Learning

Kindergarten

The kindergarten wing of Spectrum Life School, is created as a separate centre of the school so as to provide a cosy, personal space filled with love and warmth for the children to evolve and grow before they could move into the big school with all its challenges and expectations. It follows a scientific methodology inspired by the pioneering work of Rudolf Steiner, Maria Montessori and others.

Early childhood i.e. up to 6 years is a crucial phase in the growth of the children. This is the period when the child builds up his sensory faculties, gains mastery over his muscles and thereby gets to know his environment. Utmost care is provided to every child to bring out the learning outcomes in a creative way.

The Curriculum

Our curriculum is rich and diverse based on observation and study of the child. The children are exposed to a language rich environment with a lot of singing and stories, sparking imagination and creativity. Providing for an active interaction with the world through direct experience, it enables the child to develop an understanding of everything around him in his own terms.The curriculum includes free creative play, movement, language, sensory experiences, rhythmic-artistic activities, a playful exploration of nature and surroundings where adults are facilitators in work processes.
These elements provide a foundation for primary school learning in such areas as mathematical-scientific thinking, literacy and language, artistic ability and competency. To realise these effects, the classroom enrolment is kept between 20 – 25.

The Space

The physical space is serene, surrounded by trees and rocks, sand pit and swings, providing a beautiful and a safe environment for the child to grow up in. The class rooms are well-lit and breezy and children get enough sunshineduring the day. The class environment is functional with make shift desks and mats so that it could transform into play spaces quickly.With designated spaces for art, reading, self-help and outdoor play, our space is complete in providing as much concrete and hands on experiences as possible.

The children are surrounded with organic materials such as cotton, silk, wood as well as the heaven fallen toys such as the seeds, stones, flowers and pebbles so as to enhance their sensory experience. Rather than providing the child with perfectly formed toys which has nothing but one use, the fabric, a piece of wood, a spoon given to the child could come alive in different forms sparking imaginative play.
The hygiene of teaching – learning materials is maintained at high standards with sufficient number of facilitators.

Primary School

The Primary School curriculum at Spectrum Life School is founded on the below ideologies:
• Children need to develop a love for reading, writing and numbers
• Integrated thematic learning brings more meaning to the child than individual subject units
• Children learn through their feeling and hence music, stories, art and movement still hold the sway
• Rhythms in the classroom gives children a sense of assurance and comfort to explore ideasThe curriculum of Primary School is fuelled by the natural curiosity that children exhibit at this age. Each thematic units are explored through songs, stories, art and movement and the focus would be to build skills in the areas of
• Language : Reading, writing and spelling
• Math : Speed and accuracy
• Environment : Reasoning ability and clarity on how the world works

Children share ideas and experiencesand develop a sense of community and discipline through interactions with nature, people, objects and the environment. They explore and investigate, consolidate and connect what they learn, ponder over and question it, and then demonstrate their learning in multiple ways. Teachers have many roles too: they are facilitators, learners, guides and mentors.

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Middle school

The seeds of sound reasoning and the overall development of academic rigour are sown at the primary level. At this next stage between childhood and teenage a greater ability for abstract thinking begins to emerge in children. The focus on inquiry-based learning continues, as do parallel in-depth explorations of subjects – biology, physics and chemistry; algebra, geometry and arithmetic; history, civics, geography; language and literature appreciation; art and music; and sports; which often culminate into integrated projects.

The shift from a theme-based approach to a more specialized and focused understanding of concepts in varied disciplines helps students gain insights into their areas of interest. Teachers and students continue to be partners in the learning process as they explore and make connections across subjects, develop critical thinking and apply their knowledge to real-life situations. The acquisition of new knowledge is made more meaningful through opportunities to apply it. Projects, exhibitions, presentations or field trips ensure that the learner finds many avenues to see the theory in practice.

Secondary school

The secondary school comprises of class IX and class X. The teaching -learning experiences are focused towards development of knowledge in depth in every subject and move towards the careers in which the specialised skills can be explored. The school with the assistance of well experienced facilitators help the students realise their future dream. The learning methods include conceptualisation using hands on techniques and outdoor activities as specified in the NCERT curriculum.
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