Lower Secondary Education
Welcome to Buddhi Lower secondary environment offering a unique program blending world class educational processes and methods to bring the best in international education to your child. With a special focus on individual learning, we ensure that your child spends her foundation years in an environment of homelike comfort, purposeful learning and holistic growth. The Buddhi Lower Secondary curriculum is designed to prepare students for the International GCSE & NIOS programs, which are both an excellent framework for educational success of students and prepares them for progression to high school.
- that children need a safe and emotionally secure environment for successful learning at school.
- that learning does not take place in a vacuum. It is always contextual and to a great extent dependant on prior learning. It is also important to use the imagination and creativity of the children and let them learn at their own pace through interaction with peers, adults and the environment.
- that unlike the days when one style fit all students, in today’s context there is a need to acknowledge and accept students with perspectives other than our own, to diversify our curriculum and to pay more attention to how our students are experiencing the learning process.
- that being literate in the 21st century is more than reading and writing well. Being literate today includes the ability to acquire, use and synthesize information,to solve problems and to communicate effectively.
- that assessment and evaluation of children’s progress should be ongoing and continuous and it is important to ensure that assessment does not overtake teaching and learning in the classroom.
Buddhi’s curriculum in the middle years is based on the Lower Secondary Program from Edexcel, London and is a framework for educational success for students in Years 7 to 9 (grades 6 to 8). Buddhi however follows an open plan classroom, and mixed age learning groups are an important aspect of our 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 move on to higher levels of the curriculum 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.
This curriculum provides natural progression from primary education through the three years of lower secondary education by building on the primary stage, and further develops students’ thinking, knowledge and skills in Mathematics, Language, Science and Humanities. This format of learning prepares students in the best possible manner for progression to a subject and examination focused learning program in High School through the International GCSE & NIOS courses.
In our Language Programme, where English is the first language, the focus is on building reading proficiency and effective communication skills
- Verbal Language – Listening, Speech, Expression – both creative and descriptive
- Reading – Focus is on reading fluency, comprehension & proficiency. Exposure to different genre of texts is also emphasized.
- Writing – Narrative, Persuasive, Transactional, Expository etc. are emphasised and skills for effective communication are taught.
- Poetic Language, Figurative Language, Prose and other Literary elements are introduced at this stage
- Grammar – is taught in an integrated manner emphasising its use in effective comprehension and communication
Our Math curriculum focuses on building Mathematical thinking with an emphasis on problem solution
- Number— which includes all its characteristics and operations are introduced with an emphasis on numerical thinking
- Algebra— algebraic thinking is introduced to extend foundational number knowledge into understanding formulae and equations
- Shape and space– geometric thinking is introduced to extend basic spatial and measurement knowledge into higher levels of geometric concepts such as trigonometry, mensuration, transformations and relationships
- Statistics and probability— Statistical thinking is introduced at this stage through activities and projects involving data handling and probability
The curriculum further aims to enable learners to develop the ability to gain an understanding of key mathematical concepts through challenges.
The Science programme focuses on the three core sciences: Physics, Chemistry and Biology. These are taught in an integrated fashion with strategies and techniques that help learners become active thinkers. It aims to introduce scientific thinking among the students and to present the subject holistically. Content planning uses modern approaches in curriculum design and implementation to improve theoretical & practical skills such as real life application of science through cooking, sport, health, work, lifestyle, etc. Independent research through books and online programs, field trips, posters, multimedia presentations, interviews, research reports and web quests are some of the ways students discover and understand science concepts, learn about scientific processes and gain knowledge about science facts & scientific terminology.
Inquiry Based Learning: Thinking and inquiry skills are emphasised and developed through this module and the curriculum here is planned to take students through a gradual and in-depth study of various topics to facilitate a sustainable learning process. Topics cover a variety of areas from Current interests, History, Geography, Citizenship, Arts & Entertainment, Technology and Lifestyle, to name a few. To make the learning interesting, technology and individual interests are integrated along with independent research, choice of presentation, group work and expert interactions are introduced.
The Arts and Physical Education are an important part of our school program. Physical Education focuses on fitness, sport and outbound education with an emphasis on developing self discipline and setting personal challenges. The Arts program focuses on visual (fine arts & craft) and performing arts (theatre, dance & music) with an emphasis on creative & aesthetic expression.
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.