At The Shri Ram Universal Schools, the teaching learning process is designed to ensure that the focus is not just on the “what” of learning but also on the “how” of learning. With the belief and conviction that experiential learning results in creating lifelong learners, the methodology and best practices at the schools include specially designed and well acclaimed programmes such as the following:
Choice Time Activities
The Choice Time Activities allow our pre primary children the freedom to move to different activity corners and choose to work on an activity of their choice. They could choose to look at a story book, play with blocks, draw or colour, play with dough and fulfil their curiosity in the discovery room.
Circle Time activity is conducted regularly wherein the Class Teacher uses this time to bond and connect with her students. This is also a time that is used to provide a platform for the issues and problems that arise within the class group. It is a great time to work towards instilling the Core Values of the school.
Wonder Time is an activity that develops one of the most important skills a child would need through his/her learning years, and that is Observation. Children have an innate curiosity to explore things around them. By providing many different materials to touch, observe and manipulate, they will learn to observe, record, infer and arrive at a conclusion.
Show ‘n’ Tell
In the elementary and lower Primary grades, Show ‘n’ Tell is a teaching learning strategy used to develop language, confidence and presentation skills in early learners. Moving from structured to unstructured sessions, this activity provides children a platform to speak amidst encouragement and positivity. This activity is the child’s first step towards facing an audience and making a presentation, both of which are important skills out in the real world.
DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) is a reading programme that has time slotted in the time table for Kindergarten to Grade V. This is a time slot over and above the Library periods allotted for each Grade.
Research and Referral
Research and Referral is a programme that works towards honing not just the research skills of children but also encourages them to ask out of the box questions in an attempt to get to the root of an issue or problem. Where research topics are related to people, genres of Literature, Performing or Visual Art, the children channelize their research skills towards arriving at the various facets of the topic under discussion/review. Research and Referral results in a 360° learning by the child as they approach the topic from all perspectives and arrive at their own conclusions based on their findings.
The Writer’s Workshop organised in the Primary School provides for an individualized curriculum that caters to all types of learners. It is extremely fluid and all curriculum objectives can be met through it.
This initiative is a method of teaching children to write creatively. Instead of giving children worksheets and essay topics to write on, Writers’ Workshop encourages them to write original and personally meaningful pieces, which are then polished and improved upon, by drafting and redrafting. This programme is an essential part of the Grades IV and V English Curriculum.
The Reading Programme is a graded comprehensive reading programme from classes Pyare Kadam (Nursery) to Grade V, which aims at developing effective readers not by chance but by design. Closure activity is integral to this programme as it informs the teachers about the child’s level of comprehension and gives the child an opportunity to express his/her views, think creatively, fine Motor skills development, dramatize and make connections.