The seeds of sound reasoning and the overall development of academic rigour are sown at the primary level. At this next stage between childhood and teenage a greater ability for abstract thinking begins to emerge in children. The focus on inquiry-based learning continues, as do parallel in-depth explorations of subjects – biology, physics and chemistry; algebra, geometry and arithmetic; history, civics, geography; language and literature appreciation; art and music; and sports; which often culminate into integrated projects.
The shift from a theme-based approach to a more specialized and focused understanding of concepts in varied disciplines helps students gain insights into their areas of interest. Teachers and students continue to be partners in the learning process as they explore and make connections across subjects, develop critical thinking and apply their knowledge to real-life situations. The acquisition of new knowledge is made more meaningful through opportunities to apply it. Projects, exhibitions, presentations or field trips ensure that the learner finds many avenues to see the theory in practice.
The Middle School Programme
The Middle School years comprise Grades 5 – 6
STS follows a curriculum based on guidelines provided by the CBSE. Greater emphasis is placed on skills of written communication, preparation for broader academic challenges and on building independent study skills.
In keeping with our thrust on broadening the horizon of learning, the Middle School programme is also tailored to provide students the opportunity to work with the larger community and to develop a sound grounding in ethical values as well as collective social responsibility.
Curricular Practices in Middle School
The foundation of the Middle School programme is based on the following practices, guided by the developmental needs of the students:
- Curriculum based on clearly defined, age-specific outcomes.
- Experiential, inquiry-based approach, balanced by structured academic
goals, with due focus on developing the skills of articulation, analysis and application of information.
- Individual Learning Plans: For Special Education Needs students.
- Assessments: Relevant, formative and continuous, they are based on observations, projects, activities, worksheets, research and presentations, and weekly reviews – linked to learning experiences.
- Bi_annual term exams; and a first exposure to the concept of Board Exams in Grade 5-6.
- Subject specific activities and fests: Language Fest, Science and Math Fair, etc.
- Class Teacher Time: To discuss important issues that influence daily activities and the role of the individual in the wider context.
- Extended learning opportunities in the form of field trips, workshops and visitor lectures.
- Mixed age / interest-based vertical learning groups.
- 21st Century learning techniques: The use of technology to learn math and as an aid to learning all other subjects; the robotics programme.
- Teacher student ratio of 1:8.
- Weekly student-led assemblies.
- Opportunities to exercise franchise in electing the Student Council.
- Co-Curricular Activities: Sports [4 to 5 times a week], art, dance, music and special events both within school and at the inter-school level.
- Community Outreach Programme: To build awareness and encourage sensitivity.