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BLOG – MYP 1A

July-August

MYP 1A YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/0Xuy5aVObqQ

Language and literatureWe began the new academic year with a short description of our summer vacation. We used the 5Wand1H strategy to write the paragraph. We discussed the command terms and framed essential agreements for our class. Then, we set our goals for the first term and listed them on ManageBac.This was followed by a grammar recap where we attempted a quiz to share our understanding of parts of speech. We revisited the uses of commas and semicolons and attempted a task sheet on it. We were introduced to the unit, ‘Building intercultural understanding through short stories.’ We applied our critical thinking skills to analyze a short story from Indian folklore called ‘Birbal Ki Khichadi’ and established a connection to the unit’s Statement of Inquiry. This was followed by an introduction to Freytag’s pyramid where we learned about story structure and the essential elements of a story. We read a short story, The Golden Touch’.  We analyzed its structure using the Freytag’s pyramid and identified the different parts of exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution by writing them in a table.  We are currently revisiting the concept of active and passive voice. Aarna Jain  MYP 1E
Science We started our lessons by brainstorming about what science really means to us, and how the subject will be different in MYP as opposed to PYP. We began our unit by understanding the unit details like Global Context, Key concepts, Related concepts, and our Statement of Inquiry. We framed the inquiry questions which consisted of factual, conceptual, and debatable. We learned about the physical quantities and listed them with their meanings in our journal. We visited the Physics lab and explored the various equipment and their applications. We revised the safety rules and reminded ourselves to ensure that we will always follow them. We carefully analyzed the various equipment and noted their uses in our journals.We then learned about the scientific method and applied our understanding of variables and hypothesis to design an investigation that determined the optimal design to maximize the flight distance of an aircraft. We collaborated and experimented on which model could fly longer. We created two paper plane models per group and tested for our hypothesis. This experiment really gave us an insight into how we will be working together in the lab. Oviya Nakul and Avantikaa Puri MYP 1D 
Individuals & societiesWe started our academic year with an introduction to a new subject ‘Individuals & Societies.’ After learning what we will explore in the subject, we gave a quick introduction to know more about each other and our subject teacher. On day one, we also shared our skills in a bonding activity. Next day, we were introduced to the units planned for this term. Our mentor explained the different concepts we will be doing throughout this term and discussed the new terms  in the Middle Years Programme . We understood the concept of Global Contexts, Key Concepts, Related concepts and were informed about term end assessments. The next class, we did an activity to list all the Transdisciplinary themes we had understood in the previous grade level. We were asked to arrange ourselves as per our birthday month and we grouped in three. Keeping our allotted theme in mind, we had to select a global context referring to the document shared with us in the welcome mail by our form tutor. After we selected our Global context, we had to choose three explorations. Also, our group was asked to choose a unit that we had done in the Primary Years Programme and choose a picture that related to the unit and analyse it through the chosen Global Context.We presented our research and understanding using Google Slides which included why we had chosen that picture, the specific Global Context and exploration. In the final class for this activity, all groups recreated the modified work on paper for the showcase  on the classroom softboard.Moving to our first unit, we noted down the unit details which led into a discussion on the different Key Concepts and Related Concepts used in the subject. To get an idea on how to frame questions for the topic or unit, we then learnt about the three types of inquiry questions-debatable, conceptual and factual. We all actively participated and inquired on the different types of questions and formulated questions based on history. In the next class, we understood what history is and why it is necessary to study it. Continuing our journey into history, we carried our learning deeper to learn the two types of sources, primary and secondary. We looked at a presentation on primary and secondary sources and took extensive notes on what is a primary source and examples of the source. We tried to think of more examples and understood the differences between primary and secondary sources by using them. We are, now delving deeper into our understanding of the unit.  Siya Abhinandan, MYP 1A
MathWe began the new academic year by setting Math goals for ourselves. We discussed the command terms and framed essential agreements for our class. This was followed by a recap where we attempted a quiz on number systems. We revisited the Indian and International number system and attempted a task sheet on it. We were introduced to the first unit – Playing with numbers. In groups, we researched different number systems like Egyptian, Mayan, Roman and Greek and shared our understanding through a presentation. We wrote number names according to the Indian and international number system. We expressed our understanding of different types of number systems using the 3Ys’ global thinking routine. We reflected on why different numbers matter to us, to the people around us and to the world. We also justified that by learning about different number systems we are catering to our global context – fairness and development. We read a case study – ‘the impact of vaccination on COVID cases’ and identified the number system used in the case study. For our unit-led service as action, we were divided into groups of 3 and we researched about the Braille system and suggested places where braille cells should be implemented to help the people with reduced vision. Raunak Taneja MYP 1A
Language acquisition




