The school offers a National curriculum and assessment pattern. Learners of each level are offered a structured framework that enables them to develop holistic growth.
In Kindergarten, the assessment method used primarily promotes student-centric learning, as children possess individual processing and progressing pace. The continuous skill based assessments help teachers ascertain the unique learning sequences that every child requires and identify their strengths and areas for improvement.
Scholastic Assessment for Primary Level involves Formative Assessment (FA) that encompasses quizzes, group discussions, presentations, short multiple-choice questions, oral questions, sharing of opinions, creative writing, sketching of ideas, role-plays, practical fun activities, short paper pencil test, evaluation during teaching of a unit etc.
Summative Assessment (SA) encompasses evaluation at the end of the teaching process of a topic or a group of topics. These would mostly comprise paper pencil tests, would be elaborate and covers a larger portion.
The grading system is done on a five-point scale.
During the academic year, students are observed and marked for their overall performance, in co-scholastic areas of the curriculum. The co-scholastic areas include:
1. Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
2. Visual Arts
3. Performing Arts
4. Physical and Health Education
5. Life Skills
The grades will be reflected in the Assessment Card.
Students from classes VI to VIII are offered the CCE (Continuous & Comprehension Evaluation), as per the National curriculum. The terms are divided into,
• TERM 1-April to September (FA1 + FA2 & SA1)
• TERM 2-October to March (FA3 + FA4 & SA2)
At Alpha, knowledge is fostered in children by perceiving assessment as an integral part of the overall framework of the learning process. Assessment is incorporated into classroom practice as Formative Assessment & Summative Assessment. These assessments are used by teachers to monitor students’ progress in a supportive environment involving regular, descriptive feedback which gives a chance for students to reflect on their performance.
At Alpha, students do not have to visit a national park to have incredible wildlife sightings. National Geographic Education in Alpha brings geography, social studies and science to classrooms with fun. The Nat Geo classes are the world's premium destination for science, exploration and adventure.
In Kindergarten, students follows a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses a clear process of learning, specific learning goals in every subject, personal learning and international mindedness.
The theme based curriculum has been designed to ensure rigorous learning and also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. Learning in KG takes a global approach; and in turn helps children in connecting their learning to real-life situations.
LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT: READINESS FOR READING
Children are taught to read sight words from flash cards, which are shown frequently and to frame simple sentences using sight words. This method not only enhances the child’s learning process but also builds a healthy rapport between the teacher and student.
Concepts are introduced to children through activities, for example the Big and Small. Students learn through hands-on-experience, which in turn gives a greater understanding of the concepts.
Children are taught to identify different colours through activities like Magic Colours and Sorting. A special day called Colour Day was initiated to help children in learning the names of different colours with fun.
This method of teaching includes playing games, like Dumb Charades and performing simple physical exercises that excite young minds and capture their interests.
In this method of learning, students are involved in discussions and debates that lead to a healthy development in cognitive skills. It is a creative group technique on finding a list of ideas for solving one particular problem.
Learners belonging to the Primary level (classes I to V) are offered the Cambridge Primary English Curriculum, which enables them to communicate confidently and effectively and to develop a first language competency in English. This curriculum framework is designed to enable children to develop cross-cultural understanding.
The Mathematics Curriculum framework explores five content areas: number, geometry, measure, handling data and problem solving. This curriculum also focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships so that learners can apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject.
The Science 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 Alpha, activities are conducted to inculcate holistic development in children. Some of the activities include enriching language skills through role-plays, exploring the environment, poster making and slogan writing.
From classes VI to VIII, students build on the foundations laid in the primary school by facing new challenges through communication, reasoning, and problem solving. Alpha’s aim is to provide a broad-based curriculum that facilitates in-depth study of the key elements of English, Tamil, Hindi, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Art, Computer Studies, Music, Dance, Drama, Physical Education and Health Education. A detailed curricular framework is formulated, which is a blend of both the Primary Programme and the Central Board of Secondary Education curriculum. This educational framework ensures the development of progression in children.
At Alpha, Tamil, Hindi and French are taught in addition to English, enabling children to become polyglots.
INNOVATIVE TEACHING METHODS – ENGLISH
Students, at Alpha, have been observed and recorded to have learnt the nuances faster through the following instructional strategies that provide ample opportunities for interactive learning.
1. ENACTING STORIES AND POEMS
Creating one’s own story based on the characters and situations given, writing poems, enacting them out, giving a different end to them triggers every child’s creativity, making an otherwise monotonous class, a prismatic one.
