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March

Above, Below, Around, Beyond’- KG Expedition ,16th March, 2022

Environmental awareness offers opportunities for students to engage in real world issues that transcend classroom walls. While making connections between classroom learning and complex environmental issues, they acquire the necessary skills to become creative problem solvers and powerful advocates. While working on the expedition- ‘Above, Below, Around, Beyond’, the learners inquired about water conservation, calculated their water footprint, found out where they use the maximum amount of water in their households, and discussed ways to reduce wastage. They went on to present their findings to their peers in creative ways. Not only did this lead to lively discussions in the class, but the children also understood the concept of virtual water, which is the amount of embedded water required to produce, package and transport a commodity, and discussed ways to reduce it.  

 

February

Grade 6 learns about Wetlands - 23rd February, 2022

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year to mark the importance of Wetlands and create awareness on conserving the existing Wetlands. Wetlands are known as the kidneys of the earth and play a vital role in creating a perfect balance in the ecosystem. The students of Grade 6 inquired about the types of wetlands and presented their findings on swamps, marshes, bogs and fens. They integrated it with their ongoing Expedition – Our City – Noida and learnt that Uttar Pradesh has the largest number of Ramsar sites in India, Sunderbans are the largest wetlands of India,while Renuka wetlands of Himachal Pradesh are the smallest. They were excited to know that wetlands are home to various species of insectivore plants. They searched about Surajpur wetlands near Noida, an excellent example of an urban wetland in the Yamuna River basin and a suitable breeding ground for various animals. The learners explored the steps taken to conserve a wetland. The sessions focused on arousing interest in students to take suitable action, and become nature warriors calling for sustainable use of natural resources.


 

The Only Way To Learn Mathematics Is To Do Mathematics”. Paul Halmos -23rd February, 2022

Mathematical ideas are not just calculations on a page but instead are concepts to be discussed and reasoned through. This helps nurture analytical thinking and logical abilities in children. When this simple to complex math is linked with fun, it makes the process not only interesting, but effective. The play-way method moves math instructions beyond rote memorization to a more expansive understanding of the subject.
Grade 1 students at The Heritage School learned the concept of money and market through an online shopping activity. The ‘Bholaram ki Dukaan’ was bombarded with orders placed by the students. These little customers placed their orders after applying the calculation skills previously learnt. This hands-on learning helped them to sort the coins and notes of different denominations and also made them understand how simple addition can be applied to money.
The fun activity concluded with the children taking away a shopping bag full of vegetables, laughter and lots of learning.

Grade 4 Expedition - Toys  -1st February, 2022

Play is central to a child’s learning and development. When children play, it gives them many fun-filled opportunities to think and strengthen social bonding with their peers and family. Toy-Play is an important tool for development of cognitive, perceptual, motor and psycho-motor skills in children. The best toys engage a child’s senses, nurture their creativity and kindle their curiosity. Grade IV students started their expeditionary journey to learn about different materials used in making toys, depending on the availability of such materials locally and cultural contexts influencing the selection. They inquired about the history of toy making and how toys have evolved over a period of time. They explored the earliest toys made of clay and wood, to the largest soft toy placed in Mexico in present times. They learnt about the first National Toy Fair organised by India in February 2021 and also went on a virtual trip to the International Shankar’s Doll Museum. They learnt about Channapatna, in Karnataka - the Toy’s Town of India, and the history of toy making in this village. As part of their expedition culmination activity, the students created toys using waste materials and were able to share the properties of the materials used by them. The students were apprised of the need for buying local products made by expert Indian toymakers and manufacturing toys in India.




 

January

Grade 1 Understands ‘Weather Wonders’ -31st January, 2022

"The hands are the instrument of a man's intelligence." Maria Montessori Stimulating students’ curiosity by encouraging questioning and tinkering, building lessons around relatable themes and events, and offering opportunities to validate hypothesis is integral to the teaching-learning process. Practical hands-on experiences and scientific experiments play a crucial role in the intellectual development of a child. They enhance skills of astute observation, logical reasoning and critical analysis in children. At The Heritage School, it serves as the core learning module for all subjects. As a part of the expedition ‘Weather Wonders,’ Grade 1 learners turned into little scientists as they made their own thermometers to understand how hot and cold stimuli impact mercury levels in  thermometers. While they enjoyed the process, their understanding about different weather conditions and how they impact living conditions became clearer. 

