Learning: 2016-17

Poetry Workshop with Athena Kashyap

On the 27th of January, Std. 05 spent about half a day in a poetry workshop with class parent and published poet, Athena Kashyap. The theme of the workshop was ‘Autobiography’ and students were encouraged to write free verse. They were asked to focus on creating images and identifying colours and sounds which they could associate with themselves and their emotions. Students also began to think about how they knew themselves to be different from others’ ideas of them. The workshop ended with a class ‘sestina’ being composed by groups of students. It was an energising and inspiring day for everyone involved.


Std. 01 visits Banerghatta

The study on ‘Animals’ in Std. 01 began with the students drawing and painting animals found in different continents. This was linked to the previous unit on ‘People, Places and Environment’. Students then went on a field trip to the Bannerghatta Biological Park. On the safari, they excitedly observed the herbivores and the carnivores! The sloth bear taking a nap in the middle of the road was an intriguing sight. The Butterfly Park was a delight to the students. They were amazed to see the different kinds of butterflies fluttering by. Each tried to out-do the other with the number of different kinds they could locate. The response of the students at the end of the trip said it all, “It was the best field trip ever!”.


Std. 03 Explores the History of Bengaluru

Students of Std. 03 studied the history of Bengaluru in Social Studies. They began with the timeline, when the Deccan was ruled by the Cholas, the Hoysalas, the Vijayanagar kings, the Sultanate of Bijapur, the Marathas, the Mughals, the Wodeyar Dynasty and the British. The story of how King Veeraballala gave the name ‘bende kaalu ooru’ to the city that later came to be known as Bengaluru was narrated. They also learned about the Yelahanka Nadu Prabhus and their illustrious chieftain, Kempe Gowda, who founded a meticulously planned city in 1537. Maps, old and new, were compared. Through books, websites and innumerable discussions, the story of Bengaluru slowly unfolded before their eyes.

To bring matters from the abstract to the concrete, the class was taken on various field trips – to see the watch towers that Kempe Gowda built, Ulsoor Lake, Lal Bagh, the Vidhana Soudha and the Vikasa Soudha, Cubbon Park, St. Andrews Church, the Someshwara Temple and the oldest Gurudwara. The several drives through the city helped the students to identify prominent landmarks, the different styles of architecture, the buildings built by the British, the Cantonment area and important roads. At the same time, it also opened their eyes to the crowds of people, the pollution in the air, the roads choked with traffic and the litter strewn around. This lent itself to a class discussion on the problems faced by the city today. For this, the class was divided into four groups; each had to do some homework and come prepared to make a presentation. The mature way in which they analysed the problems, and the seriousness with which they tackled questions and made suggestions to better the city, were heart-warming.

To enrich their learning further, they were exposed to the Kannada language by a teacher. They were thrilled to learn to speak some simple words and sentences. They listened to stories of traditions and customs and also how the cosmopolitan city of today is a melting pot of cultures. Throughout the unit, students learned many new words that were used to construct a word-wall as the lesson progressed. A topic-related display board was set aside to encourage the students to bring in newspaper cuttings. The class was much inspired by the many hues of blooms along the avenues as they drove through the city. This led to some spectacular expressions on paper using oil pastels. Towards the end of their learning, a Bengaluru Quiz was organized for the class. The questions were based on all that the class had learnt about the city. To culminate this entire learning experience, a potluck lunch (yele oota) was organized, courtesy the class parents. A typical Bengaluru lunch, with salad, sweet, rice and vegetables was served on a banana leaf. Students had a wholesome meal and it was indeed the best way to conclude this unit on Bengaluru.


Bringing Julius Caesar alive on the Aditi stage

Students of Std. 08 enacted their favourite scenes from Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ in the MAIS amphitheatre. Students were excited to translate the Shakespearean text they have been studying all year into performance. They used the space of the amphitheatre creatively: regally entering down the stairs, throwing their voice dramatically as they railed against the heavens, and switching gender roles with almost Shakespearean ease!


Std. 05 examines microbes under a microscope

Std. 05 has been learning about microbes in Science. They have learnt the distinctions amongst viruses, bacteria and fungi, as well as useful and harmful microbes. As part of a class experiment, students brought in foodstuffs (like rice, bread, pasta) and allowed them to grow fungi. Then, they extracted the fungi and made slides with them and observed them under the microscope in the senior school laboratory. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working in a fully-equipped laboratory, making slides and looking at things through a microscope.


Std. 01 thinks about Money

The unit on ‘Money’ provided the students with an opportunity to engage in experiential learning. Students set up a shop where they took turns to be buyers and sellers. They negotiated, bargained and exchanged notes to buy and sell things.


