The Middle School Curriculum
Inspired by the Problem-Based Learning and Design Thinking Approach
The Middle School Enhanced CBSE Curriculum is internationally benchmarked with high performing world curricula strengthened by local and global dimensions, empowering students to develop knowledge, skills, competencies, values, attitudes and dispositions that promote collective social responsibility, sustainable development and world well-being, reflecting global citizenship. The middle school curriculum is designed to holistically develop learners in all dimensions of their life—spiritual, moral, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, aesthetic, social and physical, in a diverse and intellectually stimulating environment, thus preparing them for the responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
The wide and innovative curricular/co-curricular choices and alternative curriculum options in the Middle School offer a plethora of opportunities to personalize learning to meet the needs of all learners. With the seamless integration of inter-disciplinary learning through Space research and Astronomy, STREAM (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts and Math), students of middle are equipped with transferable skills and competencies required for the jobs and challenges of the future. Students experience real life discovery learning through simulations, problem-solving, internships, career pathways and real life applications of financial and entrepreneurial strategies.
Students in Middle School explore the Research -based Harvard Project Zero thinking routines to synthesize their thinking, uncover complexities, consider multiple perspectives and reason with evidence, making student thinking explicitly visible and profound. Middle school students continue to collaborate as global solutionaries in the Design Atelier to design solutions to real life global problems through the Design Thinking Process as they identify problems, empathize, ideate, build prototypes and evaluate their solutions. The middle school curriculum is Tech-enabled incorporating Robotics and Artificial Intelligence and fortified by the Digital Citizenship and Common Sense curriculum principles, thus equipping all students with the future fluencies required as 21st century learners. Students bring their own laptops to engage in blended learning.
Students use high quality e-resources such as Science Fusion, Math in Focus, HMH - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Asafeer Arabic Reading Program, Edu-Islamic, Raz Plus, Gamification and Mind Spark to further stimulate their thinking. Student learning in Science and Math is scaffolded by the use of practice books such as Math in Focus and Thinking Classrooms to promote higher order thinking.
As per the new Indian Education Policy -2020, an innovative integration of arts in the curriculum through artful thinking has been introduced to propel students’ lateral thinking, creative thinking and design skills. Games and sports in the Middle School Curriculum play an integral part in fortifying students’ physical and mental health preparing them for future challenges and takes care of their personal, social and emotional well-being.
The focus of learning in middle school is to promote Mastery Learning of concepts so that all students perform to and beyond their potential taking responsibility for their own learning.
Subjects in Middle School:
• General Science
• Social Studies
• Second Language [Hindi, French, Malayalam (Tamil and Urdu from 2021-22)]
• Islamic Studies [for Muslim Students Only]
• Moral Education
• Performing Arts ( Music- Western Music, Hindustani Music and Tabla, Dance-Kathak and Bharathnatyam )
• Physical Education
• ICT, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Our well-thought out extra-curricular provisions for Middle School include TED Talks, Group Games, Robotics, Space Clubs and Reinforcement of core subjects.