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G.D. Goenka World School is an authorized school to provide the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP). The IBPYP curriculum is a curriculum, a philosophy and a methodology for young learners from Nursery to Grade 5. In this programme, emphasis is placed on trans-disciplinary and inquiry-based learning.

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The core focus of GDGWS is learning and teaching in a caring, safe, welcoming, environment where students are challenged to strive for personal excellence. The school believes in encouraging children to enquire. They are encouraged to do research work and question themselves How? Why? and When? Use of internet services is integrated in the classroom teaching and learning. Students can access the net under teacher supervision for educational purposes. School organizes field trips, visits in and outside the city, talks by experts, interview sessions, inter house and interclass competitions, thus creating a variety of authentic contexts in which students can practice their positive attitudes and hone their skills.

Presently there are 12 classes in the PYP section and the language of instruction is English. Emphasis is also given to the national language i.e. Hindi which they start learning right from Kindergarten. The third language option is also offered to the students of grade IV and V in the form of German, French and Spanish. The school has also implemented the special language programme, EAL, for those students who are not able to follow the mainstream English programmes thus catering to the requirement of both national and international students.

 

What is the Primary Years Program (PYP)?

The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme is the six transdisciplinary themes. These themes are about issues that have meaning for, and are important to, all of us. The programme offers a balance between learning about or through the subject areas, and learning beyond them. The six themes of global significance create a transdisciplinary framework that allows students to "step up" beyond the confines of learning within subject areas.

  • Who we are Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves

The programme puts great emphasis on learning about these transdisciplinary themes. Each theme is addressed each year by all students, with the exception of students aged 3 to 5, who may engage explicitly with four of the themes each year. The themes provide the opportunity to incorporate local and global issues into the curriculum.

The traditional disciplines retain a role in the IB Primary Years Programme. The six specified subjects are language, mathematics, science, social studies, arts, and personal, social and physical education.

More information on the PYP can be found at www.ibo.org

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Curriculum

Primary Curriculum is framed by the philosophies and goals of the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme (IBPYP). The Curriculum reflects the understanding that our students have individualized learning styles. In their classrooms, students and teachers collaborate to develop meaningful, individualized goals within an environment that stresses curriculum philosophies such as cooperative and inquiry-based learning.

We believe that the Curriculum reflects the cultural diversity of the GDGWS school community.

Subject Areas

The PYP identifies a body of knowledge for all students in all cultures, in six subject areas:

  1. Languages
  2. Social Studies
  3. Mathematics
  4. Science and Technology
  5. The Arts
  6. Personal, social, physical education.


In the spirit of internationalism, students are required to learn Hindi as second language in addition to the language of instruction, that is, English.

School offers French, Spanish and German as third language an option which is introduced in Grade 4.

Programme of Inquiry

The Programme of Inquiry is a matrix composed of the six Trans-disciplinary themes covering various topics from social studies and science subjects. Throughout the year, Nursery and Kindergarten cover four of these themes while Grades 1 to 4 are required to cover all six transdisciplinary themes. Grade 5 covers five themes and holds the PYP Exhibition. Each Unit of Inquiry within the Programme of Inquiry includes a Central Idea which defines the enduring understanding, Lines of Inquiry to define the scope of the unit, and Key Concepts, powerful ideas which students revisit throughout the Programme.

Assessment

There is no formal examination system up to grade 5. The assessment is continuous and non threatening in the form of both Formative and Summative. In addition, the PYP requires that individual portfolios of student’s achievement be kept, as an important mechanism for documenting progress.

PYP Exhibition

Students of grade V, in the final year of the programme, are expected to participate in a culminating project, the PYP Exhibition. This is designed to demonstrate their proficiencies in all areas of the programme.

The overall expectations for each subject area are defined in the course description.

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Course Description

Language Arts

GDGWS Language Arts Programme enables students:

  • to learn language arts through active engagement in meaningful language experiences
  • to learn the modes of language arts in individualized and developmentally-appropriate stages
  • to learn to effectively communicate through language arts
  • to value language as a process as well as a skill
  • to develop an understanding that language arts learning is an on-going process that occurs in and outside of classrooms and continues throughout life

The Language Arts Programme at GDGWS will include:

The integration of reading, writing, listening and speaking across the entire curriculum with:

  • an emphasis on processes
  • exposure to a wide variety of texts
  • different models of language learning
  • individual and whole class access to the PYP Library/ Technology Centre

Mathematics

The Maths Programme at GDGWS enables students:

  • to develop a positive attitude towards the learning of mathematics
  • to understand connections among mathematical concepts
  • to relate mathematical concepts to real-life situations
  • to build upon previously gained knowledge
  • to develop a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts
  • to reason and communicate proficiently in mathematics.

The Maths Programme at GDGWS will include :

  • an emphasis on mathematical processes to assist with mastery of concepts
  • an inquiry approach to mathematics
  • the use of manipulatives
  • the connecting of math to real-life experiences
  • five areas of study: number, pattern and function, measurement, shape and space and data handling

Social Studies

Social Studies Programme at GDGWS enables students to experience what it is like to think and act as a historian, a geographer and as a social scientist through the interdisciplinary units of inquiry.

