Mahatma Gandhi International School is a registered member of the Cambridge International Primary Programme, and has been employing the framework (integrated with our curriculum) for the younger classes of the school. We look at the Cambridge curriculum as a guide, to support us, along with our project mapping, through the Primary year program. Teachers find it useful to identify subject competencies and align them with learning objectives at different stages/ grades, in the following subjects: Mathematics, Sciences and English.
Cambridge offers us a platform to connect with other schools through their interschool meetings. They have organized seminars to keep us updated about the latest programs they are offering. We get an opportunity to hear different points of view through discussions with other educators. Our teachers are regularly sent for Professional Development for Primary Training workshops in all three subjects – Maths, English and Sciences. They have done online training of the CiSELT and CiPELT courses – to qualify to teach English as a second language in the Primary and Secondary years.
We have access to reading resources recommended by, and published by Cambridge. We also have, in our library as a teacher’s resource, Cambridge text books for different primary grades, in different subjects.Teaching materials use include:
• Teacher guides – these bring together schemes of work, sample lesson plans, planning and implementation guides
• Resource lists – these include resources endorsed by Cambridge, recommended by Cambridge and suggested by teachers
• Textbooks prepared by leading educational publishers.
There is a Cambridge Primary curriculum framework for each subject – English, English as a second language, mathematics and science – providing a clear teaching structure. Many schools use the integrated assessments to monitor learners’ progress.
English: Cambridge Primary English enables learners to communicate confidently and effectively and to develop the critical skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with understanding and enjoyment. Learners who follow this curriculum framework will develop a first language competency in English based on a curriculum designed to be successful in any culture and to promote cross-cultural understanding.
English as a second language: This curriculum develops learners’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English. It has been developed in conjunction with Cambridge English Language Assessment and is based on the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), used across the world to map learners’ progress in English.
Mathematics: The mathematics curriculum framework explores five content areas: number, geometry, measure, handling data and problem solving. This curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships so that learners can apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject.
Science: This curriculum framework covers four content areas: scientific enquiry, biology, chemistry and physics. Scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning, investigating, recording and analysing data. Environmental awareness and some history of science are also part of the curriculum.
At MGIS assessment is an ongoing process and is a blend of formative and summative tasks. It is conducted throughout the year at different times as required by each class based on their project and modules. Two detailed assessment reports of the student is given to the parents at the end of each semester. The school year is divided into two semesters.
The school has a system of preparing two comprehensive report cards in which all teachers contribute assessment data from their subject. Teachers communicate assessment data to parents openly and transparently, which is supported by examples of each student’s work. Student-led conferences are held during the PTA and exhibitions are held in which students share their learning with their parents. The end of year exhibition of the whole school showcases the work of students to the school and parent community.
The report card is an e-report card that is accessible on the web portal and on Google docs for the teachers and the school authorities. The teachers email the e-report cards to the parents at the end of the year.
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