The International School Award (ISA) aims at embedding international work into the curriculum, thereby, making the students aware about the global issues. As part of the ISA action plan, a virtual meet was planned and executed for the students of class VI.
The times have changed and we no longer stay confined within the four walls of our thinking and reckoning. In an effort to give our students an international exposure and make them aware of the diverse cultures that are prevalent outside the border of their own country, we undertook this meeting. The students were apprised about the project given to class VI –‘Climate at Stake’ in which they will be studying about the Changing Climatic conditions of India, Greenland and Brazil. Various factors that have affected the climate in the past thirty years were discussed. They were briefed about how the factors like population growth, pollution and industrialization causing variation in temperature, precipitation and humidity is an indicator of climate change across the globe. Information about endangered species was discussed to create awareness among the students about how climate is not only affecting human beings but it is a threat to animals as well.
The students of class VI were also enlightened about the various activities they will be undertaking under ISA plan in different subjects like English, Math, Science, Social Science among others.
The meeting was aimed at adding a global dimension to students’ learning experience and foster skills of teambuilding, innovation and leadership.
It was an interactive session and all the queries of our dear students were attended to.
The International School Award (ISA) recognizes and celebrates exemplary practices of internationalism in schools. K.R Mangalam World School, G.K-II prides itself for being able to incorporate international dimension in its curriculum and giving global exposure to its students.
In light of the same, the students of class VIII were comprehensively explained the meaning of the term ‘indigenous’ and were introduced to the concept of ‘Indigenous Games’ through a Power point Presentation as part of ISA project on 28 May, 2020. They were also informed about the three countries of study-India, Canada and Brazil for the project. The teacher explained how indigenous games arerecreational activities that originated from a particular cultural group, community or people. These games help people to take pride in their indigenous background and feel identified with their culture and history. They aim at promoting native sports, these games are different from the mainstream sports, which are regulated by international federations, and have fixed rules. The teacher also explained how these games were different from the common league games.
The fact that playing indigenous games not only improves physical development and brain stimulation, but also polishes their social skills was reiterated amongst them. Through these games children learn to play to win and also understand how to accept defeat gracefully.
As a part of the project, each section of class VIII has been given a country and a game to research about. Each section of students was explained the game under their study and how the students will be conductingtheir research based on the links to be provided by the teacher.
Students were also briefed about the making of the scrap book which would reflect their creative skills and innovation under the current lock down conditions due to the pandemic.
The session was welcomed enthusiastically by the students and received a lot of admiration.
The International School Award (ISA) by British Council is a leadership challenge that fosters team-building, innovation, project management and encourages collaboration and critical thinking. In pursuit of the same, K.R Mangalam World School, G.K-II has committed to embed international awareness in the students by undertaking projects which aim at achieving Sustainable Development Goals. One such project has been taken up by the students of classes IX and XI, i.e ‘Clean and Green Energy’. The objective of the project is to make the students aware of the alternative sources of energy and study the levels of use and investment in clean energy resources.
The Social Science and Science teachers of the respective classes introduced the project to the students virtually with the help of a Power Point Presentation. The teachers explained how energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for climate change, food production or development goals, access to energy is essential for all. They also emphasised that sustainable energy is an opportunity that has the potential to transform lives. After providing comprehensive and objective information on the energy sources, the teachers encouraged the children to explore the renewable and non-renewable sources of energy used in India, France and Indonesia in terms of production and consumption,its cost efficiency, budget, schemes or policies by respective governments as well as the consequences or limitations of them. This project cultivated curiosity in the students and motivated them to engage themselves in meaningful discussions.
Report of Classes III – V
Keeping in tandem with our motto “Together Towards Tomorrow”, we work towards scaling new invigorating heights by focusing on diverse areas in the realm of education and personality development.
As the Covid-19 outbreak swirls, we at K.R Mangalam World School, G.K-II have taken some contingent measures to keep students engaged through online education. In this time of crisis, we believe in unraveling every child’s potential by providing a holistic environment to discover his/her creativity, ability and talent. Our approach to education lies on a foundation of internalization of values through curricular and co-curricular activities. The ‘virtual classes’ for students are designed to make them lifelong learners with a sound moral fabric.