2. TEACHING THROUGH CONVERSATIONS
Sentence construction and grammar is not something that can be entirely taught by a book. They have to be taught through practical usage. Guided speaking activities through a written note, audio-visuals, news events, picture clues etc. support and enable the learners to start a conversation. Talk shows, interviews, presentations, declamations etc are great platforms given to children, enhancing their speaking skills.
3. TEACHING THROUGH GAMES AND SONGS
Songs and games are used to teach grammatical structures as it cannot be taught through standalone activities. Students, by playing board games and card games [on phrasal verbs, components of a sentence, forms of verbs, and degrees of comparison] develop language skills with fun. The competitive spirit and the desire to win make them actively participate. In addition to active learning, these activities help sustain students’ interest in understanding concepts of grammar and apply them in their own writing.
Most of the times competitions like debates and elocutions help every learner articulate well, frame and structure their viewpoints and opinions. It enables them to use the best possible construction of sentences to put forward their opinions and to use good vocabulary etc. In addition, competitions help promote public speaking skills, instil confidence to speak in front of a crowd and enhance children’s self-esteem.
INNOVATIVE TEACHING METHODS – MATHS
Students are encouraged to learn mathematics with the help of concrete objects and also to exhibit the relatedness of mathematics with everyday life. This allows them to not just enjoy mathematics but also pose and solve problems
INNOVATIVE TEACHING METHODS – SCIENCE
Science education is through an ‘experiment and discover journey’ at the Science Lab. The clear cut objectives of their experiments, the knowledge of the apparatus, the procedures, verifications, observations, inferences and conclusions provide sustained learning and concept building.
INNOVATIVE TEACHING METHODS – STEM
The composite STEM lab facilitates multi disciplinary learning, encouraging students to design and develop their knowledge and skills through experiential learning. This not only introduces students to existing technologies but also hones their industry-oriented skills Creating practical application of academic material through hands on activities such as Robotics makes learning exciting and interesting for students.
INNOVATIVE TEACHING METHODS – ICT LAB
The ICT Lab allows every student to access a computer – enabling them to get global updates in all domains and also to learn every subject - language, science, humanities, math and more through simulations and visual impacts. Experienced technical faculty guide the students, enriching their learning experience.
Through extra-curricular classes, children gain the tools necessary to understand human experience, adapt to and respect others' ways of working and thinking, develop creative problem-solving skills, and communicate thoughts and ideas in a variety of ways. The various fun packed activities that are offered to kids help them explore the three Cs, - ‘Creativity, Character and Confidence’, which are believed to be a necessity for kids to unleash their imagination and discover themselves.
The Dance classes at Alpha have the ability and flexibility to support learning in a progressive fashion. Dance curriculum allows exploration and awareness of social justice issues, it encourages and enhances critical and creative thinking, and it encourages student autonomy.
Children are exposed to various types of music from an early age, at Alpha. Studies say that music opens up neurons and helps make the brain more receptive to deeper critical thinking.
The children at Alpha are exposed to visual arts, music, or drama right from the KG level as they promote activity in the brain. These activities help children understand classroom subjects clearly; they nurture inventiveness as they engage children in processes that aid in the development of their self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation.
Most children aspire to become a good artist or craftsman. Every child has an innate talent. At Alpha, their talents are nurtured and improved through the inclusion of art and craft in the curriculum, and also by creating a platform for children to explore their inner thoughts and feelings.
At Alpha, critical thinking and conceptual learning is enhanced and nurtured, especially in the primary and upper primary level, through club activities.
This club aims at giving children solid, base knowledge about cookery, allowing them to develop their knowledge to plan balanced meals, read and understand food labels and learn basic food hygiene.
Eco Clubs play an important role in creating environmental awareness amongst the future generation. Alpha’s Eco club motivates students to keep their surroundings green and clean by planting trees. The club also promotes ethos of conservation of water by minimising the use of water. In addition, the club encourages the students to minimise the use of plastic bags and not throw them in public places as they choke drains and sewers, causing water logging and providing ground for mosquito breeding.
Alpha Quiz Club acts as a platform for its members to experience the sheer joy of jogging one's grey cells, exercising one's curiosity through connect the dots, thinking out-of-the-box, arriving at an answer and expressing it creatively within split seconds while working in teams.
The theatre club works at building the students’ self-confidence, creativity, teamwork abilities, self-discipline and presentation skills.
The Literary Club aims to bring out the ‘Budding Writer’ in every student. The Club’s magazine gives scope for students to display their creative writing talent.