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IB PYP Candidate School PYP Newsletter SEPTEMBER - 2020 IB Mission and School Mission Principal’s Message PYP Coordinator’s Message Glimpse of the month that went by Learning in PYP Through Inquiry . Unit write up of Grade 1 . Emoticons - Grade 2 . Personification - Grade 2 . Fourth Graders wearing the Thinking Cap Teachers Corner Events in PYP Activity Coordinator’s Message . International Peace Day Students Corner Birthdays (Students and Teachers) Upcoming Month

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IB Mission and School MIssion IB MISSION STATEMENT The Interna onal Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a be er and more peaceful world through inter cultural understanding and respect. To this end the organiza on works with schools, governments and interna onal organiza ons to develop challenging programmes of interna onal educa on and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become ac ve, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. SCHOOL MISSION We develop interna onally minded ci zens of dynamic and crea ve psyche with inter cultural understanding and compassion for others who dare to act on their values, through holis c development of each child’s spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emo onal and physical a ributes.

From the Principal’s Desk The longest journey starts with a small step. The pandemic has taken us on a roller­coaster ride of emo ons which included denial of the pandemic to acceptance of the inevitability of its existence and effects. Sadly, the dips have outnumbered the upswings in this ride. The rays of hope have failed to warm and lighten up the bleakness that surrounds humanity currently. Against the background of this grim situa on, we are taking the first small step towards the long journey to normalcy in every aspect of life, from economics to educa on. While we undertake this journey, we also need to be aware of the learning from the past few months. Not just aware but we also need to adopt these learning in the mes ahead. A few of the lessons that we have learnt are: a) The importance of hygiene and its impact on health. b) The importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. c) Being adaptable and developing skills at all levels. d) When preven on is not an op on, then protec on is the way ahead. The wri ng on the wall is clear. We can't hide behind lockdowns permanently and we will have to come out of it in a graded manner while along the way, we need to bear in mind and implement the following: a) Avoid being an alarmist. b) Si ing between facts and made up informa on which is disseminated indiscriminately through social media. As we take these baby steps on our path to normalcy, we cannot fall prey to any of the above. Along this journey, there will be obstacles and roadblocks and also there will be tes ng mes. We will have to navigate these with focus, determina on, care and by keeping safety as our prime mo o and guiding principle. We need to not only sustain ourselves through this journey but also care for our fellow travellers through empathy. There has to be solidarity and a spirit of togetherness that needs to be fostered and propagated. Here is wishing ourselves be er mes ahead with the hope that we lead this journey with faith and convic on and not be bogged down by the virus. Let us march together towards triumphant mes ahead… Brahmam Bodhi! Kishor Joshi Principal

From the PYP Coordinator’s Desk Dear Parents, “In any given moment we have two op ons: to step forward into growth or step back into comfort zone.” ­ Abraham Maslow. We at Bodhi, prefer to ride the wave of change and grow stronger and wiser with every passing day. Our journey through the year con nues amid the 'New Normal' and the curriculum is progressing smoothly. The students and teachers con nue to get familiar with the online pla orms, and together they are engaged in incredible teaching and learning prac ces. Building up our students' confidence and no cing the progress they have made is integral in their journey as a life­long learner. Considering this, the school has decided to have a separate newsle er for PYP, to showcase the excep onal learning outcomes. Therefore, from this month onward, the PYP newsle er would be a medium to showcase and inform all the stake holders about the learning that has been and will be taking place in Seedlings to Grade 5. We plan to celebrate one IB Learner profile a ribute each month. Opportuni es and ac vi es will be planned and provided to the students to develop these a ributes in an age appropriate manner. We seek your support as partners in the learning journey of your child, in providing similar opportuni es at home and to report your observa ons regarding the same to the teacher. The profile for the month of October is BALANCED. I would also like to use this pla orm to share some glossary of PYP terminology with you every month. This would enable you to increase your knowledge about the primary years programme. If you have any ques ons or would like to see something in the newsle er, please contact me at: [email protected] Hope you enjoy reading! Brahmam Bodhi! Shikha Srivastava PYP Coordinator

From the PYP Coordinator’s Desk Glossary of PYP Transdisciplinary ­ Transdisciplinarity transgresses subjects. It begins and ends with a problem, an issue or a theme. Students' interests and ques ons form the heart of transdisciplinary learning. It is a curriculum­organizing approach where human commonali es rise to the top without regard for subject boundaries. Subjects become an instrument/tool/resource to explore a theme, problem or concept in depth. Transdisciplinary Theme­ These globally and socially driven themes provide a star ng point from which students can examine issues and opportuni es as they are being experienced in the real world. Taken together, these themes provide students with authen c learning experiences that are not confined to the boundaries of tradi onal subjects because real­world problems have no boundaries. The transdisciplinary themes help teachers to develop a programme of inquiry. There are 6 themes for grades 1 to 5 and 4 themes for Early Years (Seedlings, Buds and Blossoms). These themes are –  Who We are (Mandatory for Early Years)  How We Express Ourselves (Mandatory for Early Years)  Where We Are in Place and Time  How The World Works  How We Organize ourselves  Sharing The Planet

