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RVS celebrates India’s Independence ‘Dharohar ‘2017 “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 India’s 71 st Independence Day ‘Dharohar’ in full spirit of patriotism on Friday, the 11 th of August’17. 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. August 2017 RIDGE VALLEY SCHOOL The Ridgeian Events 1- 4 Tiny Tots Corner 5 - 9 Literacy Corner 10 - 17 Numeracy Corner 17 - 19 UOW Corner 19 - 22 Inside this issue:

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  • RVS celebrates Indias Independence

    Dharohar 2017

    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

    of August17.

    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.

    August 2017

    RIDGE VALLEY SCHOOL

    The Rid

    geian

    Events 1- 4

    Tiny Tots Corner 5 - 9

    Literacy Corner 10 - 17

    Numeracy Corner 17 - 19

    UOW Corner 19 - 22

    Inside this issue:

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  • RVS Events

    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

    RVS Events

    T H E R I D G E I A N

    Investiture Ceremony

    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

    RVS Events

    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

    Literacy Concepts:

    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

    creative learning.

    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

    sentence.

    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.

    Gender Bender

    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

    illustrations.

    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!

    Master Chefs!

    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

    Creative Minds

    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.

    Young Cocineros!

    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.

    Fact Families

    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

    conducts water.

  • 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.

    Neutralization reaction

    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

    solution.

    Exploring Sound

    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.

    Puzzler Guzzler

    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