Tuning into the world of Senses

Students were introduced to the new Unit of Inquiry on ‘Senses’ using the strategy ‘Cover Puzzle’ . They tried to guess which sense was being shared in the pictures. They were then able to connect the pictures and guess what the new unit was about. The ‘Bundling’ strategy was introduced to students and they came up with words they would associate with the new unit. They further grouped the words into different categories and suggested associated words. Students expressed their prior knowledge about the 5 senses using the strategy ‘Complete the sentence’.  The unit commenced with exploring the sense of sight with an activity ‘Think, Wink and Decide’ wherein they were paired with a partner and recorded what they knew, what they needed to know and which questions they would share with the class.

Students did a ‘think-pair-share’ activity in their English classes to share their knowledge about the exclamation mark. They shared their ideas through class discussion and then applied them to sentences. They read chapter two of the novel ‘ Eye of the Eagle’ and wove questions using the ‘questions start’ strategy. To recapitulate ‘rhyming words’, they created couplets and poems related to landforms. Students enhanced their reading skills by reading unit related books and shared 5 new things they learned through the unit.

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During Math lessons, students strengthened their understanding of addition and its properties through mental math strategies. They were introduced to CUBES strategy for solving word problems, some of which were based on real life examples. They circled and underlined the key words and numbers which helped them to evaluate and eliminate information and solve the word problem. They were encouraged to connect their conceptual understanding to real life situations by creating and solving word problems. Students also attempted their first summative assessment on number systems.

In their Hindi classes students read a paragraph and wrote ‘संज्ञा शब्द’ (noun) and ‘विशेषण शब्द’ (adjective), thus enhancing their reading and writing skills. They enhanced their communication skills through role play of famous personalities for their Hindi diwas celebration. They also enjoyed ‘अंताक्षरी’ (antaksharee) of ‘पद रचना (couplets) by making their own couplets.
Hindi Ab- initio

Students identified and used Hindi numbers 1-10 in sentences to enhance their writing and thinking skills. Students read words and sentences to strengthen their reading. They also attempted a dictation to enhance their writing skill.


The objective of French lessons was to get well versed with vocabulary words for days, months and seasons. Students developed their thinking and social skills while solving crosswords collaboratively. A question- answer session was also held to enhance their listening and speaking skills.

Students learned to spell their names in Spanish which helped them understand the correct pronunciation of the letters. Students also learned the days of the week, months and seasons in Spanish and practiced them in class. They watched related videos to improve their pronunciation.

Students revised fundamentals of computers. They learned about desktop, start menu, icons and taskbar. They also learned significance of performing basic windows operations like maximizing, minimizing and closing tabs. They identified various types of personal computers like desktop, laptop, notebooks, hand-held devices etc. They expressed their learning through a reflection on Padlet.

Students practiced football skills like running with the ball, passing and receiving during their Physical Education classes. They learned how to first observe the target, approach the ball position of non-kicking foot, then contact the correct area of the ball with locked ankle. For inside of the foot pass, they learned that toes are pointed up; then the follow-through by transferring the weight forward and releasing the ball to the partner.

Students created their landscape displaying personal connections, for their Art classes. Their landscapes were based on their personal experiences or observations. In doing so, they learned the technique of mixed media. Grade 3 was excited to present their knowledge, creativity, and understanding of landscape art in the class assembly on September 17. They diligently prepared for the assembly and displayed confidence during the quiz. It was a pleasure to watch the students participate in the quiz.

Students stressed on groove in hip hop, starting with the feet positions to the head technique in their Dance sessions. Apart from that, they concentrated on spotting and style. Demonstration of different technique used during dance routines was done. Students also added eight counts to a hip hop dance routine.

In their Music classes students practiced singing parts in choir ( Glorious by One voice ).
They learned about harmony and melody through this song.


Students visited the library to exchange their books. This week they were encouraged to issue junior classics and graphic novels. Students shared stories from books that they had read in the previous week.


