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RVS celebrates Indias Independence
One individual may die for an idea; but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives. That is how the wheel of evolution moves on and the ideas and dreams of one nation are bequeathed to the next - Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Ridge Valley School celebrated Indias 71
st Independence Day Dharohar in full spirit of patriotism on
Friday, the 11th
The whole school was festooned with colours of the Indian National Flag and the classes were
adorned according to the themes that reflect the heritage of our great nation. Glimpses of our
culture- related to the origin of the Charkha and its significance in the freedom movement, Yoga-
uses and benefits, Story of the three monkeys and the message it conveys, Ayurveda-the ancient form
of medicine which is still vastly used in the
treatment of diseases, Salutations that speak
volumes about Indian hospitality, Sanskrit-the
ancient language of India, The National song that
was an inspiration to millions during the freedom
struggle, The National Flag and The National
Anthem that instils pride in every Indian-were
taken up as themes by different classes.
All classes looked like a tableau representing the
rich Indian heritage and culture. The patriotic
songs and the colors of the tricolor added to the
fervor. Children were beaming with excitement as
the senior Grades walked into the different
classes to have a sneak peek of the programme to
be held later during the day. Quarter past eleven
all the sections commenced their programme. The audience sat through the entire duration of the
performances, enjoying every moment of it. A movie based on behind the scene activities was truly a
treat for the day.
RIDGE VALLEY SCHOOL
Events 1- 4
Tiny Tots Corner 5 - 9
Literacy Corner 10 - 17
Numeracy Corner 17 - 19
UOW Corner 19 - 22
Inside this issue:
Curtain on the days celebrations were drawn with the singing of the National Anthem which resonated
with patriotic feelings.
Celebrations continued on 15th
August 2017, where the celebrations began with Prabhat Pheri, a walk
which started from the school as the students, parents and teachers rejoiced by singing songs of national
pride. The Indian tricolour was unfurled in the school grounds and the notes of National Anthem
reverberated through the air filling it with patriotic fervour.
This was followed by a Special Assembly presented by the students of Grade 7 in which they recounted
the major events of the freedom struggle. The students, parents and teachers came on stage and sang
songs which showed their love and pride for the nation. Principal Mrs. Guneet Ohri thanked the parents
for their encouraging presence and active participation in the celebrations. Post this cultural event, the
sky was filled with colourful kites marking the end of the days celebrations.
P A G E 2 T H E R I D G E I A N
P A G E 3
T H E R I D G E I A N
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way
- John C. Maxwell
Another year, with more responsibilities and the determination to excel in carrying out the duties
bestowed on each member of the Student Council was what the students of Ridge Valley School
witnessed during the Investiture Ceremony. Members of the present council walked down the stairs
elegantly, led by the School Captain followed by the Sports Captains. Their graceful walk and content in
their eyes showcased how respectfully they had performed their duties as the council members in the
year gone by. They were ready to hand over their duties to the next council encouraging them to
perform with equal integrity and honesty.
The Student council was announced as Ms. Guneet Ohri pinned the badges on their shoulders. The oath
of abiding by the rules and regulations of the responsibility imparted on the new members was taken.
At the end of the ceremony, Principal, Ms. Guneet Ohri addressed the council members and encouraged
everyone to support the student council . She also spoke about how they should all be united in taking
forward the school values.
P A G E 4
T H E R I D G E I A N
Talk by Mr. Sonam Wangchuk
There werent any schools in my village, so I learnt to read and write from my
mother. I played in the fields, sowing seeds, working with animals, jumping in the
river, climbing trees. - Sonam Wangchuk
As the clouds gathered around early in the day, the messenger of rebellious innovation made his way to
Ridge Valley School, Gurgaon on the 26th
of August, 2017. The Mountain Man's arrival was celebrated
with curious minds behind intrigued eyes bubbling with many little questions.
This was a magnetic feather in Ridge Valleys Cap with none other than the revolutionary innovator and
education reformist Mr. Sonam Wangchuk joining their list of most inspirational speakers in the Guest
Speaker Series 2017. The session was attended by the students of Grades 6 8 and their parents, who
did not let the situation of the city, at that time, take over their zest to come and attend the talk.
