Learning Competencies

Learning Competencies

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Competencies define the applied skills and knowledge that enable students to successfully engage in the learning process and take meaningful action. At The Gaudium students use and develop competencies through a range of challenging tasks which leads them to collaborate, apply and innovate. These competencies help students draw and build upon what they know, how they think and what they can do. At The Gaudium learning competencies are acquired by imbibing and applying skills through innovative programmes which in turn leads to community action.

At The Gaudium students are encouraged to demonstrate social responsibility and take action through imbibing core values on their journey towards becoming global leaders who value humanity and contribute to make a positive difference from local to global. Community service and action is connected to student ownership and choice of learning, learner profile and international mindedness. While serving others and the community, the students experience a natural sense of accomplishment and gives them a sense of pride and identity.

In the primary school students take ownership and engage in self initiated action which can be individual or collective and arises from their inquiries. In the middle and high school students participate in service-based activities where they take action while applying what they learn in the classroom. students are encouraged to be involved in activities as individuals and as part of a team to enhance their personal and interpersonal development social and civic responsibility. It is both challenging and enjoyable – a personal journey of self-discovery that recognizes each student’s individual starting point.  The school wide year long community service programme is based on UN 17 sustainable goals which guides each grade to choose one of the goals and strive to make a difference with their actions. Through this programme, learners become sensitive to their surroundings and strive for a more sustainable development.

Following are the innovative programmes:

Inquiry in our learning space happens through a Design thinking approach which is based on creative problem-solving. This approach challenges our learners to solve complex real-world problems around us through an iterative method. This process enables our learners to generate new ideas through modelling and prototyping and it starts as early as Pre Primary and continues across the school.

At The Gaudium, Project-based learning involves a dynamic classroom approach wherein the students acquire deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. Through problem-based learning, the students are encouraged to be self-directed learners engaged in teamwork motivated to think critically, write and further enhance their communication skills. At the primary level it is integrated to form an important part of the inquiry process. In middle and high school these are explicitly visible throughout their academic engagements.

At The Gaudium skills gained from Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and Robotics programme prepares children with varied interests to move into any industry and allows them to be successful. These programmes provide our students with an impactful learning environment where they are challenged to tinker, create, celebrate success and failures, and strengthen their creative-critical thought process through continuous reflection. At the primary level students explore and engage in hands-on experiments in the Makerspace to develop a growth mindset and give shape to their learning. This prepares them to further engage in STEM and Robotics in middle and high school where they have dedicated labs, defined projects and structured programme.

At The Gaudium, artificial intelligence and coding are a part of the curriculum at the middle and high school levels. Through Artificial Intelligence students learn to apply the basic principles, models, and algorithms to recognise, model, and solve problems in the analysis and design of information systems. Acquiring skills to code help the students understand how these technologies work so that they can best navigate, consume and feel empowered and equipped for the future.

Following are the required skill sets emphasised at The Gaudium:

Approaches to learning and skills are an integral part of the curricula across all programmes at The Gaudium and complement the learner profile, attributes, knowledge, conceptual understanding and inquiry. These skills are grounded in our belief that learning how to learn is fundamental to all students.  The interrelated skills are:

  • Thinking
  • Social
  • Communication
  • Self-management
  • Research skills

These aim to support students of all ages to become self-regulated learners who know how to ask good questions, set effective goals and pursue their aspirations with the determination to achieve them. These skills are developed through a variety of strategies, collaboratively planned by teachers to provide implicit and explicit opportunities for their development. These skills are the pathway for achieving holistic excellence and facilitates in achieving every child’s goal.

At The Gaudium students inquire and explore a range of subject specific and sub skills to deepen their subject knowledge as well as conceptual understanding to make links between different aspects of a subject. By doing so we encourage students to develop higher order thinking skills and provide avenues for – problem solving, critical thinking, independent research, collaboration and presenting arguments. These transferable skills will last a lifetime, preparing students for their future. In PYP subject specific skills are inquired and integrated through a range of learning engagements while in middle and high school these skills are acquired through individual subjects.

At The Gaudium students continuously engage in developing, enhancing and enriching their language skills in the medium of instruction (English), second language, home and family languages. Students engage in developing their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to excel in expressing themselves, displaying cultural identity, developing international mindedness, inquiring and communicating with the world around. Students are provided with opportunities to communicate and use language as a powerful tool of learning. The language skills are further enhanced by the school designed reading programme from K-12 and a rich library and resource centre. All students from grades nursery to grade 2 engage in Oxford Reading Tree (ORT) while grade 3 and above participate in novel study as a part of their curriculum. Students from Grade 1 and above have a choice of any one of the additional/ second languages –French, Spanish, Telugu and Hindi. In the middle and high school students have a choice for choice of any one of the second languages – French, Spanish, Telugu and Hindi.

At The Gaudium life skills are essential for students as we equip them to be self sufficient and independent for the future. The well equipped multi skills lab provide students with time, space and resources to learn about personal hygiene and first aid techniques, cooking, baking, tailoring, gardening, electrical, plumbing, automobile repair workshops to name a few. In these classes, emphasis is laid on teamwork, gender equality, dignity of labour, resilience and an understanding of day-to-day activities. In the primary school students access the multi skill lab to further enhance their learning in the units of inquiry as and when required.

Competencies define the applied skills and knowledge that enable students to successfully engage in the learning process and take meaningful action. At The Gaudium students use and develop competencies through a range of challenging tasks which leads them to collaborate, apply and innovate. These competencies help students draw and build upon what they know, how they think and what they can do. At The Gaudium learning competencies are acquired by imbibing and applying skills through innovative programmes which in turn leads to community action.

At The Gaudium students are encouraged to demonstrate social responsibility and take action through imbibing core values on their journey towards becoming global leaders who value humanity and contribute to make a positive difference from local to global. Community service and action is connected to student ownership and choice of learning, learner profile and international mindedness. While serving others and the community, the students experience a natural sense of accomplishment and gives them a sense of pride and identity.

In the primary school students take ownership and engage in self initiated action which can be individual or collective and arises from their inquiries. In the middle and high school students participate in service-based activities where they take action while applying what they learn in the classroom. students are encouraged to be involved in activities as individuals and as part of a team to enhance their personal and interpersonal development social and civic responsibility. It is both challenging and enjoyable – a personal journey of self-discovery that recognizes each student’s individual starting point.  The school wide year long community service programme is based on UN 17 sustainable goals which guides each grade to choose one of the goals and strive to make a difference with their actions. Through this programme, learners become sensitive to their surroundings and strive for a more sustainable development.

Following are the innovative programmes: