The International Primary Curriculum is the result of years of development, trialing and improvement underpinned by the desire for rigorous learning, high levels of engagement, international-mindedness and personal development.
It all began in the 1980's with the introduction of the UK National Curriculum to Shell's English-speaking schools located around the world. By the middle of the 1990's Shell was adopting a much more international workforce and that inspired a need for a more internationally-focused primary curriculum. So Fieldwork Education took on the enviable job of travelling the globe to find the best learning-focused, internationally-minded, engaging and skills-based curriculum available. There was nothing in existence that achieved it all.
Necessity led to the creation of IPC which is now running in 80 countries across the globe.
No one can properly predict the nature of work that will be available for today's primary age children by the time they are adults. Many of the jobs they will have simply don't yet exist, especially in the fields of ICT, technology and science. So the principle of the IPC is to focus on personal, academic and international learning that will prepare children, wherever they may live, for the world of tomorrow.
Fundamental to the IPC approach to learning is a clear progression in skill development. This even applies to the personal learning goals which emphasizes adaptability, resilience, cooperation and respect and which, as a result of progressive skill development, help children to become able and inspired learners. As for the international context, it's not just an add-on. International-mindedness is embedded into all IPC learning to ensure that children grow up with a very clear global understanding.
The International Primary Curriculum empowers children to be creative and to initiate and direct their own learning and that of others, encouraging personal and interdependent working to resolve tasks and problems.
We have introduced IPC in Classes I to III.
Junior Achievement programme (JAP) helps students choose the profession of their interest. Teachers help students select the right career. Discussions, activities, visits to factories and industrial plants make the programme interesting.
Khaitan Public School, Sahibabad has set another milestone in the field of Innovation by organizing International Convention on Inventions in the Classroom- 2015 on 24th March, 2015. Number of participants amounted to 60 from India and abroad. ICIC- 2015 was a concord wherein the teachers from all over India and abroad were invited to present innovations adopted and adapted by them in their classrooms (K-12), in different subjects, related to teaching-learning as well as assessments. Teachers of renowned schools from varied cities and states like Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Kolkata, Haryana, Bengaluru, Ghaziabad, Noida, Hapur, Gurgaon etc. participated with great fervor and enthusiasm. While participants from international countries hailed from Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore etc.
Mr. Mike Thiruman, President, Singapore Teacher's Union and CEO, Educare Co- operative Limited graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Subject Experts on the Panel of judges were from National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) and Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) - Dr. M.V.S.V. Prasad (Social Science), Dr. Naresh Kohli, Dr. Meenakshi Kher (Languages), Dr. Alka Mehrotra, Mr. Koireng, Dr. C. V. Shimray and Mr. Bikramjit Sen (Science), Dr. T.P. Sharma and Ms. Anuradha Sharma (Mathematics). Innovations covered Use of Open Sources to make lessons interesting, Bicycle for ploughing, Three Dimensional Geometry, DNA Isolation for Plants Material, How to Develop Argumentative writing skills etc.
The Chief Guest addressed the audience and stressed on Seven Survival Skills i.e. Critical thinking & Problem Solving, Collaboration, Agility and Adaptability, Initiative and Entrepreneurialism, Effective Communication, Accessing and Analyzing Information, Curiosity and Imagination. Further, he added that teachers are required for non- routine analytical work and maximum participation of children should be there for effective teaching learning.
Top innovators in each category were awarded with Tablets while Participation Certificates along with trophies were distributed to all the participants. Top Innovators of Science were - Ms. Ritu Sharma, Ms. Mansi Sharma, Ms. Sonal Srivastav while consolation prizes were bagged by Ms. Jyoti Arora and Ms. Pragya Nopany.
Top Innovators of Languages were - Ms. Kiran Yadav, Ms. Amita Sinha, Mr. Mani Ram Sharma while Mr. Prakasham Thangaveloo, Ms. Parvinder Kaur and Ms. Naveeda Butt bagged the consolation prizes. In Social Science Ms. Nandini, Mr. Jitendra Kumar Saini, Ms. Shikha Ghosh and Ms. Sushmita Saraff were the top Innovators while Consolation Prizes were bagged by Ms. Richa Mohan and Dr. Krishna Kant Sahu. Top Innovators of Maths were Mr. Lalit Verma, Ms. Rachna Jain, Ms Anjali Bagga while consolation Prizes were bagged by Ms. Tanistha Bhattasali and Ms. Rashi Devendra. The event culminated with Vote of Thanks proposed by the Education Director Ms. Geeta Varshneya.
Parent Engagement in the Guest Speaker Programmes in Junior, Middle and Senior wings has increased manifold. It is one of the strong pillars of the Khaitan edifice. The number of Parents Teachers Meetings with the Khaitan faculty adds up to six annually. Parents Feedback is also a part of the Khaitan initiative.
To understand the students' aptitude, personality and interests and thereby guiding them in choosing an appropriate stream/career. Students in IX and standard are really confused, although it is the most crucial time for them to decide for their career. To help students and parents with their choices, we do complete IAP (Interest, Ability, and Personality) testing.
Experience as the source of learning and growth
Learning is a process where knowledge and understanding are derived from and continuously modified by the experiences that a learner goes through.
To learn is not a special province of a single specialized realm of human functioning such as cognition or perception. It involves the integrated functioning of the total being i.e. thinking, feeling, perceiving and acting. For effective learning to happen one needs four different kinds of abilities / capacities – concrete experience abilities (CE), reflective observation abilities (RO), abstract conceptualization abilities (AC) and active experimentation abilities (AE). This means, one must be able to involve oneself fully, openly and without bias in the new experiences (CE). He/she should be able to reflect upon and observe his/her experiences from many perspectives (RO). He/she must be able to construct conceptual understanding that integrates his/her observations into logically sound theories (AC) and he/she must be able to use these theories to make decisions and solve real life problems (AE). [Kolb's Theory of Experiential Learning]
Children are individuals with different learning styles and dispositions, and, varying learning paces. They have their own preferred way of figuring things out and have different ways of entering into any complex problem and solving it. It is important that we acknowledge and respect the diversity of their learning styles, the differential pace of learning and the diversity of expression in children and thereby, provide them the space to remain and learn differently. This is our effort at Khaitan Public School, Sahibabad to cater to different learning styles and paces with differential teaching strategies.
A two day leadership camp is held every year in the school campus for the students of Class IX and the Prefectorial Board. The camp modules include Interactive sessions on Personal Effectiveness, Time and Stress Management, Empathy, Communication Skills, Leadership, Physical Endurance etc. It helps the students to realize their inner potential & helps them to lead & manage teams. The activities also help them to manage time, solve problems & take decisions.
They are a regular feature at KPS. Children from Classes III – VIII are taken out to various destinations which have both fun and educational importance.
Chail (Shimla), Wagah Border, Camping in Mussorie hills, Manali, Jim Corbett, Dalhousie, Nainital, Chandigarh, Bhopal etc. are some of the memorable trips of Khaitanians.
International trip was organized to NASA, U.S.A. for the Khaitanians.