Fun For All- Inclusive Education.
In an attempt to bring the Children with Special Needs into the mainstream through various scholastic and co-scholastic endeavours and ensure their active participation and engagement in various activities a special live virtual event, on the theme “Unity in Diversity,” was organized for the students of Class IV and V on February 18, 2022.
The Special Educator familiarised the students about the rich diversity of India. The students displayed this diversity in our nation through various dance or music forms speaking a few lines about different states of India. All the children were dressed in traditional clothes of the state they chose to represent.
Students’ enthusiasm and excitement knew no bounds and it was a delight to watch them perform.
INTER-UNIT INTERACTIVE PROGRAMME
Third Collaborative Activity (Non-Competitive Quiz)
The concluding activity under the aegis of Tête-à-tête - Connecting with Peers, the Inter-Unit interactive programme initiated by Bal Bharati Public School, GRH Marg, Pusa Road Campus was held on 08.03.22. The students of class III from both the units – GR and Ratnagiri participated in a non-competitive quiz conducted through MS TEAMS. The quiz which was presented by the students themselves, focused on the Red Fort and Ratnagiri Fort. It aimed at informally assessing the students’ learning and knowledge. The active participation and promptness of the students reflected the success of the collaborative activity.
The Head Boy and the Head Girl of the Primary Department, BBPS Pusa Road Campus proposed the vote of thanks.
100 DAYS READING CAMPAIGN
As per the CBSE guidelines 100 Days Reading Campaign was initiated for the students of classes I to III on 01.01.22. The Campaign will continue for 14 weeks. Various weekly activities were meticulously curated for the months of January & February. The activities focused on making reading enjoyable for children and aimed at building lifelong association with the joy of reading. The students were engaged in activities like Family Stories, Poetry in Motion, Retell the Tale, Title Tree, Dress and Tell, Bend the End, Set the Scene, Literary Calendar and many more. The Campaign helped the students develop critical thinking, enhance their vocabulary and ability to express both verbally and in writing.
School and education play a significant role in overall development of students. We firmly work on the idea that balanced and integrated emphasis on scholastic and co-scholastic areas is essential for enriching and enhancing learning experiences of students. Primary Department, G R Campus organised its first ever cultural dance and music extravaganza -RANG TARANG with the aim to provide our talented learners a splendid platform to showcase their gifts and expertise. The vibrant virtual programme was an incredible amalgamation of India’s diverse music and dance forms. Kindly enjoy the same through the link given below:
SAVE THE ROAR PROGRAMME
BBPS, GR initiated 'Save the Roar' Program in association with "Tiger Trust”, a Non-Government Organisation founded in 1989 by Late Padmashri Kailash Sankhala, famously known as the 'Tiger Man of India'. 'Save the Roar' was introduced for the class IV and V with the objective:
- To orient and make the students aware about the importance of preserving wildlife
- To imbibe the feeling of 'Save the Nature, Save the Roar' in every young mind, and sensitise them towards commitment to preserve Mother Earth.
- To make the understanding and learning for students a comprehensive experience
The programme includes:
- Orientation – Story of the Indian tiger. It introduced students to India's national animal with lesser-known fun facts and information about this majestic and solitary creature. The talk entailed basic yet intimate details of the Royal Bengal Tiger and its existence.
- Movie Screening - As a part of the “Save the Roar” programme and to celebrate Global Tiger Day a virtual movie screening was organized on the subject of Tigers and environment based on the life of the famous tigress “Machhli”. A discussion on same ensued thereafter.
- Art Integrated activities - A plethora of activities like mask-making, Diary Writing, Poem Composition, Article Writing, Poster making, etc. were conducted for the students on the same theme. Many of these were uploaded on the Tiger Trust Website to laud the efforts and creativity of our students.
- Virtual Talk and Quiz - To mark World Ozone Day a special “Talk” and Quiz Session was organised for our students. Ms. Falgooni Mehta, an advocate by profession and environmentalist by heart spoke to the learners about the critical issues related to environment and our planet. All the students participated in the Quiz session with a lot of gusto and keenness.
BOOK BUDDIES CLUB
Virtual Book Buddies Club is initiated in the Primary Department (GR) providing opportunities to enhance communication, collaboration and thinking skills. During the sessions, all the members of the Club discuss the age-appropriate books read during that week with focus on characters, illustrations, story line etc. Newspaper related and listening skill activities are also conducted using the e-newspaper for enhancement of students’ vocabulary and grammar practice.The sessions allowed one to one interaction and interesting conversation among the members which definitely made students more articulate and aware learners. The initiative is a boon in the current scenario as it keeps the students engaged, channelizes their energies and enhances their personality through books.
Peer-to-peer learning offers a platform for students to share their dreams and fears, inspire, teach and help each other in the process of collaborative learning. Keeping these objectives in mind, a virtual peer-to-peer learning project was initiated with students of one section from class IV as an experimental endeavour. Learning through a virtual platform is a new and somewhat challenging experience for students, especially where parental support is not available for various reasons. Under the able guidance of the class teachers, mentors and mentees organized their virtual learning sessions on the same platform, thus enabling mentors to give their mentees a hands-on experience. This approach proved beneficial in developing leadership qualities, communication skills and effective learning regarding various newly introduced features of the online platform among students. The mentors were able to develop their leadership qualities and enhance their communication skills while the mentees benefitted from an increased knowledge base. Since the new approach proved successful in one section, it will be employed in other sections across classes IV and V.
MAKING STUDENTS FUTURE READY-IMBIBING 21ST CENTURY SKILLS
We, at BBPS, GR strive to provide the most appropriate learning opportunities to our learners, enabling them to imbibe the essential 21st Century Skills recommended by NEP. Critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, scientific temperament, social and problem-solving skills are incorporated in the curriculum through enriching projects, club and intra-class activities, assemblies and competitions for the students of classes IV-V. We aspire to make our students smarter and more capable and are working towards helping them acquire a positive mindset.Our teaching plan integrates all disciplines hence, provides students diverse platforms to research, collaborate, self-regulate and express themselves as future ready learners.