 

Middle Program Celebrates Republic Day -26th January, 2022

 “It is not enough to have just a politically independent India. What is also needed is to have an Indian Nation where every citizen will have religious and political rights, so that every person will have equal opportunity to develop.” These were the words of BR Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution, who believed that respect and reverence towards fellowmen are fundamental to the growth of a country. In a week dedicated to the theme- 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' India @75, the students of the Middle Program were familiarized with the dedication of millions of Indians across the length and breadth of our country, in creating an independent unified nation, despite its cultural and religious diversities. The students learnt how the Supreme Document that unites citizens of India – The Constitution of India was created by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr B.R Ambedkar, Sarojini Naidu and many other members of the constituent assembly, whose vision and foresight gave it the necessary shape and structure. While reaffirming their sentiments of secularism, patriotism and love for the country, the students learnt the significance of Justice, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Secularism and Federalism, and pledged to contribute towards building a stronger and better India.


 

December
 

Spatial Relationships -22nd December

Geometry is a real life understanding of spatial relationships for problem solving and higher-order thinking skills. When introduced to geometry, understanding shapes is often the first step students take. Learning about 3D shapes not only helps children identify and organize visual information, but also helps the development of skills in other areas including reading, math and science, where children are required to process the shape and scale of information. Our students of Nursery enjoyed making a cube shape with play dough. Besides helping in strengthening the fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, the activity proved to be fascinating for students as they experienced the transition of shape from a square (2D) to a cube (3D).

Text to Text Connections -21st December

Reading comes alive when we recognize how the ideas in a text connect to our experiences and beliefs, events happening in the larger world, our understanding of history, and our knowledge of other texts. When students are given a purpose for their reading, they are able to better comprehend and make meaning of the ideas in the text. Good readers draw on prior knowledge and experience to help them understand what they are reading and are thus able to use that knowledge to make connections. Not only does it helps contextualize the reading in a broader scheme of learning objectives, but also enriches the understanding and comprehension abilities of the students. The students of Kindergarten took their first exploratory steps into this domain as they mapped text-to-text connections between three texts read as part of the expedition ‘Turn a New Leaf’. It was thrilling to see the insights and observations that they shared with their peers as they talked about the three texts- Tree, Bear Hug, and Charlie Crow in the Snow.

Measurement -20th December

Measurement is the process of determining size, capacity or quantity and associating the same with numbers. The concept of measurement can be applied by young children as small as 4-5 years in their everyday activities. The Kindergarten students participated in various hands-on activities which included measuring the lengths of their pencils, favourite toys, rulers, using non-standard units of measurement like blocks, earbuds, palms and feet to get a fundamental understanding of how measurement works. They were delighted to compare the lengths of their favourite toys and blocks. Through concrete application in relatable day to day contexts, they could internalise the abstract concept of mensuration at their grade level.
 

National Pollution Control Day 2021 -17th December

Environmental pollution, directly and indirectly, affects the quality of life more than one can imagine. Desertification, deforestation, acidification of oceans, erosion of biodiversity, and multiple forms of pollution all count among the many forms of environmental deterioration caused by human activity. We at Heritage School strongly believe in sensitizing the young generation towards a greener planet as they are the change makers for the future. On National Pollution Control Day, which is observed in December every year, the students of Grade 3 made connections and expressed their understanding by creating images of oil spills, garbage patches in the ocean, dumping of toxic wastes and acid rain. They also conducted an awareness campaign by addressing other students on the subject.

"Much is known by reading, more is mastered by doing." - T. F. Hodge -15th December

Experiential learning focuses on learners reflecting on their experience of engaging in an activity, and helps them gain conceptual insight as well as practical expertise. Kolb’s experiential learning model suggests four stages, which are active experimentation, concrete experience, reflective observation and abstract conceptualization.

Measurement concepts play a significant role in the development of problem-solving skills in children and help them make sense of the world around them. It is crucial that children develop the basic concepts of measurement through play. With this thought in mind Grade 2 students made a simple balance using some basic household materials. Before commencing the process, the students were encouraged to make predictions about the weight of the objects and identify which of the two seemed heavier. They made observations and discussed their results. The abstract concept became a concrete learning experience through the fun activity.







 
November

 

WANDERING IN THE WILD -18TH  NOVEMBER


Grade VI students actively participated in the Wildlife Week celebrations and were oriented on the importance of conserving the rich fauna of our country. They integrated their research with the ongoing expedition ‘World on my Table’ and learnt about some famous Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks, namely the Aralam National Park, Kanyakumari Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and Gir National Park in Gujarat. They shared some interesting facts related to tigers, lion-tailed macaques, lions and antelopes with their peers.




 


 















 

October

 

VIRTUAL PICNIC-KG-A: 26TH OCTOBER

Expedition is a process of exploration with a specific focus through which the children get a chance to discover new aspects of a topic through self-led investigation. The students of KG went on a journey to investigate the origins, importance, and diversity of food as well as how food is inextricably linked to our social and emotional lives. From talking about our favourite foods, to finding out what ingredients go into them, organizing those ingredients into five food groups, and then learning about the sources and origins of those ingredients, we retraced the journey of food backwards from the fork to the farm. Then, we set out to discover how varied food is across our country and the world. The expedition culminated in an exploration of our own food heritage as we hosted a virtual picnic where the children included a food itm from theeir state as well as a food item they have never tried in their baskets. As we read stories, shared a laugh while saying tongue twisters, and went on a challenging scavenger hunt, we also shared our cultures with each other by introducing everyone to foods from our states. Trying new things together brought us closer as we all ended the expedition with a resolution to keep an open mind towards new foods.