French French lessons started off with various ice breaking activities in which we revised the daily conversations of greeting and saying goodbye, playing with numbers, and pronouncing the French alphabets. We played games such as guess my word, unjumble the word to recapitulate our vocabulary as well as had a quiz on the French culture and civilisation. We also had two Flip Learning Classes also where we had to do two tasks. The first task was to create an identity card for ourselves which contained all our information in French. The second task to create our family tree with all our relationships in French. We could do these tasks either on paper or online. This was a very different and fun week for us as this was the first time we had  We are excited to get to know more about the current unit.  
Jaiveer Narula   MYP 1A 
Spanish We started  our Spanish classes with  inquiring about where the language came from. We learnt and recalled Spanish culture and festivals. We then, partnered to create posters of our understanding. Tuning into our first unit, ‘Self, Family and Friends’ we first deliberated on  the unit details. This was followed by sharing our understanding using the KWL Visual Thinking Routine.   We wrote what we know, what we want to know and what we will learn using the We revised ser, estar and tener verbs, its uses and conjugation. We examined examples and understood how we write, ask and answer nationalities of females and male of different countries. We learnt numbers and professions and practiced how to ask and reply to questions about age and occupation.  This culminated in an exciting activity where we made passports of different countries as the final product of our understanding. We had ‘Fun Tuesday’ where we participated in games such as ‘Simon says’ ‘Spanish Whisper’, Touch the Colour,  and quizzes. We also practiced introducing ourselves by saying our name, age, nationality, and profession in the language. We revised names for family relations and made a family tree.
Girika Nagpal MYP 1D  
Hindi In the last few weeks, we have been having a lot of fun in our Hindi classes. We started by introduced ourselves to each other in Hindi and sharedour hobbies and interests. We attempted reading, writing, and speaking assessments through various activities. We then tuned into the unit, Me, Friends, and Family and read a story ‘ऐसे ऐसे’ on which we then created a role play.
Vaishnavi Rajauria MYP 1C 
Digital Design
We started our Digital design classes with fun activities. We played a small fun activity called Hot Potato in which we had to pass an imaginary potato with challenging rules. Then, we had a discussion on the stages of a design cycle followed by a short movie titled ‘Soar’ which was based on how the design cycle endlessly works throughout any designing process. We then, discussed Key concepts, Related concepts, and Global Contexts. In our following class, we inquired into Sustainable Development Goals. We discussed the GRASP model in the class and started exploring the SDGs to frame our design problem. We are looking forward to having more fun filled interactive design classes. 
 Anshika Yadav  MYP 1A 
Visual ArtsOur visual arts classes started with a brainstorming session where we discussed the term ‘Visual Arts’. This was a collaborative activity and we shared our understanding of the term with our peers.This was followed by a discussion where we understood how the subject requirements change from the PYP curriculum to the MYP curriculum. We then did an activity where we wrote our names in bold letters, drew multiple lines from one end to another and then coloured it with warm and cool colours, box by box, thereby showcasing our prior knowledge about the colour theory.This was followed by an introduction to the unit and its details. By: Girika Nagpal, MYP 1D 
Product Design

On the first day of Product Design class, we had a meet and greet session wherein we introduced ourselves and talked about our strength and weakness. We also enjoyed ‘hot potato’ a fun activity we had in class. In the next class, we discussed the unit details. We discussed the key concept, related concept and global context. Then, we discussed various stages of the design cycle in detail.  We discussed about the GRASP model which would be used in our tasks and assessments. In the next class, we discussed the  Sustainable Development Goals. Our teacher discussed the tasksheet for Criterion A strand (i). This helped us to understand how the criterion is used for tasks and assessments. We explored SDG 11 to frame the design problem. We are looking forward to having more fun filled interactive design classes. 
Advik Anand MYP 1E
Theatre

We started our new academic session with a brief introduction game in pairs. We worked on energy, coordination, and body movement through freeze-frame-walk theatre games. We discussed and formulated our understanding of Freytag’s Pyramid to understand story and plot structure. In our specific groups, we chose short stories to break it down into the Freytag’s Pyramid structure. Each group converted these stories into a role play presentation. Sayam Yadav MYP 1B, Aryan Kapoor MYP 1B , Mayehaan Gupta MYP1B  
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PHE

In the first lesson, we decided to play any sport of our choice. This was a great way to start PHE lessons and we bonded with our peers through a sport of our choice.  In the next class, we had a class discussion on why fitness is important and how it affects the human body. Then we started our first unit, ‘Fitness through sports’ where we wrote down the unit details and understood the importance of fitness. We brainstormed about the definition of fitness and importance of fitness in day-to-day life as well after the class discussion.After inquiring into the importance of fitness, we tested our flexibility with an activity to see how far we could stretch by touching our toes with our hands (sit and reach test). Individually, we understood how flexible we are and discussed ways o improve flexibility. Then, we played an exciting game of basketball against each other and an entertaining round of dodge ball. We are finding this unit very interesting and are looking forward to delving deeper!Siya Abhinandan MYP-1A
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