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Ecology class visits Sorrel Nursery

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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

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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

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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

Visit to Chennai Mathematical Institute to study Sewage Treatment Plant

posted 22 Sep 2017, 23:04 by Webmaster Alqamar

Al Qamar Upper Elementary students visited the Sewage Treatment Plant at CMI as a part of the Small Science lesson on water.

This plant was designed by Dr. Sultan Ahmed Ismail and children saw how waste water is naturally purified.

Thanks Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education for an amazing science curriculum.

Research presentations by children

posted 22 Sep 2017, 22:46 by Webmaster Alqamar   [ updated 23 Sep 2017, 22:43 ]

Research presentations by Upper Elementary - Grades 4-7.

The topics in the last two months were Astronomy and Geology.

In the first research project on Astronomy, 8 teams across multiple classes formed teams to research on a topic of interest to them. They chose the Solar System, Big Bang, Galaxies, Star factoids, the Sun etc. Teams had less than a month to research and put together their work. Some presentations were in the form of charts, a powerpoint presentation and one team member even made an animated video explaining the Sun. Teams faced questions from the audience and I think they acquitted themselves well! 

In the 2nd research project, the teams gave group presentations on Volcanoes, the Structure of the Earth, Fossils, Earthquakes and Tsunamis. Well researched and innovative presentations. Some teams made models to demonstrate their findings.

Haj Activity

posted 22 Sep 2017, 22:14 by Webmaster Alqamar

The Annual Haj activity took place right before the Eid holidays. Children dressed up like Hajis. They stayed in mini tents like in Mina, visited Arafat where an older student led them in dua, stoned at Jamarath and finally did a little Sa'ee.  The children love this activity which helps them understand the process of Haj.  

This year, the entire process was handled by the 5th graders - who set up the tents, guided the children through each step, led them in dua and generally managed the entire process beautifully

Talk by Hafiz/ Alim from Medina University

posted 22 Sep 2017, 22:07 by Webmaster Alqamar

Superb talk by Tariq Huq for Elementary students. Tariq talked about why he chose to Hifz of the Holy Quran and why he decided to pursue a BA in Economics at Loyola and in the Sharia at the Islamic University in Medinah. He key point was that children should consider pursuing careers that combine the deen and the dunya. He narrated how scholars of the past were both well versed in Sharia as well was the sciences. Cases like Ibn Rushd, Ibn Taymiyyah helped the children understand his point. He spoke about the importance of dua for success in the hifz process, the support of his parents in taking this unconventional route and the need for living life as per the Quran.

Tariq talked about life at the University which fascinated the children. They loved seeing pictures of student displays at International cultural fests and trying to guess the country.

The question answer session had children asking about what he wants to do next, how he travelled in Medinah, did he have to wear a uniform.....

JazakAllah Khair Tariq for taking the time out to come speak to the children.

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