Academic Environment

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Academic Environment

The Foundation School’s academic environment is multi dimensional. In conjunction with the Montessori methodology our academic environment encompasses the following:

Student Teacher Ratio:

At The Foundation School, we believe that young children need individual attention and therefore, the student teacher ratio is maintained at no more than 1:12 in grades 1 and 2. Lower teaching ratios tend to have a positive effect in developing the confidence of the child, and her ability to quickly learn concepts under the aegis of the teacher.

Continuous Learning Periods:

Traditional periods are designed to last from 30 to 45 minutes. However, this time is just enough to get a child started into a subject. It is not enough to help her with deeper learning. At The Foundation School, each period lasts between 60 to 90 minutes. This helps the child develop concentration on a particular topic for a longer period of time, thereby fostering better learning.

Connection to Society:

At The Foundation School, we believe that a person is incomplete of she is not able to connect to society at large. Therefore, it is not good enough for a child to excel in academics or sports. She should be able to connect to people, be able to express herself in a variety of ways and learn to adapt in any environment. Our music, arts and dance programs provide our students with a way to connect to society. Children at our school are also provided exposure to environments outside the classroom through field trips to a variety of places.

Design as a part of Curriculum:

Tomorrow’s world is not just about engineers, scientists, doctors, historians, oceanographers, economists, businessmen or other such professions. It is about people in all these professions being able to create integrated solution using multi dimensional approach. A historian should be able to justify his thoughts through statistics and analytics. An engineer should be able to build products knowing how it will impact society.

Knowledge of material science would help an artist break boundaries in what she creates. Therefore, at The Foundation School, we have made design an integral part of our curriculum.

Children will be taught fundamentals of design from class 1, through interactions with professional designers and by doing hands on projects.

Multiple Age Environments:

In keeping with the Montessori philosophy, the pre-primary environments have children of multiple ages learning together. This has several benefits, including the fact that younger children learn from older ones, and the older ones develop leadership and mentoring skills. At higher grades, children come together for certain activities such as life skills, music, drama, science experiments etc.

Development of Interest:

Excellence comes from development of interest and focused learning. At The Foundation School, our academic environment helps children develop and hone interests in a wide variety of areas. If a child wants to know more about dinosaurs, we do not restrict her from learning as much as she can about the topic. Each of our classes is equipped with a library with a variety of books that the child can read.

The school has provides a large amount of material on computers for a child to explore. When a child learns to deep dive in her area of interest, she develops the confidence to do the same for any subject in the future. There are no artificial boundaries to learning at The Foundation School.

One-on-One Interaction:

The assumptions in a one-to-many interaction in traditional schools are that all children have a uniform learning capability. As has been proven many times over, this is not true. Therefore, the Foundation School incorporates one-on-one interaction between the teacher and the student to a great extent, especially in the pre-primary environment.

Depending upon the child’s capabilities in specific areas, the teacher provides individual attention to help her develop her skills.

Enquiry based learning:

Enquiry based learning is a system that integrates well with the Montessori methodology. It involves helping children learn by investigating scenarios, solving problems and dissecting questions. As compared to memorizing, this approach provides children with a much more powerful way to understand concepts and remember them. Several concepts are taught to children using this system at The Foundation School.

Information in multiple forms:

True learning occurs only when information is viewed in multiple forms. For example, a leaf can be examined as a function of biology, chemistry, physics and even art. When the same piece of information is presented to the child in multiple forms, the child gets to see a holistic picture of the topic.

Project Based Learning:

In conjunction with design and enquiry-based learning, children learn by doing multiple projects through the academic year. Children can do projects independently, or the teacher and parents may assist them. Each project has a specific learning purpose, which is clearly defined at the beginning. Children especially love to work with their hands and such involvement helps them learn better.

Environment to experiment and explore:

A visit to our classroom will reveal the multitude of equipment that children have access to. The environment is designed to encourage children to pick up items, work with them, explore how they work, get a feel of how materials react when they are pulled, pushed, weighed down, taken apart, put together etc. Apart from this, the school also has a hands-on science activities as part of its curriculum, where  children can perform several experiments with their own hands and develop an intuitive understanding of material, phenomenon and nature.

Group Work (Social Groups):

Peer learning is a powerful concept. Therefore, The Foundation School encourages learning by helping the children form groups in which they work together on projects or assignments. Such activities help children develop relationships with others and leverage each others capabilities to complete the work.