Natya Sandha

हिन्दी दिवस के अवसर पर २५ अक्टूबर, २०१६ की शाम को अदिति विद्यालय के प्रांगण में हिन्दी नाट्य संध्या का आयोजन किया गया। इस समारोह में तीसरी, चौथी और पाँचवी कक्षा के सभी विद्यार्थियों ने बहुत उत्साह से प्रतिभागिता की। तीन नाटकों की लड़ी में प्रथम प्रस्तुति थी, ’मक्खीचूस बल्लूशाह’ जिसने सभी दर्शकों को हास्य की लहर से आल्हादित कर दिया। दूसरा नाटक, ’जामुन का पेड़’ एक व्यंग्यात्मक शैली का ड्रामा था जो हमारे देश की शासन व्यवस्था और लाल फ़ीताशाही पर प्रश्न चिन्ह लगाता है। तीसरी कड़ी थी, एक संगीतात्मक नृत्य नाटिका ’अप्सरा का तोता’ जिसने हमें मनोरंजन के साथ ही एक सुंदर संदेश दिया कि मात्र मनोविनोद की अपेक्षा अपनों के लिए कार्य करने में अधिक आनंद की प्राप्ति होती है। छात्रों ने इस कार्यक्रम में बहुत बढ़-चढ़कर हिस्सा लिया। इन नाटकों के माध्यम से विद्यार्थियों में अभिनय और हिन्दी भाषा की उन्नति के साथ-साथ आत्मविश्वास में वृद्धि हुई तथा समूह में मिलजुलकर कार्य करने की प्रवृत्ति का विकास भी संभव हुआ। कार्यक्रम के इस सफल प्रयास की अभिभावकों और उपस्थित जनसमूह द्वारा भूरि-भूरि प्रशंसा की गई।


Star Struck

It was an evening of wonder for Ms. Jayashree’s Science Club students from Grades 3, 4 and 5. Telescopes were set-up on the Aditi terrace to watch the moon, the constellations, Mars and Venus (before it set at 7:30 p.m.). Dr. Procheta and Proteep Malik’s passion and knowledge had us all fired up! The students were thrilled to see a satellite in motion and a shooting star! Students of the Science Club gave presentations and even presented a magic show. We were all awestruck when Dr. Malik projected the ‘Stellarium,’ - a live feed of the night skies onto the floor screen. Thanks to the Malik brothers and a beautiful, clear sky for making our stargazing endeavour a success!


Yakshagana

Students of Standard 05 explored Indian Sanskrit theatre this year as a part of their study of Drama; specifically, the work of Mahakavi Bhasa and his work Urubhanga about the final battle between the Kauravas and Pandavas. They learned the classical form of Yakshagana to express the battle between the the princes of the two dynasties. Apart from the basic exercises, they focused on the depiction of the Akshohini Sainya of both the dynasties. Their small skits were about the archery and the battle of the mace between Duryodana and Bheemasena, and the role of Krishna in the fall of Duryodhana.


Sankhya

From November 21st to 25th 2016, the Junior School Library was transformed into a mathematics wonderland called Sankhya. The first event starred our staff member, Mr. C. Devaraj’s castle. Constructed with bridges and moats, it illustrated the concept of probability associated with the drawbridge function. This was expanded upon by Ms. Shailaja Sharma, who introduced students to games dealing with probability and chance. One of the highlights was the Vedic Mathematics event; Dr. Procheta and team taught the students about geometric shapes using discarded trash. Ms. Renuka Mehra told fun stories about ways of measuring the body. The culminating event was The Barter Bazaar; Std 01 parents and Ms. Jayshree set up stalls to give the students a first-hand experience of bartering!


Celebrating Christmas in Amruthahalli Public School

"The light in a child's eyes is all it takes to make Christmas a magical time of the year"

To see the children of Amruthahalli Public School light up, learn and sing was indeed a wonderful sight! With Vir Singh dressed as Santa Claus, and alumnus Tarun Singh distributing sweets, it was a jolly Christmas event.

Through its SUPW programme, MAIS has helped build a beautiful bridge between its own students and those of APS. The students of 11 ISC enjoyed every interactive session they had with the students. Singing, dancing, teaching, learning and caring for each other - they learned to live in the moment, and truly revel in the smallest joys of life.


Grade 04 dresses up for Independence Week

On 18th August 2016, students of Std. 04 were asked to dress up as prominent Indian leaders and modern age heroes.This theme was especially chosen as part of our celebrations of India’s 70th Independence Day; and as a culminating activity connected to the novel ‘Simply Nanju’, by Zainab Sulaiman.
Students were allowed to portray one of India’s leaders or freedom fighters; or an Indian hero from any field of life – be it sports, music or art. When designing their costumes, the criteria was innovation, improvisation and imagination; but also, simplicity and originality.

It was a visual delight to see the mini Bhagat Singhs and Mahatma Gandhis; and sports luminaries like Virat Kholi and Mary Kom.There was even an Onnakay Obave and a Begum Hazrat Mahal! Tipu Sultan quite closely resembled the original and the Mother Theresas looked perfectly saintly in their white and blue saris! Each student had to introduce him/herself, enlighten us about the celebrity they were portraying and quote some ‘pearls of wisdom’ they might have given to the world. The students of Std. 04 were commended on the effort they put in and the seriousness and confidence with which they played their respective roles.