Mr. Wangchuk gave a lecture on how the world needs to wake up to its own potential. He spoke on how
the future rests in the hands of those who decide to make a change. With his wise words, Mr. Wangchuk
inspired not just children but everyone gathered, to think out-of-the-box and try to improve the life
condition of everyone around them. The true learning achieved in this lecture was that education is not
limited to classrooms, and the echoes of this truth found its comforting niche in Ridge Valley as the school
reverberates with the same principle every single day. Mr. Wangchuk patiently answered all questions
posed by children and parents in a brief Q & A session that followed. Mrs. GuneetOhri, the Principal
presented Mr. SonamWangchuk with his sketch made by two students, Maisha and Manya. She also
mentioned that a live sketch would be made during the session by the same children which he would au-
tograph for the school archive. Mr Wanghchuk planted a tree in the Ridge Valley garden as a promise
from the School that it will forever behold the commitment to encourage children believe that they can
change the future and it is in their own hands. Chairman, Mr. Ajit Sirohi expressed his gratitude to Mr.
Wangchuk and mentioning about his top priority to go and visit SECMOL, the school started by Mr.
Wangchuk in Ladakh. He also suggested of an exchange program between Ridge Valley School and
SECMOL to give an exposure to our children in a different way. Principal Ms. Guneet Ohri too, expressed
her heartfelt gratitude to him, the dignitaries present, management and the parent community for
gracing the occasion.
A Glimpse Into the world of our tiny tots
P A G E 5
T H E R I D G E I A N
Learning letters Pp and Dd
Letters Pp and Dd were introduced through a Magic Bag and sand pit as the children looked for the
hidden Pp and Dd objects. They had fun in making a Pppp.. piglet and Dddd..duck as they came out with
lots of new words related to these sounds. Making their own pen stands in the pottery class added to their
Long and short is fun: Learning the concept of long and short through twigs in the garden and comparing
them with the twigs their friends had collected was in itself a unique experience for the students wherein
their learning was self-guided and the teacher only acted as a facilitator.
Mr. Square: The Nursery students excitedly watched, the three friends- Banjy, Tracy and Polly (names
suggested by the children) come to the class room with a magical bag of squares and various other shapes.
Banjy would become happy only if he got the square objects thus teaching the children the concept of
square shape and also being happy with friends.
Assembly on Respect and Smile :A Nursery Presentation
The students of Nursery A conducted the assembly on 22nd
August on the topic Respect. Explaining the
importance of Respect: in the classroom, at home, in the playground and in the community. the children
danced gleefully on the Respect Song. They were appreciated and applauded for their splendid efforts.
P A G E 6 T H E R I D G E I A N
Learning the Importance of Freedom -: class picnic
The Little Ridgeans celebrated the joy of living in an independent nation as they had a picnic with their
friends in the school garden. The children beamed with joy as they played games, sang songs with their
friends, teachers and savoured the yummy sandwiches, chips and juice.
Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations
The students were amused by the story of the birth of Lord Ganesha and the instances where he ate the
chakra of Lord Vishnu. With high spirits, they completed a tracing worksheet in which they had to trace
the picture of Ganesha using various strokes. As the children offered their prayers to Lord Ganesha by
making coconut laddoos and singing the arti-Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh Deva, they learnt about
the Indian mythology and the significance of beginning an occasion by paying respects to Lord Ganesha.
Every great love starts with a great story: Author Visit by Mrs. Sreedevi Gopakumar
On Friday 25th
August, Mrs. Sreedevi Gopakumar, author of Mangoes And Mischief, hosted an interactive
story telling session for the tiny tots.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the colourful session held by the author.
She delivered the story with animated expressions and gestures while the
children listened with rapt attention. The story was centered on Mangoes
and characters Malu and Moidootty who find themselves in a pickle for
stealing mangoes. And what must they do to get themselves out of
trouble? Find many, many more mangoes! The session taught them not to
steal but to ask if they need anything and enhanced their listening and
speaking skills, building on their vocabulary. A perfect mix of thrill and excitement, the session lasted for about an hour which included
storytelling and follow up activities such as- worksheets on colouring mangoes, playing with mango
scented play dough, tasting mango delicacies (aam papad) and many more. The story teller was presented with a Thank you card as a token of love and appreciation.