Our little explorers of class III enjoyed the ‘Map Activity’ based on ‘Continents and Oceans’. Keeping in mind the topic of the week, students enthusiastically made a ‘Paper Mache Globe’ with some recycled newspapers and colours. This activity kept them busy as they continued to learn something new. The students of Class III were also introduced to the topic of ‘Gender’ during their Hindi class. They learnt about the meaning with the help of a video and various examples.
The students of class IV enjoyed learning about ‘Nouns’ and were thrilled to gain knowledge about types of nouns. They enthusiastically participated in the sentence formation activity done during the online class and were excited to see the videos on ‘Types of Nouns’. It was indeed an interactive session.
Learning by doing enhances a child’s knowledge and creates better understanding. Keeping this in mindthe students of Class V performed various science activities. While reading the Chapter, ‘How Plants Reproduce’, students carried out an activity on seed germination, in which they soaked a rajmah (bean) seed and a chana (gram) seed. They observed their seed germinating and saw it growing through the week. They also learnt the art of vegetative propagation by growing a potato plant from bud of a potato.
Students also tied a see through polythene around a branch with leaves on it and let it be there for a day. They could see drops of water inside the polythene, which had come out from the stomata, found on the under surface of the leaves during the process of photosynthesis. To enhance their learning aboutFungi, the children grew fungi (moulds) on a slice of bread and on atta.
Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness. It helps the body and the mind to work together. Music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. Our little singers sang the song ‘500 miles’. They successfully completed the first verse of the song and will continue to learn the next verse too.
Physical education is essential to the development of motor skills and the enhancement of reflexes. Students thoroughly enjoyed the warm-up sessionconducted by the Physical Education teacher. All the interesting exercises left the children totally energized and thrilled.
Dance sharpens the mind, increases aerobic power and strength, and can reduce stiffness. Through dance classes, the children learnt the definition of ‘Kathak Dance’ including its basic hand movement and leg movement and enjoyed themselves by doingall kinds of energetic steps. It was truly a delight to see the children dancing and enjoying to the tune.
During the computer class, the students gained information on the working of different types of computers which was explained to the childrenthrough an activity. The students were trained to insert different stages of computer in a tabular form. They even engaged themselves in learning this new activity. It was indeed an enriching and learning experience for everyone.
The math activity of ‘Roman Numerals’ was designed to actively involve the students of class IV. Students were asked to write the date and age of their family members in Roman numerals using Match sticks /Tooth picks /Ice cream sticks etc. This activity helped the children understand the chapter of ‘place value’ easily and effectively.
Inter school competitions help children to develop not only the essential skills but also help them in their mental growth. These competitions provide enriching experience to the students as well as they enhance their communication and interpersonal skills. The students of classes IV and V participated in Inter School Competitions.
• ‘Mannat Sharma’ participated in the ‘Rangometry’ competition which was held on 12 May 2020. Mannat’s Rangometry theme was Covid-19 – Stay home, stay safe. She presented a video of how she made the Rangometry andshared a few lines on it.
• Harshita Garg participated in the event -Toy from a Trash which was held on 12 May 2020 wherein she demonstrated a toy named “Rotating Flexagon”.
• On 15 May 2020, ‘Gyanada Naik’ of Class IV also participated in ‘Prop-O-Poem’ Competition in which she presented a humorous poem using her props innovatively.
• ‘Anushree Ray’ of Class V participated in the Inter School Competition, ‘Akal Hasya Abhinay’. She enacted as a famous comedian‘Surender Sharma’ and presented a hilarious act. It was a truly mesmerizing performance!
Day 1: Drawing Without Seeing
The session of Happiness Curriculum st K.R Mangalam World School, G.K-II began with mindful check-in for 2-5 minutes by feeling one’s body and mind and simply allowing any waves of thoughts, emotions or physical sensation to just be. Before introducing a new topic to the class, a recap of the last week sessions were done, this was to refresh their memory and constantly reflect on the importance of being mindful. Students shared how they have been using the techniques taught in happiness classes in different situations of their lives which are helping them to cope with worries, stress and uncertainty.