Glimpse of the Month

Learning Through Inquiry

Unit of Inquiry Grade 1

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Unit of Inquiry Grade 1

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Facilitated by ­ Nikita Sharma Renu Bhati Nandini Buddhiraja Simran Dayani Nisha Mewara

Grade - 2 Emoticons The ability to express emotions and reactions is an important aspect of communicating in everyday life. To this end, children of Grade 2 at Bodhi participated in an Activity, “How We Express Ourselves”. It was a brainstorming session which started with the word 'Express' followed by a fun activity. Words provide endless ways to tell somebody what you are thinking or feeling. Often a picture is worth a thousand words. We plotted situations of joy, sadness, anger, love, pleasure, ugliness and surprise. Children came out with facial expressions in reaction, with and without words. It was fun to see how well children could communicate their emotions. To further our exploration into the theme, children opted to express emotions using emojis and pictures. Emotions are perceived to support written communication, in the same way visual and body language support face­to­face communication. We use emojis daily to express ourselves. Finding the one that represents what you are trying to say and how you feel can make all the difference in how someone perceives your words. Most children seemed comfortable using emojis far better than most adults did. Kudos to budding communicators!

Grade - 2 Personification Children of Grade 2 took a Flight of Personification. Personification works in almost exactly the opposite way ­ you'll be relieved to hear! It makes things more memorable and relatable. In a nutshell, personification is a powerful tool that can create vivid images; it is no surprise we see it being used widely in poetry. Indeed, this is where most students first encounter it. Who will not agree that a nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty, an egg sitting on the wall will be engrained in our mind like this? Personification stretches the boundaries of reality to make literature and poetry more vivid. It is fun and an engaging activity as it helps students and it tickles imagination, to express a point or idea in a more colorful and an imaginative way. And something similar happened at Bodhi International School. Young Bodhians started making connections and their imagination knew no bounds. Classes were fun… They started using personification in day to day communication…Their pencils hopped and jumped to reach note books. Colours started playing group games... No pandemic could put a stop to their creative and thinking skills which were climbing the hills. Once students had a good understanding of what personification is and why and how it's used, the time was right to challenge students to come up with some original examples of personification in their own writing. One fun way which teachers thought was to provide students with a list of verbs normally associated with things people do like sing, dance, play and speak. Then, they provided them with a list of non­human things and objects like book, river, fox and thunder and challenge the students to create examples of personification by matching words from each list. It was just a beginning and children came out with novel ideas. The students became confident in recognizing the use of personification in the work of others and understanding its impact as how people express themselves in diverse ways. With a little more practice, our students will soon have their own words dancing on the page too!

Grade - 4 Fourth graders wearing the Thinking Cap The month of September was a very exciting and adventurous month where students got the opportunity to broaden their horizons and explore their talents by doing some creative activities. We kick­started the month with the last two stages of the Kath Murdock Inquiry Cycle:­ Making Conclusions & Taking Action Making Conclusions: Throughout this unit students were involved in various activities helping them formulate their opinion about the effects and importance of different forms of media in our lives. Therefore, in Making Conclusions students did an activity on Catchy Captions where they chose a product and gave an exciting and catchy name to it which would grab the attention of the target audience and presented it in the class through different forms of media. This activity helped them in understanding how subconsciously media can influence us and our opinions and made them ask questions as to what extent media can affect our lives. Mere catchy names, fancy and interesting looking products, and all the glam around it paralyses our thought process and we fall prey to the pomp and show. They were able to conclude how subconsciously media influences, persuades and affects our opinion and thinking. They were also able to interrelate and connect the importance of media in our lives and how media is a medium to connect with everyone and the world around us. Media is an important tool that needs to be used wisely. Action: Critical thinking activities enable students to analyze the good and bad effects of media. Therefore, under the action, they created brochures/booklets on a product of their choice and later sold the products in the class to their target audience using all the essential elements of media advertising. They used catchy name, influencing techniques, persuading, music, explaining how their product is better than others offered in the market, cost­effectiveness and its viability. Secondly, they made posters on an Awareness Programme they believed in and promoted their cause in the class explaining how media is a boon in today's time which helps us reach millions of people in a click. But we also need to understand that responsible use of media can shape lives and irresponsible advertising can adversely affect people's lives.

Grade - 4 ICT Integration:­ Students prepared newspaper articles to represent how print media plays an active role in shaping the mindset of the people.