P A G E 7 T H E R I D G E I A N
Exploring our own little world (Sense Day)
The tiny tots enthusiastically hopped from one table to another as they saw various objects to tickle their
senses. All their senses-Sight, Smell, Hearing, Taste and Touch- were taken care of as they saw using
binoculars, kaleidoscope; heard various musical instruments like tabla, harmonium; tasted salty, sweet,
bitter, sour food; explored various smells and also touched soft, hard, smooth & rough materials. The
world of senses was brought into the foyer of the school for an experiential learning which would remain
with the children forever.
Learning about the factors needed for a seed to grow
The UOW topic of plants concluded with the activity plant a seed. The excitement of the tiny tots was
clearly seen as they took the small methi seeds in their hands and planted them in the pots with the help
of the school gardener. Appreciating the importance of plants for our environment, learning about their
different parts, the factors needed for them to grow, and also taking care of a new life were some of the
learnings imbibed by our students through this activity.
Raksha Bandhan-bond of love and care
The festival of love and warmth between brothers and sisters was celebrated joyfully as the tiny tots
presented hand-made rakhis to our guests which they took along for their fellow soldiers deployed on
the borders, with a message of love and appreciation tucked in.
P A G E 8 T H E R I D G E I A N
Magic of Krishna : Janmashthami Celebrations
Lord Krishna made an impact on the curious minds of Kindergarten students as the Stories of Kanha were
narrated in the classes and the children savoured the experience of making and painting their own Matki
and taking it home ; adorned beautiful crowns with shining sequins which they wore as they went home.
The knowledge about Krishna was further enriched as the little Kanhas and Radhas watched a skit which
depicted the birth of Lord Krishna along with the important incidences of his life.
Akshars, Letters and Words
Kindergarten children learnt letters and akshars through brainstorming sessions, various hands on activities
like moulding clay, tracing with chalk, free hand drawing, tracing with paints and so on. As the children
know their phonetic sounds and associate them with the related word , they are moving a step further
where they are learning to blend sounds and read words.
P A G E 9 T H E R I D G E I A N
Preparations for Independence Day celebration
Independence Day celebrations were the highlight of the month. Various art and craft activities such as -
hand printing, colouring National symbols, painting the flag on the class window, making the National Flag
booklet, tri colour kites , charkha , colouring newspaper bags etc. were conducted in the classes during the
course of the month which helped the children to learn about our country and its rich heritage. Interactive
sessions helped the children to understand the meaning of Independence and its importance. Wearing
Nations pride on their beautiful faces with a cheerful smile, tiny tots participated in the Independence Day
celebration in their respective classes on the 11th of August 2017. The Nursery parents witnessed the
enigmatic display of the theme: Charkha (Nursery A) and Flag (Nursery B), the dance performances, rhyme
recitation and short presentations prepared by the children. Indeed, it was a day of joy, a day to love and
show respect for our country, teaching our children to become more aware of the little things that make
our big India.
P A G E 1 0 T H E R I D G E I A N
Let us punctuate the sentence right,
To make them meaningful and bright.
Children of Grade 1 played a game on punctuation for a better clarity and
understanding of the concept. The class was divided into groups. While
one group showed the placards with different expressions on them,
the other group guessed the expression and also punctuated the given
Change the tense
And frame a sentence.
Framing sentences was translated into an interesting activity from an
unvarying one when the second graders changed the tense of the verbs
from present to past and constructed sentences which spoke of their
vocabulary and proper descriptive language. This also enabled them to
understand the application of verbs in their past form in sentences.
Students of Grade 3 had great fun in creating a word search puzzle
from a few nouns belonging to the opposite gender that were listed
on the board. The task was to change the gender of the given
words into feminine and create a word search puzzle. The
excitement in them was evident as the puzzle started taking shape.
The students finally circled the words once the puzzle was created.
P A G E 1 1 T H E R I D G E I A N
Birthdays are Fun, Especially if it is Your Favourite Authors!
