Education is not the filling up of a pail but the lighting of a fire- W.B. Yeats.
At Orchid The International school, this is a philosophy that we truly believe in. Catering to the demands of an evolving society, Orchids The International School follows a curriculum that is research based out of all good schools in Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad, activity oriented and learner centric. The learner is the focus of the teaching –learning transaction and we create experiences that leave long lasting impacts on the life of the child.
Understanding that each child is unique and an individual in his or her own right, the curriculum is constructed using the following scientific theories:
- Neil Fleming’s VARK theory ( Visual, Auditory, Read/Write, Kinesthetic styles of learning )
- Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences.
- Blooms’ Taxonomy of Learning Domains
- Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Objectives
Neil Fleming’s VARK theory
The acronym VARK stands for Visual, Aural, Read/write, and Kinesthetic methods of learning. Students may have a strong learning style which is highly individual. The style may be any one of these or a blend of two or more styles. Incorporating activities that help students read, write, see, hear, experiment, run, plan and create ensure that all students are catered to.
Bloom’s taxonomy of learning objectives (cognitive)
Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Objectives is a statement of different levels of thinking, namely –
The learning experiences and assessments take children through the various levels of brain development. It has been proved scientifically that maximum stress is produced on the brain by the lower end tasks which stress on memory.
Roll down from the CBSE board
The curriculum for the entire schooling program is rolled down from what is expected of the student in Grades 9 and 10 by the CBSE Board. The built up of topics begins from grade 5 with a focus on ensuring clarity in concepts and exam preparation. The assessment patterns for grades 5 to 8 are strictly as endorsed by the board.
Language Curriculum: The school offers a three language curriculum that is skill based. The most important skills of learning a language are LSRW (Listening, reading, speaking, and writing).These skills are incorporated into various activities which are based on the theories expounded above.
Role plays, skits, play readings, debates, discussions, story writing, creating newsletters, brochures and poems form an integral part of the language curriculum.
Literature mirrors life and helps create perspective. Every grade does one novel a year that is taught with the aim to make reading fun, engaging and addictive. Books are taken beyond the confines of the pages and fiction becomes reality when students enact, debate, discuss, role play the characters and embark on a magical journey through the novels that are done in English and Hindi.
Math Curriculum: The school offers a creative and process oriented math curriculum. Application of concepts like number systems, fractions and percentages, graphs and data, geometry, are connected to real life so as to ensure development of critical thinking. Using techniques like visualization, identifying patterns, journal activities, riddles and puzzles, mental math, innovative shortcuts helps students to develop problem solving skills.
Science and Social Science Curriculum: A scientific temper and a curious mind is what we expect to nurture in our students with the science curriculum. The focus of the curriculum is on skills such as collecting information, handling data, creating hypothesis and experimenting on them. Creating global perspectives based on our heritage and value systems which will help our students to grow up with international ideas and Indian values are the focus of the curriculum. Hands on experiences help develop the following skills:
- Acquisitive: Listening, observing, Inquiring, Investigating, Gathering data, and Researching
- Organizational: Recording, Comparing, Contrasting, Classifying, Organizing, Evaluating and Analysing
- Creative: Planning, Designing, Inventing and Synthesizing
- Manipulative: Using and caring for scientific instruments, Demonstrating, Experimenting, Constructing and calibrating instruments.
Project based learning
21st Century Skills Project
Brain research proves that more the number of connections students are able to see between subjects, better their learning. The 21st Century Skill Project creates this integration. Students work in groups on a given theme. This theme is then disseminated through all the subjects. Such projects help holistic development not just in academic areas but also facilitate the growth of life skills like team work, cooperation, perseverance and decision making. These skills are essential to tackling the workspace that our students will encounter in times to come.
Learning by Doing is a maxim that we strongly endorse. Skills such as research and in depth study of a subject are encouraged when students from grade 3 are asked to embark on subject specific projects. Such projects help develop life skills like working independently, perseverance, patience and focused work.
We believe the Primary and Secondary School phase of your child’s life revolves around skillset building and talent nurturing. This is where your child begins to exhibit his tendencies and interests that can offer up vital clues to which way his life is headed. This is where we distinguish the Doctors from the Engineers and the Pilots from the Lawyers.
With an array of options available today, it is possible for a student to get a little confused and disillusioned. Orchids International School has tied up with professional career counseling firms that help your child make his mind up on what career to choose.