Great provocations get children thinking about concepts and ideas. Including them with emergent planning can steer inquiry into an exciting area which helps to make the inquiry interactive and engaging. Guest speakers are special individuals of respected stature who are invited to supplement the theoretical knowledge of students. Thus, they play a gigantic and important role in learning as they convey a compelling message that forms an imprint in the minds of the students. The students of grade 5 interacted with a traveler from America Ms Erica who shared her experiences and spoke about the culture and traditions, way of life, and shared a whole lot of information about her beautiful country. Students thus emerged as knowledgeable individuals as they displayed their curiosity by listening to and exploring the culture of the people of America thus were able to learn about the world and its people.
In France, the 'quatorze juillet' or Fourteenth of July is a special celebration that we know as 'Bastille Day'. The entire primary section at DYPIS along with the teaching staff came dressed in shades of blue white and red signifying the colours of the French flag. Students of Grade 5 shared information on the significance of Bastille Day through an assembly. Grade 5 students also acquainted the audience with the 'Connection' of the dance form 'Ballet' to France, followed by a well synchronized performance of the same. Further students showcased the attitude of 'Respect' towards foreign languages by singing a song & reciting a poem in French with great zeal and enthusiasm. A budding musician from grade 5, Master Shllok Rawat provided a tune to the song as sung by the students using the Keyboard. Through the assembly, students received an opportunity to learn and appreciate the culture and history of another country.
Students of Grade 5 who are currently inquiring into the issue of Conservation as part of their PYP exhibition, got an opportunity to attend the inauguration ceremony of the E-waste and dry waste collection centre at Bandra reclamation. It was inaugurated by MLA Ashish Shelar. The students interacted with the different officials and got a first hand experience to learn about the measures taken to improve the waste segregation situation in our city.
The 'arts' provide opportunities for students to express themselves , explore their potential and further engage in a personal artistic journey. It encourages them to draw on their imagination, experiences and knowledge, make relevant connections independently and collaboratively. As we tuned into the theme 'How We Express Ourselves', students of Grade 5 discovered different ways to creatively express themselves by choosing a preferred mode of communication,. This led them to discuss and design creatively messages on complicated social issues like 'Do not cut Trees' , 'Keep your environment clean' with panache.