This programme could also be called the “transformation stage” as the child transitions from childhood to gradual adulthood. It is that stage of life where one encounters physical, emotional and biological changes. This stage is also a very important point in one’s school life as the child now encounters learning in the form of competition, formal assessments and examinations, making decisions, choices with respect to his future and career. In a way, the child comes to a stage where perhaps for the first time in his life, he is warned of making mistakes. So far, he always learnt by making mistakes and now he is expected to always be right in his thought, action and decisions. The child, therefore needs utmost support, belief in self and encouragement to follow one’s learning pattern yet again and become aware of the pressure of unpleasant situations and expectations.
The curriculum of Pramiti continues to keep learning as the focal point in the Adolescent Community and helps the teenager to understand and develop the discipline of study skills and experience rigour in a positive way. Examinations are treated as yet another form of expression of one’s understanding with enough focus being given on the skill of writing an examination as per requirements that are pre determined.
The curriculum spreads over a wide spectrum and includes all the subjects that a child works with at the elementary programme but at a more defined, specific and complex level. The complexity rises as the understanding becomes deeper.
Along with an elaborate experience in reading, writing and grammar, the students are exposed to the rich literature of every language where they study the works of great poets, authors, playwrights and dramatists. Apart from the recommended syllabus, the student also has opportunities to explore the language in depth through theatre, the creative lab and by making their own collections of poems, stories and scripts. Hands on experience is also provided for those who show a flair for mass communication through internship and work experience trips.
The students continue to study Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Environmental Science as separate subjects but experientially they recognise that each is linked to the other. The student carries out experiments, projects, extensive studies on various topics and thus gets a deeper understanding. The students apply what they understand in their practical life in the school environment and their creation or experiment often becomes part of the environment.
Understanding of concept and application of the same in numerous situations and problems is the key focus in this subject. Students treat Mathematics as functional and try to utilize their understanding in their practical life and in the school environment. This enables them to learn in an application oriented way and in turn prepares them to tackle various kinds of problems by sharpening their analytical and reasoning skills. By going through this pattern of learning, the student is also prepared for formal entrance tests that are mandatory for many courses.
History, Civics and Geography continue to be the main subjects and the learning is experiential but at the same time prepares the student to develop the skills of writing tests. The student is involved in projects like rain water harvesting, drip irrigation, land care, building a weather station, joining a research team or conducting one’s own research in any civilization of one’s liking or interest and in several other ways that involves the student to participate in building his own community in the school. The students are also involved in culture classes conducted periodically to share and debate various matters and they are exposed in a very subtle and careful manner to topics that parents and teachers might shy away from discussing with them. The aim of these classes is to encourage one to discuss, express and thus provide opportunities to reflect, introspect and become aware. The student may also explore religion and spirituality as a study and as part of the learning process in varied forms and ways.
Art, Music, Culture and Sports
Art, Music, Culture and Sports continue to be part of the curriculum but the student gets to choose one area for in depth and formal study. The others are available for exploration and experience but not with great rigour or structure. The student will also have an option to take one of these subjects instead of subjects like Math, Science or Social Sciences.
The student is required to choose an elective subject like Accountancy, Technology, Theatre or from other options provided. The curriculum follows the same principle across every domain and ensures that experiential learning and study skills merge and blend together to enable the student to learn and face the challenges of examinations, academic rigour and competition in a joyful and nourished way.