Given the broad range of learning styles, interests, backgrounds, needs and aspirations of learners, the curricula, on one level, is linked to the daily life of the learner but, on another level, push the learners to explore beyond the mundane aspects of their daily lives into undiscovered possibilities.
There is a curriculum for both teachers and students as it is essential for ‘all members to be in a learning mode’.
Besides the CBSE curriculum, the school has its own core curriculum that focuses on life skills, dignity, self-respect citizenship/civic education, pride in ones culture, language and heritage, values, human rights, sensitivity and respect for different viewpoints and living together harmoniously in a pluralistic world.
The fast evolution of today’s societies and more specifically of labour markets requires new skills from individuals. Besides the conventional academic choices, the school offers a variety of choices to discover children interests and strengths. The school gives equal thrust to the development of skills alongside knowledge.
The curriculum content and pedagogical methods in the school are designed to prepare children for skills and competencies and adulthood, ready and motivated to carry on learning throughout their lives. Some of the salient features of the curriculum are as follows:
Pallavan’s curriculum is competency based where each child has the opportunity to excel in some of the competencies.
The curriculum is based on the concept of ‘living in coherence with nature’.
It aims for the social, physical, cognitive, spiritual, emotional, ethical and aesthetic development of students.
Pallavan’s curriculum is intended to develop varied skills and competencies in the students – ability to understand different cultures, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, creativity and innovation skills, technology, multimedia and media literacy skills, collaborative and adaptive skills – taking into account different learning styles.
The curriculum emphasizes the 21st century skills and competencies by incorporating the latest advances in technology, concepts and ideas that not only meet the needs of the world as it is now, but also anticipates the future and provide tangible solutions.
An important feature is the exchange programmes for both students and teachers which is an integral part of the curriculum to give them a global perspective and share best practices with other institutions.
Pallavan’s curriculum has been devised by incorporating best practices from different education systems.
Visual & Performing Arts: (I Saturday)
Dance: Students are trained in various dace forms. Activity in-charge coaches them about dance postures, foot placements and expressions.
Music: Students’ musical talent is nurtured by providing them basic and conceptual knowledge of music. During the sessions, students learn about Indian Classical music, ‘Laya’, ‘Sur’ and ‘Tal’. They also learn to make notes.
English Drama: Students who are part of the English Drama are quite active in staging plays. It is perfect for those who are keenly interested in dramatics and have some hidden talent in them and provides a student with knowledge and entertainment giving them a platform to hone their histrionic skills.
Hindi Drama: Students are given tips for public speaking, to enhance their expression power, to create interest in them for their mother tongue, to develop their logical and reasoning skill, their ability to enact, to give more stress on pronunciation and to improve their imagination power. Poem recitation, declamation, debate and short plays are the activities which are organised.
Clubs: (III Saturday)
ICT Club: Children explore new and emerging technologies which help them in their academic pursuit. Students prepare power point presentations on a variety of topics and learn HTML language and coding.
Science Club: Activities from the field of Science help students in enhancing their thinking skills and application in daily life. They enjoy performing the activities individually and in groups. Some of the activities are preparing models, charts and organizing quiz competitions.
Heritage Club: Children are enlightened about India’s rich culture and heritage and take pride in its unique diversity. Activities based on architecture of ancient India with focus on temples, world heritage sites, dance forms, food habits and festivals are held. Students are quizzed on the architecture of the medieval and modern period. These activities will help in developing young children into sensitive, responsible and progressive citizens of the society.
Work Education: (I, III Saturday)
Craft Work: Students learn to make different items by folding paper and prepare worthy items with the help of straws, bells and discarded CDs. Various craft projects like drawing, painting and embroidery are undertaken by children. A great deal of emphasis is put on “Art from Waste that encourages students to create art work from discarded material thus reinforcing the importance of recycling and waste reduction.
Meal Planning: Students learn to prepare variety of dishes which are nutritious in nature and satiate the taste buds.
Electrical Gadgets: With the advancement of science and technology in every field, more and more electronic devices are used and needed to be repaired and maintained. Basic activities like exploring circuits, making an electromagnet, electric motor and Dynamo are undertaken.