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The Fantastic Fives in Action Grade 5 began the September month with culmina on of their 2nd UOI, Who We Are. The unit was an engagement into awareness of self­concept leading to well­being during adolescence. We tuned in into the unit with an ac vity 'Self X­ ray' – where the learners introspected and reflected upon what they think of themselves, as well as what others think of them. Students learned in detail about 'Self­Concept' and in the process of learning, they interviewed their friends to iden fy 'high' or 'low' Self­Esteem. The students with high self­ esteem counselled their friends and proposed some measures to gain confidence. Through this, the learners could understand how rela onships contribute to 'Self­Concept'. During the course, the learners had a few guest lectures too. The Sports HOD, Mr Pradumn Buddhiraja talked about the 2nd LOI concerning physical, social and mental fitness. Students also learned about the growth and differences that come about the 5 stages of one's life. A special guest lecture was delivered by Mrs Banerjee, a renowned gynaecologist who dealt with the major physical, emo onal and mental changes that occur in an adolescent. By the end of the session, many of the students' queries were resolved. The 2nd LOI culminated with the presenta on of changes that occur during the 5 stages of life. Moving further, the learners had a brainstorming session on 'The awareness of wellbeing during the onset of adolescence.' Since the learners were aware of the changes, they shared a thought about 'What kind of lifestyle and habits should they choose to be healthy and fit during adolescence. A er a few discussions, some students took the ini a ve to give up on a few bad habits, falling into personal Ac on, on second thought some decided to spread awareness guiding other adolescents. The Summa ve Assessment for the Unit was a major integra on to the subject, English & ICT. The learners decided to write a story featuring an adolescent going through one of the

The Fantastic Fives in Action problems of the same phase and also find strategies on how to cope with the problem. The learners used creative and critical thinking skills to analyse the problem of the primary character and explored innovative strategies to cope up with the challenge faced. This month, the school also celebrated “International Peace Day” on 21st of September wherein grade 5 students showed great enthusiasm by designing posters and conducting an assembly online to share their thoughts and views on this special day. Students took a pledge to spread peace at their home, school and community. They also realised that 'Peace' begins with one. Mrs Nisha C. Pungalia


Activity Coordinator’s Message “Focus on the journey, not the des na on. “Joy is found not in finishing an ac vity, but in doing it.” Learning and evolving each day is an ever­changing dynamic of one's life, therefore, the more we embrace it, be er level playing field we get. September was a month of joy and excitement. It offered a broad spectrum to all of us, to engage in many hands­on learning ac vi es. We also got a chance to celebrate Interna onal Peace Day on 21st September, 2020, which is the need of the hour in the current situa on. The event was a great success and the young minds expressed themselves beau fully through mesmerizing poetry, sketches and brushes. As an ac vity coordinator, I have observed students rushing and gushing through tasks and ac vi es to complete them, but on the other side, they fail to enjoy the process and the experience they would have earned on the way. PYP focuses on students to enrich their experience through the process of learning, rather than on the final product. Therefore, on this note, I would like to introduce to you new defini on of PYP (Prac ce your Pa ence). Pa ence is the key to everything. It helps us in learning the fundamental principles of life; to be courageous, confident, disciplined, responsible, and loyal. Pa ence provides a founda on for a life me of learning and is great fun too. Therefore, in order to strike a perfect balance, Bodhi Interna onal School is constantly striving to give its students adaptable techniques and a conducive environment to learn what is to be delivered. When students are clam and steady in their minds, they have the power to approach their tasks and discover endless possibili es in life. Pa ence not only brings discipline in students, but also helps them in becoming analy cal and cri cal thinkers. We, at Bodhi, not only pursue academic excellence but also prepare students for tomorrow by empowering them with pa ence, to become lifelong learners. So, let's promise to work hand in hand to bring changes in our students, make them calm and compassionate. One changed life can pave way for a genera onal change. Hence, I would like to end by quo ng Albert Einstein: \"Imagina on is more important that knowledge, for a while knowledge defines all that we currently know and understand, imagina on points to all we might discover and create\". Brahmam Bodhi Radhika Sisodia Ac vi es Coordinator

International Peace Day 21st September 2020 The PYP phase celebrated World Peace Day with hope and op mism. The students discussed the history and importance of this day. They sang songs, lighted candles and took pledges to work for peace and brotherhood. The slogan wri ng and poster making ac vity gave a crea ve outlet, fun filled enjoyment and a riot of colours to the celebra on of peace. The depic on of white pigeon, a symbol of peace, produced work­pieces that glorify freedom, liberty and humanity. At the end of the day, the young torch bearers of the event, showed the charisma to be the champions of peace. Glimpses of the Event

