As grammar is the base of language, getting introduced to new sets of grammar rules, new terms, learning how to form sentences, etc. can be very taxing to many. Synonyms and antonyms can help remember the words you are trying to learn. Knowing many different synonyms and antonyms can help you diversify our writing. It promotes an increase in intelligibility, enhances the existing vocabulary, makes English learning a refreshing activity, tweaks their writing skills, etc. Learning a new vocabulary is actually fun to keep this in mind, we, at Presidium, conducted an activity related to Synonyms and Antonyms where students of Grade 3 solidify their understanding through the usage of enhanced vocabulary. They participated in the activities “Guess the correct word” and “Spot the opposite” with great fervor and enthusiasm. Besides this, our young learners have created informative posters for Synonyms and Antonyms.
India has always been rich in culture and tradition, and games have been an essential part of Indian culture since time immemorial. Indigenous games reflect aspects of our cultural values and behavioral norms and were used to reinforce them. Indigenous games are such a device - they teach healthy competition, mutual tolerance, and thinking skills for facing problems, and the attitude to accept defeat and show dignity in victory. Indigenous games still exist in these communities and the communities nurture them as an important part of their culture. Presidians of Grade IV learned about Indigenous games under the Social Science theme – Play. They explored regional games from around India’s different states etc., and made posters and spoke a few sentences about them. By playing these Indigenous games, students could connect with their heritage through sports, which had a deep, lifelong positive impact on them.
This year, Presidium School celebrated Christmas online. Though the celebrations were held virtually, the students enjoyed every bit of the programme. Our teachers along with the students participated in the singing of Christmas carols that were posted daily for them, in a cheerful spirit. During the celebration, the students witnessed the joy of the day through various slogans, dance performances, Christmas carols and a short skit. The students shared the beautiful pictures of the crafts and posters made by them. The students seemed happy dressed up as Fairy/ Angel/ Santa Attires. Many of them sported their Christmas caps, some wore Santa Claus masks and were ready for the celebration. The teachers ensured that with the celebration the students should learn the JOY OF GIVING and were aligned to bring smiles on at least 2 poor people in their vicinity.
Young Presidians of Grade-2 conducted a discussion activity on ‘My Most Visited Places’ under the TBL theme ‘Neighborhood’ where they learned about their neighbors and neighborhood, interdependence between neighbors, and identifying whom to contact in different situations. They curiously explored the buildings in the neighborhood, the significance of these buildings, and the people living in them, and their occupations. They took a tour of shops and places present in their neighborhood and further took it in art and craft and beautifully developed the skills of making a composition of their neighborhood. Presidians clicked their pictures in various nearby most visited places in their neighborhood and pasted them all together. They passionately completed the task and narrated their outline sketch prepared about their ‘My Most visited Places’ in a neighborhood with classmates remarkably well with beautiful charts.
Bijoy Dibos or Vijay Diwas is commemorated every 16th December in India and Bangladesh to observe India and Bangladesh's victory over Pakistan in the War of 1971 for the liberation of Bangladesh from Pakistan. Remembering the Bravehearts, our soldiers for their grit, valor, patriotism, and perseverance, a special assembly was organized. Students dressed up in the colors of ‘Khaki’ and the atmosphere was electrified with feelings of patriotism and reverence. They also quoted some important sayings and wishes like ‘ They gave their today for our tomorrow.’ The soldiers who laid down their lives in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 were also remembered by observing silence for one minute. They were also informed about the outstanding soldiers who were decorated with various military honors like Param Vishisht Seva Medal, etc. The students were inspired by the soldiers and displayed their guns and our National flag, and shouted JAI HIND.
Multiplication is one of the main mathematical operations which is taught to students at an early age. To Simplify the concept the students were given hands-on experience and learned that multiplication is repetitive addition. Our students of Grade 1 learned and practiced the multiplication tables of 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10. The objective of learning Multiplication tables is to enable us to learn fundamental knowledge concerning numbers systems, measurements, geometric figures, and the meanings represented in the figures. The students were involved in activities like introducing equal groups, learning equal groups as the foundation for multiplication, and the most natural way students begin interacting multiplication, playing games, building arrays and area models, Skip Counting, etc. They not only help in increasing the mental math skills of a child but also helps students understand different concepts better thus strengthening their knowledge of the subject. To add to this, they also play a vital role in boosting a child's confidence in their skills which will therefore help them later in the near future.