The Charter Curriculum is designed to engage children in an active and creative learning journey. The focus here is to provide continuity and progression in learning as the children move from Kindergarten to the Elementary School. The curriculum framework provides a solid foundation for children from Grade1 to Grade 4 upon which the later stages of education can be built. While confirming our commitment to the broad and balanced principles of the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) curriculum, we also use our much researched methodologies to ensure excellence.
Pedagogy We at Charter recognise the significance of applied competencies like: critical and creative thinking, effective communication, interpersonal and collaborative skills.Accordingly there is flexibility in our teaching and learning methodologies to ensure a well balanced emphasis on both pedagogical development and emotional development .
Grade 1 to Grade 4 is structured around classrooms providing a congenial atmosphere for learning. The course is multi-disciplinary in approach and activities are highly focused. Through these activities children achieve appropriate learning targets set to global standards.
Charter Education is based on the four pillars of learning as envisaged by UNESCO:
The curricula of Grades 1 and 2 facilitates a deeper conceptual understanding in students and also enables them to apply skills and knowledge acquired in one context to other scenarios. The curricula of Grades 3 and 4 emphasizes on the theoretical study of branches of knowledge as well as its application. The systematically structured curriculum nourishes the creative imagination of the child, develops free thinking, reasoning and judgment. The curricula includes various types of useful experiences which emphasizes the joy of discovery and creative activity.
Areas of Curriculum The Charter Elementary Years Curriculum is presented in Ten areas:
1. English Literacy The English curriculum envisages language learning as an integrated process in which the four forms; Speaking, Reading and Writing, Listening and Comprehension are inseparable. The ability to use language competently and confidently is a fundamental objective of the English curriculum.
As children progress, language skills are systematically integrated through effective instructional design, connecting learning to real life and facilitating involved learning. The curriculum develops in the child, literacy skills to describe events, characters, organise information, make logical forecasts, recall details and express confidently.
2. Mathematics The Mathematics curriculum enables the child to acquire basic concepts and skills to foster interest in the fundamentals of mathematics. Discussion, hands-on experience with materials to create visible representation of maths, numerical games, and mathematical approach to problem solving are encouraged to ensure that children develop numerical aptitude, reasoning, problem solving and thinking skills. The use of clear consistent mathematical language enables children to grasp with complete clarity the concepts of mathematics.
The mathematics curriculum is divided into six major strands:
3. Environmental Science The EVS curriculum enables children to view the pursuit of science as meaningful and useful. The topics in primary curriculum include Science in Daily life, Society, and the Environment for the development of the child’s awareness and appreciation of the natural, human, social, cultural and historical dimensions of life. The EVS curriculum leverages on and seeks to fuel the spirit of curiosity as the children are guided to explore, research, experiment, question, analyse and infer from the world around them.
4. Additional Languages It is a particular feature of Charter Primary Education that children gain an experience of additional language learning other than English. Language learning is conceptualised as an interactive process through dance, music, theatrical games and exercises.
The curriculum recognises that an experience and knowledge of Hindi is important in enabling the child to define his or her sense of national identity. An engagement with the local language deepens cultural awareness. At Charter School, Hindi and Malayalam are introduced from Grade 1
5. Physical and Health Education PHE is an integral part of the curriculum at Charter School, without which the education of the child is incomplete. Children are provided opportunities to develop desirable personal and social attributes like: the concept of fair play, accepting success as well as failure and synergy. The curriculum fosters the student’s well-being, self-confidence and sense of accountability for their own behaviour and actions
6. Art and Design Art and Design curriculum allows the child to express his or her world in a visual form through drawing, painting and constructing. The inspiration and power of the Art and Design play a vital role in enabling children to enhance their creative talent and develop their artistic skills. The Charter School provides rich and exciting Art and Design curriculum through cross-curricular links.
7. Digital Literacy Digital Literacy is used across all areas of the curriculum to enhance learning and teaching through authentic engagements.
8. Music, Dance and Drama Music, Dance and Drama curriculum helps the child to develop an appreciation of these aesthetic activities. The Music curriculum facilitates children to participate fully in a wide range of activities of listening, appreciating and performing. Dance gives the child opportunities to explore the potential of movement in order to express ideas, emotions, and imaginative insights. The curriculum encourages children to dance in response to different stimuli and accompaniments and to view dance as performance. Drama as a creative process provides children a wide range of valuable learning experiences. Music, Dance and Theatrical exercises are also used to support other areas of curriculum.
9. Social and Community Service Age appropriate activities for the Primary School are carefully planned and structured to develop sensitivity towards other people in the community. Through Social and Community Service programmes children learn morally and socially acceptable behaviour that help them to respond responsibly to scenarios encountered in everyday living.
10. SpringBoard SpringBoard is a skill enhancement program embedded into CCD. The specially structured springboard program helps to foster practical skills like: Critical Thinking, Collaborative Skills, Problem Solving, Analytical and Creative Skills in every Charter child through interesting fun filled indoor and outdoor activities . Through the SpringBoard program students are challenged through experiments, activities, puzzles, brain teasers and games to find viable alternatives to the standard way of solving problems.
An example for lateral thinking is given below:
The goal of the puzzle is to link all 9 dots using four straight lines or fewer, without lifting the pen and without tracing the same line more than once. It is an example for ‘out of the box’ thinking because the solution is to draw beyond the boundaries to link all the nine dots.
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