IMPLEMENTING NEP 2020 IN MONTESSORI DEPARTMENT
The NEP 2020 is very promising and futuristic which takes into consideration that the first 1000 days are very crucial for the child. Enriching activities are undertaken for the students during their virtual sessions bringing holistic development into the system, right from early childhood.
Our curriculum consists of flexible, multi-faceted, activity-based, and inquiry-based learning concepts which further consist of letter recognition, languages, numbers, counting, colours, shapes, indoor and outdoor play etc. Puzzles, critical thinking tasks, problem-solving, drawing, painting and other visual art, craft, drama and puppetry, story narration, music and movement are also made an integral part of the concepts. It also includes a focus on developing social capacities, sensitivity, good behaviour, courtesy, ethics, personal and public cleanliness. In addition to this, specialized facilitating modules are also shared with the parents on monthly basis to attain optimal outcomes in the domains of physical and motor development, cognitive development, socio-emotional-ethical development and the development of communication and early language, foundational literacy and numeracy. The greater focus is on experiential learning – a key element in NEP 2020. Our team of facilitators created learning events prioritizing real-life training, more interactions during the circle time and skills enhancement. Age-appropriate role play activities were conducted allowing learning of languages, mathematical concepts and integration of vocabulary enrichment. The children learnt basic courtesies and manners, moral values and a positive approach towards life through special stories and rhymes. With these developments, a student-friendly environment was created during the virtual sessions fostering all-inclusive learning and growth.
संस्कृत श्लोक संग्रहः
With an aim to acquaint our students with their linguistic roots and introduce them to ‘Dev-Vani’, Sanskrit, the language of God, ‘संस्कृत-श्लोकसंग्रहः’ programme has been initiated by the CES. Keeping in mind that chanting shlokas is a spiritual discipline which helps in improving listening skills along with sensitivity towards others, every fortnight one shloka would be shared with the students.
The programme commenced on 24.12.20. The students were introduced to the programme through a Power Point Presentation highlighting the relevance of the language as the base of many other languages, its origin and inclusion in various scientific fields.
Thereafter, a video was shown to the children in which they were made to recite the shloka:
सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिन:, सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु, मा कश्चिद् दुःखभाग्भवेत्॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः !
Students were then apprised of the meaning of the shloka and its relevance through appropriate pictures and visuals.
Further, to reinforce the language and inculcate valuable life lessons inherent in the shloka, students were asked to share their videos chanting the shloka with their respective class teachers.
Our young Bal Bharatians were introduced to the following shlokas – (April-June 2021)
- त्वमेव माता च पिता त्वमेव, त्वमेव बन्धुश्च सखा त्वमेव।
त्वमेव विद्या च द्रविणम् त्वमेव, त्वमेव सर्वम् मम देव देव॥
2. वाणी रसवती यस्य, यस्य श्रमवती क्रिया।
लक्ष्मीर्दानवती यस्य सफलं तस्य जीवितं॥
3. हस्तस्य भूषणं दानं, सत्यं कण्ठस्य भूषणम्।
श्रोत्रस्य भूषणं शास्त्रं, भूषणैः किं प्रयोजनम्॥
4. व्यायामात् लभते स्वास्थ्यं, दीर्घायुष्यं बलं सुखम् ।
आरोग्यं परमं भाग्यं, स्वास्थ्यं सर्वार्थसाधनम् ॥
The shlokas aimed to apprise the children of virtues like honesty, charity, politeness, benevolence. They also learnt the importance of doing exercise to stay healthy and have a sound mind. The shloka videos were shown during Hindi online classes and stress was laid on the meaning and pronunciation of each word. To help our students inculcate the inherent values in shloka, a creative activity was also done as a reinforcement.
This initiative received overwhelming response from our students and will undoubtedly bring our young learners closer to their roots.
IDS ACTIVITY 2021
Theme: Neighbour Connect
The theme chosen for the IDS Project for the session 2021-22 was Neighbour Connect
The Project aimed at a comparative study of neighbouring countries of India – Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and Myanmar with special focus on
- National/ traditional costumes
- Important festivals
- Places of tourist interest.
The following activities were organised for the students of Classes I, II and III –
- National / traditional Attire
The students explored the traditional / national costume of the chosen countries. They dressed up in the traditional costumes of the country allotted to them and shared their pictures and videos.
2.Collage Making Activity
The students explored the festivals celebrated in the neighbouring countries of India; Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and Myanmar and learnt about the customs and rituals related to them. They prepared beautiful collages depicting the same.
3.Video Screening and Assignment 17.12.21 – Class I & II
Video Screening Sessions were organised for the students of Classes I & II through which they got a preview of the various aspects of the chosen countries, like, their location on the map, capital, flag, language spoken and places of tourist interest. Videos related to some important tourist destinations of the chosen countries were shown to the students. They also attempted an online follow-up assignment.
4. Virtual Session on Microsoft TEAMS -17.12.21
A virtual session was conducted for the students of class III on Microsoft Teams. The live online session apprised them of some amazing tourist places in the chosen neighbouring countries of India.
5. Collage Making Activity Class III
As a follow up activity to the virtual session conducted on Microsoft Teams, the students made a sketch / drawing or collage of any one tourist place of the country allotted to their class.
The students made heart-warming collage/ sketch / drawing of tourist place of interest. The response and presentations of the students were overwhelming and reflected the knowledge that they have gained through the project.
They can now appreciate the natural as well as man-made creations in the neighbouring countries of India.
WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL DAY
With an aim to create awareness among people, the World Environment Day is globally celebrated on 5 June every year. To mark this celebration in school and make our young learners aware about the need to keep our plant clean and green a host of activities was conducted.