The topic of the week, mindful drawing, was introduced to the students by the facilitator after taking the feedback from the students. Students by now are familiar with the concept of mindfulness and were guided as to how any art form can help them to become mindful. Students were having all the material they required with them for activity, afterwards students were told to get any object near to them which they can easily get a hold of. Students were given instructions that throughout the activity their eyes will be closed. Then they were told to hold and feel the object. While feeling the particular object students were guided to trace the outlines and examine the texture and the shape. Then they were directed to draw the object on the paper just by feeling it.
The activity helped the students bring attention to the present moment in time by focusing on what they are drawing – the sound, feeling of it, what one can see and cannot see etc. Not being able to see what they were drawing intensified their fluidity, touch and sensitivity too.
The session ended with a five minute mindful check out (deep breathings and relaxation exercises) which made them feel affirmative and relaxed, increasing their self-awareness and reducing stress levels which in turn will help them channelize their energy into positive direction.
Day 2: Look, Observe and Draw
The session began with mindful check-in for 2-5 minutes by feeling one’s body and mind and simply allowing any waves of thoughts, emotions or physical sensation to just be which in turn helped students to be in the present moment. Just after their mindful check- in ended, students shared their experience and viewpoints about the previous activity. Afterwards, the facilitators introduced the activity of the session as the topic for the week remains the same. The students were informed that they will be shown a picture of which they need toobserve and note the details and try to redraw it with exactness. Students were again informed that they are not expected to be an artist as it’s very much about the process rather than end product.
On asking, students shared that with the help of mindful drawing they felt less cluttered and stressed and felt grounded and much connected to their own mind.
The session ended with a two to three minute silent mindful check out which included various mindfulness exercises to relax various muscles of the body making them feel relaxed, calm and composed.
The International School Award (ISA) recognizes and celebrates exemplary practices of internationalism in schools. In pursuit of the same, the students of classes II and III of K.R. Mangalam World School, GK-II enthusiastically participated in the ‘Show & Tell Activity’ as part of the ISA project-The Palate Fest on 21 May, 2020.The project, ‘Palette Fest’ aims at exploring the different cuisines of India, Mexico and Japan and recognises that food is a universal language that people from any part of the world can relate to and enjoy.
Our young KRM chefs of class II wore culinary paraphernalia like chef’s cap, aprons, gloves etc. while putting their creative and culinary talent to utmost use. They rustled up delicious gourmet delights and stirred up refreshing mocktails. The students spoke about the non-fire dish prepared by them with confidence and poise. The range of food items prepared by the students from India, Mexico and Japan were varied. From pasta salad,golgappa chaat, rainbow sandwiches, jaljeera to tacos, calpis, fruit sando, etc, were prepared and shown by the children.
The students of class III also presented a non-fire cooking dish with the help of ‘Virtual Classroom’. The activity encompassed food preferences, food around the world and social determinants. In class III, the students not only spoke about the famous cuisines of three countries- India, Mexico and Japan, they also highlighted the calorific value, nutrients used, ingredients used and its benefits towards our health in today’s contemporary world. The desideratum of the activity was to allure enthrallment and provoke curiosity regarding famous cuisines, spread awareness about them and equip the learners with the global knowledge of the food habits of various countries.
It was a feast to eyes to watch the budding kids acting and presenting like fountainheads of knowledge expounding about various cuisines even at this present difficult scenario. Our young presenters left no stone unturned. The activity stimulated their imagination and proved vital for the students in understanding cultural diversity of the different cuisines.
ISA PROJECT- DANCING HUES (KG & I)
Dance is believed to be a social manifestation that represents characteristic aspects of a society. It is aimed at enhancing the students’ knowledge in multicultural awareness and building strong values among them through various interesting activities.The students of classes KG and 1 participated in the ‘Show N Tell’ activity as part of ISA project, ‘Dancing Hues’. This project is aimed at makingthe students understand the dance forms of different countries like India, Spain and Germany, showcasing their culture, tradition and costumes and instilling passion for dance in young students.
