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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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