The secondary school curriculum further builds on the skills and knowledge acquired by the students in the earlier classes. The curriculum is delivered through projects and experiential learning modules, to give students a deeper opportunity for engagement with the subject matter. We look towards identifying and supporting each student’s potential and recognizing their strengths, as well as building their unique capacities.
We aim to create a fine balance between academic excellence, artistic expression, and practical skills supporting the emotional and social development of all students.
Life skills like social skills, thinking skills - critical, creative, decision making and problem solving, emotional skills and attitudes and values are embedded in the curriculum. Our ultimate aim is to help children become autonomous learners. Communication skills are a key area we constantly address for our growing learners, both through internal programmes, as well as by partnering with external experts.
Aligned to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the academic plan of studies covers all disciplines of learning - social sciences, sciences, mathematics, languages - English and Hindi, and Information Technology. The focus is on an integrated approach towards learning and looking at the connections across disciplines.
Social Sciences Education
We believe that social sciences can provide an insight to a learner to negotiate the diversity and confusion and excitement that the world throws up. Social science content focuses on conceptual understanding, equipping children with the ability to think independently and reflect critically on social issues. Learners will get ample opportunities to debate, discuss and reflect upon various issues. The syllabus has been designed thematically, integrating Geography, History and the Social and Political aspects.
For a student at Shiv Nadar School, SCIENCE is a Systematic approach to Connect and Investigate through Exploring Natural phenomena, draw Conclusions and Evaluate the findings.
The learning environment created in the classrooms encourages and challenges students to develop their sense of inquiry. Ample experiences are provided to the student to engage and enhance their observation skills, drawing inference and reasoning skills.
Mathematics teaching is focused on concept building and application in daily life. Students are taken through the concepts from concrete experiences to pictorial representations to abstract ideas. The students are also exposed to the historical aspect that is how the concept evolved through time. There is a conscious effort not to stress on remembering facts and formulae but to follow logical steps, develop and understand arguments as well. The attempt is to help the student realize that mathematics relates to our experiences and is used in daily life.
In our schools Language education is not confined to the language classroom. A science, social science or mathematics class is ipso facto a language class. The language class offers unique opportunities. Stories, poems, songs and drama link students to their cultural heritage, and also give them an opportunity to understand their own experiences and to develop sensitivity to others. To strengthen the language skills of all students the reading program exposes students to book discussions, debating, extempore and meeting with writers.
The IT curriculum has been specifically designed to build and enhance skills which support students in creating, researching, inferring and applying in their academic learning. IT is not just a subject but an important link between every subject. Learners are encouraged to regard computers as tools to be used in all aspects of their studies to aid better understanding of concepts. Students are encouraged and equipped to make use of the new multimedia technologies to communicate ideas, describe projects, and evaluate information in their work. As a part of the unique Integrated IT Curriculum, students of grade 10 are made to work on a Capstone Project, the idea behind which is to use the classroom learning to solve real world problems.
Scholastic and co scholastic activities get equal importance in the school program for all round development of the students. We follow a holistic approach to education - an integrated development stressing on physical, mental, moral and social aspects. A wide variety of co-scholastic exposure to our students is given through art, music, dance, theatre, sports and clubs catering to specific interests.
Assessment is a continuous/ongoing process in Shiv Nadar School. It is embedded deeply into the Learning-Teaching Process.
Assessments are designed and conducted for feedback and support aiming at developing reflective learners and teachers. There are two components of assessment:
1. Internal Assessments: These are carried out throughout the term. It comprises of assessing class activities, periodic written assignments and notebooks – class work and home work. Multiple and diverse sources are used to define, select, design, collect, analyze, interpret, and use information to increase students’ learning and development.
2. Term End Exams: These are conducted at the end of each of the two terms. These are written assignments based on the syllabus covered during the respective term.
The marking/grading is based on the mandate shared by CBSE.