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 set in an active learning environment and based on the following key competencies of
- Using language, symbols and texts
- Managing self
- Relating to others
- Participating and contributing
Learning here also encourages young children to develop dispositions crucial for successful lives. They learn to value –
- excellence, by aiming high and by persevering in the face of difficulties
- innovation, inquiry, and wisdom, by thinking critically, creatively, and reflectively
- diversity, as found in different cultures, languages, and heritages they will encounter
- 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
- humanity, which means to respect themselves, others and uphold human rights
The program so designed lays a solid foundation for taking on an increasingly project & knowledge focused learning through 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, and it also helps younger children learn from 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 encouragement. Our primary curriculum is designed to be active and flexible so as to allow children to approach their learning through inquiry & application in an integrated and child-led curriculum.
Buddhi’s learning program in the primary years is further organized as focus areas to provide a holistic learning experience and build a solid foundation of behaviour, thinking and application in young children. This further helps them to acquire and imbibe the key competencies & values described above, and are crucial for their success as young adults. This approach also allows young children to transform into independent learners, an ability that will serve them well through their high school 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 via activities and discussions, to find answers and build their knowledge. In doing so, they also show what they have learned and learn from each other. It also involves using a variety of evidences to support their new found knowledge, which is presented through multi-methods of communication. This approach sets a great foundation for investigative (questioning), critical and analytical thinking, and also introduces them to research skills. Children engage in this kind of learning through teacher directed inquiries in the areas of Science and Social Studies. This process allows language and numeracy integration through books and activities, which offer meaningful reading practice, problem solving as well as opportunities to share and showcase 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 program, which gives our students access to a large library of e-books and innovative resources to help 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. This is further 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 to name a few. A good work ethic is the skill most valued by society – honest, dependable, and productive citizens – and must be introduced early. It sets the foundation for success 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 learning assignments & tasks that is 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. In activities of art, dance & drama, we emphasize creativity and aesthetic expression. These activities offer opportunities to our children to develop an artistic bent of mind and connect with their senses thereby providing opportunities for leisure, social engagement and developing hands-on learning skills.
Sport & Health Focus:
The focus of sports & health is to provide opportunities for children to test their limits, 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. Children further engage in cooking and food tech activities to learn about nutrition and develop healthy eating habits.
Learning Story Portfolios:
Our teachers are continually observing student learning and engagement throughout the school year, whereby they are able to build a portfolio of children’s learning through individual narratives. Each learning portfolio depicts the learning journey of a child in the form of learning stories and includes pictures and narratives from both teachers and learners.