International Baccalaureate – IB
The Gaudium School is an authorised IB World School, offering the Primary Years Program (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This is an international curriculum framework designed for all children between the ages of 3 and 11 years. The program focuses on the total growth of the developing child, affecting hearts as well as minds and addressing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic growth. The PYP combines the best research and practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant and engaging educational program.
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The program offers a comprehensive, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. It provides an internationally designed model for concurrency in learning and incorporates guidelines on student learning styles, teaching methodologies and assessment strategies.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is an assessed programme for students aged 16 to 19. It is respected by leading universities across the globe including Indian universities. Through the DP course, schools enable students to excel in breadth and depth of knowledge. DP course enables students to flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. Students excel in traditional academic subjects and in addition study at least two languages. Unique component of this course is that it provides scope for students to explore the nature of knowledge through the theory of knowledge course.
The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups. The three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.
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The three core elements are:
- Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
- The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
- Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.
The six subject groups are:
- Studies in language and literature
- Language acquisition
- Individuals and societies
- The arts
There are different courses within each subject group.
Choosing subjects in the Diploma Program
Students choose courses from the above subject groups. Students may opt to study an additional sciences, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.
Students will take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level.
Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level.
Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours. Higher level comprises 240 teaching hours.
Cambridge Assessment International Education – CAIE
Cambridge programs and qualifications set the global standard for international education. They are created by subject experts, rooted in academic rigour and reflect the latest educational research. Cambridge Lower Secondary is typically for learners aged 11 to 14 years. Schools can shape the program around how they want their students to learn, developing young learners who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged. The program provides a natural progression for children from primary education and prepares them for post-14 education program that lead to formal qualifications.
Cambridge Lower Secondary develops skills in ten subjects including English, Mathematics and Science. It is designed to help schools deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that suits their context, culture and ethos.
The curriculum sets clear learning objectives and focuses on developing knowledge and skills in all subjects, providing excellent foundations for the next stage of education. The program is flexible, so schools can offer any combination of the subjects available.
Cambridge International Scientific Inquiry Methodology
Central Board of Secondary Education – CBSE
The choice of board makes a significant difference in the development of the child’s exposure to the education system. CBSE is a board of education in India which has a global presence. The CBSE curriculum covers basic and general knowledge required for a child to move forward in terms of education. It aims at using innovations in teaching-learning methodologies by devising student friendly and student centered paradigms.
The CBSE curriculum adopts appropriate approaches of academic activities to provide stress free, child centered and holistic education to all children without compromising on quality and innovative methods to achieve academic excellence in conformity with psychological, pedagogical and social principles.
The CBSE syllabus is extremely focused on Science and Mathematics with a lot of attention paid to the application of knowledge. The focus has majorly increased on learning through experience and experimentation rather than through one-way teaching. It guides children to enjoy, leisure constructively which nurtures equanimity and grit in the face of challenges. The curriculum strengthens value based approach to life to meet emerging global challenges. The best part about CBSE board is that all competitive examinations are based on the board syllabus.
Curriculum development and curriculum innovation have been the pursuit of the Board over the years to make the curriculum more meaningful, relevant and life-oriented.
CBSE has been engaged in the in-service training of teachers and Principals as a part of its mandate and conduct capacity building programs for academic staff to support Continuous Professional Development of the teachers.
There is a uniform model to be followed in assessing all subjects. But the parameters are different for different subjects depending upon the difficulty level. Formative Assessment evaluate and grade class work, homework, assignment and project works too.