“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”
― Nelson Mandela
Schools should teach children how to read, write do arithmetic and enter a profession, but what about teaching them how to be good people? At St Patrick’s the aim is not only to help children to grow into intellectual beings but into human beings who are sensitive and empathetic to the needs of the community they live in and contribute their share towards enriching it further. ICSE curriculum integrated with moral values is followed which aids children to learn and practice values inherited from rich Indian culture. The curriculum is prepared in such a way as to give every child a certain degree of success. Each child is encouraged and challenged to learn at his/her own pace and ability, while also learning how to adjust with his/her gem-mates.
Children learn to develop their knowledge by building on their past experiences and since they believe that learning is fun, they come to school naturally inclined and eager to learn.
Each child needs to develop in various inter related areas: physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language. Two kinds of expectations are listed for our young learners:
- Overall Expectations: Excellence in developmental domains
- Detailed Expectations: Syllabus based expansion of their knowledge and skills
Trained staff implements carefully crafted curriculum by blending technology and classroom instructions. In order to support a variety of learning, kindergarten teachers plan leanings experiences for children to enhance skills that are appropriate for kindergarten children.
Grade one teachers introduce formal teaching to children which increases their critical thinking skills and at the same time prepare them for further learning. Teachers use different assessment strategies like observation, documentation, listening and asking probing questions to evaluate learning of children. Children are encouraged to use their problem solving skills as teachers use their judgement to investigate the skills of children in their classroom environs.
Technology is used effectively and appropriately to support learning. Smart boards are provided in each room which are equipped with specially designed lessons, activities and interactive sheets which teachers use as needed. Since young children are visual learners, use of smart boards captures their attention and they learn through stories, songs and suitably designed programs. Above all, we aim to provide strong social justice and dignity of labour component in the curriculum to sensitise the young mind to appreciate these two qualities needed to become humane citizens.
School systems should base their curriculum not on the idea of separate subjects, but on the much more fertile idea of disciplines… which makes possible a fluid and dynamic curriculum that is interdisciplinary.
ICSE curriculum is followed in St Patrick’s, Dehradun which is integrated with specially designed activities based on children’s needs and abilities. Skills that are introductory for lifelong learning, literacy learning, numeracy learning, and physical development are refined and enhanced at SPA.
The school aims at providing all round development of the students and to train the children to have self confidence. They will be able to follow and live up to the moral values appropriate to their age and environment. They are encouraged to cultivate respect and regard for all religions, cultures of all people and appreciate the beauty of creation. Obedience, love and respect for their elders, parents, helpers etc. will be of primary importance in their education. Most of all we wish children to become active in their motor-skills to develop to their utmost potential. These will be the underlining symbols of ST. Patrick’s. Since children are provided with various opportunities to learn English Language at school, most young children will develop oral fluency quite quickly, making connections between concepts and skills acquired in their mother tongue as similar concepts and skills presented in English.
“When dealing with children there is greater need for observing than of probing” Maria Montessori
Assessment of children’s work is done in ST. Patrick’s to improve their learning and highlight their strengths.
Teachers at SPA use various strategies like observation, documentation and formal tests to evaluate children’s work throughout the session. One of the most important aspects of assessment is observation which is used to evaluate the overall expectations from children which are broad in nature. Once children have gone through the process of adjusting to the school environment, teachers use their professional judgment to assess them which is an ongoing process and various strategies and tools are used for this. The focus is to encourage the children to show what they can do rather than on what they cannot do. Teachers determine how their planned activities and teaching strategies are working as they assess children on a monthly basis. The various skills which are assessed for Lower and Upper KG are:
- English Language (General conversational skills, clarity of expression, ability to use correct expressions etc.)
- Hindi Language
- Number Work
- Motor Skills
- Cognitive Skills
- Motivation and Initiation