The students were encouraged to plant a sapling or sow seeds commonly available in the kitchen. They enthusiastically participated in this plantation drive and shared their pictures and videos.
They took a pledge along with the members of their family promising to save the environment. They also shared their videos and pictures depicting simple measures they adopt in their day-to-day life to contribute towards a greener Earth.
To make the students aware of the various environmental challenges such as climate crisis, desertification, loss of biodiversity, water scarcity etc. Primary Department, Pusa Road Campus initiated an Environmental Awareness Programme from July 2021 for classes I - III. Drawing inspiration from the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals which have been designed to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all, the Programme aims at sensitizing our students and making them responsible citizens of tomorrow.
Under the programme two theme - based modules will be posted on Connected Classroom Portal on the first and third Saturdays of every month. The first module was posted on July 3, 2021. The topic of the module was Earth – A beautiful place to live in. After watching this module students were able to explore various geographical features of planet Earth. They could identify the natural resources as a gift of nature to us. The video encouraged young learners to explore all the problems related to the environment and adopt simple yet productive ways of preserving it.
A fun activity sheet was also attached along with the video as a follow-up activity. The students participated with great zeal and enthusiasm and the programme received very positive feedback from both the parents and the students.
The theme of the Environmental Awareness Programme video in the month of August is inspired from one of the UN Sustainable Goals Clean water and Sanitation. The video on the topic ‘Every Drop Counts’ was posted on Connected Classroom Portal under Critical Thinking Tab on 7 August 2021. This video underlined the importance of saving water and also highlighted different ways in which water can be saved.
To further make students aware about different sources of water present on Earth a video ‘जल है, तो कल है’ was uploaded on 21 August 2021. This video made students aware about the scarcity of water in different countries and how it is affecting the life of living creatures.
Children’s voices, choices and participation are critical for the sustainable future we want. Good Health and Well- being is one of the primary goals of the UN for sustainable development of the societies and was also the theme for the videos of the month of September. To sensitize students about the importance of cleanliness in our life a video on the topic Clean Home is a Happy Home was uploaded on a connected classroom portal on 4 September 2021. This video suggested a few simple ways in which young learners can contribute to keep their surroundings clean.
To apprise students about the importance developing good hygiene habits and ensure good health a video on the topic “अच्छा स्वास्थ्य और कल्याण” was uploaded for the students of class I-III on 18 September 2021. The video focussed on the fact that health is about both physical fitness and psychological and emotional well-being.
These videos received a positive and enthusiastic response both from parents and students. To reinforce the topics covered in these videos an activity sheet was attached after every video.
Theme- Responsible Production and Consumption
Topic: एक नया सवेरा लाएँ, आओ धरती को स्वस्थ बनाएँ l
To sensitize students about the need and ways to protect our mother Earth a video on the topic - एक नया सवेरा लाएँ, आओ धरती को स्वस्थ बनाएँ was posted on October 30, 2021. Through the video the children learnt about the abundant resources that nature gives us. It gave them some easy tips to follow in day-to-day life to save natural resources.
Theme- CLIMATE CHANGE
Topic: प्रकृति से करो प्यार , जलवायु बचाओ हर बार।
Through the video posted on 27 November, the young learners were apprised of the impact of extreme climatic conditions on human well-being. They were enlightened how human activities influence the level of pollution in the air and negatively affect the agricultural, marine and freshwater systems. They were also suggested simple mindful acts which can reduce global warming.
Theme- LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY
Topic - Preserve the colourful World
To sensitize the students about the adverse effects of loss of biodiversity on our planet and the need & importance of preserving our flora and fauna, a video on the topic Preserve the colourful world was uploaded on Connected Classroom on 4 December 2021. The video focussed on creating awareness about various trees and forests, harmful effects of deforestation, need to preserve forests and how forests affect human life. It also discussed the importance and need for preventing loss of biodiversity.
Topic: पेड़ - पृथ्वी का आभूषण
The students were enlightened about the importance of trees in our life through a video on the topic पेड़ - पृथ्वी का आभूषण uploaded on 18 December 2021. The objective of this video was to make students aware about how humans are dependent on trees to fulfill their day-to-day needs. The role of trees in maintaining a balance in nature was also highlighted.
Interactive Session With Children Of Ngo-Gali Pathshala
To inculcate a feeling of kindness, affection and compassion in children, a virtual interactive session with the children of NGO-Gali Pathshala was conducted on 24.12.21 on the MS Teams under the aegis of Aao Haath Barhayein club. The theme of the interaction was ‘Celebrating Chritsmas-Spreading Joys’. The virtual celebration of the festival of joys included singing, dancing and storytelling highlighting the true significance & spirit of the festival. Books and chocolates were distributed to the children of Gali Pathshala as Christmas gifts. The interaction was an enriching experience which taught meaningful life lessons to our young learners.
Dance Mania Class I (31.08.21)
Dance is more than just a means of exercising and entertainment. Recent research has shown that students who study & learn dance are more self-motivated, disciplined and focused. They are more expressive while communicating their emotions, thoughts and feelings
To give our young budding dancers a platform to showcase their talent, Bal Sabha Activity, ‘Dance Mania” was organised for the students of Class I. This program was conducted live on MS Teams.
In the preliminary round of the Activity the students actively participated in large number and two students from each section were selected for the Final round who performed live on August 31, 2021.
The students performed on the musical rendition of the Hindi poems such as झूला, तितली और कली, सूरज जल्दी आना जी and काले मेघा पानी दे. These poems talk about the aspirations of children who want to get closer to nature and experience its beauty in different ways. The vibrant performances of the children glorified the role of the sun and rain in our life and depicted the beautiful bond between a butterfly and a flower bud. The colourful costumes and creative backdrops made each performance mesmerizing.
