys, games and decorative items. This activity encouraged them to recycle waste material and convert them into useful items. They made lovely wall hangings, lampshades, flower vases etc.
Class VI (Visit): The students of Class VI had gone to visit the National Museum of Natural History on 19 April 2016. There they had an interactive session with Mr. Kaifi, the resource person. The National Museum of Natural History organises many educational programmes throughout the year viz. interpretation, extension, in-reach, and out-reach programmes. Interpretation programmes are services provided in the Museum Galleries. Extension programmes includes services provided outside the Museum to the school children. They also visited the Art and Gallery Department, it was indeed an enriching visit for the students
Students had a great experience visiting the Art and Gallery Department. It was a great platform for learning. Students had an enriching experience.
CLASS VII (Activity): During the Social Science week, a slogan making activity on the topic “Save our Environment-Go Green” on 18 April for class VII students, was organised.
All the students were divided into groups and each one of them presented their views through beautiful slogans and pictures. All the students participated enthusiastically and gave their ideas on saving the environment. They showcased the importance of going green today for our better tomorrow.
Class VII (Visit): During the Social Science week, an educational excursion was organised to Qutab Minar for class VII on 19 April. Students visited the monument, accompanied by their teachers and gathered information regarding its architecture and its history. The students had an enjoyable afternoon and a wonderful experience in learning more about their heritage.
CLASS VIII (Activity): Class VIII students of our school actively took part in a plantation drive under the group activity of ‘Van Mahotsav’ on 21 April. They were divided into groups of three, and planted saplings, provided by the horticulture department of our school. There was enthusiastic participation and the students enjoyed the connection with nature.
Class VIII (Visit): Students of class VIII visited the National Craft Museum at Bhairon Marg, New Delhi on 19 April. The Museum displays the various crafts and art of our country in various galleries. With craftsmen working at their craft in the museum premises at the same time, children could see how craft can create so many useful things which are so beautiful as well. There was a live performance of an elderly artist on a ‘Dhaph’ who was accompanied by a set of musicians and the students appreciated his lively performance. There were displays of dwellings in villages from all parts of India and it was quite fascinating. Students also got the chance to buy articles from the artists’ kiosks at the museum and returned happy with the experience.
Class IX (Activity): A discussion on fundamental rights and duties was undertaken in the class followed by the activity on writing an article on our Fundamental Rights and Duties on 18 April. The students enthusiastically participated in the same. At the end of the activity the students were sensitised about the importance of Earth Day.
Class IX (Visit): The students of and class IX visited the Meteorological Department on 18 April where they had an interactive session with Mr. Rakesh, the resource person, regarding the use of various instruments to measure various aspects of weather such as rain gauge, thermometer, hydro graph, wind vane and anemometer. Students were introduced to various observational and forecasting work of the office in Central Hydromet, Observatory (CHO), Weather Forecasting (NWFC), Satellite Meteorology and National Center for Seismology. They had a great experience visiting these units of the department. It was indeed a great platform for learning. The students had an enriching experience.
Class X (Activity): The young students of Class X got the opportunity to set their minds on the startling fact that Mother Earth needs to be saved from the inevitable destruction. The way by which this can be achieved is by using alternative sources of energy that have a sustainable future. They involved themselves in the activity of making posters on 19 April, on the topic ‘Save the Earth- Plan for the Future, to get their message through. There were slogans of very strong messages seen on the posters.
Class X (Visit): The students of Class X paid a respectful visit to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi at the Gandhi Smriti on 21 April. This educational visit took them back into the life of the father of the nation and led them to the place where he fell to the bullets of the assassin.
Gandhi Smriti, situated in the Old Birla House on 5, Tees January Marg, New Delhi, is the place where Mahatma Gandhi’s life ended on 30 January 1948. Mahatma Gandhi had lived in this house from 9 September 1947 to 30 January 1948. The preserves include the room where Mahatma Gandhi lived and the prayer ground where he held a mass congregation every evening and it was here where he lost his life.
The last step of Mahatma Gandhi
Multimedia presentation on the life of Mahatma Gandhi
Class XII (Visit) : Geography: The students of and class XII visited the Meteorological Department on 18 April where they had an interactive session with Mr. Rakesh, the resource person, regarding the use of various instruments to measure various aspects of weather such as rain gauge, thermometer, hydro graph, wind vane and anemometer. Students were introduced to various observational and forecasting work of the office in Central Hydromet, Observatory (CHO), Weather Forecasting (NWFC), Satellite Meteorology and National Center for Seismology. They had a great experience visiting these units of the department. It was indeed a great platform for learning. The students had an enriching experience.
Psychology (Activity): An activity on drafting a questionnaire on Self Esteem was conducted for students of Psychology. Self-esteem is defined as a person’s evaluation or judgment about his/her own value or worth. It’s a topic under the chapter “Self and Personality” of class XII. Studies indicate that by the age of 6-7 years, children seem to have formed self-esteem at least in 4 areas i.e. academic competence, physical/athletic competence, social competence & physical appearance.
The activity required students to prepare 5 statements each related to self-esteem in four areas i.e. general self, social self/peers, home/parents and school. So, the total number of statements to be prepared was 20. The statements were formed in a way that the respondent has to pick from two options (Like Me/Unlike Me) i.e. how he/she usually feel and to put a tick (ü) in the column. If the statement does not describe how he/she usually feel, the respondent has to put a tick (ü) in the column ‘Unlike Me’. There was no right or wrong answers.
After brainstorming various statements for different areas of self-esteem, students came up with variety of statements such as “I am confident”, “I am a moral person” and so on. Statements prepared by the students were then modified and appropriate statements for all the areas of self-esteem were developed.
History (Visit): Students of Class XII were taken on an educational visit to the National Museum as part of the Social Sciences week on 19 April. They were exposed to artefacts pertaining to their course of study. It gave them first-hand exposure to the aspects that they would go through on their textbooks. The periods that were covered were the Indus valley Civilisation, coins, scripts, armoury, and arts and crafts from the ancient and medieval history.
The National Museum in New Delhi is one of the largest museums in India which holds variety of articles ranging from pre-historic era to modern works of art. It functions under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The Museum has around 200,000 works of art, both of Indian and foreign origin, covering over 5,000 years.
A Rock Edict of Ashoka
Display of Statues A study of monuments.