Growth: Branching Out
Preparatory Stage: Grade IV
Growth: Branching Out
Grade IV is a year of growth and change as the students begin to take greater responsibility for their learning and for setting their own goals.
Students in Grade IV undergo a branched-out learning process that centres on mastery of core skills as well as application experiences. Abstract thinking skills are broadened at this stage. Their year-long focus on perspective taking and experimentation, coupled with an emphasis on protecting natural resources along with human and ecological diversity, sets the backdrop for an integrated course of study across the curriculum; critical thinking skills, points of view, and values are woven throughout.
Group discussions highlight cooperation, honesty, and responsibility, helping students understand their place in their school community and other communities at large.
Growth: Finding a Place under the Sun
Preparatory Stage: Grade V
Grade V students, as the oldest in the Foundational Years, step into unique leadership positions. They take on greater responsibilities within the school community and shine as ambassadors and leaders during school events. They learn to see themselves as role models for the younger children.
The academic climate of Grade V fosters independence, responsibility and self-confidence, promoting a smooth transition to Middle School. Each student is encouraged to work cooperatively and independently, to think critically, and to reflect and analyse.
Studies are interdisciplinary; for example, the combined study of Indian history and literature fosters a heightened understanding and appreciation for key people and events. Research and study skills are enhanced by work done on computers. They learn the roles and responsibilities of educated citizens and apply these traits to their interactions at school, home, and the wider community. The liberal and fine arts experiences enjoyed by the students since Pre-School result in the ability of Grade V students to recognize excellence, to concentrate on purpose, to question and analyse, and to begin to resolve age-old questions for themselves.
Children go through an experiential learning process.
Language, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts are introduced in a manner that is genuine, balanced, and developmentally appropriate for each age level. Children go through an experiential learning process: they learn by doing, and are encouraged to explore, manipulate, create, and construct things in a caring and supportive environment. This enables each child to feel secure and happy away from home as they learn to understand and care for one another.
Giving children a strong foundation in both reading and writing, our literacy curriculum will use multiple renowned and proven reading and writing programs. Students will participate in workshops and will be instructed in skills that will make them strong communicators.