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. ― Ken Robinson
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