The assembly was led by 3-B students and they celebrated the great British children book writer Roald Dahl’s  102nd birthday. They learnt some facts about his life and the books that were written by him like Charlie and the chocolate Factory, BFG, Matilda, Danny the champion of the world and many more. A very funny incident from his autobiography ‘Boy – The childhood tales’ was read to them on this occasion.


Week 1 September

Students enhanced their research skills in their Unit of Inquiry classes, by working in groups to gather information on natural and man-made disasters. Each group chose a disaster to research from the choices provided to them – earthquake, tsunami, volcano, tornado, floods; droughts, hurricane, whirlpool and avalanche).
They expressed their understanding about the topic using a double bubble strategy and presented the same to their peers.
Students were assessed on their understanding of how the physical features of the Earth have changed along with reasons for the same through hands on experiments.

In continuation of last week’s lessons, students penned a ‘Thank you’ note to earth to express gratitude for all that we receive from her. The exclamation mark was introduced through a ‘Think-Pair-Share’ activity. Student attempted a spell bee through word search and revisited rhyming words.
Students tuned into addition through a class discussion on vocabulary related to the operation. This understanding was then expressed through a mind map. The properties of addition were explained through a ‘Bus Stop’ activity. Some number statements related to the properties were displayed at each station :

64 + 0 = 64
43 + 26 = 26 + 43
5 + (7 + 4) = (5 + 7) + 4

Students walked to each station and wrote down their observations for each statement, followed by the teacher explanation of Identity, Commutative, and Associative property.



In their Hindi classes students enhanced their communication skills by practicing their roles for Hindi diwas. They revisited grammar concept numbers (वचन) by changing the number of words in the given sentences and rewriting the same.
In their Hindi ab-initio classes students enhanced their speaking and writing skills by practicing tongue twisters for Hindi diwas and wrote the same. They revised names of colours through various activities. Students wrote and read ओ मात्रा words and made sentences  to enhance their reading and writing skills. They also recited Hindi counting -गिनती
The objective of the French lesson was to self-assess the homework on French culture and vocabulary.  Students discussed and corrected their work with teacher guidance thus developing their social and communication skills.

Students learned to introduce themselves in Spanish and practiced speaking to their peers. Students also watched videos based on the greetings and self- introduction in Spanish which helped them understand the pronunciation.

Links of the videos shown to students:

Students revised the basics of computers like hardware, software and types of computers in their ICT class. They expressed their learning through a reflection on Padlet. This also helped them to practice their typing skills.
Students practiced karaoke singing and learned the techniques of voice modulation, count breathing and tonality in their Music classes.
They learned about chromatic scales and practiced singing them.
Some of the students shared their knowledge about particular instruments with the class and also demonstrated how to play them.

In their Visual Art class students made a preliminary sketch of the landscape in their art journal and later made the same on an A3 cartridge sheet. A few students were in the process of creating their final work in mixed media using colour pencils and poster paints. While doing so students learned the technique of mixed media to create their landscape art pieces.
During Swimming classes students worked on developing coordination of hand movement, kicking and breathing for Free style and Back stroke. They also worked on developing muscle endurance. Students practiced distance swimming with and without kickboard. They played some recreational games like running in the water, holding breath inside the water and relay racing.


Pirouette preparations were stressed on during Dance classes, starting with the feet positions to the toe-turn technique. Focus was also on spotting and style, as also on grooves of hip hop. A demonstration of different techniques used during the dance routine was done. Students were also involved in choreographing a hip hop dance routine.
Students took the opportunity to express their gratitude and respect for their teachers by entertaining them with medley performances on Teachers day. The efforts of all the students was well appreciated by teachers who enjoyed their special day.

As the world celebrates Literacy Day every year on September 8, students were made aware of the importance of literacy for individuals, society, and communities to understand  social and individual rights; during the Library class.
Students were issued  two non-fiction category  books this week.

4th week of August

Students created a flow chart to explain the Formation of the Earth from the beginning to the present times. They made illustrations and have written sentences to support the same. Various symbols used to represent hills, mountains, plateaus, or valleys on the map were discussed.
Students understood various landforms such as waterfall, tributary, delta, gulf, isthmus, strait, archipelago through a PowerPoint presentation, they also created models of different landforms for better understanding.

