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Highlights_of_the_week_Global_Perspectives

Highlights_of_the_week_Global_Perspectives

Dear parents,

Students studied the following concepts:

  • Facts and opinions, logical fallacies, perspectives, perceptions
  • Perspectives on family and role of parents
  • discussion on parenting
  • responsibility of parents and children towards each other

Regards,

Aditya Mani & Neha Gutkar

Highlights of the week_Global Perspectives

Highlights of the week_Global Perspectives

Dear parents,

Students studied and discussed the following topics:

  • Process of Urbanization
  • Causes and impacts of Urbanization
  • Major urban centres around the world
  • Housing pattern around the world
  • Solutions to unchecked urban growth

Regards,

Aditya Mani & Neha Gutkar

Grade 8_mathematics_Highlights of the week_2nd July,2016

Grade 8_mathematics_Highlights of the week_2nd July,2016

Dear Parents,

Following are the topics covered in this week:

  • Sums on Travel Graph.
  • Drawing of Travel Graph.
  • Completion of exercise 1.20.
  • Started new unit- vocabulary of sets of number.
  • Introduction to type of numbers.
  • Introduction to absolute value of a number.
  • Sums discussed based on absolute value of a number.
  • Worskeet given on absolute value.
  • Doubts session regarding the Unit test paper.

Have a Happy weekend.

Regards,

Ankita Nandwani.

Swati Bhutra.

Goal Setting

Goal Setting

“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable.”– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Knowing this, goal setting conferences are coming up, let us grab this wonderful opportunity to teach our children a life skill of setting goals. This is so valuable and important work for lifelong learning.
Setting goals is the first step to turning dreams, ideas and wishes into REALITY!

When we set a goal, we commit ourselves to a CAN DO attitude. To instill this CAN DO attitude in our students, we help them set SMART goals for themselves.

Research has shown that parental involvement is the most important factor in a student’s success in school.

As a team with the teacher, you are able to talk with your child about their strengths, areas where they may need to improve and set goals to work on all year long.
Looking forward to your presence (both the parents) so that the teacher, the student and the parents can sit together and talk about some things we can do to better serve your child.

Regards,
Ruby

Highlights of the week (27th June – 1st July)

Highlights of the week (27th June – 1st July)

UOI:

Transdisciplinary theme: How we organize ourselves

The students were tuned into the unit through different learning engagements.

Ms. Silent:

The teacher remained silent for a certain period of time and communicated through gestures and by using flashcards . The students were curious to know why their teacher is not speaking and started making assumptions like ‘She must be fasting today.’ or ‘May be she is having pain in her throat.’

But, later on, the students got to know that it was all planned to tune them into the unit.

The activity was further followed by a  whole-class discussion based on certain questions to assess the prior-knowledge of the students. The students were quite reflective and used the terms like non-verbal communication, actions, signs, symbols to answer the questions posed by the teacher.

Gallery walk:

Thinking tool: 10 times 2

Pictures related different signs, symbols, logos and icons were displayed in a class and the students were instructed to visit that class and observe the pictures carefully and reflect on their observation using 10 words or phrases. The students were given the option to illustrate also. After the first round, the students were asked to go back and observe the pictures again, but this time with a fresh eye or a newer perspective. The students again reflected upon their second observation using 10 words or phrases. Afterwards, the class discussion was taken up to understand the change in their perspective or if they have noticed something different during the second time leading them towards a better understanding of the topic.

The students were very enthusiastic and could identify many of the signs and symbols displayed and could talk about their meaning and where they have seen them before.

Making T-Chart:

The students were given post-its and were asked to write down what they know and what is that they are confused with or want to know more about ‘Signs and Symbols’.

Language:

The poems  related to the senses SOUND and SMELL from Chapter 1 ‘The Magic Paintbrush’ were discussed and the questions given in the back exercise were discussed and answered.

The poem ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ was introduced by showing them 2 different videos and the students enjoyed enacting the same actions in the class when the poem was read aloud to them by the teacher. Through this poem students learnt to make an event chart wherein they identified major events of the poem and put them in a sequence in the form of a flow-chart.

The Chapter 2 ‘ The Ant and the Grasshopper’ has been introduced in the class. The 1 session was taken to activate their background knowledge where the students discussed about facts about the ants, grasshoppers and the different seasons. In the next session, the story was read aloud to them using the strategy of ‘Monitoring your inner conversation’ wherein the teacher led the session by thinking aloud and putting her thoughts down on an anchor chart showcasing her wonderings, connections that she could make, some interesting points and the gist of the story.

