The aim of the IELC curriculum is to provide a transdisciplinary curriculum which is engaging, exciting, challenging and relevant to the children who fall into the age bracket of one to six years. It focuses on the whole growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional, cognitive and cultural needs in addition to academic development. At IELC, our IB inspired curriculum or programme prepares children to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in life and the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.
At Indus we believe that every child is altruistic and has the potential to change the world, for the better. We strongly emphasize the holistic development of a child. This journey begins in the early years by nurturing competencies and skills as listed below;
1) Tikkun Olam: Children don't simply observe the world, they also imagine how it could be different, hence the concept of Tikkun Olam or heal the world, nurtures empathy and also gives them a personal vision. The vision is decided by the child and facilitated by teachers and parents.
2) Deep Reading: Is an approach that helps develop perspective thinking, builds character, morals, and values; and also fosters moral imagination. Reflecting on fictional or nonfictional stories, can be a powerful force to get children to engage with a character’s life and emotions, cultivating empathy.
3) Junk Yard Philosophy: Einstein said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge", because imagination opens the door to creativity and innovation. This can be achieved through the Israeli concept of a Junkyard. When children play with each other with junk, household items and scrap materials; they manipulate materials, express themselves verbally and non-verbally, plan, act, interact, react, and try different roles. This encourages them to become independent thinkers, risk takers, decision makers and also conflict resolvers.
4) Biophilia: With the advent of technology, students are spending most of the time indoors and are experiencing a nature deficit disorder. Reconnecting with nature (Biophilia) is another way to foster empathy, a sense of responsibility, resilience and also creativity. The benefits of connecting with nature are immense - it fosters their intellect though inquiry and experimentation - bringing out the scientist in them.
The curriculum encourages children to ask questions, plan investigations, explore various outcomes, and reach logical conclusions, with teachers as facilitators. For older children from ages 4 to 6 the curriculum has a strong focus on conceptual learning and development of leadership skills. Children engage in a transdisciplinary curriculum that meets international benchmarks.
The Pre-Nursery Programme is designed to nurture young children, while providing the physical, emotional, and intellectual stimulus to help them optimize their potential for learning and growth. Our programme caters to students from ages 1 years to 2 years. Play based learning: Children learn best when they are experimenting and using their imagination, creativity and tactile senses to experience the world. We use the play-based approach, to ensure children learn even complex concepts, easily.
We guide the child on the road to discovery and inquiry, through our research- based standards and assessments along six developmental domains imparted through the play-based learning pedagogy. Our programme involves deep engagements that cater to sensorial awareness and literacy development through Story Time, Water Play, Sand Play, Library Time, Celebration of festivals and special days, Field Trips, Puppet shows and skits.
In Nursery Programme, a broad-based curriculum integrates a genuine love for learning through stories and language and expression, along with a focus on numerical concepts and exploration of the world around them. This thorough foundation is underpinned by a strong commitment to the social, emotional and cultural awareness of each child and realized through a creative and interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning. Arts, sports, music and dance are seamlessly incorporated into the curriculum, affording multi-sensorial and comprehensive learning opportunities. The primary focus is to help children gain independence socially, physically and emotionally whilst giving them opportunities to develop their linguistic, mathematical, creative and cognitive skills and helping them explore the world around them and orient themselves with the environment. We follow an inquiry-based approach that facilitates children’s curiosity and experiential form of learning, that goes beyond academics, catering to students’ signature strengths.
Our Reception programme caters to students from ages 3 years to 4 years. The curriculum encourages children to ask questions, plan investigations, explore various outcomes, and reach credible and logical conclusions, with teachers as facilitators. The curriculum is a balanced blend of five essential aspects: concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes and action. Language Development in our Reception is encouraged through active engagement with the three strands of language- oral language, visual language and written language. Logical thinking and numeracy skills are developed through an application-based approach through five strands, namely, Number System, Data Handling, Measurement, Pattern & Function and Shape & Space. Social and emotional growth is nurtured through our unique leadership curriculum that balances development of the Intelligence and emotional quotient. The innate creativity and curiosity of students is further nurtured through our music and movement programme and creative arts curriculum.
Grade: Prep One
In Prep One, we construct an environment and pedagogy that is secure and enriched, where students are encouraged to become lifelong learners, both inside and outside the classroom. With a strong focus on conceptual learning and development of leadership skills, children engage in a transdisciplinary curriculum that meets international benchmarks for Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Social Studies and PSPE (Personal, Social and Physical Education).
Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of communication and thinking skills through a culture that encourages learner agency. The leadership curriculum at Indus plays a pivotal role in progressing toward our aim of unlocking the individual child’s potential. Leadership is developed by encouraging self-awareness, thereby enabling students to discover their complete range of multiple and emotional intelligences. Sports, community involvement, fine & performing arts and robust outdoor activities lend themselves to the fostering of leadership qualities. The focus is on connecting to self, connecting to nature and connecting to the community.
Grade: Prep Two
We offer the Prep 2 Programme for children aged 5 to 6 years of age. The core skills we help students to imbibe and strengthen are critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. The Prep Two environment is warm and inspiring, filled with wonderful learning materials. We believe in following the child and helping them in attaining their potential capabilities. We endeavor to create a strong community where every child’s developmental needs are met and they truly experience the joy of learning. Prep Two has a distinct curriculum that is designed to challenge and nurture a child’s multiple intelligences and diverse aptitudes and talents, to help them unlock their hidden potential. Learnings in the early year’s program have core language development, units of enquiry with science and social studies as the foundation, second language exposure to Hindi and Spanish, dedicated reading programs that are levelled according to a child’s abilities, Math, Music and Keyboard, Physical Education, Yoga, Coding & SEN/ESL (Special education needs & English as Second Language).
The PYP at IIPS strongly believes that the purpose of education is preparation for life. The curriculum is a dynamic and an all-inclusive one, where students are taught to be independent, risk-taking inquirers. The curriculum is delivered around six transdisciplinary themes where they develop various attributes of IB Learner Profile to become internationally-minded citizens of the world. Students also explore design thinking through their units of inquiry collaboratively, formulating their questions, researching the answers, reflecting on their findings and taking action. Our S.T.E.A.M Lab is the epicenter of harnessing knowledge gained in classrooms through various learning engagements and applying them to build models using K-Nex, Lego, 3D Pens, Circuits and 3D Printer. Students gain in-depth understanding of robotics, coding, Bluetooth technology, mathematical logic and critical thinking, giving them a strong foundation for an AI dominated future- a future that has already arrived. Our PYP Programme is for children aged 6 to 10 years of age.