States of India Activity
To celebrate the diversity and unity of India and to build a sense of cultural brotherhood amongst our students, the Primary Department of Pusa Road Campus organised a special activity, ‘States of India’ under the “Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat” initiative of the Central Government. The activity provided a platform for the students to appreciate and understand the rich culture, heritage, traditions and customs of different states that are vital for the spirit of nation-building. Different states were allotted to the students. They explored the festivals, cuisines, costumes, historical monuments, famous personalities etc and creatively presented their work through drawings, collages & posters. The work of the students was compiled as Newsletters.
FIT INDIA SCHOOL WEEK 2021
As India celebrated Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM), Fit India School Week was celebrated in the school from 1.12.21 to 4.12.21. Various activities which highlighted the importance of ﬁtness in our lives were organised for the students of Class I - III during the week-long celebration. Indigenous games like Gitte and brain game Sudoku were the major highlights of the virtual sessions organised to mark the celebration. Students were also enlightened about the two major aspects of fitness - diet and exercise. A short story ‘Eat Healthy Stay Wealthy’, which displayed the journey of a child from fat to fit was screened in an online session. Student actively participated in all the activities. The celebration culminated with a Pledge Taking Ceremony wherein the students promised to follow a healthy lifestyle and motivate others too.
The school’s objective of promoting different languages amongst learners achieved yet another dimension by releasing its first Sanskrit Newsletter ‘Sanskrit Saugandhika.’ This
unique endeavour will enable students to get connected to learning Dev Bhasha Sanskrit. Its publication began in December 2021 and is likely to be published annually. The first
issue of Sanskrit Saugandhika contains significant topics, high quality readable content like Sanskrit comics, puzzles, telephonic verses and satires made by students and
achievements of students in the field of Sanskrit.
A robust vocabulary improves all areas of communication — listening, speaking, reading and writing. Keeping this in view, last session, vocabulary enrichment activities were conducted in English language to upskill our students. Further, Hindi vocabulary enrichment activities have been initiated to help our students enhance their Hindi conversation, reading & writing skills. Each week students are introduced to two new Hindi words during the Hindi online class. The meaning of these words is explained in detail with special focus on their usage. Follow up activities to reinforce the word learnt in Hindi are given to students to help them use words efficiently and express themselves better. Creative writing activities in Hindi are also given wherein the children are motivated to use the words learnt during the week. These activities will help our students master the language effortlessly with enthusiasm & enjoyment.
International Yoga Day
Since its inception in the year 2015, June 21 is celebrated as the International Day of Yoga all over the world. Primary Department, Pusa Road campus celebrated this day virtually with much fervor and enthusiasm by hosting a plethora of activities.
- Yoga Week from 10 June 2021 to 17 June 2021.
During the week, videos demonstrating asanas and their benefits were shared with the students. They were motivated to practise them and share their videos and pictures.
- Quiz for students: June 18, 2021
The weeklong celebrations culminated with an online quiz conducted on Microsoft Teams for the students of class I – III. It was a time bound quiz comprising of 10 questions based on the videos shared with the students.
- Global Yoga Conference: June15 – June 18, 2021
The event was organised by Mokshayatan Yog Sansthan supported by Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India council for Cultural Relations and was attended by all the staff members. The event aimed at connecting the people to nature through Yoga.
- Quiz for Parents and Teachers: June 20, 2021
A quiz was organised for the teachers and parents through Google Form. The parents and staff members participated in this time-bound quiz with enthusiasm.
- Virtual Assembly: June 21, 2021
The virtual assembly depicted the innumerable benefits of Yoga and apprised our students of some amazing facts and brief history associated with it. The display of Surya Namaskar and its benefits in the assembly was awe inspiring.
- Result of Yoga Quiz: June 21, 2021
A glimpse of responses received from the students on the occasion was showcased through a video on School’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. The video also announced the result of The Yoga Quiz 2021 organised for the students and staff/parents.
- Online quiz for staff members
As per Circular No.ACAD- 45/2021, the staff members were encouraged to
participate in the Yoga quiz organized by NCERT from 21 June to 20 July 2021.
The proposed quiz was organised on My Gov (https://mygov.in/);
- Feedback form
To seek the valuable feedback from the parents, a google form was shared on June 23, 2021. The positive response and feedback received from the parents was overwhelming.
All the activities conducted were aimed at motivating our young learners to incorporate Yoga in their everyday routine and lead a healthy life.
Cyber safety education provides the students the knowledge and skills required to stay safe in online environments. It involves acknowledging the benefits & opportunities offered by the online world and understanding the risks & avoiding potential harms.
With an aim to educate our children about the importance of cyber safety and raise awareness among them, the school is celebrating ‘Cyber Security Awareness Month’ from 6.10.21 to 30.10.21. A wide of range of activities will be conducted throughout the month for the students of Classes I-III.
The following are the activities conducted in the first half of the month-long celebration:
Cyber Safety Tips
The students were apprised of some important tips for ensuring online safety through creatives shared on the class WhatsApp groups. These included tips like use of a strong password, avoiding sharing of personal information etc. They also made creative posters and placards depicting these tips.
Cyber Bullying – Video Screening in online classes.
The students were made aware of the menace of cyber bullying through an animated movie. The meaning & impact of Cyber Bullying were explained and the ways to avoid & deal with the same were also discussed in the online class.
Netiquettes and Cyber Safety - Comic Strip
A comic not only delivers a message in an effective way but is also a brilliant way to keep children engaged. A Comic Strip was shared on class WhatsApp groups which was based on a story related to Cyber Bullying. The story highlighted the need to monitor our own online behaviour and conduct. Through the comic, the children realised that they need to check their own online behaviour too.
Vocabulary Enrichment Activities
The students were apprised of the basic terminology related to cyber safety through the Vocabulary Enrichment Activities conducted during the online classes. Meaning, pronunciation and usage of these words was highlighted. For reinforcement the students were assigned Vocabulary Enrichment Activities wherein they wrote sentences and short passages related to the new terms learnt.
