Primary School - Enrichment Activities
Art is an expressive medium of communicating creativity. In order to allow a free expression of ideas, children are introduced to drawing and painting at a very young age.
To enhance eye – hand coordination and fine muscular co-ordination, activities like clay modelling, origami, craft and shading with colours are introduced in the primary level.
This helps the child improve co-ordination of small muscles and finger dexterity. Pottery is an integral part of our curriculum for classes I to IV.
Working with natural clay indirectly contributes to a neat handwriting. A separate pottery room with a courtyard and its serene ambience is a source of inspiration for the children. Works done by the kids are regularly displayed during parent-teacher meetings.
Music is an integral part of our curriculum and taught in Classes I to IV. Children are introduced to songs in various regional languages of India. We also introduce various songs depending on the seasons and the festivals celebrated for that month.
Shlokas or Sanskrit verses are good indicators of Indian culture and values. Shloka chanting helps in better pronunciation of letters and words, thereby influencing the respective mother tongue. It improves memory and concentration.
Children learn more about their culture through various stotras and about values through subhashitas. In standards I, II and III children are taught Vishnu Sahasranama, Hayagreeva Stotra, Hanuman Chalisa among others. As they move to standards IV and V, they take part in Shloka recitation competitions .From Standard VI, children are taught Subhashitas.Shloka recitation and Subhashita competitions are held during the school’s literary celebration.
Dance is a type of art that generally involves movement of the body, often rhythmic and to music. Dance may also be regarded as a form of nonverbal communication between humans and research has proved that dance is very therapeutic in nature.
Dance is part of our curriculum in Class II and children are trained in very basic movements and the emphasis is not in developing any style or genre of dance. Dance is introduced to help children develop a sense of rhythm to various beats of music.
English Language enhancement through labs
The Literature Club engages the students of class III to improve and focus on language- both oral and written. It makes children aware of the functional, formal and spoken language and the differences in each form. Each module has specific language tasks and related activities. For example, under oral language the module contains announcements, speech, lectures, news and conversation.
Language Lab is a class where effort is made to improve the language skills according to the ability of the student. Students in the class are divided into three groups according to their language ability and three teachers handle the class, each with one group of children.
Additional practice in spelling rules, usage of proper sentence, comprehension is given if required.
Creative writing, writing and comprehending poems are encouraged. Flash cards and activities based on audio and video are shown to students.
Science and Math Labs
Subjects like science and math are brought alive in the well-equipped science and math labs. Children enjoy the time spent in the labs as they learn new things. For instance, a market scenario is created and concepts like identifying the labels on different kinds of foods, categorizing foods based on nutritive value are taught in a practical manner. In the math lab, every new concept taught has a corresponding activity. Concrete learning happens according to the curriculum.
The school has a dedicated space - "Invention Lab" - designed to nurture the spirit of invention and innovation in children. The school has partnered with Cloud Mentor - a pioneer hands-on incubation platform for children. Children have access to:
- Working models demonstrating science concepts and engineering principles in action
- Industrial grade tools, equipment and material
- A team of child friendly mentors
- Regular experimentation sessions to understand theory in a more tangible way
- Regular engineering sessions where each child builds a concept-based working model
“Quality Circle Time” in the campus is a unique programme adopted by the school.
This concept has been widely acknowledged as a very powerful tool. Developed by Ms Jenny Mosley, a freelance consultant and qualified teacher with over 30 years experience in mainstream and special education, Circle Time helps children develop their self-esteem and self-confidence. In the school setting, Circle Time method involves all participants sitting in a circle and taking responsibility to solve the problems and issues brought out by them. Participants take turns to speak, listen and bring their concerns or ideas to the circle.
Circle Time ensures that everyone feels valued while simultaneously promoting personal/collective responsibility and better behaviour. It helps children to express their feelings calmly and become more clear, direct and honest with each other. It develops listening skills, empathy, patience, tolerance, understanding, personal integrity and self-discipline. The teacher facilitates the discussion by guiding students to seek solutions.
Everyone has stories to tell — favorite folk tales or fairy tales, stories from childhood, stories learned from friends or other family members, or stories about what happened yesterday. Story telling is important to children because:
- Enables appreciating Heritage of our country and the world.
- Strengthens language skills and vocabulary
- Enforces reading skills
- Improves imagination in children
Story telling is part of the curriculum for Classes I to III. Resource people narrate fascinating stories to children in an exclusive space in the primary block library. The space has an arched seating area with pin boards on the walls.
PHYSICAL AND SPORTS PROGRAM
Swimming is introduced as a compulsory weekly activity in Class III and continued for children in Classes IV and V. The school has incorporated swimming as an activity during school hours and trained school coaches train children in various aspects of swimming and its strokes.
Chess is introduced as a compulsory activity in Class III and continued in Class IV too.
We have partnered with Edusports for their sports curriculum for Classes I to IV. Edusports SOARTM is an integrated Physical Education& School Sports Platform – specifically designed for Nursery -12 schools. As part of the SOARTM platform, Edusports offers a structured physical activity & sports curriculum (based on the development needs of children) which is executed on the ground with the help of relevant tools/ props by a qualified full time Edusports Trainer.
The ability of the kids to perform and participate in a range of physical activities dramatically accelerates the overall learning process of children - including their ability to interact with others and the environment.
Edusports uses structured physical activity and sports as a pedagogical tool for developing mental skills, behavioral skills and physical conditioning in children.
The school has a fitness workout for children of classes I, II and III every week which includes stretching and jogging. The 40 minute refreshing break includes stretching, jogging and becoming fit while having fun.
Learning in the outdoors is very insightful. The influence of watching colourful birds, observing different forms of leaves or cloud formation is astounding on budding minds. Nature walks in their immediate school environment is an exciting extension to their academic learning.
Studying of plant life, rocks and minerals and bird watching are some outdoor sessions that interest students of classes I, II and III.