 
SINGING BOWL: 14TH OCTOBER
 
Fear, uncertainty, increased screen time and social isolation have impacted the mental health of children. Nurturing familial bonds, practicing meditation and using tools for calming the mind can help reduce levels of stress and anxiety. Learners of Grade 1 learnt about Tibetan Singing Bowls made of a bronze alloy, which produce different levels of powerful sound when their sides or rims are struck by a wooden mallet. They not only observed that sound vibrations bring peace and harmony, making them feel calmer, focused and more attentive, but also observed how different-sized bowls of the same metal created variations in tone and pitch.


 

ROLE-PLAY, A PLAYFUL ACTIVITY IS PURE FUN AND SO VERY VITAL:13TH OCTOBER

Role-play, a playful activity is pure fun and so very vital to a child’s learning. Sparking and enhancing creativity and imagination in children, helps in developing speaking and listening skills in children besides giving them the opportunity to reflect on their knowledge and develop it further. Assuming the role of a character in a story helps the children take their understanding beyond the text as they make connections with the story, the characters and their motivations.The students of Kindergarten combined literacy with the expedition ‘The Food We Eat’as they read the story ‘The Little Red Hen’ and engaged in a role-play activity where they assumed the role of one of the characters and explained the story from the character’s point of view. Children’s creativity and their acting chops were at full display as they expressed themselves and elucidated on why they chose to act as the character did in the story. This activity helped the children to critically examine and understand the story from various perspectives, augmenting their literacy skills.

 

September

GREEN WORLD - 8TH 17TH SEPTEMBER 2021

Expedition opens up the world of questions and possibilities for students to dive into and gather information from. Grade 4 students learned about habitats and the adaptive features of plants as part of the topic ‘Green World’. They read, researched and explained how plants grow well in varying habitats such as deserts, oceans and mountains etc. Students curated fun filled question cards for their peers and wrote letters to their favourite plant. Guided by the story – “Shruti floats an idea”, they learned about the innovative methodology of growing plants through Hydroponics and the concept of vertical gardening. Using old plastic bottles, coco peat and sugar solution to create a self-sustaining environment for a plant, children experienced the joy of taking responsibility of nurturing the same under their care.
BOOK TALK - 8TH SEPTEMBER 2021

Books open a world of wonder and amazement for children. Reading can encompass the reader to achieve not just literary goals, but also build life with resilience and determination as its foundational pillars. Book talks encourage students to expand their reading tastes and experiment with different genres. They motivate listeners to foster reading, writing and speaking skills; thereby facilitating self-directed learning. Readers of Grade 5 have been exploring books by different authors, on diverse genres. They proudly presented ‘A Book Talk’ on their favourite book to highlight why they had enjoyed reading it and also take the listeners on the same journey of exploration. They came up with interesting ways to project their book choice as the best in the genre. The goal was to present an exciting, and even suspenseful, introduction for the book of their choice; and create more avid readers in the classroom.
STUDENTS STARTED COMING TO THE SCHOOL CAMPUS -6TH SEPTEMBER 2021

The silent hallways and empty classrooms came alive as our students walked into the school premises. It was wonderful to see them happily explore the building, their eyes shining bright over their masks. As we commenced physical classes, we thank all the parents and guardians for reposing their trust in us. Our constant endeavour will be to make every student feel happy and secure in the school premises.
CAMPING - THE COLOURFUL WORLD AROUND ME - 3RD SEPTEMBER 2021
Visualisation and role play enhance critical thinking and analytical acumen. When situations are consciously created, there is mental imagery and greater contextual understanding. In a simulated experience, alongside elements of fun and excitement, competencies to prepare and respond to a specific situation are also developed. Under the module ‘The Colourful World Around Me’, the students of Nursery imagined how the world would look at night, from the glittering stars to the shining moon. They equipped their tents with all the essentials they felt they would need and enjoyed creating a apace for themselves in the wilderness. There were many giggles and gasps as they pretended to spot trees, and even animals, outside their tents. They collected twigs and sticks to build a bonfire to gather around and shake a leg. Camping is all about teamwork. It builds essential life-skills as well as a sense of community through the setting up of tents, cooking meals, playing games, reading and storytelling. Not only did this experience bring them closer to their peers, but also to nature and a more natural way of living.

