Academics form the back bone of any educational organisation. WeCan Kindersley firmly believes in this principle and is determined to deliver the best learning and teaching experiences to every student. In our endeavour to strengthen academics WeCan has developed a team of well qualified and experienced educationist working towards research and development of curriculum according to the guidelines provided by the Educational Ministry.
The entire Pre-primary curriculum has been revised and rebuilt to meet the global standards.
CHILD - CENTRED CURRICULUM
Understanding the need and ability of a pre – schooler, we have introduced basic compulsory exercises with them to strengthen the Gross Motor skills. Similarly, fine motor activities like colouring, scribbling, paper folding, sponge dabbing, paper crumbling, playing with dough, paints and various other art and craft activities are being practiced on a wider scale for better eye – hand and finger coordination .
LEARNING THROUGH ACTIVITY
Love, care, attention and patience are what a child experiences when he or she opens the eyes for the first time in this world. Similarly when a child steps into the school for the first time he needs the same love, care, attention and patience in the entirely new environment.
A child’s development takes place rapidly in the initial years of his childhood. The child shows development of many types like:
- Physical Development
- Mental Development
- Social Development
- Emotional Development
- Cognitive Development
- Fine Motor Skill Development
- Gross Motor Skill Development
The various learning of art and craft activities stimulates the imagination and creativity of a pre-schooler. They enhance the various types of development. Such activities include painting, drawing, moulding, colouring, scribbling, dancing, singing, etc. These activities are enjoyed naturally by a kid. Such type of learning is called Activity Based Learning or ABL which describes a range of pedagogical approaches to teaching. Its core premises include the requirement that learning should be based on doing some hands on experiment and activities. The idea of activity based learning is rooted in the common notion that children are active learners rather than passive recipients of information. If the children are provided opportunity to explore on their own and provided an optimum learning environment then the learning becomes joyful and long lasting.
There are social, physical and psychological advantages for children who participate in school activities. Rather than allowing kids to spend all of their leisure time parked in front of the television or playing video games. Parents who encourage children to participate in activities of the home are aiding in their development.
WeCan Kindersley has activities that can change a child’s life for better and have multiple benefits as explained below:
- Builds Creativity—When crayons are given to a child they usually scribble out but behind that they are learning. At the same when we provide clay to make or to do something with it the child expresses that is actually going on in his mind. It forms an image may be snake or ball, etc and sometimes they create such an image which amuses us. In short, at every stage between 2 to 5 yrs. the child is learning at every step.
- Learn in an interesting way—When we start teaching may be they learn or maybe we teach them the way they learn. The child should not feel any sort of burden. Through different activities we teach them like free hand colouring, free hand drawing, etc.
- Fine Motor Skills—Through different activities which emphasize their gripping and holding is provided to them like fun with colours, clay moulding, etc.
- Cognitive Development—Activities play crucial role for the all-round development of a child. It is very important for a child to indulge in different types of activities which make his learning interesting. This is possible only through the involvement of a child in different activities which can be indoor or outdoor.
- Teamwork—To develop coordination among students group activities have a key role to play. Activities done in a group develop their ability to work in a team like role play, recitation, etc.
- Time Management—Activities like recitation, show your talent have time limits. The students learn to complete their activities within the time limit.
- Physical Development—Various physical activities like running, jumping, hopping, skipping, etc develop their muscle coordination. It helps them to gain control over their various body parts.
- Raises Self-esteem—Participation in various activities raises the self-esteem of a child and helps in building confidence. Praises, Rewards, Certificates, etc provides positive reinforcement.
- Social Development—Different activities help the child to learn about surroundings and deal with different people. Child also learns about different cultures and their importance. He learns to respect others.
Monthly Theme – wise Planners
We have designed annual planners to keep you informed about the child’s academics, events and activities.
Integration of Visual Aids
Picture talk, charts, flash cards, etc. have been integrated with monthly themes to develop child’s conversational and interactive skills, stimulating his/ her ability to think.
Socio - Dramatic Play
Introduction to “ Socio – Dramatic Play” has been one of the major milestone in the new designed curriculum. Students get acquainted to general surroundings through rhymes, drama and enactments. This interesting format enables the student to exhibit their creativity and imagination and they grasp the basic principles with ease.
