The Elementary Curriculum lays the fundamentals of the various areas of learning. It builds skills and fosters understanding of oneself and the community. The subjects offered keeps in mind the importance of allowing the child to experience and work with a wide spectrum in order to get a range of exposure and understanding.
The grades 1 through 4 catering to the age group of 6 years to 9 years forms the Lower Elementary Programme. The focus of these years is towards building strong foundation and also developing skills and wider understanding. The development of independent learning and critical thinking skills, exploration and querying, responsibility and confidence in oneself are of primary importance during these foundation years of life.
The grades 5 through 7 comprise the Upper Elementary Programme and cater to children aged 9 years to 12 years. During this period, exploration in the various areas continues in a wider but more specific way. Children are introduced to subdivisions in each subject.
The curriculum provides opportunities to explore one’s curiosity, creativity, analytical skills, problem solving skills and an awareness of oneself and the surroundings.
An overview of the various categories offered as part of the school curriculum is as follows:
Language is an essential instrument for an individual to communicate, understand and be understood. The language curriculum in elementary years facilitates acquisition of effective reading, writing, listening and speaking skills across various contexts and media. Acquisition of spoken language is most necessary as the other skills are indirectly dependent on this.
A selection of languages from English, Hindi to other languages is made available for the students to choose and study.
The curriculum builds on deeper understanding of the language through phonics, spelling and vocabulary as well as an understanding of grammar and punctuation. The appreciation of differences in language usage between reading and writing forms is also built into the curriculum. The students are presented and practice all the four skills on a variety of materials such as prose, poetry, drama, essays, composition and the like.
The various categories in Mathematics like Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra and Statistics are interwoven to enable the child to get an understanding and appreciation of a comprehensive range of mathematical principles, equations, functions, relationships and techniques.
The student learns by exploration that is focused, in-depth and by applying the concepts to solve mathematical problems as well as developing approaches to problems with no clear-cut solution. Students also get an understanding of data handling, problem solving and critical reasoning skills in this learning process.
The curriculum is divided into Physics, Chemistry and Biology and the child is introduced to concepts through materials, experiments, experiences, projects and interaction. Field trips form an important medium of learning in this area. We also encourage and arrange for talks, interactive sessions with scientists and research students to help children explore the possibilities and thus extend the horizon of learning. The formal learning process enables the child to develop skills of making estimates, assumptions, supporting arguments and drawing inferences.
Environmental Sciences is also treated as part of the science curriculum and in this category learning happens by spending time with nature and understanding the various aspects of nature. Travelling and exploring form important tools of this curriculum.
This category of Science talks about the world around us – past, present and future. It gives children the opportunity to understand the globe – the physical and political aspect, the universe and its components. The children engage in cosmic education where they understand interdependence and the contribution of every element in nature towards maintaining the balance in the universe. The curriculum also gives children understanding about one’s nation, the world, the timeline of events and the work of various leaders and about governing bodies.
Arts and Culture
At Pramiti, Arts and Culture are integrated into the main curriculum. The offerings in this area will span across Music, Dance, Theatre, Art and Craft. The objective of the curriculum is to provide exposure to all areas to kindle interest and appreciation for the various forms in this age group.
Art is treated as a form of expression. True expression happens when an individual has the freedom to explore, think and translate his imagination to ultimately create. The process of exploration is the learning experience. The child also develops an eye for detail and observation to critically appreciate one’s own work and thus sculpt it to his satisfaction.
Music is the essence of life and we absorb it sub-consciously from nature as well. The exposure to various forms of music is a way to unleash the unconscious absorption that happens with all of us. Drama and dance make way for a whole new level of creative expression where the child gets to experiment and express a wide range of emotions, feelings, ideas and body movements.
Besides, Art forms transcend boundaries and allow the child to appreciate different cultures and traditions. Talent development is a part of the process of learning and not the ultimate goal.
Physical Education is an integral part of our curriculum at all ages. Children are introduced to a variety of different games and sport activities during the lower elementary years. In later grades, they can pick up a particular sport in which they are interested and work towards building specialized skills in this area.
Sports is more than just for physical fitness and good health. Regular physical activity promotes development of the brain, emotional well-being and keeps the mind alert. Playing a sport builds camaraderie, rapport and team work. It also fosters the spirit of fair and just participation and an appreciation for the joy of participating actively as opposed to winning or losing. These are skills which one can carry forward all through life and benefit from immeasurably.
Self and Community
Co-existence and collaboration is one the bedrocks of our program. The child learns to work independently and in a group, understand relationships and appreciate the togetherness and dynamics in a community. In the process, the child understands various aspects of communication, presentation and positive interaction.
The child gets exposure in the form of projects, field trips, work experience trips and work periods. Children work with people from various strata of society and understand the dynamics of communal living and also experience dignity of labour.
The curriculum of the elementary programmes at Pramiti spreads over a wide spectrum and each area is linked to the other in many ways and learning happens in a well blended manner. The children after experiencing more focused work and formal learning process in the upper elementary programme transition into yet another vulnerable and transforming stage of life – the Adolescent Community.