 


 

Bird-watchers as Guest Speakers for Std.03

The science lesson on ‘Habitat’ was taken one step further when Std.03 had two eminent bird watchers, Mr. Srivatsan and Mr. Paneendra, as guest speakers on Thursday, 18th August 2016.
The talk was informative and the speakers gave us simple, yet enlightening information on the features of different birds and their corresponding nomenclature. The class interacted very well during the talk and also participated enthusiastically in the bird quiz that followed. Mr. Paneendra’s breathtaking photographs of the birds and the motivating words of Mr. Srivatsan made the students promise to pick up a pair of binoculars, stroll down an unknown path, and open their hearts to the world of birds!

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Std. 02 become mini Master Chefs!

Students of Std. 02 have been learning in Language Arts that texts can have different purposes and features.
Recipe books, craft books – such texts contain instructions that tell us how to make something.

Teachers planned a ‘delicious’ twist of an activity to help students learn to follow instructions sequentially. They assembled a pizza in the classroom, following step-by-step instructions from a recipe!

Students grasped key features of this text, such as the order of the steps, time/transition words, headings, clear instructions, diagrams or photographs, and perhaps a word of warning or advice too. They learned that these features help a reader understand how to do things. Students were then encouraged to apply their learning by writing the process, using the features mentioned above.

A simple hands-on activity, with detailed planning and organising, certainly ensured a great recipe for learning! Mini Master Chefs, anyone?

 


 

Std. 01 Explores Our Neighbourhood

To conclude the topic – Our Neighbourhood – Std. 01 went on a field trip around Yelahanka. On the trip students were made aware of the places and people that make a community. They also understood the role that each person plays in the smooth functioning of a community. They collated the information that they gathered on the field trip into a booklet. An integration of Art with Social Studies led to the creation of a 3D model of a community.

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Std 04 watches a caterpillar become a butterfly.

As part of our Science unit on the Life Cycles of Insects, Std. 04 obtained caterpillars of the Common Mormon butterfly from NCBS. Only one caterpillar survived into the second instar, and it soon became the class ‘pet’. Students kept watch to see how it grew, changed colour, camouflaged itself and excreted. They observed and documented the caterpillar on a daily basis.

Soon, the caterpillar had turned into a chrysalis. Students kept vigil while it remained in this stage for two weeks. Finally, we arrived one morning to see that it had emerged from its pupa as a brilliant black and white butterfly. Amid great excitement, we said our goodbyes and set it free among the plants in school.

 


 

The Std 05 Food Parade!

As part of our LAR unit on Foods, Feasts and Festivals and inspired by the stunning ‘foodscapes’ of Carl Warner, students of Std. 05 were asked to create food-themed costumes for themselves using only recycled material. The result was a stunning display of a range of foods from a strawberry to a sushi roll!

Students came up and presented their costumes; they spoke about how they had put them together and what materials they had used. The grand finale was a ‘Food Parade’ around Elementary School.

 


 

Travel cost to cost in just 50 minutes!

The relationship between marginal cost and average cost, and the shut down point of a firm are concepts that leave most students looking quite dazed. The brain tends to shut down when these cost curves are drawn on the board. During a discussion in the class of Std. 12 ISC in June, there emerged the idea of revising these concepts on the sports field, where the students themselves would become the cost curves! With just a little planning – coordinating the colour of the school t-shirt, visualizing how the curves would appear on the field and taking aerial photographs – students were completely engaged in this live revising of cost curves. There could be no ‘next best alternative’ way to learning these concepts!

 


 

Std 02’s Field Trip to GKVK, Jakkur

In connection with the science unit on Growing Healthy Plants, Std. 02 went to Gandhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra on 27th June 2016. Students observed the variety of plants grown there and also understood the importance of a greenhouse in growing healthy plants. They were given bags to collect seeds, leaves, roots, twigs and flowers. Teachers quizzed the students about the names of plants and the factors which affect the growth of the plants. Students walked along the Gulmohar Avenue and the Jackfruit Orchard and observed the way the trees had grown. The highlight of the trip was the massive banyan tree which was more than 200 years old.

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Std. 03 visits Puttanahalli Lake, Yelahanka

On 15th June 2016, Std. 03 went on a field trip to Puttanahalli Lake in Yelahanka. This trip was in connection with the Science unit on Habitats.
The class was divided into five groups, each accompanied by a teacher. Each student carried along a clipboard and a pencil. On the given worksheet, they were instructed to take notes of whatever they saw, heard, touched or smelled. Teachers walked along with their groups as the students excitedly spotted earthworm trails, bitten leaves, dragonflies, ant hills, millipedes, grasshoppers and bumblebees along the path. They also found a spider in a web and mosquito larvae in a stagnant pool of water. Students were most fascinated by a huge snail moving slowly on a rock. Closer to the water’s edge, they saw moorhens, egrets, night herons, ducks and several other birds. The lake was covered with weeds and bulrushes danced in the breeze. Questions were asked and notes were made.
On returning to school, the class had a discussion about their findings on the trip.