Ways in which the physical features of Earth have changed– was introduced with talk on pollution, disaster, earthquake, weathering, erosion and deposition Find the link below



Students were introduced to the tool (Double Bubble Map) to compare and contrast ‘natural and man-made disasters’.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2bk2xysIY0 – Natural and manmade disasters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4wPE3fQJuU –Natural disasters
Discussion about the recent Kerala natural disaster was undertaken;, students also saw some pictures and read out articles specific to the disaster.



In their Math class , children learned how to  estimate answers through the
concept of rounding off numbers. They understood rounding off of numbers to
nearest tens and hundreds using the strategies of number line.
They learned skip counting in 10s 100s and 1000s which is an important technique used in calculation, development of number sense and the basis of
multiplication and division later.

A class discussion on various currencies used in the different continents around the world was initiated as a measure to integrate learning about the Earth into mathematical understanding.


Students were introduced to writing a Thank You note through a strategy ‘chalk talk’. They learned about the parts of thank you note, the procedure to write it and its importance. During the reading of the novel ‘Eagles of the eye’, students designed a bubble map for the author study and summarized their understanding of chapter one. Students were also initiated into the concept of skimming and scanning to enhance their speed reading techniques.




The objective of the French lesson was to get well versed with basic French greetings through an interesting classroom game ‘Meet your neighbour’ wherein they worked in pairs; greeted and communicated with each other. They developed their social and communication skills.

Students were shown the video based on the letters, their sounds and words associated with them. As a part of the class activity, Students were asked to spell their names in Spanish which really helped them in recalling the pronunciation and sounds of the letters.

Students also learned basic greetings in Spanish which would help them in their daily expressions in class.

In their Hindi classes students enhanced their reading skills and understanding about sea pollution and climate change by reading a story ‘Minaamaataa kee kathaa’ (मिनामाटा  की कथा). They wrote the causes and effects of climate change. They revisited grammar concepts for noun words(संज्ञा शब्द ) and numbers (वचन) by finding out words from the story and formed sentences using the same.

Hindi Ab Initio 

Students revised and wrote various words from ए and ओ  maatraas (मात्रा)  to enhance their reading and writing skills. They identified, drew and wrote names of body parts ,months and colours. Students also wrote and recited Hindi tongue twisters.


Visual Art

As an integration with their unit of inquiry on Earth, students have been creating sketches of a landscape to show the physical beauty of a place they have visited or seen.
They are trying to go down memory lane to display their personal connection while making sketches. Few brought a photograph of a place they visited to help them recall their landscape. Students are also enthusiastically sharing their research work to display their understanding on the subject.


Students have been doing basic warm up, basic stretching and learning about improvisation and creation in jazz while having been introduced to spotting technique while turning.


The students practiced to play major scale on the xylophone and also played the tune of ‘twinkle- twinkle ‘ on the same.
They practiced to sing the number Fearless by Jasmine Murray on the karaoke .

Physical Education

2nd Inter House Swimming Tournament 2018 was held on August 28,2018 where students competed for bringing accolades to their respective houses . Various individual and team event saw them strive to do their best.


ATLAS is a good game that provides practice to increase mental recall. Students engaged in playing the memory game during ICT lessons.

Students learned to categorise types of computers, servers, networks and their uses.
They watched videos to have better connection on computer fundamentals after which students shared their one to one reflection.


Children visited the library to exchange their books and share the story they read in the preceding week.

In addition, the much awaited celebrations for the summer assignment was held on August 30 where the winners celebrated by watching a movie and enjoyed a treat of popcorn and ice-cream to complete their theatre experience.