Students of Grades 4 & 5 came together to celebrate JK
Rowlings Birthday in the form of a Character Improvisation activity. The excitement was palpable with golden wigs, wands and chant of spells all around as they
had dressed up as characters from the Harry Potter series!
On a Reading Spree
Grade 4 read Roald Dahls Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They wrote brief character sketches of the main characters in the form of a character web and drew
Akbar Birbals stories of Wit
So many of them in our Kit
Grade 4 got together and created a collection of Akbar Birbal stories. They read
them out in class and then planned a role play on each story in their groups.
Learning the Creative Way
On our Luxury Trains, We are Happy and Gay
Grade 5 read a factual article on Trains in class. They researched on luxury
trains across the globe and collected information and pictures on them.
They made charts with the same in groups. Each group gave a presentation
on a luxury train of their choice sharing its unique features, its route map,
and other interesting facts about it.
P A G E 1 2 T H E R I D G E I A N
Stimulating Mix of Technology & Language: I-pad Integration
Students of Grade 7A used the I-pad to create posters and write creative slogans that highlight the evils of
corruption. They used the Book Creator app and couldnt stop marveling at how much paper they had managed to
save by going digital!
Students of Grade 10 used the Puppet app on their I-pads to recreate the lesson The Letter. This helped them in
summarizing the lesson and also broke the monotony set in.
Integrating Technology with English
When technology and language come
together, we get a potent mix! Grade 7
practicing writing a Bio Sketch on I-pads
in an integrated session.
Its All About Expressions!
Grade 6 practicing role play in an
activity called Read Aloud. They
focused on getting the expressions,
tone, in tonat ion and voice
modulation as per the need to the
lines being read.
P A G E 1 3 T H E R I D G E I A N
Honing our Speaking Skills
Students of Grade 9 participated in Just a Minute activity where they spoke
impromptu on a given topic for one minute. They presented the lesson The Man
Who Knew Too Much in a capsule. This helped them get a fair idea of how important
it is to express ones thoughts clearly and also to prioritize them for a smooth delivery.
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Little Masters !
The Grade 5 learners of French did a role play by enacting
a conversation happening in a classroom, thus enhancing
their spoken skills. They also drew five objects commonly
found in a classroom and named them. This activity
enriched their vocabulary. It was learning in a fun way!
Grade 6 students displayed their prowess in speaking French as well as their
culinary skills. They chose a recipe, made it in class and explained their guests
the procedure of making their dish, the ingredients used, and answered other
questions in French with the correct pronunciation. This activity enabled them
to learn the correct pronunciation of words and polish their spoken skills. It was
a fun filled activity and an enriching experience for them!
P A G E 1 7 T H E R I D G E I A N
Students of Grade 7 learnt how to fill a Personal Identity Form with their personal details in French, thus putting their writing skills to test and improvising on their construction of sentences.
Do you Hear What I Hear ?
Students of Grade 8 put their listening skills to good use and gained practical experience of
understanding spoken French by listening attentively to an audio played in class and solving the
questionnaire based on the audio.
Its not every day that you get to witness young cooks at work and see how they create magic with food!
The Spanish learners of Grade 6 discussed different dishes made in Spain after which they created those
recipes along with their classmates and shared the same with the teacher.
P A G E 1 8 T H E R I D G E I A N
One step to the left, one step to the right,
Let us add or subtract, ten or hundred,
But not let the number go out of sight.
Grade 2 children recapitulated their previous knowledge of place value
and addition through an activity on the same. They thought of their
own number and formed a mind map around the same, writing its
friend on the left and right by adding or subtracting 10 or 100 to it.
Grade 1 children learnt that the sum of the same
numbers even when added in a different order is always
the same. The first graders played a game wherein they
enacted as numbers and the addition sign (+) and learnt
about fact families.
Place Value Party
Grade 2 students played a number game online wherein they revised the
concept of addition and subtraction without regrouping.
P A G E 1 9 T H E R I D G E I A N
Figure me out
Grade 5 students made a sheet called Figure Me Out wherein they
described themselves in terms of division for eg: My age is 36/4 or my shoe
size is 16/4 etc.
