Scaling Heights to reach heights….
A long journey, now gradually climbing the ladder of success, is indeed very gratifying and special to the entire DSE family. Delhi School of Excellence is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). With a committed motto- ‘Knowledge is Power’, the Management has left no stone unturned to establish an institution with the sole conviction that the ultimate goal of education is simply not amassing facts but inculcating, imbibing and practicing lifetime values-the need of the hour in today’s scenario.
Beginning with a baby step in a journey of thousand miles, the institution has spread its wings to earn a place of pride and reputation and is catering to the global needs of the present day students. The standards have been kept high and every student under the DSE umbrella is groomed, guided, tutored and mentored with dedication and a sense of belongingness.
In preparing our curriculum, we have sought out the best practices in teaching programmes and examination boards. The information given here outlines the broad aims of our teaching at different levels in order to provide an idea of how a child will progress at Delhi School of Excellence.
Teaching at this level is to prepare the toddlers for a lifetime by building a robust foundation for the overall development. The pedagogy is completely activity oriented using teaching aids such as flash cards, 3D objects, real objects and live objects. At DSE, all teachers handling this section are trained, qualified and experienced. They attend frequent workshops, both in-house and external, to enhance their subject knowledge, improve their skills, develop classroom management, build good relationships with their students and update teaching methodologies.
Regular competitions and events are conducted to promote teamwork in a fun learning environment. Family Day, Graduation Day, Festivals and celebrations are a regular feature of the Pre-Primary segment. They help foster social skills and appreciation towards multiculturalism so that the students develop a sense of acceptance for other cultures.
PRIMARY CURRICULUM (Grades I to IV)
In Grades I to IV, the focus is on encouraging inquiry, exploration and on inculcating confidence in key learning skills such as Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Problem-solving and Observation. Children are encouraged to speak and perform at assemblies, concerts, drama productions, and thus gain confidence in their ability to communicate to a wider audience.
At this level, children learn and develop through:
- A number of informal methods like activities, projects, presentations and hands-on experiences, apart from formal learning.
- Activities like role play, dramatization, enacting through puppets, singing, dancing, fireless cooking, art, and so on.
- Outdoor and indoor play and games.
- Sharing ideas with other children and discovering facts for themselves through observation and reference work.
- Exciting experiential learning opportunities through field trips which are planned for specific educational purposes.
- Exploring and reading books, newspapers and magazines, thus enhancing their knowledge and inculcating in them an interest to be learning-oriented while appreciating the value of reading books.
- Inter-disciplinary appreciation of Languages, Mathematics and EVS by learning as individual subjects as well as in an integrated way. (Academic fairs)
- Physical education, which improves health and fitness, while enjoying the recreational value it offers.
- Exposure to team and individual sports, competitive and non-competitive, which encourage sportsmanship and a school-wide community spirit and a feeling of individual accomplishment.
- Information Technology, which introduces students to the concept and reality of information and communication technology and provides a framework in which practical skills and knowledge can be acquired and developed.
- A supportive learning environment where individual needs are addressed in a positive and inclusive way.
- Dance, Fine Arts, Western and Indian Music, Speech and Drama and Yoga, which facilitate a well-rounded development. These are a part of the regular curriculum, and are also being offered as co-curricular and core activity programmes.
- Co-curricular activities that are held on Fridays. Students who show special interest or are specially talented in any sporting or non-sporting areas are offered further opportunities through the core activity programme, so that they are able to excel in such areas and also enhance their readiness to take part in competitions and tournaments outside of school.
- Celebration of the changing rhythms of the year through a variety of festivals and activities. These are celebrated through morning assemblies, special assemblies and other major school functions, which help children in meaningful bonding and appreciation of such events.
In order to gain exposure to Indian culture, Heritage, values and general awareness, Value education and Quiz Clubs are introduced for these classes which are compulsory in nature. Equal onus is on imparting Life Skills and values apart from academics. The nature of these clubs can vary from year to year.
Scheme of Studies :
Grades I & II
Grades I & II learn English, EVS and Telugu/Hindi as the II Lang. Additionally, they have to choose Telugu/Hindi as a III Lang different from the II Lang. Home Room Teachers or HRTs attend to students of Grades I and II and handle all the core subjects except the languages. Students of these classes attend regular games periods, visit the library, learn arts and crafts, music and dance and participate in Club activities.
Students are graded on a five point scale for each activity twice per term.
Grades III & IV
Students of classes III & IV learn English, EVS and Math along with Telugu/Hindi as II Language. They attend regular games periods, visit the library, learn arts and crafts, music dance and participate in Club activities.
Students are graded on a five point scale for each activity twice per term.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM ( Grades V to VIII )
Education at DSE is not only a significant period of growth for students but also a phase for preparation for the world which is challenging and complex and filled with exciting possibilities. Students are encouraged to become independent learners focusing on their course of study and the personal goals they wish to achieve. The school follows CBSE Curriculum that is connected to students’ interests, experiences, talents and the real world.
