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Annual Sports Day 2017

posted 12 Nov 2017, 23:21 by Webmaster Alqamar

The Annual Sports Day was celebrated on October 20th 2017 at the Quaide Milleth College Sports Grounds.

Montessori had fun races which integrated skills picked up in their Montessori environments - threading beads, sorting colour sticks etc besides running races.

Older students had exciting relays, obstacle races and 100m races.  

Throwball, Cricket  and Tug of War matches had been played earlier.

The highlight of the day were the Moms' races and Dads' races.

Country Research Presentations

posted 12 Nov 2017, 23:06 by Webmaster Alqamar

Upper Elementary students at All Qamar Academy presented fantastic country research projects last Wednesday.

Featured countries included Spain, Japan, Iran, Argentina, Mexico, Kenya and Australia.

Children researched and presented the geographical features,  political set up, history,  food, dress, and many interesting facts about their country. Several students dressed up in the national attire - we met a Japanese doll, a matador, a Maori, a Kenyan lady, an Argentine gaucho, and an Iranian gentleman. Students  greeted "visitors" with sentences spoken in Swahili, Japanese and Spanish. We relished the green tea and the Argentine chimichurri sauce.

The highlight was the bullfight - one kid was the Matador and another was the bull. The team sold tickets in Euros - and other country nationals had to convert their own (fake)  currency to purchase tickets to the show.

Absolutely fantastic work by the kids!! They totally rock

Al Qamar students participate in the Global Math Week

posted 17 Oct 2017, 23:19 by Webmaster Alqamar

Students at Al Qamar Academy were among the 1 million students from across the globe to participate in the Global Math Week. (https://www.theglobalmathproject.org/)

To start with Rafia Riaz , the maths teacher showed the exploding dots 1-2 machine video to the 4-7th grade children. They were fascinated. And started exploring with their own numbers.

On another day, Rafia took them further with the 1-3 machine. The children then proceeded to experiment with the 1-4, 1-5, 1-6 machines on their own with their friends. At the 1-10, they realised that its the system we use.

Children continued the thinking at home. One parent reports that guests to their home are greeted with an explanation of the 1-2 machine!

The neat thing - children who were previously not interested in Math, showed a burst of enthusiasm. Can we ask for more?

Students participate in Global Math Week

posted 17 Oct 2017, 23:15 by Webmaster Alqamar

K-4 students at Al Qamar Academy, Chennai, India had a wonderful time doing #Gmw2017 activities using Matific. Thanks Rasmi Suhail for setting it all up.

Al Qamar is a Montessori school so children work with concrete material to learn Math concepts. Matific was an extension of their work. They enjoyed applying what they've learned to play games and collect rewards.

The biggest benefit was for children who previously didn't enjoy Maths.

Feedback from parents included "he read, comprehended and then did the Maths", "all I'm hearing all day is plus and minus", "learning new ways of doing maths", "Wanted more",

Thanks Matific for enabling younger ones to also take part in the #Gmw2017.  For more information, visit www.matific.com

Ecology class visits Sorrel Nursery

posted 16 Oct 2017, 00:04 by Webmaster Alqamar

5-7th graders visited the Sorrel Nursery on the ECR to learn about terrariums - as a part of the Ecology Class taught by Tariq Akbar. The children had a fantastic time and hope to construct a terrarium in school and in their own homes! Way to go Tariq!

Writing and writing and writing

posted 15 Oct 2017, 23:56 by Webmaster Alqamar

Found around the school - children writing, and writing and writing. From organizing competitions, to setting out rules for bathroom use to decorating the workplan.... writing , writing and writing.

Sometimes we get asked "Will the children write?" Well, yes! Given the opportunity - they will write their thoughts, their creative ideas. Not copy off a blackboard!

Sports Day prep in full swing

posted 15 Oct 2017, 23:48 by Webmaster Alqamar

Preparations for the upcoming Sports Day are in full swing. Cricket, throwball mathes. Drill practice. Mock races. The excitement fills the air. 

Pre History workshop - First Farmers

posted 23 Sep 2017, 22:35 by Webmaster Alqamar   [ updated 23 Sep 2017, 22:36 ]

Masha Allah a brilliantly designed workshop on First Farmers at the Sharma Centre for Heritage Education and a great learning experience for Al Qamar Academy students.

The children did it all - right from building their tents to decorating them like the neolithic farmers, using tools to cut vegetables and grinding grains. Masha Allah the kids were naturals.. Each took on their roles very seriously and stuck to it!! Great team work and coordination.

Then they moved on to farming.. They ploughed their land sowed their seeds watered them using neolithic vessels and they also harvested their crops!! Though they went for bigger plants (as they were easy) they learned how the farmers harvested their crops. Aso not to forget they sang a song (not a neolithic one but modern one- Old Mac Donald 😂)

They then went on to draw their excavation site and literally became archaeologists who draw their sites.

Brilliantly designed workshop and a marvellous learning experience not only for them but for me too.
(Written by Um Rayyan)

Ecology Class - with a difference

posted 22 Sep 2017, 23:25 by Webmaster Alqamar

Fantastic Ecology class - hands on and focussed on getting children to do things, observe and think for themselves. The students have built a terrarium and an aquarium - both self sustaining. They're observing and recording changes.

Science Fair Club challenge

posted 22 Sep 2017, 23:16 by Webmaster Alqamar

Science fair challenge - Making a fan using waste material - bottle plastic, bottle covers, ice cream sticks, cardboard, waste metal. What angle should the blade be turned? What material works the best?

Next step - controlling for variables

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