We encourage learning through healthy competitions which instils confidence among children and spurs positive approach. Competitions like role play, recitation, fancy dress, dance, storytelling reduces the hesitation and enhances communication skills.
Working on the same principle we have also initiated “Writing on Stroke pattern”.
During the child’s preschool years, an important milestone begins to emerge. This is the development of pre-writing skills. Pre-writing skills are used to encourage, develop and support opportunities for the preschool child to begin writing.
When the child begins to show interest in writing, it is really an exciting time which should be encouraged. As a parent, you may find it difficult in knowing where to begin.
Pre writing skills involve the skills a child needs in order to learn to write. These skills include sensor motor skills which enable a child to hold and use a pencil which gives them the ability to copy, trace, draw and colour. One of the fundamentals of pre-writing skills is pattern writing. Pattern writing is specific stokes that comprise in all letters and numbers. As a child practices pattern writing through copying and tracing this will give them the confidence and ability to write letters and numbers correctly.
Pre - Writing Skills Tasks
There are a number of pre-writing tasks that WeCan uses to encourage and support a child in their pre-writing skills. These include but not limited to:
- Pattern writing
- Tracing shapes and patterns
- Dot to Dots
- Colouring In
- Copying lines
Holding a Pencil Correctly
This is one of the most basic principles in developing your child’s pre-writing skills – holding a pencil correctly. The child may already be able to grasp a crayon with their whole fist. When holding a pencil the child will need to learn to use their thumb, pointer and middle finger (dynamic grasp) to grip around the bottom of the pencil to gain better control of writing. This is also considered the correct grasp to use when writing. It is fairly common at this stage that the child will still be learning how to correctly hold their pencil. At WeCan we gently remind and show our students the correct grasp, when it comes to writing.
Pattern writing aims to help the pre-school child in the development of pre-writing skills. It provides the child the ability to use cognitive development, observations, hand-eye co-ordination and encourages the child to draw in a specific direction. The basic lines and curves (that are traced over broken lines) which are included in pattern writing are essential to the development of learning to write letters.
- Standing Lines and Sleeping Lines – helps the child to learn to write the following letters E, F, H, I, L and T.
- Slanting Lines: Left to Right and Right to Left and Up and Down – helps the child to learn to write the following A, M, V and W.
- Curves: Upwards, Downwards, To the Left and To the Right – helps the child to learn to write the following C, O, Q, U.
This revamped curriculum is now “Child-Centred” and “Child- Friendly”.
- Many new educational activities designed and implemented to make learning fun filled.
- Curriculum designed to match the Early Childhood principles. Yearly planners handed over to parents as well to understand the progress of their ward and develop a transparency between the school administration and parents.
- Emphasis given on participation of students in various events, celebrations and activities. This will enable the students to develop confidence, enhance their speaking skills and expose them to outer world.
- Classes equipped with better teaching aids and educational toys.
- Child friendly methodology of assessment introduced.
- New book sets designed to make learning simple and easy.
At the Primary and Middle school level many changes have been introduced which are as follows:
- Curriculum upgraded to match the standard needs and requirement. Introduction of Science as a separate subject from class IV onwards were in accordance with the same principle. Similarly, third language was introduced from class VI onwards.
- Examination pattern divided evenly over a year with Formative and Summative assessments.
- Unseen passage, Comprehension, Creative writing, etc introduced to enhance the reading, writing and understanding skills of a student.
- New book sets with good content, easy language and activity based learning exercises were introduced.
- Many Inter – House activities, debates, competitions were conducted for a complete holistic development of a student.
- Formation of school editorial team was initiated with the circulation of the first edition of school magazine.
- Events and celebrations organized to form an integral part of the child’s development during school life.
Apart from the changes mentioned above WeCan Kindersley is constantly and continuously working to excel and upgrade in the field of academics and establish as an institution known for delivering the best education and imparting meaningful knowledge to young minds. In our journey to achieve new milestones every time, we seek constant support and guidance from our parents and well wishers.