Since collaboration and upskilling are two prerequisites for the professional development of educators, a new initiative has been planned for the staff members of the Primary Department, Pusa Road Campus under the able guidance of the Headmistress, Ms. Reetu Dawar.
Staff members are exploring and & learning different digital tools. On rotation basis all the teachers will be apprising others of one new digital tool which they have explored and experimented with, during the staff meetings. These staff meetings are scheduled on 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.
The enthusiastic educators at the Pusa Road campus were enlightened about two new digital apps – Word Wall & Wakelet and were briefed about the benefits of Google Drive during the staff meeting held in the months of August and September 2021.
These collaborative learning sessions have been very fruitful for all the staff members who are now motivated to use these new tools to enhance the teaching learning experience.
With an aim to acquaint the students with their peers across different units of BBPS, Inter- Unit Collaboration Programme has been initiated. The programme also aims at honing the communication skills of the students, facilitating exchange of information and enhancing their knowledge about a different state/city. The programme commenced in the third week of December, wherein the students of our unit collaborated with the students of BBPS, Ratnagiri.
The first virtual Tête-à-tête - Connecting with Peers was conducted on 22 December 21 wherein a group of 15 students from each unit virtually met and introduced themselves, their interests and also provided an insight into their school, surroundings and expectations from this collaborative programme. They were also briefed about the second activity – ‘That’s My Place’, which will give them an opportunity to explore famous monuments from the city of their sister unit.
Our school has been effectively operational in building general fitness amongst its students. In view of the accomplishments realised by our sportsmen across
the globe, it is time to celebrate their glory and stimulate the wealth of health in our blooming generation. The Physical Education faculty members of the Middle Department organised a plethora of activities over a span of three months for classes VI-VIII.
- October was dedicated to the victorious India in the Olympics. Students prepared PowerPoint presentations defining India’s landmark victories in Olympics, introduction to the games and history.
- In November, emphasis was laid on nutrition and diet adopted by sportsmen.
Students were provided sessions teaching them the importance of a balanced
diet and assigned them the task to prepare a diet plan for themselves and
their family members.
- Delightful December was dedicated to Mass PT, wherein students were taught
at least 10 powerful exercises for their full body workout. The students were
instructed to prepare a drill in which they would perform all the exercises with
peers of co-section as well. All the virtual sessions facilitated the long-lost
connection with the peers and increased the agility in the body and above all
enabled all to delve in the glory of Olympics.
The National Education Policy 2020 emphasizes play-based learning with a focus on the inclusion of toys, puzzles, and games in classroom teaching. It purports to make learning a vibrant process – more engaging and enjoyable. Toys and games, in addition to their recreational value, help in the development of students’ cognitive, psychomotor, and
affective faculties.The Toy Fair, another initiative of the government, sought to reclaim traditional toys that have succumbed to obscurity over time.
In accordance with NEP 2020, the Primary Department (GR) made a conscious effort to incorporate toys, puzzles and games as a part of play-based learning into the curriculum.
Students were involved in a plethora of activities that went far beyond the textbooks. The inclusion of games, toys, and puzzles along with embracing a play-based curriculum had brought positive results. Students participated with great enthusiasm, and parents were highly appreciative of the activities.
With a unique aim to connect students with their linguistic roots and spread information about Dev Bhasha Sanskrit, the first ever ‘Sanskrit Samvardhnam’ was organized by the
Sanskrit Department of the school. The event was broadcast on DD news and organized live on YouTube with large scale participation of parents and students. The momentous
event was graced by three eminent speakers namely researcher and speaker of ancient Vedic texts and Director-Producer of Sanskrit film Shakuntalam Shri Dushyant Sridhar,
Professor Sampadanand Mishra of Rashtram School of Leadership, Rishihood University, Haryana and Journalist of Doordarshan and All India Radio and the General Secretary of
Swastivachan Sanstha, Mr. Sunil Joshi to encourage and enlighten students about the diverse benefits of Sanskrit language. The webinar was beneficial for all the stakeholders
and apprised all to the diverse benefits of Devbhasha Sanskrit in the present scenario.
An Action Research project, with an objective to understand the dimensions of relationship between students and teachers in the pandemic epoch, was launched for the first time in the Senior Department. Students from Psychology stream conducted a survey and studied significant changes in emotional bond between the teachers and the students. They also studied about the need for physical contact for effective teaching and student teacher relationships. Substantial data collected through the virtual mode enabled them to draw meaningful research conclusions. The survey was administered on 60 students and 60 teachers. The conclusion derived from the research proved beneficial for all the stakeholders; it was evidently clear that students perform better in offline classes due to supportive student teacher relationships. However the need of the hour is to bring innovative technology practices into the online classroom to keep students engaged in the process of learning. Overall such an intensive project enabled the learners to accrue learning in a novel mode.
‘Outdoor Classroom Day’ – 12 October, 2017
The Primary Department, Pusa Road Campus signed up for ‘Outdoor Classroom Day’, a global campaign to celebrate and inspire learning and playing outside the classroom. It is a day on which thousands of schools across the globe take outdoor lessons and prioritise playtime keeping in mind the importance and impact of outdoor learning.
Under the aegis of the project a host of activities and outdoor lessons was planned for the students of Classes I-III on 12 October, 2017.The activities aimed at engaging the students in outdoor learning to facilitate connection with nature and develop critical skills like resilience, teamwork and creativity.
The activities planned were as follows
A. Art and craft in Mother Nature’s lap
- These included an outdoor ’Card Making Activity’ for class I students wherein they made beautiful cards on Diwali and Christmas in the school garden.
- The students of Class II were engaged in an outdoor ‘Rangoli making Activity’. Drawing inspiration from the nature the students made beautiful rangoli designs using paper motifs and cut outs.
- A craft activity ‘Decorative Frill Making’ was planned for the students of Class III and conducted in the school's playfield. The students used their imagination and artistic skills and made colourful and beautiful frills using papers strips & cut outs, ribbons, strings, mirrors and other decorative material.