Divisional Rule Book
The Grade V students made a divisibility rule book which helped them to
keep a record of all the divisibility rules of numbers such as
2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,15 and 45. This book will come in handy and they
can refer to it as when and required.
Learning Decimals with Colouring
Grade 6 students created a pattern on a 10X10 grid using
any five colours of their choice and calculated the decimals
for the colours used.
Speeding Away to Glory!
Students of Grade 8 attempted a Speed Maths challenge in Mindspark,
an adaptive learning mathematics program, on their I-pads. The
challenge was to complete 20 questions in 30 minutes.
Our new Addition and Subtraction Tactics
By Spinning Mathematics
Grade 3 students made two spinning wheels and divided the
wheel into 8 different parts. 4 digit numbers were written on
each part of the wheel. They spun the attached arrows, which
then stopped on a number. Both the numbers were then
P A G E 2 0 T H E R I D G E I A N
Pyramid, pyramid on the wall,
Which food is the healthiest of them all?
Students of Grade 2 made a food pyramid with pictures of different food
items collected by them. They divided the pyramid into four parts according
to the four food groups, namely, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals,
proteins and fats. Each tier in the pyramid represented one food group, the
lowest tier being carbohydrates followed by vitamins & minerals, proteins
and finally the tier closest to the tip represented fats. This triangular
representation of the optimal number of servings to be eaten each day gave
the second graders a fair idea of a balanced and healthy diet.
Debating the First Debate
To get students excited about what they are learning, a
debate activity was held in Grade 3 on the topic Insects -
Friends or Foe for plants.
The objective of the activity was for :-
students to use their critical thinking skills
students to nurture presentation skills , public
speaking, research and team work.
Gauging the Rain
Grade 4 children made Rain Gauges as part of their learning unit Sun, Wind, Clouds and Rain and kept
them at different places in the school garden to record their observations every day in their workbook.
The objectives of the activity were to-:
List the three basic parts of weather.
Describe the importance of water.
P A G E 2 1 T H E R I D G E I A N
Science Its just magic without the lies.
Can we measure a curved line? Students of Grade 6 were able
to measure the length of a curved line using a string. The string
was placed along the curved line, stretched straight and
measured using a scale.
Pump Your Blood
Students of Grade 5 learned how our heart pumps blood to
different parts of our body, with the help of a model, which was
made using a plastic bag and straw.
The objective of the activity was for the-:
Students to explore the working of the heart by watching
the blood (paint) rise up in the blood vessel (straw)
Measurement in our everyday life
Before beginning the topic Measurement and Motion, the
students of Grade 6 reflected their understanding on the uses of
measurement in their everyday life through a group activity.
They listed out things for which they require units of
measurement in the most creative ways.
Water-the Elixir of Life
While doing the concept of Getting to Know Plants, students of
Grade 6 were able to understand and observe that the stem of a
plant conducts water that is needed for its growth, through an
activity in the Science Lab. Stems of some plants were placed in
coloured liquid a day earlier. The next day, they observed a
section of that stem under a microscope. They saw the same
colour in the center of the stem which proved that the stem
P A G E 2 2 T H E R I D G E I A N
All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.
To understand how acids and bases neutralize each others effects and
form salt and water, students of Grade 7 performed neutralization
reactions using dilute Hydrochloric acid and Sodium Hydroxide
Students of Grade 8 performed certain activities
to know more about the characteristics of Sound
and the medium through which sound can
travel. By blowing through folded paper, they
proved that sound is produced by vibrations, by
scratching at one end of the scale and hearing at
the other end, they were able to justify that
sound travels through solids too. They were also
able to prove that sound travels faster in solids
than it does, through air.
Law of Conservation of Mass
To prove the law of conservation of mass, students of Grade 9 performed
an activity to weigh the reactants and products separately. They observed
that if the reaction was allowed to happen in a closed container, the weight
of the product formed was equal to the initial weight of the reactants.
"Scientists are explorers"
While learning about the properties of acids, students of Grade 10
performed some activities in the lab to observe the properties of acetic acid
such as its smell, solubility in water, test with pH paper and effect on
cooling and heating.
1. Im tall when Im young and Im short when Im old. What am I?
2. What has hands but can not clap?
1. A candle 2. A clock