Our curriculum has been designed especially for Preschoolers, using the expertise of qualified early childhood professionals who have vast experience in the field of preschool education. It fosters a higher level of thinking through exploration and guided play. Our curriculum is based not on just one principle. It has been guided by the best of various schools of thought on early childhood education. As a result we have developed a child-friendly curriculum taking the best from the various models listed below:
- Montessori method
- Multiple Intelligences method
- Play way method
- Project method
In a Montessori program, creating an environment for learning is one of the most important tasks for the teacher. Our curriculum will be based on ‘Theory of Multiple Intelligences’.Multiple Intelligences Theory forms part of each child; this is the contribution of educationists Harward Gardner and Maria Montessori.
The theory proposes a major transformation in the way our schools run. At GAFL we make a conscious effort in the application of MI theory using music, co-operative learning, art activities, role play, multimedia, field trips & inner reflection. Our Language learning-English language will be taught through the child centric method of Jolly Phonics; a method that involves learning language through the medium of sounds or ‘Phonics’.
Whilst the conventional method of English language learning is initiated through the 26 letters in the ‘alphabet’, Jolly phonics employs the use of 42 letter sounds. These 42 letter sounds make up the English language. There is a story, action and song with every letter to bring learning to children.
They are then taken through the stages of blending and segmenting words to develop reading and writing skills. Jolly Phonics is a fun way to learn letter sounds and is a great way to prepare your child for school.
Life is full of challenges and meetingHere, resources are designed to promote learning through the five senses, and are seamlessly integrated with creative curriculum.
At GAFL,learning material is designed to accommodate the individual learning needs of children, and compare with the best teaching tools available worldwide.
At GAFL,we have created various learning zones -creative e-zone, block zone, nature zone, cycle zone, book zone,theater zone, discovery zone, wet zone. Each of these zones have been created to facilitate active and experiential learning.
Technology enabled Space
At GAFL,the entire school campus is connected with Wired and wireless network. We have also created Internet and mobile interface for parents-teacher interaction. these challenges successfully involves problem solving. Growing with Mathematics is a program designed to teach, children in Kindergarten level, problem solving approach to learning mathematics.
It is a method that involves exploration and discovery rather than practice and drilling. Students won’t be following the teachers’ directions and explanations blindly and then practice until they get it right. Rather, it involves students working with teachers and peers inventing and understanding mathematics. Mathematics which was once a bugbear for many is, at GAFL Preschool, now a subject with an inclusive and interactive element which a preschooler will look forward to each day. Language learning and mathematic program are fine examples of that.
The Theory of Multiple Intelligences transforms the way our schools are run. Teachers be trained to present their lessons in a wide variety of ways using music, cooperative learning, art activities, role play, multimedia, field trips, inner reflection, and much more. The Theory of Multiple Intelligences does away with the old dull way of dull teacher-centric classes, and boring worksheets and textbooks. The challenge is to get this information out to many more teachers, school administrators, and others who work with children, so that each of our children have the opportunity to learn in ways harmonious with their unique minds.
GAFLSchool strives to develop global citizens who make a difference to the world. GAFL students who complete the Schooling which establishs a personal set of values, inherit the completeness of nature, and lay the foundation upon which international-mindedness develop and flourish. The attributes of such a learner are listed in the learner profile. The attributes of the learner profile are appropriate to, and achievable by, all primary year students.
We strive our students to be:
Standards 1 to 5
Our Primary School introduces children to the excitement and challenges of independent learning. We try to involve and stimulate all the nine intelligences. So each concept is taught using audio-visual aids as well as story telling and enacting, to make it more exciting. In understanding ideas, asking questions and working out answers, children improve skills like reading, writing, researching, reasoning and communicating. In the process, they develop both strong academic skills and lasting self-confidence. Arts and Physical Education, including swimming, become a part of their curriculum. In keeping with our philosophy of developing a ‘complete child’, emphasis is placed on imbibing attributes like respect, tolerance, integrity and personal accountability.
Children of this age have a great interest in the structure of language and need to express themselves through creative writing. Independent and group reading, comprehension exercises, creative composition and research writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting are daily activities. In addition to English, Hindi and Kannada are also taught.
The desire to learn more about numbers and numerical realtionships motivates the child to develop computation skills as well as an understanding of money, time, measurement, geometry and algebra. Further study of the combinations and special laws of the decimal system leads to exploration of other base systems. Students then progress to more abstract problem solving.
Beginning with simple identification of landforms, bodies of water, continents, countries and capitals, students progress to map reading and discussion of geopolitical concepts.
Research projects, timelines and discussions bring to life prehistoric eras, the evolution of early people and achievements of different cultures. The goal is an understanding of the relationships between history and contemporary society.
School & community service
GAFL believes in the importance of responsibility for oneself, one’s neighbours and the environment. GAFL is committed to the importance of self-respect and acknowledging our responsibilities to one another. Children take part in the upkeep of the environment, sweeping, dusting and learning how to take care of plants and animals. Periodic Field Trips are organized, connected to project/class work. A variety of enrichment classes (e.g. cooking, special talks by resource persons/guest speakers) are conducted.
Starting with the classifications of plant and animal life, children move on to the more complex concepts of structure, function and interrelationships of living organisms. Studies of plants and animals and physical sciences are integrated with the study of the solar system and the earth’s place within it. Simple experiments demonstrate electricity, magnetism, gravity, light and other principles of physics and chemistry.
Drawing and painting are an essential part of classroom work for all children. Often words and writing go hand-in-hand with drawing. Music and dramatics are also a vital part of the programme.
Physical Education begins in the primary years. Motor co-ordination, body awareness and control, physical fitness and team participation are stressed.