- A drawing and colouring activity was also organised for the students of Classes I- III. Theme for the activity was ‘Landscape Drawing’. The students captured the picturesque images of the school garden on their drawing sheets using vibrant colours.
B. Outdoor Sports Activities : Various Outdoor Sports Activities were organised for the students of Classes I-III. These included -
C. Treasure Hunt : A ‘Treasure Hunt Activity’ was also planned for class III students. The teams were given clues in the form of riddles which guided and lead them to various destinations in the school campus like the computer room, dance room etc. The teams had to answer a set of questions to reach to the next clue. These questions were aimed at assessing the students’ awareness about their surroundings and school campus. The final destination was the school playground. The team representing Class III F was declared as the winner of the activity.
All the activities planned were aimed at providing a joyful and memorable learning experience to the students and enhance skills like teamwork, sharing & caring in them.The students actively participated in the activities.
The school has become a member of the program, 'Seeding Journalists', launched by Nurturing Young Seeds (NYS), a part of Essel Group, Zee Media, to introduce students to the world of Journalism.
An Orientation Programme was conducted by the NYS team members to apprise students about various aspects of the programme, in the school auditorium, on 2 May 2017. Twelve students from classes VII to XI have enrolled for the four-week long programme that promises to provide hands-on experience in Journalism, including exposure to Anchoring in Zee News Studio; conducting interviews of various personalities etc.
The first session of the Programme was held at Zee Studios on 18 May 2017. In addition to the interactive session, the students visited different studios of Zee TV and saw the news being telecast live etc. They also met different journalists and interacted with them. The second session was held on 11 July 2017 in the school premises and focussed on conducting interviews.
Overall, this experiential learning programme aims to enhance their creative, literary and oratorical skills besides building confidence and other soft skills of the students.
On 18 May 2016, a meeting was held with Mr. Jean-Pierre Faou, Principal Lycée français de Delhi, French Embassy School and Mr. Nicolas Sokoloff, Chairman, Governing body of the French Embassy School in presence of Vice Principal, Ms. Geeta Gangwani, Head Mistress, Ms. Meena Malhotra, Administrative Officer, Mr. R.P. Singh and TGT French, Ms. Aarti Singhal. The meeting focussed on sharing the structure, working and curriculum of both the schools to explore the possibility of future partnership and collaborative projects.
Fine Arts students of class XI and XII were encouraged by Ms Suchismita Sahoo, PGT Fine Arts , to create awareness regarding Social issues through an activity ‘Innovative Footprints.’ In groups, students selected various themes, such as, Save Environment, Save Girl Child, etc and using diverse art material showcased their ideas creatively on canvas shoes. The vibrant artistic rendering of the social issues was much appreciated.
One wall in the Senior Library has been aesthetically painted by students of Fine Arts of classes XI and XII under the guidance of PGT Fine Arts, Ms. Suchismita Sahoo.
Vernacular Club has been initiated in the school to promote different vernacular languages of India. The Inauguration Ceremony was held in the Junior Library on 10 May 2016. Students from classes III to X showcased performances in various vernacular languages namely Telgu, Punjabi, Marathi, Rajasthani, Sanskrit etc. Mrs Mangala Kavthekar, Chief News Editor and News Reader in All India Radio and DD News, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
School has undertaken the challenging task to ensure 100% participation of all students in Sports. To achieve the same in the session 2015-16, Sports Day is being held for each class on specified days. It is mandatory for each student to participate in at least two events as per their choice. Students can choose from Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Long jump, Shot put, Throw ball, Volleyball and Fun Games.
To promote indigenous games, the school organised a Kabaddi Competition at Inter House level for Boys of Senior Department on the eve of Independence Day, i.e. 14 August 2015. The event saw enthusiastic participation from students as participants and audience, alike.
The school is one of the two schools from Delhi to have been selected to participate in 'Safer Roads, Safer India Classrooms with A Cause Programme' under the aegis of Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and Youth Service America (YSA). Ms Reetu Dawar Asstt. Teacher has been trained for the project. The school has been sanctioned a grant of $500 for the execution of project. Through the project, 25 students of class II and III will be involved in the following activities:
- raising public awareness about road safety.
- educating their peers and community members to increase safe behaviors.
- leading community service projects that engage volunteers in addressing road safety issues and advocating for policies to increase road safety.
A horticulture project, 'Hamari Bagiya' has been initiated at PR Campus to create environmental awareness. The garden shall be maintained by students of classes II and III who have been guided to prepare colourful pots out of used tin cans; and watering cans from used water bottles etc. Students are also being sensitized about effective waste management and for the purpose, a compost pit has also been made. To mark the inauguration of this project, a Plantation ceremony was held on 1 October 2015.
The Sports Authority of India National Academy (SAINSA) has collaborated with BBPSGR to provide education to the selected trainee swimmers enrolled with it. The students selected for admission in SAINSA in the academic session 2015-16 will be relocated to Delhi and will continue their education in BBPSGR. The school will support these students in achieving excellence in sports as well as academics.
The Image Editors Future Leader Program for the newly appointed Student Council was organised in 4 sessions of 90 minutes duration each in December 2014. The Program was conducted by Image Consulting Business Institute. The programme was delivered in classroom setting and involved highly interactive sessions with audio-visual demonstrations and role plays. The objective was to hone leadership skills with effective body language and communication skills.
School has initiated a programme to mentor 32 weak students of class IX from November 2014. Eight teachers have been made mentors to a group of four to five students each. The aim is to identify reasons for their poor academic performance and address them accordingly.