Exciting August

Students were tuned into the Unit of Inquiry through a class discussion about the beginning of the universe and formation of the Earth. Students watched a video on ‘The Big Bang theory’; then reflected in their journals about the creation of the universe and the Earth.
To extend students’ understanding on the Big bang theory, a ‘balloon explosion’ experiment was conducted where balloons were filled with different objects – stars, small stones etc. and then burst to give students an idea of how an explosion could lead to the formation of the cosmos. Students were familiarized with the term tectonic plates and their role in the evolution of the Earth. Students watched a power point presentation on continents and oceans and then marked them on a world map. Prior knowledge of landforms was assessed through a cut and paste engagement. Students watched a video on layers of Earth and tried to name and identify them. They were also able to describe the interior structure of the Earth.

Students learned the technique of note taking and practised it with a unit related passage. The teacher explained speed reading techniques like skimming and scanning and the difference between them. Students applied these techniques while reading a passage. Students listened to a story ‘Save River Save Water’ and attempted a comprehension exercise as part of a listening exercise. The concept of syllables was explained and students understood how to recognize the number of syllables in a word. Students revisited the concept of proper and common nouns through a switch pair activity. A video on the story ‘Dear Earth’ summarized their understanding.
Link for the story ‘Dear Earth’.

Links for skimming and scanning:

Links for Syllables:

Link for the story “Save River Save Water”


During their math classes, students were made to understand how numbers are organized in the number system. They applied the knowledge of place value to create three and four digit numbers, then engaged in comparing and ordering numbers. Students were also able to express numbers in different ways like standard form, expanded form and tried to name the numbers.

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In their Hindi classes, students discussed learner profiles and essential agreements. They revisited all the maatraas (मात्रा) and varnmaalaa (वर्णमाला) through different activities. They discussed sea pollution after watching a video relevant to the unit.  They recited a poem ‘samudree jeevan’ ( समुद्री जीवन) and searched for ‘milte-julte shabd’ , ‘paryaayvaachee shabd’ (synonyms) while making sentences with them. They learned to make couplets ( पद-रचना) in Hindi.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3XGUnjDRUQ  (Link for the video about sea pollution)


A group discussion was held about France, the position of the French language in the world, benefits of learning it and career prospects which was followed by language immersion games. Students learned a few French greetings and the alphabet through songs and later spelled their names in the language too.

Students were asked their reasons for choosing to learn Spanish as a part of an activity and later some basic facts about Spain were shared amongst them. Students learned the letters, their sounds and the words associated with each letter. This exercise really helped them to read words and pronounce them correctly.

Visual art

Grade 3 began their academic year by formulating essential agreements and writing their names creatively in their art journals.
The tools of visual art were discussed and students responded by giving examples in the class.
As an integration with their unit of inquiry on Earth, students discussed the physical features of the Earth and its landforms. They observed and analyzed a few  works of landscape artists ( Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Lorrain, J.W Turner) to understand the elements of a landscape. They were able to reflect on different artists and their technique of art.


To mark the 72nd anniversary of India’s independence, a quiz was conducted for the students. Students enriched their general knowledge about their country by answering questions about the national tree, national marine animal, national reptile, India’s population, number of states and many more during their library lesson.

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Students are doing basic warm up, stretching and learning improvisation and creation in jazz. The spotting technique has also been introduced.
The students practiced vocal warm ups, songs and solfege and learned about voice modulation techniques.
They sang group songs and acquired knowledge on harmony and part singing.
They practiced playing C, D, E and F scales on the ukulele. The students were divided into small groups and asked to compose songs where each group presented their composition.

An Ice Breaking activity was conducted to develop listening skills. Students formulated essential agreements for ICT lab through a hands-on activity.
They explored Google Earth as an integration with their Unit of Inquiry. They then rendered a 3D representation of earth based on satellite imagery. Students explored the globes by entering addresses and coordinates. They also searched physical features, continents, oceans and mountains ranges.


Students were made aware of the rules and regulations of swimming pool, safety, Health and Hygiene and need for following safety rules.

Assembly led by Grade 3 B

To commemorate the 72nd  Independence day, students of grade 3 B conducted the assembly sharing interesting facts of freedom fighters, the journey of independence and the achievements of our country.PHOTO-2018-08-13-15-08-56