The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.. – Rabindranath Tagore
Learning atmosphere and curriculum of Upper Primary school: The Upper Primary school years are recognized as a period of rapid development and transition. Teachers would take special care in sustaining close relationships with children,attempting to keep abreast of the growing ‘inner life’ of individuals as well as the changing patterns in peer relationships.
The curriculum broadens to include subjects like Geography, History and the Sciences and is also more challenging. Subject matter, concepts and skills are learnt through classroom teaching, teacher-designed learning material, audio-visual media, laboratory work and field trips. Students are encouraged to engage in discussions and think for themselves. Students with specific difficulties in subject areas are supported through a programme of extra-help. Arts and crafts, sports,drama and music are an integral part of the school programme.
Opportunities for the pursuit of individual interests in the form of research projects, involvement with rural
work, or environment-related work are provided. Upper primary school assemblies, culture classes, and conversations with small groups are some of the ways of helping students become more aware of the world and of themselves, think and reason more deeply, and learn to share their thoughts with others.
Evaluation is based on classroom observations and written assignments; it is supplemented with periodic tests until class 7. By the second term of class 8 students receive marked evaluation of their tests. Reports to parents at this
stage continue to reflect the overall growth of the child, but now contain more pointed comments and suggestions in each the subject-area.
There are no cumulative end-of term-examinations until the end of class 8.