Following strategies have been adopted by mentors;
- Teaching memory techniques
- Giving appreciation cards on achievement of goals
- Screening of Motivational videos and / or lectures
- Two sessions on memory tips have been conducted focusing on Rhyme Technique and Personal Memory System (PMS) Technique. Motivational videos were shown to students on 18 December 2014
Bal Bharati Public School, GRH Marg was accorded the privilege of hosting the "Learners' Dance Competition", during the Literacy Week Celebration, under the aegis of Delhi Schools' Literacy Project. The event was held on 9 September 2014 in the school auditorium. The programme provided an opportunity to learners from deprived communities to showcase their talent. Padam Shree Ms. Rajni Kumar, Honorary Adviser DSLP, was the chief guest. The occasion was also graced by the presence of our special guests, Ms P Loomba, Honorary Secretary, DSLP; and Ms. Ritu Verma, Assistant Coordinator, DSLP. Rajsthani dance by learners of Bal Bharati Public School, GRH Marg bagged the second position.
- Teaching memory techniques
- Giving appreciation cards on achievement of goals
- Screening of Motivational videos and / or lectures
- Two sessions on memory tips have been conducted focusing on Rhyme Technique and Personal Memory System (PMS) Technique. Motivational videos were shown to students on 18 December 2014
The Awakened Citizen Programme by Ramakrishna Mission, Delhi for students of class VII is being conducted by trained teachers- Ms. Jyotsana Srivastana and Ms Soma Ganguly to inculcate values in the children. The programme started on 14 July 2014. Sixteen sessions of 45 minutes each will be held during the current academic year.
Each session begins with a prayer and meditation. 9 interactive sessions have been conducted and its positive impact on students has been observed. The topics are Developing faith in our universal possibilities; The human possibilities open to us; Being heroic; Expand myself; Living in harmony; Seeking perfection; Developing shradhha; Being a truth seeker and Summary of our universal possibilities
School in collaboration with Quality Education Asia has started the iSmart life skill programme for class VIII. The sessions that were held from 6 August to 8 September 2014 covered topics - How to emerge as a winner, Self Esteem, External factors that affect Self Esteem and Boosters of Self Esteem. The strategies used were Group discussion, Video presentation, Role play and Story narration. Self Assessment sheets helped the students to know their strengths and weaknesses. Parents were also invited to attend sessions and their feedback is positive.
School in collaboration with "Envision India Eduservices" has initiated the 'ASPIRE' life skills programme for students of class IX. Through life skills programme, the school aims to develop a cadre of empowered, educated and healthy adolescents, capable of making decisions in life. There will be six workshops of one and a half hour duration each, in October and November 2014. The workshop will be conducted on weekly basis within school timings and will focus on topics-Enhancing self confidence, Time management & prioritization, Positive attitude for success in life, Communication skills for effective relationships, Self discipline – a key to success, Team spirit & cooperation.
BBPS GR in collaboration with e-Dreams Edusoft Private Limited, Bangalore has initiated the 'Funtoot' programme for students of classes III to VIII w.e.f September 2014. 1200 students have been enrolled for the same. The teachers will teach and then assign Mathematics topics to the class for practice at home. The children can then practice the given topic through Funtoot.FUNTOOT, programme of individualized Mathematics learning, has recently launched 'Revision' feature, specially for our school, that allows students to revise and attempt questions of the topic, chosen by the teacher. The teacher can add more questions to the Revision Module as per requirement and then let the entire class attempt the same. The questions in the Revision module reinforces the concepts, and helps in the preparation of examination.
Physical Education cards are made by CBSE as a competent tool for providing inclusive and interesting experiences to the school children at primary school stage and facilitating the process of engaging them intensively in games and activities focusing particularly on agility, balance, co-ordination, speed and strength. Along with this, each activity is related to their academic subjects like Maths, EVS, and English. It provides better understanding even to children who are differently abled. These activities are done under the guidance of Physical Education teacher and the concerned subject teacher whose activity has to be performed. It incorporates both learning and enjoyment for students.
As a part of Swami Vivekananda's 150th Birth Anniversary celebration, Rama Krishna Mission, ND has taken the initiative to develop a comprehensive three year graded Value Education Programme. The aim of the programme is to equip students with important life skills and empower them to develop as enlightened citizen. The programme is to be started from July 2014 for students of class VII. 16 sessions will be conducted during the year on specified topics - Being Heroic, Living in Harmony etc.
Under the School TV - a Video Educational School Programme, launched by NDTV, the school has purchased NDTV Media Kit consisting of a Professional SD/HD Camera and other equipment for videography. 40 students from classes VIII, IX & X were trained by NDTV professionals from 8-10 July 2013. This programme aims to provide a unique opportunity to students to enhance their communication and creative skills through video production.
The school has entered into a tie-up with Music Valley corporation for preparing the school band. Enrolled students will be trained to play musical instruments like bagpiper, drums etc. Played in a group, it would develop unison and team work, while at an individual level musical skills of the students would be honed.
To promote happiness among young learners and to develop a positive attitude towards life, special sessions (Happiness Curriculum) were organised for all students of classes VI- VIII on Google meet. The students expanded their understanding of happiness through varied activities. A systematic question-answer activity helped them to understand the joy of giving. The activities also aimed at rapport building and team work. The sessions were an attempt to ease the pressure of learning yet gain beautiful insights to build a bright future. The classes proved to be very helpful in keeping children’s minds focused on work, teaching them the importance of living harmoniously with family and society but most importantly in developing a holistic outlook and perspective on life.
Cross curricular teaching is the essence of collaboration for students’ learning – a fundamental way to teach concepts in the context of multiple subjects at once. It helps in increased understanding, retention and application of concepts and experiences in situations within and beyond the classroom learning environment. For students of classes IV and V, projects, activities and curriculum transactions were ideated upon with a focus on creating such cross curricular linkages to help students develop multiple perspectives and values. This proved to be an interesting and great way of learning.
Bridge Courses were conducted in 14 core subjects for the students of class XI with an aim to bridge the gap in learning experienced during the transition period. Diverse methodologies like Jam Board, presentations, videos and digital pictorial games etc. were used by teachers to highlight the nuances of subjects and their application in everyday life. The interactive sessions were a worthy getaway for the students during the troubled times.
