Welcome to Buddhi Primary – a unique environment blending world class educational programs 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 homely comfort, meaningful learning and holistic growth. The Buddhi Primary curriculum is based on the following key competencies of
- Using language, symbols and texts
- Managing self
- Relating to others
- Participating and contributing
Learning here encourages young children to value
- excellence, by aiming high and by persevering in the face of difficulties
- innovation, inquiry, and curiosity, by thinking critically, creatively, and reflectively
- diversity, as found in our different cultures, languages, and heritages
- equity, through fairness and social justice
- community and participation for the common good
- ecological sustainability, which includes care for the environment
- integrity, which involves being honest, responsible, and accountable and acting ethically
and to respect themselves, others, and human rights.
It further prepares young children for taking on an academic and subject focused learning in the middle and high school years.
We believe that children need a safe and emotionally secure setting to allow 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 children to personlize their learning and make it more meaningful. ♦That one style does not fit all. In today’s context there is a need to acknowledge and accept students’ beliefs & perspectives and to diversify our 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 assessments should not overtake learning in the classroom.
Buddhi follows an open plan classroom, and mixed age learning groups (ages 7-11 years) are an important aspect of our programme. Children of different ages learning together helps balance the social, emotional, and intellectual needs of the children. A mixed age class provides an environment where the learning continuum is preserved and can be managed easily. Children move on to higher levels of learning as and when they are ready sometimes even in the middle of the school year. It also helps younger children learn about friendships and other soft skills by observing their older peers.
We follow a flexible and fluid learning environment where each child works at their own level and pace with ample scope for individualised support and extension.Our primary curriculum is designed to be flexible so as to allow children to approach their learning through application, research & inquiry, and an integrated and child-led curriculum.
Buddhi’s learning program in the primary years is organized as focus areas. Our methodology follows an applied & integrated approach to facilitate meaningful learning that results in building a solid foundation of thinking and application in young children. This further allows them to acquire and consolidate key competencies & values described above, that are crucial as they grow into young adults. This approach also allows young children to develop into independent learners, a quality that will serve them well through their high school, tertiary years and beyond.
Inquiry Learning Focus:
At Buddhi the Inquiry learning journey starts with an open-ended question, followed by students collaborating with each other, showing what they have learned and assessing themselves and each other multiple times. It also involves developing a solution using evidence to support the claim and presented through multi-methods of communication. This approach also lays a great foundation for investigative (questioning), critical & analytical thinking, and independent research skills. Children will have learning experiences about tools and skills necessary to conduct investigations & research, and for finding solutions. Children will be encouraged to use these skills in teacher directed inquiries in the areas of Science and Social Studies. There will be ample scope for language and numeracy integration through books and activities, which offer meaningful and enjoyable reading practice as well as opportunities to share their learning with their friends, teachers and the wider school community.
Language & Numeracy Focus:
English is the language of learning at Buddhi and we emphasize on building verbal skills, reading comprehension and writing for communication. Literacy learning is supplemented by an online reading, writing and vocabulary application, which gives our students access to a large library of e-books and innovative resources that helps accelerate language development.
Our children also learn conversational skills & functional literacy in Indian languages such as Hindi and Kannada.
Numeracy focuses on problem solving, basic mathematics of number operations, measurement, patterns, statistics and geometry, all of which are concrete and activity based learning. This is supplemented by an online math application, which gives children the opportunity to practice and accelerate their learning through level based lessons and activities. Further engagement with math is offered via tactile materials & models, board & online games and real life activities that help lay the foundations of mathematical thinking in our children at this stage of learning.
Personal Effectiveness Focus:
Good personal habits are the foundation for lifelong achievement. Even at the youngest ages, we can help children develop the work and study habits that teachers and employers value. These habits may be called by many names: work ethic, personal management, and self-management skills are a few. A good work ethic is the skill most valued by society – honest, dependable, and productive workers. It sets the foundation for success after high school – in employment, higher education, family and community life. At Buddhi we offer a range of experiences and activities to help every child develop good personal habits and help them become personally effective individuals. With this focus we are able to take children’s learning beyond the scope of a standardized curriculum.
Home Learning Focus:
Home learning at Buddhi is designed to be work completed at home independently by children, under the guidance of caregivers. It is deliberately planned to be simple and at the level of the child so that she/he can work at it independently. The primary goal of home learning at this stage is to build an independent work practice.
Art is a core learning focus at Buddhi. Activities in art, dance & drama emphasize creativity and aesthetic expression. These activities offer opportunities to our children to develop an artistic bent of mind and connect with their senses providing opportunities for leisure, social engagement and developing hand-on learning skills.
Sport & Games Focus:
The focus of sports & games is to provide opportunities for children to test their limits and achieve difficult goals, and develop a good attitude towards fitness and health. It teaches them to think outside the box and to step outside their comfort zones. Students learn to appreciate different sports and fitness activities, which helps them identify, develop and pursue their areas of interest.
Our teachers are continually observing student learning and engagement throughout the school year, whereby they are able to build a portfolio of children’s activities during the school year. Each learning portfolio depicts an anecdotal account of the learning journey and includes pictures and narratives from both teachers and learners.