Math:

The students were introduced to the concept of ‘Symmetry’ through Blot painting and showing them a video explaining what is symmetry, the different types of lines of symmetry (vertical, horizontal and diagonal) and explaining some real life examples of symmetry. Each student was  then given cutouts of different shapes (square, rectangle, circle, triangle and diamond) and instructed to fold the shapes perfectly to identify possible number of lines of symmetry in each shape. They also pasted the shapes and noted down the definition of symmetry and the number of lines of symmetry related to each shape in their notebook.

The students were also involved in a whole class activity where the teacher had the cutouts of all the letters of the alphabet (A – Z)  and numbers (0 – 9) and were asked to come one by one and take one cut-out and identify whether it is symmetrical or asymmetrical, support their answer with relevant reason and paste them on a chart paper in the correct section. This activity helped them in enhancing their understanding of the concept.

Important Note:

  1. The First Goal setting session is scheduled on 5th July, 2016 (Tuesday). Kindly book the slot (if not done). We expect that both the parents attend the meeting where we can discuss the concerns related to the child and set goals for their improvement.
  2. Kindly send 2 washed napkins daily to the school.
Service Related Program 2016-17 (Grade 7 to 9)

Service Related Program 2016-17 (Grade 7 to 9)

Dear Students,

This year we have introduced service component for all Senior School students (Grade 7-9). This is a required component of the IB  which aims to develop a caring young, internationally minded people for a better tomorrow.

Students will be involved in many activities which will include both Community and Environment related services. Students will work with different NGO’s to execute these activities/project.

It will be mandatory for all the students to be involved in one activity related to community service and one related to the environmental service:

Process to select activity:

  • Please refer to the below given table to go through the details (duration, activity details, venue, timings) with regards to different activities.
  • Once you review the details you need to select the activity of your choice. To select the activities please click on the link given below and submit the google form.

https://docs.google.com/a/fountainheadschools.org/forms/d/1wZ7TxhlJT3XY6SCbGN_UBqUQU2jYy2PLX1f98HpTob8/viewform

  • Once you submit the form, detailed plan along with the dates will be shared with you.

 

Expectations from each student:

  1. Every student serving either to the community or to the environment is expected to work with utter commitment to the same. Students need to show commitment to the activity as per the duration mentioned in the sheet.
  2. You are requested to wear decent clothes as you will be working at places that are sensitive and under developed.
  3. You will have to keep in mind that every student is representing Fountainhead School and hence, you will have to act to accordingly.
  4. Maintaining log on daily basis and every activity that you contribute to must be noted down in your reflection dairy.

Note:

  • School has a tie up with different NGO’s and all activities will take place out of school. NGO in-charge will guide the students.
  • Students will be involved in these activities after school hours or during weekends. School will not provide transportation. Parents will have to manage the pickup and drop off as per the schedule.
  • The program details mentioned below are subject to minor changes as this is a collaborative activity and because this module is a new introduction there might be changes made only in context to improvising the programs.

 

Community service- Program 1    (For Students staying on other side of bridge – Athwalines, Bhattar, Nanpura, Piplod, Vesu etc)
Activity Details Time Duration Minimum no. of volunteers required Venue
Basic teaching- Maths Teaching basic math system, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and explain to them how and why they help us in our daily routine. 6:30 to 7:30 pm Mon-Fri
(Alternative weeks for 3 months)
20 At Piplod, behind Shardayatan School
Basic teaching- Science Teaching basic science, introduction to solar system, basic explanation of human anatomy, how to plants breathe, how the water cycle works, teach them the important of composts. 6:30 to 7:30 pm Mon-Fri
(Alternative weeks for 3 months)
20
Basic teaching- Language (English) Teaching basic communication language, a basic introduction in english, and explain to them the meaning of each word they speak in english, teach them basic 3 letter words to read, and progress from there. teach them basic english command like, sit down, help me, how are you?, my name is…., etc. 6:30 to 7:30 pm Mon-Fri
(Alternative weeks for 3 months)
20
Basic teaching- ICT How to operate basic computer systems, how to open window, how to type, how to surf internet etc. 5 to 6 pm 8 Saturdays