We, at Bal Bharati Public School, see education as a holistic learning experience that helps children develop qualities of head, hand and heart to make them self-reliant individuals and, socially aware, compassionate, kind citizens, ready to work as agencies of change for building a more socially just and equitable society. The Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown brought to fore the sufferings of the already deprived sections of society. Our Hon’ble principal sir, Mr. L.V. Sehgal has always emphasised upon the importance of societal engagement. In the present circumstances, this became all the more necessary. So, under his able guidance, the Primary Department of the GR campus, launched its community outreach initiative – ‘Ao Haath Badhaein’. Such endeavours help to sow the seeds of empathy and allow students to understand the importance of collaboration and acceptance.
Despite the challenges posed by the lockdown and a sudden shift to the online mode, we believe that education must not stop. Sharing resources with those in need is equally important if we are to truly realise the meaning of inclusive education. Through our community outreach program, our aim was to help the needy and destitute children associated with the NGO: ‘Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre (JAC) Society’- Anupam Prayas (Children’s Hope India Inc. USA), Basti Vikas Kendra, Kathputli Colony, Panadv Nagar, Near Shadipur Depot, New Delhi.
Prayas was formed in 1988 by Delhi super cop, Amod K. Kanth. to restore childhood to all those children who were on the brink of starvation and deprivation. Prayas aims at reorganizing and rebuilding the lives of such children. Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre was set up through the collaboration of Delhi School of Social Work - Delhi University, Delhi Police and Shramik Vidyapeeth - Ministry of HRD, GOI and registered in 1989. The initiative, which started with 25 children in 1988, is now catering to the needs of fifty thousand needy children, youth and women. Prayas ,like Bal Bharati envisages a society where every child goes to school or receives a decent ‘alternative education’ and believes that education is the fourth necessity for the survival of humankind, after food, shelter and clothing.
PROJECT COVID (PHASE I)
With an aim to intensify knowledge and learning among the students, the Middle Department launched Project Covid for students of Classes VI to VIII on Monday, 27April 2020. Class-wise activities namely Poster Making for Class VI, Pan Pandemic for Class VII and Virus Calling for Class VIII were organized. The students took great interest in the first phase of the project and prepared meaningfully creative compilations of the topics assigned to them.
It is an online platform to enhance the learning experience which has been adopted by our school so that our students do not suffer any kind of an academic loss.
It is a free collaboration application for teachers and students. Teachers were able to create online classrooms and were able to create and assign daily plans to all the students. Students and teachers were able to communicate about all the daily assignments within the platform.
Because of the COVID-19 lockdown, the school had to be closed down from 20.03.2020. In order to complete the designed curriculum on time, the teachers assigned the daily plans to the students through this online platform. These plans included the Theme of the month, Rhymes & Stories, Yoga Sessions, Critical Thinking Worksheets, Games & Sports, etc. to keep the students constructively engaged at home.
The parents also gave a very positive feedback about this e- learning
initiative taken the school.
Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL)
Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL) was setup in the school under the aegis of NITI Ayog in October 2018. ATL of our school provides dedicated work space wherein students get a platform to develop and hone their analytical, innovative and scientific skills.
Students from classes IX to XII are enrolled as members of the ATL club and are under the guidance of the teacher-mentor, Ms. Komal Saini. The projects - Line Following Device, 3D Hologram, Self-balancing Robot, Drones, Racing Remote Control Assisted Car - have been completed.
During the class room sessions, students learnt working and applications of Open Electronics, Basic Components of Electronics, LED, Push-button and its Role, RGB LED, Potentiometer, 3D Printer’s Functioning and Programming, Sensors and their Applications in different working devices.
THEATRE IN EDUCATION
Theatre in Education Workshop was organized on 11 December 2018 for the teachers of the Primary Department. It was conducted by the resource persons, Ms Rekha Sharma, Advisor, CES and Ms Sonia Chhabra, HM, Primary Department, Pitampura.
Ms.Rekha Sharma highlighted the importance of drama in our lives and theatre as a process that supports education through interactive practices .
Ms Sonia Chhabra talked about the ways to incorporate Drama in school curriculum and proposed a detailed plan of action.
Microsoft Aspire School Program (MASP)
Under the MASP, Microsoft accounts for the students of Class III were created and made operational. The students can now participate in various online learning initiatives designed by Microsoft as well as take the varied Microsoft Certification Exams at a discounted fee.
CRISP- Connected Classroom Programme
Consortium for Research and Innovation in School Pedagogy (CRISP), has provided a platform to enhance the technological know-how of teachers and students simultaneously. This Connected Classroom Programme as devised by CRISP will equip the teachers to research, select, assort and create videos, presentations and other informative resources pertaining to the curriculum which could be accessed by the students easily at homes.
The children of today are gearing up to become adult citizens of tomorrow therefore it is imperative that school education must focus on the various aspects, which contribute immensely to the development of the young minds as they step into adulthood.
At Bal Bharati it is our constant endeavour to provide our students with opportunities to empower them to become active participants in the transformation of the society as future citizens.
The school was honoured to have Dr. Satish Chandra, Director, CRRI as Guest of Honour to inaugurate the Traffic Training Arena at Pusa Road Campus for our young learners. The initiative was proposed by Ms. Reetu Dawar and the Road Safety NGO: TRAX was then contacted. We have been working with this NGO since 2015 for the Safer Roads, Safer India project.
Mr. Anurag Kulshrestha, President, NGO TRAX, the sponsor of the event and other esteemed members from TRAX, Ms. Rajni Gandhi, Mr. Sunil Mishra and Ms. Deepali Srivastava were also amongst the guests along with some senior scientists from CRRI. We were also grateful to Ms Pushpal Kaur (SI) Delhi Traffic Police, Road Safety Cell for gracing the occasion.
The school Principal , Mr. L .V Sehgal applauded the efforts of the Headmistress and teachers associated with this project.