Encourages an Integrated approach
The curriculum encourages an integrated approach to teaching â€“ learning so as to enable children to comprehend learning experiences as a unified whole, to help them see meaningful linkages within and across various subject areas. Instead of moving from one topic/subject area to another, learning information in a disconnected, compartmentalised manner, the curriculum aims to help children make sense of lifeâ€™s experiences by helping them connect and correlate knowledge and experiences across various topics within as well as across subject areas.
The Curriculum is Theme based
The present curriculum follows a â€˜theme basedâ€™ approach in all the curricular are the rather than a topical approach. Thus it does not proceed with a list of topics while transacting the curriculum from different subjects. The theme facilitates in addressing the issues related to the area under in a holistic manner.
The Curriculum is Child Centered
The approach of the curriculum is â€˜child centeredâ€™. The identified concepts, skills issues and concerns are age-appropriate so theat the understanding or the child develops gradually from self to the immediate surrounding and further to the wider environment. For example, information related to the child and his/her family members may be given before introducing him/her to the neighborhood. Thus, the child moves from simple to complex, concrete to abstract, informal to formal concepts in a logical and phased manner.
Focus on using a wide range of learning experiences
Recognising the fact that there are different learning styles and individual children learn in different ways, the curriculum suggests a range of transactional processes varying from classroom discussions, case studies, field visits, surveys, hand on experience, experimentation, model making, poster making, slogan writing etc. The curriculum aims to ensure that learning is joyful experience for all children and that children are able to understand not only what learn, but also how this learning is relevant in their, lives, both present and future.
Sequential arrangement of learning experiences (Spiraling)
An attempt has been made in this curriculum to design a sequential arrangement of learning experiences that will provide a spiral of cumulative learning. As they progress through classes, children will revisit certain topics or themes several times, but the depth and complexity of the theme or topic /concept will increase with each revisit. The new knowledge gained will put in the contest of the pre-existing knowledge which will serve as a base or the foundation.
The curriculum aims to enable children to:
- Become successful learners who enjoy learning;
- Successfully apply core concepts learnt from various subjects;
- Understand texts of different subjects so as to communicate knowledge and ideas in ways specific to the subject;
- Articulated thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and context;
- Use technology to access and provide information and to communicate with others;
- Understand cross curricular leakages-connect learning across subject areas;
- Become confident individuals who are able to safe, healthy and fulfilling lives;
- Become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society;
- Understand and apply knowledge to real life experiences,
- Develop a sense of responsibility towards other;
- Function successfully in the local and world community;
- Respect diversity (in terms of religion, gender, regions, and differences of opinions and beliefs;
- Exhibit sensitivity towards environmental issues;
- Learn to manage and utilize resources judiciously.