Welcome to Buddhi Middle Years learning offering a unique program blending world class educational practices and methods to bring the best in international education to your child. With a special focus on individual learning, our program is designed to provide emerging adolescents (11 to 13 yrs) with a purposeful and holistic education that builds on the dispositions and attitudes acquired during childhood and further promotes collaboration, inquiry thinking and social action
We believe that adolescents need a safe and emotionally secure setting, which allows them to learn at their own pace through interaction with peers, adults and their environment. ♦That learning does not take place in a vacuum. It is always contextual and dependent on prior learning. ♦That the use of imagination and creativity allows students to personalize their learning and make it meaningful. ♦That one style does not fit all students. In today’s context there is a need to acknowledge and accept students’ beliefs & perspectives and to diversify curriculum for better learning experiences. ♦That being literate in the 21st century is more than being able to read and write. It includes the ability to acquire, use and synthesize information, solve problems and communicate effectively. ♦That assessment and evaluation of children’s progress should be ongoing and continuous and does not overtake teaching and learning in the classroom.
Buddhi follows an open plan classroom, and mixed age learning groups are an important aspect of our middle year programme. Students of different ages learning together helps balance their social, emotional, and intellectual development by providing opportunities to support and extend individual student needs. A mixed age class provides an environment where the learning continuum can be maximised and managed naturally. Students are extended as and when they are ready, without the need to calendarize progression.
The curriculum is further extended to allow our students to approach learning through application, research and inquiry and is founded on the following broad principles
- The learning process focuses on building independent learning abilities in children
- Conceptual knowledge is intrinsically linked to application skills
- Investigative and Research skills are the foundation of knowledge acquisition
- Creative abilities are fundamental to successful functioning in the new world order
- Essential human qualities such as ethical values and respectful behaviours are crucial to successful and happy living.
Inquiry Learning is the key methodology of our Middle Years Programme. An inquiry learning approach provides a project management framework to support students to plan their investigations and implement their actions. An integrated curriculum and project based learning builds on knowledge, skills and perspectives already developed and allows students to apply these and contribute to real-life authentic action. At Buddhi, students pose and ponder over thoughtful questions and develop new understanding about a topic and its place in the world around them. Alongside helping them become self-directed and lifelong learners, it also makes their learning meaningful. Curriculum integration is at the core of authentic inquiry, and cross curricular integration allows our students to draw on more than one learning area while investigating a problem or inquiring on a topic. Through this learning approach, students develop the ability to ask questions, collect information, organize and test their ideas, solve problems, and apply what they learn. Students carry out their inquiries using independent research through books, online programs, field trips, interviews, research reports and web quests and communicate and share their learning through prototypes, posters, multimedia presentations, demonstrations and talks.
Project Based Learning is another important feature and encourages students to look to the future by exploring future focused issues such as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise, and globalisation. This is what we call 21st Century Learning, which is relevant and authentic in relation to young peoples’ interests and concerns. It involves us to form new kinds of partnerships between schools and the wider community. Engaging in this kind of learning, helps young people develop their capacity to create knowledge rather than merely consuming it.
In Language Learning, with English as the first language, the focus is on building reading proficiency and effective communication through verbal language and expressive writing. Grammar and techniques are integrated into the core learning with emphasis on its use in effective comprehension and communication.
In a modern world, applied mathematics is not only relevant, it’s crucial! Our Math curriculum therefore focuses on building mathematical thinking along with learning mathematical skills. With an emphasis on problem solving and application of skills, our program allows students to see maths as an integral part of daily life and gives their learning a purpose. This combination of learning helps them develop their power of reasoning, creativity, abstract or spatial thinking, critical thinking, and even effective communication, all of which play a crucial role in understanding contents of other subjects such as science, social studies, and even music and art.
The goal of our Science program is to encourage and enable students to develop inquiring minds and a curiosity about science & the natural world. In addition, students will acquire science knowledge, technological literacy, gain conceptual understanding and develop the skills of observation, experimentation, observation, describing, problem solving and manipulating apparatus, all of which will lay the foundation for further learning in school and beyond.
Social Studies is integrated into our Inquiry module, where topics of interest and importance are studied through discovery and research.
The Arts and Physical Education are an important part of the Middle Years program. Physical Education focuses on fitness, sport and outbound learning with an emphasis on developing self awareness, mental discipline and setting personal challenges. The Arts focuses on visual (fine arts & craft) and performing arts (theatre, dance & music) with an emphasis on creative & aesthetic expression.
The primary purpose of assessment is to provide an insight into the learning process. Our teachers observe student learning and progress in all curricular areas. Assessment strategies include teacher observations, student conversations about their learning goals, outcomes, class work and project outputs. All this feeds into the learning process continuously. Throughout the learning journey, emphasis is on self assessment by students, to encourage and inculcate ownership for their own learning.
Home learning at Buddhi is designed to be work completed at home independently by students, under the guidance of parents/caregivers. It is deliberately planned to be simple and at the level of the student so that she/he can work at it independently.. The primary goal of this learning is to build an independent work practice that will serve students well in high school when study becomes an integral part of their learning.
Throughout the year our teachers assess student progress and attainment in all curricular areas through a Formative Self Assessment approach. Assessment strategies include teacher observations, discussion with students about their learning goals, outcomes and progress, class work and project outputs feed into this process continuously. Throughout the learning journey, emphasis is on self assessment by students, to encourage and inculcate ownership for their own learning.