Scheme of Studies
The main subjects that they study include English , Hindi/Telugu as second or Third languages, General Science, Social Science, Mathematics and Computer Education in addition to compulsory co scholastic subjects such as Work Education, Physical Education and Yoga.
At DSE, various subjects are taught in special ways….
- In the language classroom, care is taken to ensure that students recognize speaking, listening, reading and writing as active and constructive processes. They are encouraged to summarize ideas and state their own views. They also learn to consciously attend to the rules of the written language to ensure that sentences are complete, interesting and connected to each other.
The curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of learners who have had different levels of contact with and proficiency in English. Classrooms are, therefore ‘hospitable’ to children from a diversity of language backgrounds. English is used and taught across the curriculum and all students soon acquire the necessary level of proficiency.
- The Math curriculum aims to establish a strong foundation of Mathematics in the primary grades. There is an emphasis on practice to reinforce knowledge of Math-facts, which are the building blocks for solving more complicated problems. Lessons are based on concrete facts and examples with an increased emphasis on conceptual understanding to enable students to gradually progress from concrete facts to the underlying abstract ideas, or the ‘logic stage’ to support the larger Mathematical curriculum goals.
- The Science classes too aim to strike a balance between teaching factual knowledge and developing the spirit of scientific inquiry. Science lessons are planned to stimulate the pupils’ curiosity in the world around them, building on existing knowledge, interests and ideas, and linked to everyday contexts.
- Social Science is an integrated area of inquiry drawing on the disciplines of History, Geography and Civics. The underlying concepts help students to develop their personal, familial, ethnic and cultural identities as they learn about people in relation to their past, their environment and their society. Learners are prepared for the in-depth study of History and Geography as separate curriculum subjects from Grade VI onwards.
- At DSE, we believe in total education and appreciate that much of tertiary learning takes place outside the traditional classroom. Periodical Educational trips very well prove that ‘Seeing is believing’. Students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of athletic and cultural activities. They attend classes on music, dance, physical education, art, speech, group discussions and drama, to not only acquire specific skills but also develop their latent potentials and extend their breadth of interest.
- Opportunities are provided in Dance, Fine Arts, Theatre, Western and Indian Music, Speech and Drama and Yoga, which facilitate a well-rounded development. These are part of the regular curriculum, and are also being offered as co-curricular and core activity programmes.
- Participation in co-curricular activities, which are held on Fridays and Saturdays is encouraged for all. Students who show special interest or are specially talented in any sporting or non-sporting areas are offered further opportunities through the core activity programme, so that they are able to excel in such areas and also enhance their readiness to take part in competitions and tournaments outside of school.
- Celebration of the changing rhythms of the year are through a variety of festivals and activities. These are celebrated through morning assemblies, special assemblies and other major school functions, which help children in meaningful bonding and appreciation of such events.
- Every student is also assigned to be a member of a House and can participate in extracurricular activities with the four Houses as basic units in competitive activities. This gives them an opportunity to interact with different age groups and also helps to develop their organizational and leadership qualities. Participation in the ECAs helps to instill discipline and nurture a cooperative attitude, sensitivity to others and the ability to work in a team for achieving common goals.
The curriculum is designed to enable learners to step over the threshold of Secondary School with confidence and eagerness.
At the end of the year, students are graded on a five point grading scale twice per term.
SECONDARY SCHOOL ( Grades IX and X )
From the Secondary level onwards, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) syllabus is followed at DSE and examinations have been designed and conducted in accordance with the recommendations of the New Education Policy, through the medium of English. It ensures a general education where all candidates are required to take six subjects). At the end of Grade X, the students are required to undergo an all-India board examination. For both Grades IX and X, there is an 80 percent weightage given to the Final/Board examination, while 20% marks are based on Internal Assessments comprising regular tests, school exams, assignments, Lab practicals, ASL etc. The formal pen paper tests and exams are supplemented by Subject Enrichment Activities, Multiple Assessments, Portfolios, Projects, Maths and Science lab activities.
Throughout the secondary school, instruction and practice go hand in hand. Teachers use flexible methods to teach and inspire students to become more resourceful so that they continue to learn outside the syllabus.
All class activities are carefully planned to ensure that students achieve proficiency not only in academics but also possess the necessary skill sets to become responsible, and contributing members of the society.
Another aspect of the curriculum is to develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills. This is achieved through a variety of programs and projects built into the yearly programmes. Students work on community based projects to strengthen the understanding of helping others and inviting people from all walks of life into the school to work with the class on real life projects.
Scheme of Studies
- I Language – English (Compulsory)
- II Language – Hindi / Telugu
- General Science
- Social Science
- Information Technology
Co Scholastic Activities
SEWA (Social Empowerment through Work and Action)
SEWA pertains to the Health and Physical Education programme introduced by the CBSE from the year 2018. Following the strictures of CBSE, the DSE Group of Institutions offer PT, Yoga, Gymnastics, Individual Games, Group Games etc. and it is mandatory for students to enrol in one activity throughout the year.
Students are also offered lessons in Music, Dance, Yoga, Art & Drama and Physical Education .
At the end of the year, students are graded on a three point grading scale twice per term.