The Social Studies Programme at GDGWS will include:

  • an interdisciplinary program
  • an inquiry approach
  • a global focus
  • areas of study:
     History: Periods, Chronology, Significant People, Personal history
     Geography: Place, The built environment, the natural environment
     Society: Self, Systems, Communities, Cultures

Science and Technology

GDGWS Science and Technology Programme enables students to view science as a way of thinking and a process that strives for balance between the construction of meaning and the acquisition of knowledge and skills through interdisciplinary units of inquiry.

The Science Programme at GDGWS will include:

  • an interdisciplinary program
  • an inquiry approach
  • a global focus
  • areas of study:
    • Living Things: Ourselves, Animals, Plants
    • Earth and Space: Water, Landforms, Space
    • Materials and Matter: Gases Liquid, Solids
    • Forces & Energy: Sound, Movement, Magnetism, Gravity, Electricity, Light, Heat

The Arts – Visual Arts, Drama, Music

GDGWS Art Programme enables students:

  • to consider the arts as a means of communication and as an expressive language
  • to develop an appreciation of the diversity of artistic forms
  • to gain insight into the variety of emotional and intellectual perspectives expressed within the works
  • to work in a range of artistic media and to use a range of tools in order to express ideas, observations and feelings
  • to grow musically through listening, performing, experimenting and investigating
  • to study and explore the expressive use of musical elements through the singing of songs, playing of instruments and listening to a range of music
  • to gain an appreciation and awareness of music in all its forms from a range of times, places and cultures

The Art Programme at GDGWS will include:

Visual Arts

  • The study and appreciation of artworks from a range of cultures and media
  • Celebrations of the student’s artistic endeavours

Music

  • Performing-singing, performing-playing instruments, creating composing, listening

Drama

Drama for understanding, Storytelling and playmaking, Performance skills, the study and appreciation of artworks from a range of cultures and media.

Foreign Languages (only for grade 4 and 5)

French/Spanish/German

GDGWS Foreign-Language Programme enables students:

  • to develop an increasing level of competence in the language
  • to develop an understanding of, and respect for, French/Spanish/German tradition and culture

Foreign-Language Programme at GDGWS will include:

  • A specialist language teacher
  • Opportunities to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills by integrating communicative activities and units of inquiry into the language programme
  • Field trips when applicable to significant cultural sights.

Personal, Social, and Physical Education (PSPE)

GDGWS Personal and Social Education Programme enables students to develop personally in respect to emotions, self-concept and moral values and to interact with his/ her family, learning community and society and the world at large through the interdisciplinary units of inquiry.

GDGWS Physical Education Programme enables students to develop physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially through a specialised Physical Education programme.

The Personal and Social Education Programme at GDGWS will include an interdisciplinary program for Personal Education and Social Education; areas of study for Personal Education: Self-concept, Health, Safety, and Organisation for learning.

The Physical Education Programme at GDGWS will include:

  • An inquiry approach to a specialist Physical Education programme
  • Areas of study for Physical Education: Spatial awareness, Movement, Adventure Challenge, Athletics, Dance, Games, Swimming, Gymnastics, Health related exercises.

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English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) program is available to students from Grade 1 to Grade 5.

The EAL program combines pull-out and in-class support (immersion).

The EAL and classroom teachers work together to create a language-rich environment. Students are encouraged to take risks and individual needs are catered for. EAL students are assessed by both classroom and EAL teachers. Students exit EAL when they show they are able to work in the classroom without EAL support.

In the GDGWS EAL Program students:

  • Learn social and academic English skills needed to work successfully in the classroom
  • Learn English by being involved in meaningful experiences
  • Follow a course of study that combines listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Participate in a range of activities with their classroom peers

The EAL Program at GDGWS has:

  • a curriculum that is similar to the mainstream language arts curriculum
  • small class sizes
  • a two-teacher team, consisting of the student's EAL and classroom teacher
  • pull-out classes where teaching focuses on the development of language skills
  • immersion lessons: the EAL and classroom teachers plan together and deliver to the whole class

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Community Service

Community Service is an essential component of our education programme. We at GDGWS feel that children must be made aware of the pain and suffering in the world around them and develop a spirit of social responsibility from a young age. To sensitize them to the needs of the less privileged people in the society many awareness activities are organized in and out of school. Children are encouraged to organize social service activities round the year on different occasions and celebrations. Children take part in different fund raising activities to provide under privileged children with books, stationary items, sports equipment and toys. They organize interactive sessions with local village school children and apprise them about cleanliness and hygiene.

The PYP programme brings out the best in a child and teaches him to be a good citizen, not only at the national level but also equips him to step out into the world with a global perspective. We at GDGWS strive to benefit from the broad outlook and awareness developed in the child through this program. As PYP aims for a perfect blend of tradition and modernity and this is our school’s motto too.