The students of Classes KG-A, KG-B and KG-Clearnt about the folk dances of India and the children of classes KG-D, KG-E and KG-F learnt about the classical dance forms of India. Students were given information about the various dance forms of India through PPTs and videos. After giving relevant information, students were asked to show a picture of their chosen dance form and speak a few lines about the same. Students of sections A, B, C spoke about the folk dances of Indian states like Punjab, Maharashtra and Rajasthan while sections D, E and F spoke about the classical dances of Indian states like Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Manipur and Odisha.
Classes 1A, 1B and 1C were allocated the dances of Spain and the sections 1D, 1E and 1F were allocated the dances of Germany. Students were given information about the relevant countries through PPTs, videos and colouring sheets. Thereafter, students were asked to show a picture of the given dance form and speak a few lines about the same. Students of sections A, B and C spoke about the dances of Spain like Flamenco, Fandango and Paso Doble etc while sections D, E and F spoke about the dances of Germany like Waltz, Schuhplattler and Zwiefacher etc. It was an exciting learning experience for them and it was a delight to see that all the students had taken keen interest in all the activities. The students were given an opportunity to exhibit their confidence and speaking skills. It was quite appreciable to see that even in the current scenario of lockdown, a few parents managed to dress up their wards according to the given theme.
All our budding artists and young explorers of classes KG and I enthusiastically participated in these joyful activities which enhanced their international awareness.
Overcoming all barriers, the teachers as well as students of K.R Mangalam World School, G.K-II continue to pursue the virtual world of academic lessons with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm.
Under Mathematics, the chapter- A pair of Linear Equations in Two variables was covered. The solutions of a linear equation form a line in the Euclidean plane, and, conversely, every line can be viewed as the set of all solutions of a linear equation in two variables. Linear equations occur frequently in all mathematics and their applications in physics and engineering, partly because non-linear systems are often well approximated by linear equations. This was explained with a mix of audio-visual aids like ppt’s and videos.
In Chemistry, the chapter- Acids, Bases and Salts was assessed through a google quiz.
Under Biology, the chapter- Our Environment was explained with specific reference to the topic: Ecosystem and its components. This was further explained vividly with the help of flow charts and ppt’s depicting the Food Chain.
Under Social Sciences, a concept test (google quiz) on History, Ch- Nationalism in India was conducted throughout all sections. The lesson- Print Culture and The Modern World was introduced to the students with the help of informative PPT’s.
Under French, speaking skills activity was conducted on the Topic- Our life with Covid-19- “Notre vie avec Covid- 19”.
An Online Workshop and an E-Motivational Session for Class-X students was also conducted by Mr. Gagandeep Arora on the 15th of May, 2020, on the theme – “BRAIN GYM For Fun Filled & Super-Fast Learning”. Mr. Gagandeep spoke about the skills required for faster memorization through the process of Structured Visualization.
The science department of K.R Mangalam World School, G.K-II is focusing on teaching methodology inculcating a ‘learning by observing and doing’ approach during the online teaching sessions.
With limited sources and facilities- both in terms of materials as well as exploration of the environment , the teachers have tried to conduct simple activities during the course of teaching of each science chapter.
Students of classes III , IV and V – have not just viewed videos and interesting power points – they have also conducted activities like germination of gram seeds and recording their observations in the sheets sent by the teachers. They have observed the edible parts of plants like roots ,leaves and stems that store food in them at home and identified them after learning about the same . Conduction of water through stems and vegetative propagation in potato was understood by doing and observing the results by students.
Active involvement of students at various levels has significantly contributed towards the teaching –learning online experience.
As the pandemic continues, the teachers at K. R Mangalam World School G.K-II have taken to methods of learning in science which would not only enhance the skills of the students but also bringing out their inner creativity.
Integrating these skills with virtual learning, students of class VI understood the concept of weaving using two or more strips of coloured paper and made beautiful colourfuldesigns and patterns. In continuation, students also learnt about making yarn from cotton in the lesson ‘Fibre to Fabric’.
To understand the secretions of glands and digestion of food,videos and power point presentations aroused the interest in the students of class VII to learn about the complete process by visual aids.
Wonderful activities on electrostatic forces were explained and thus performed by the students of class VIII using a balloon, plastic scale and pieces of paper.