(for 2 months)

20
Basic Sports Teach them basic volleyball, football indulging them and bringing competitive attitude by dividing them into teams and making them play. inform them the basic game rules. 5 to 6 pm 8 Saturdays

(for 2 months)

20
Dance & Music workshop Make them dance on some music, ask them to sing and dance, make little choreographies and teach steps. 5 to 6 pm 4 Saturdays

(for a month)

20
Basic teaching- Art & Craft 2 saturdays for coloring with basic introduction to colors and their names, 2 saturdays for drawing with pencil and some basic sketching techniques, a little competition to be held at the end of two months to make it more indulging 5 to 6 pm 4 Saturdays

(for a month)

20

 

Community service- Program 2 (For Students staying at Rander, Adajan, Pal, etc)
Activity Details Time Duration Minimum no. of volunteers required Venue
Basic Communication skills Teaching basic communication language, a basic introduction in english, and explain to them the meaning of each word they speak in english, teach them basic 3 letter words to read, and progress from there. teach them basic english command like, sit down,how are you?, my name is…., etc. 6 to 8 1st & 3rd Saturdays

(for 2 months)

30 At Bhatha gam, Bhatpore (2 slums at Bhatpore)
Basic teaching- ICT How to operate basic computer systems, how to open window, how to type, how to surf internet etc. 6 to 8 2nd & 4th Saturdays

(for 2 months)

30
Basic Sports Teach them basic volleyball, football indulging them and bringing competitive attitude by dividing them into teams and making them play. inform them the basic game rules. 6 to 8 1st & 3rd Saturdays

(for 2 months)

30
Basic teaching- Art & Craft 2 saturdays for coloring with basic introduction to colors and their names, 2 saturdays for drawing with pencil and some basic sketching techniques, a little competition to be held at the end of two months to make it more indulging 6 to 8 2nd & 4th Saturdays

(for 2 months)

30
Developing reading skills Handling of Mobile library, organizing read alouds, reading short stories to them and asking their opinions, making them more communicative through such process of reading and sharing. 6 to 8 1st & 3rd Saturdays

(for 2 months)

30
Drama camp Show a small drama to the public, a puppet show may be, show them how to enact, how to grab audience’s attention, how to have voice modulations while performing, etc 6 to 8 2nd & 4th Saturdays

(for 2 months)

30
Health & Hygiene advice Keeping a brief information of various families, their names, their occupation, make then aware of necessary hygiene, aware them regarding basic health awareness, to keep hands clean before eating anything, to keep the house clean and tidy. 6 to 8 This could be a every Saturday workshop for 15-20 mins to share certain health and hygiene improvement tips to people of all age groups in the slums. This should be taken up by all the groups of all activities.

 

Environmental service
Activity Details Time Duration Minimum no. of volunteers required Venue
Plantation Sapling plantation at any area TBD Once a month for 4 months Will be informed later
Gavior lake cleaning The water body of this lake contains unwanted plants named, Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes). Uncontrolled water hyacinth will cover the waterbody entirely and this impacts water flow, blocks sunlight from reaching native aquatic plants, and starves the water of oxygen, often killing aquatic creatures. 8-10 am Once a month for 4 months Gavior lake
spread awareness regarding waste management Spread awareness in school and outside regarding bio degradable and non degradable waste. People should be taught about segregation of waste before disposing it. By displaying posters with pictorial representations on waste segregation and by conducting awareness camps at residential areas . Awareness camp once a month 2 camps  for teachers and staff in school at 2 at residential areas.

 

Interact club- (Student led event)
  • Interact is a service club for young children age 12-18 sponsored by Local Rotary club.
  • Interested students form a club and meet twice a month to brainstorm ideas for community service.
  • Students should be involved in at least 2 project work in a year (till March)
  • Students must attend meetings regularly
  • Project selected will be student-led. Everything will be managed by students with the help of coordinator from school and Rotary club adviser
  • Interact club will have a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.

Projects that students can take up are as follows:

  • Fundraising
  • Plantation
  • Clean -up campaigns
  • Elocution competitions/debates (Interschool)
  • Visiting nursing homes, slums, orphanages, etc

 

If you have any concern, please mail us the same at:

aayushi.jariwala@fountainheadschools.org

twisha.joshi@fountainheadschools.org

 

Regards,

Fountainhead School