Interdisciplinary Curriculum

In any given situation, no knowledge, skill or trait is ever used in isolation. Children need to be able to combine knowledge, skills and traits, to be able to cope with different situations. For example, while crossing a road, a child will need to depend on sensory input (hearing or seeing a car coming), a knowledge of physics (acceleration, how long it will take a car to reach them), the ability to estimate distance, etc. By using themes to teach all subjects, children develop a deeper understanding of the topic. Themes are also used to ensure cultural relevance.

Monthly Theme-Based Events

Part of our philosophy and methodology includes project-based learning. This means that pupils will complete projects, at least once a term and in some cases as frequently as once a month. These projects tackle all skills in all subjects as they are theme-based, and the interdisciplinary themes are a school-wide focus. Events are scheduled and are an integral part of the curriculum. These are not just ‘fun’ events (although children thoroughly enjoy them) but are events in which they can showcase what they have learned. The events also ensure that children improve their presentation skills and are able to express what they have learned in a way that they are comfortable with. Some of these are month long events while others are worked on all month with one day at the end to present projects. Examples of month-long events are:

Peace month

Wildlife Month

Diversity and Multicultural month

Design Thinking

These themes contribute to their knowledge of principles, ethics, morals, core values, community, society and themselves and their identity. They also enhance skills and characteristics such as empathy, acceptance, proactivity, responsibility and accountability. More importantly, including community service as an integral part of the school curriculum ensures that pupils graduate with leadership skills. It gives them the confidence to know that they can make a difference and that they are able to contribute to problems regardless of the size of that contribution. It also allows them to plan for certain activities and lead those activities independently, then see the results of their efforts.
Some examples of one-day events for showcasing are:

Author’s Celebration

STEAM fair

Poetry Festival

Earth Day

Art Exhibition