Online Learning update - Week 5 - PYP - 20th April 2020

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” Robert H. Schuller

COVID 19 has made us all resilient learners.

We have completed four weeks of online learning, staying strong through these weeks teachers have prioritized what’s most important in terms of their instructions and their connection with students. This is the beginning of week five, all PYP students are working towards their end of unit assessments in UOI. In March when we started the unit, we consciously planned and designed this unit for about 4 weeks - so, we would be ending unit 6, on Wednesday, 22nd April.

Moving ahead, from 23rd April, each grade will start with Novel study. The teachers will use the novel as the focal point to build students’ literacy skills. The books chosen for each grade are age-appropriate, engaging and relevant. The novel is also integrated with the Writer’s Workshop that we have been engaging with right through the year. Below are the novels for each Grade. We hope you have bought the e-version of the book.

Grade 1 - My Life in Pictures by Deborah Zemke - Opinion Writing (Book Reviews)

Grade 2 - Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot by Anna Branford - Narrative Writing

Grade 3 - Charlotte's Web by E B White - Opinion Writing

Grade 4 - Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen- Opinion Writing

Grade 5 - Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian by Yusra Mardini - Personal Narrative

For Grades 1 and 2 parents will support in reading the novel with their child. Teachers will share a lesson plan to help you engage with the novel. Going ahead from this week teachers will meet the students over zoom once a week to discuss the novel. The teachers will share the details of the same in the daily class schedule.

For Grades 3, 4, & 5 Novel Study will happen in small groups along with their teacher. This session will happen over zoom thrice a week. The class teachers will keep the students informed of the time and day through the daily class schedule.

The next few weeks, students will continue to work on developing Literacy and Numeracy skills. Math lessons will continue as usual to strengthen Numeracy skills. The 2nd Lang and other specialists (PHE, Visual Arts, Music, Drama) will also continue to post the lessons in the daily class schedule.

Happy Reading!

Best Regards,

Shanthi Raghunath and Kalpita Jain

Head of PYP, Yemalur Campus and Head of PYP, North Campus