The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
”-William Arthur Ward”
The primary school programme at Pallavi Model School(PMS) is based on findings in behavioral and developmental psychology and educational research. That means that PMS provides primary school students the opportunities for exploring and adapting their understandings. Such an approach is based on research showing that knowledge is best gained and retained when it is constructed.
Teachers use assessment results to modify their teaching and differentiate learning to meet student needs. Students develop both the content knowledge and their skills in creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. The important ideas include:
- Student-centered learning
- Assessment for learning
- Standards, project, inquiry-based learning
- Student engagement
The primary school incorporates a myriad teaching approaches to ensure that lessons are varied, that they cater to different learning styles, that they provide sufficient challenge, and that they allow the students to feel considerable success.
The primary school curriculum is planned as an extension of pre primary, focusing on all the developmental areas. The curriculum includes a well structured schedule that blends learning and play, all carefully orchestrated for inspiring the kids to enjoy and learn, expand their horizons and improve their imagination and creativity. It is trans-disciplinary, thus helping students to correlate the learning with the real world scenarios. The objective is to inculcate self-study skills in the students, an essential element for success in middle and high school.
The focus is on developing the basic concepts in core subjects (English, mathematics, sciences, Fine Arts and physical education) through activities, projects, and work-sheets.
English curriculum has been divided into the four key areas of – LSRW (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing). The tools used to foster development in the above mentioned key areas are guided reading program, show and tell, role plays, drama, songs, poetry, story-telling, essays and short story writing. These pave way for self-expression. Participation in the classroom discussions is a very important tool for language development and it is highly encouraged at Pallavi Model School. Our schools are equipped with Language labs which enable the students to improvise on their pronunciation and vocabulary and participate in active conversation confidently.
At Pallavi, we try to make theoretical and mundane subjects like Mathematics conceptually interesting and fun oriented. The students are taught and encouraged to go beyond the books and apply the concepts taught to the real world problems. By the end of the primary school, children will be very confident in handling problems pertaining to numbers, shapes, measurement and data analysis.
The school curriculum lays due emphasis on experimentation as it enhances the understanding power of the students and makes the subject interesting for them. Children spend an ample time in various labs (physics, chemistry and biology) to verify and validate their hypothesis on various aspects on learning. Even equal importance is paid to Social sciences enabling students to become aware of the community and the nation, and duly understand their roles and responsibilities towards the society and community.
Art, Music and Dramatics are a part of the curriculum designed with the objective of inculcating the art of expression using different forms and to nurture imagination which is an innate quality present in all the children.
Games cultivate a sense of sportsmanship and team. At Pallavi, the children are exposed to various sports – cricket, soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis etc.(depending upon their areas of interest) for their physical as well as mental well being.