International Peace Day 21st September 2020 PYP Coordinator’s message to the students on Peace Day My Dear Students, It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And, it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.' – Eleanor Roosevelt I encourage you to engage in as many peaceful deeds listed below as possible. You should prac ce them not only today but on each day of your life. Always remember that even if others are not good to us, we have to be good to them as kindness and courage are the founda on for crea ng a peaceful world. I challenge you to complete as many acts of peace as possible not only on this day but on each day of your life. You can share your achievements with me through whatsapp or email. The Peace Day Checklist 1 Smile at 20 people 12 Discover 1 fact about United Nations 2 Learn to say peace in 5 languages 13 Speak in a kind way 3 Design and display a peace-themed 14 Apologize and make things right poster with someone you have fought with 4 Say “Good Morning” to 5 strangers 15 Do a happy dance 5 Share food with someone in need 16 Look for good in others and not their faults 6 Compliment 5 people 17 Learn about a different culture/ 7 Pick up litter in your community country 18 Forgive self or someone else 8 Recycle or reuse your litter 19 List 5 things that you are grateful for 9 Thank your parents creatively 20 Create your own act of peace 10 Plant or hug a tree 21 Congratulate yourself for being a peace builder 11 Be kind to an animal Shikha Srivastava

Students’ Corner A comic strip on adolescence. By Ritwik Banarjee

Students’ Corner

Students’ Corner Creative minds are always at work. They need to vent out their creativity in various innovative ways. Pot painting is one of them. Ayaan Aggrawal Grade 1­A with his work. Initiative taken by our little Corona warriors of Grade -1 Children wanted to do their bit by spreading awareness about the Corona virus and the ways to defeat it.Children made colorful posters to distribute and displayed it around their locality.

Students’ Corner HAPPY PEACE DAY Like the candle blows it is peace, The candle neither shouts nor screams, People should be like that, The world should be like that. Birds fly calmly and peacefully, Like that the world should live a peaceful life. The world should be calm and peaceful, That is why we celebrate International Peace Day, Not only this day, every day peace should be in the world. Rudrakash Rajpurohit Grade 3 Safe Circle In this session, we made children understand what is a good touch and bad touch, as part of our unit who we are-relationships. Bad touch is when someone touches where we don't want to be touched. If someone gives you a bad touch then whom can you tell? Parents, Grandparents and other trusted adults. Safe touches are touches that make you feel happy and good inside. Some safe touches for example are: A hug from someone you trust, a pat on the back, holding hands with a friend etc. The motive was to sensitize students about abuse and to make them aware of how to distinguish Good touch and Bad touch. We showed some videos, discussed some examples and narrated a story. At the end of the session, students demonstrated it with the help of an activity on “My SAFE Circle”.

Students’ Corner The youngest Bodhians of Seedlings had their Show and Tell activity on 23rd of Sept in integration with their current UOI “Who we are”. Every child used different methods to showcase their learning and showed their talent with confidence and grace.

BiHrAthP PdYay Buds Seedlings Adira Luniya, 09th September Ridharv Parekh, 18th September Veeransh Chhonkar, 17th September Saharsh Choudhary, 09th September Blossoms Grade 1 Vansh Sau, 09th September Anwita Arora, 17th September Kushagra Ostwal, 16th September Grade 2 Delisha Chouhan, 20th September Zorawar Rahul Barhat, 09th September Grade 3 Shaurya Loonker, 09th September Samiksha Muruni, 09th September Viranshi Varun Daga, 09th September Saanvi Muruni, 09th September Kushagra Kharra, 09th September Ayana Ved, 15th September Hardik Khubchandani, 09th September Divyansh Sharma, 15th September Navya Choudhary, 09th September Paridhi Laddha, 16th September Lakshya Sharma, 16th September Grade 4 Rudrakash Rajpurohit, 18th September Kalp Parakh, 09th September Bhanu Singh Deora, 17th September Grade 5 Shaurya Nitin Dhariwal, 22nd September Kautilya Dave, 09th September Vihaan Kumbhat, 09th September Pratyush Kachhwaha, 20th September Navika Dave, 24th September

BiHrAthP PdYay Teachers Nandini Buddhiraja 2nd September Suman Bharti 4th September 5th September Khushboo Mehta 5th September Shakuntala Yadav 7th September 7th September Khushboo Soni 22nd September Mohini Bishnoi 26th September Moksh Rathore 29th September Pradumn Buddhiraja Kirtika Mehta

Upcoming Month  Current Trans Disciplinary Theme  Month: October  Seedlings: Who we are  Buds: Who we are  Blossoms: How we express ourselves  Grade 1: Where we are in place and time  Grade 2: How we express ourselves  Grade 3: Who we are  Grade 4: Sharing the Planet  Grade 5: How we organize ourselves Newsletter Committee: Shikha Srivastava, Khushboo Mehta, Ravi Charan, Khushboo Soni, Suman Bharti, Kirtika Mehta, Renu Bhati Vandana Budhwani, Pooja Purohit, Radhika Sisodia, Nisha Chettri, Shakuntala Yadav.

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