 

August

SHOWING GRATITUDE - 8TH 24TH AUGUST 2021

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the gardeners who make our souls blossom.” An essential aspect of building a more peaceful world is through developing more mindful and socially-aware children who have the skills to embrace complexity and honour the emotional wellness in themselves and others. Learning experiences in the real-life context not only develop the productive capacity, but also empowers students to bring about positive social transformation. While working on the expedition ‘My Neighbourhood’, the children of Grade 1 were sensitized to the essential services provided by the local workers in their immediate environment. They learnt the value of being courteous and respectful towards all, to appreciate efforts made by others, and expressed their gratitude by presenting delightful handmade cards to them.

 

July

XPEDITION – WORLD ON MY TABLE - 16TH JULY

Learning becomes meaningful only when young minds are given ample opportunities to absorb, adapt and apply the information gained. The learners of Grade IV started their Expedition on Maps by learning about compass, keys and cardinal directions. They explored various kinds of maps, their essential elements and understood how a map can be used to reach an unfamiliar destination. Taking their peers on a virtual tour of different destinations - Ponda in Goa, Mashobra in Shimla, Bhimtal and Dehradun in Uttarakhand, they were able to share their understanding of political, physical and thematic maps. Their reasoning and logical thinking skills were further sharpened when they sketched the lay-out of their rooms while planning space for furniture and other objects. On Padlet, they shared their observations on 3D floor plans, aerial views and route-maps and used Jamboard to mark neighbouring countries and water bodies on the Indian political map. The students were excited throughout the expedition and enjoyed exploring it together.
GAMES AND HEALTHY ME - 16TH JULY

The unit ‘Games and Healthy Me’ aimed at creating awareness on the significant role of sports in fitness and good health. It inspired Grade 2 learners to explore how they could, during these unprecedented times, optimally utilise available resources to create an Indoor Mini Basketball Game. The activity involved participation of immediate and extended family, thereby creating an opportunity for interaction to foster better relationships. The overall experience was positive, enriching and enjoyable for them.
EXPEDITION MY WORLD MY FAMILY – 2 ND JULY

The expedition, “My World - My Family” inspired the children of kindergarten to explore what makes families special. They discussed the importance and composition of a family, and the roles all members play. The children discovered how families having diverse structures might look different from each other, with love and affection for each other being the common thread binding them. During this expedition, the children had fun creating finger puppets of their own family members and describing who they are. They created their family trees and enthusiastically presented their work in front of their peers.

 

June

MY COLOURFUL AND GROWING WORLD – 27TH JUNE 2021

‘Life is a box of crayons. Mere colour… can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.’ Oscar Wilde The expedition ‘My colourful and growing world’ was aimed at exploring the wondrous hues and motifs that occur in nature. Young learners of Grade 1 went through the journey of creating beautiful flowers using their tiny fingerprints, while also exhibiting their knowledge about number names. Through activities, they discovered the vivid patterns and colours that exist in nature, and created cats and caterpillars using origami and painting techniques. Completely engrossed in the activities, the students could be seen enjoying the experience.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY- 20TH JUNE 2021

Social and Emotional Learning, an integral part of the curriculum at The Heritage School, includes skills of managing emotions and relationships, which are implicitly taught and embedded in meaningful experiences. The students of Junior Programme express appreciation, admiration ad gratitude for their father, in more ways than one, on Father’s Day!
HISTORY OF RECORDING AND READING TIME – 7TH JUNE 2021

As part of their expedition 'Me and My World', Grade 5 students worked in groups to research the history of recording and reading time. They presented a timeline of timekeeping devices from the 5000-year-old ancient Greek sundials to modern mechanical clocks. Creating gnomons and using them to trace the path of the sun throughout the day, helped them connect the phenomenon of shadow shifting with the passage of time. They also studied the 'Tower of Winds' and how they served multiple functions, one being to serve as a public time-piece, somewhat like a clock tower. This helped them appreciate the acumen and ingenuity of our ancestors, who keenly observed natural phenomena to derive patterns and then used them to solve problems creatively.   

 

May

CARE FOR THE EARTH- 27TH MAY 2021

The module ‘Care for the Earth’ saw the pre-primary students connecting with Mother Earth and enthusiastically doing multiple activities as well as presenting their work to their peers. From planting saplings to nurturing them, the students showcased their learning through ‘show and share’. Sensitized towards the need for caring for our environment, the students also took a pledge to conserve, recycle and reuse.
CPIL WORKSHOP- 23RD MAY 2021

Educators from The Heritage School, Noida took part in a Certificate Programme in Instructional Leadership (CPIL), conducted by I Am A Teacher (IAAT). A platform for school leaders to share best practices and learn meaningful strategies to scaffold deeper learning for teacher cohorts, the programme aims at refining skills and enabling facilitators to turn the school into a Learning Laboratory.

 

April

 

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