The primary school program focuses on an interdisciplinary approach with an attempt to find connections across domains, helping the learner to see connections along with relating to real life experiences.
Children are constantly engaged in observations, questioning and probing– dwelling deeper into concepts. A conscious effort is made to imbibe the inquiry approach in our curriculum. Using appropriate learning contexts, tools of inquiry, multiple ways of assessing the child’s progress and helping a child to become an independent learner are some of the focus areas
In the Primary classes, learning of Math is a joyful experience connecting to real life events. The focus of learning is on – developing number sense, spatial sense, recognize patterns and gradually rise to attend the problems with algorithm and abstraction. Skills of problem solving, reasoning, reflecting are learnt through contextual stories and concrete materials with a lot of hands on activities which engage students in learning concepts.
The curriculum is developed in collaboration with Jodogyan, a self–supporting non–profit organization. Students from Grade 5 onwards also experience Robotics Curriculum.
The language rich environment inside and outside the Shiv Nadar School classrooms,builds up child's familiarity with the English and Hindi language through meaningful interaction with peers and teachers. Children are exposed to wide range of texts and literary genre to promote appreciation of language. The reading program supports the students in developing fluency. Drama and theatre is used to foster effective use of language.
Our environmental studies program provides a dynamic framework which enables the child to explore the world along with learning skills such as, recording, researching, reasoning, and learning to work together in a team.
Children are curious by nature and are keen to understand the world around them. They love to observe, investigate things close to their immediate surroundings enjoy connecting and analyze their findings. The Shiv Nadar School student experiences the excitement of discovering new solutions and creative ideas.
The syllabus is designed thematically integrating Science and Social Sciences with the spiral building up of concepts from grade I–V, moving from the local context to the global. The underlying principles of the program address change and continuity, diversity, interdependence, responsibility, processes and causes and consequences.
Appropriate field trips have been incorporated to enhance the scope for experiential learning.
An integral part of the curriculum, all students participate in the domains of art, music, dance, theatre and physical education. Through these spaces self–confidence, cultural appreciation and skills of team work and leadership qualities are enhanced.
Through the Art education program students are exposed to multiple techniques and art appreciation focused on developing aesthetic sensibilities. A wide range of experiences are provided to our students through drawing, painting, clay work, calligraphy and craft work.
The music curriculum exposes all students to the basic elements of both vocal and instrumental. The sense of melody and rhythm are enhanced. Our students participate and appreciate different genre of music.
Through the teaching of dance students learn the skills of body coordination, expression, appreciation, sense of rhythm, participation and develop cultural sensitivity.
Physical Education program plays an important role in the student’s overall development. Our students are involved in both indoor and outdoor games along with athletics. The focus is on developing skills of agility, balance and stamina in the primary classes. Along with enhancing these skills students learn work in a team helping to build on leadership skills, self–discipline and problem solving technique.
Process of evaluation is comprehensive and continuous in both scholastic and co scholastic domains. No formal examinations are conducted and assessment is embedded in the learning process.
The assessment of the student’s learning is through a range of strategies and takes place both in and out of the classroom. Tools like rubric and checklist are used by the teachers which help in providing authentic feedback about student learning. The feedback helps in supporting the teaching learning process and meeting learning objectives.