Primary at Jigyasa
Jigyasa started its primary section in June 2017, and has since offered mixed age environments for Grades 1 to 4. Children's learning during this phase of schooling is based on the same philosophy as the preschool and emphasizes experiential, cross-curricular and holistic education - everything that Jigyasa has become known for!
In June 2018, we started an environment for Grades 3 and 4 to add to the first environment of Grades 1 and 2. One grade will be added each year until we reach board level.
As is the norm at Jigyasa, the primary grades have small numbers to maximise teacher-student interaction and build quality relationships amongst the members of the school community.
The founders have worked with educators from India and abroad to develop a world-class curriculum.
Curriculum & Philosophy
The curriculum at Jigyasa Primary draws on Montessori and Reggio inspired practices until Grade 5 and will then transition into IGCSE after that. The curriculum is implemented through projects and thematic units which integrate cross curricular learning and provide opportunity to revisit and apply concepts and skills to real life situations.
Significant Aspects of Curriculum
The Jigyasa Curriculum has the following unique features:
Design & Technology
The Design & Technology curriculum gives children the opportunity to delve into the creation process of objects that they see in their everyday lives. The objective is to nurture creativity and problem solving such that children are prepared to take an active part in tomorrow's rapidly changing world.
The focus here is on enabing children to talk about how things work, delve into their ideas to give them concrete shape and form and to give them the physical and mental tools to model their ideas.
Sport is given significant importance at Jigyasa as it gives children the ability to develop physical skills in an atmosphere of fun and free spirited competition. Regular sport sessions help stimulate growth in children and leads to improved physical and emotional health.
The children will be introduced to various sports throughout the year, and this will be done with the help of specialized coaches. Given that we don't have the facility for all sports in-house, we have made arrangements with sports centres in the area where the children can be taken for various sports.
Experiential Learning is one of the maxims at Jigyasa which helps bring the world alive for children. It is learning through actions, learning by doing, learning through experience and learning through exploration and discovery. The environment is equipped with plenty of material which allows students and teachers to engage in activities which help in the application of knowledge, not just its acquisition.
The advantage of experiential learning is that the learning situations are semi-structured and planned such that children are able to learn from one another, resulting in the development of vital skills such as collaboration, communication and teamwork.
Emphasis on Expression
Expression is important as the world today values and encourages expression in all its forms. Expression in this sense includes being able to express oneself through words, actions, visual arts, music and dramatics.
At Jigyasa, children have plenty of opportunity to develop their skills in a number of areas through specially designed programmes which promote creativity and expression.
Movement - Inside & Outside Class
Research shows that movement helps children learn, assimilate and innovate more.
Keeping this in mind, the 'classrooms' at Jigyasa are structured as extended learning spaces, which allows the children freedom to move around and to work on their skills through self initiated activities. We consider this important as it also allows the teachers to plan group work, which provides opportunity for collaborative learning and personal attention.
Use of Technology
Technology is integral to our everyday living and as such, can and should be used in education.
At Jigyasa, technology is used positively to enhance and support children's learning. The school is equipped with smart boards, computers and tablets for children, and they have the freedom to use the same as and when they feel the need to - facilitated by the educators. We are proud to say that we have parents who support this aspect of our curriculum with their expertise.