Academics at Dis - Primary & Middle School
“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.”
Delhi International School follows a unique Primary and middle school Programme that is designed to sculpt students into global citizens. This will help them acquire a wide range of essential skills and attitudes that would transform them into self-motivated, sensitive and balanced individuals with healthy moral values, ready to face the challenges of the future positively and comprehensively. Colourful primary classrooms provide the right environment to captivate the child and stimulate learning. At DIS, we believe that children need not always be taught to do things; instead, they should be encouraged to explore, discover and learn by reflection, under the caring guidance of teachers. At DIS, we believe that every student is unique and we aim to help each student realize his or her true potential. The DIS approach to teaching is one that not only focuses on academic achievement but also on the development of character, capability and creativity.
Curiosity is kindled
"Tell Me and I Forget, Show Me and I May Remember, Involve Me and I Will Understand.”
An education of the highest quality is the greatest gift that parents can give to their children. The next global generation will need exceptional academic and intellectual creativity to take on positions of leadership and address the many challenges that face our world. Given this, it is vitally important that the leading schools in the21st Century provide a genuinely holistic international education to prepare learners for the responsibilities they will face in their lives. The curriculum at DIS is tailored to meet the needs of today’s learners and is sensitive to different learning styles. A plethora of academic and co-curricular activities offer the opportunity to all students to discover various facets of their personalities.
DIS Unique Curriculum
“A vision to build, propel and redesign the academia by rethinking – time, talent and technology so that it works for every student, every day.” – David Bayles
At Delhi International School, this is the philosophy that we truly believe in. Catering to the demands of a global society, DIS follows a curriculum that is research based and incorporates the best pedagogical practices from all over the world. Teaching -Learning process is activity oriented and learner centric. The learner is the focus of the teaching –learning transaction and we create experiences that leave long lasting impacts on the life of the child.
The DIS unique curriculum is a blend of the best in National and International Curriculums and is aligned to the current understanding of learning and teaching. It facilitates seamless progress from the formative years through schooling to tertiary education, while ensuring a smooth transition from one curriculum to the other. The curriculum encourages students to be active learners who explore, understand and participate in the world around them. By being exposed to a wide variety of disciplines, both cognitive and non-cognitive, students are prepared for a well-balanced life outside the school.
DIS helps the children to develop a perception on the world around and push their thinking both innovatively and conceptually in many subject areas. Small group instruction, personalized attention for all the learners, flipped classrooms, blended learning, self- directed learning allow teachers to thoroughly assess them during their work.
Primary (Classes I-V):
- Environmental Studies
- Computer Science
- Drawing & Painting
- Collage Work
- Clay Modelling
- Gymnastics & Games
- Physical Training
Middle School (Classes VI-VIII):
- Sanskrit / French
- Computer Science
- General Science
- Social Science
- Painting / Music / Vocal / Instrumental (Tabla, Sitar, Fluit, Violin, Guitar)
- Work Experience
- Physical Education
Learning Practices at DIS
Inquiry based learning - At DIS we help students trigger curiosity – learning something new. Educators encourage students to question the things as they exist around them. They examine, question, research, collaborate & share their ideas and views.
Project based learning - We encourage project based learning in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge (Questioning, inquiry and critical thinking.)
Collaborative learning - At DIS we encourage student to work together to solve problems & complete projects which help deepen their learning & collaborative skills. This also brings in a sense of mutuality & social awareness amongst them.
The school offers a three language curriculum that is skill based. The most important skills of learning a language are LSRW (Listening, reading, speaking, and writing).These skills are incorporated into various activities which are based on the theories expounded above.
Role plays, skits, play readings, debates, discussions, story writing, creating newsletters, brochures and poems form an integral part of the language curriculum. Books give soul to the universe, wings to mind, flights to imagination and life to everything.
DIS is passionate about creating a school wide reading culture that supports independent reading. Literature mirrors life and helps create perspective. Every grade has a Class Library with the aim to make reading fun, engaging and addictive. Books are taken beyond the confines of the pages and fiction becomes reality when students enact, debate, discuss, role play the characters and embark on a magical journey.
“Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations or Algorithms. It is about understanding” – William Paul Thurston”
Math at DIS is about developing in students conceptual understanding, strategic competence, procedural fluency, adaptive reasoning and productive disposition. The Math Lab at DIS is a place for students to discover the application of concepts like number systems, fractions and percentages, graphs and data, geometry that develop critical thinking. Using techniques like visualization, identifying patterns, journal activities, riddles and puzzles, mental math, and innovative shortcuts help students develop problem solving skills.
Science and Social Science Curriculum:
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity is the seed of Creativity.” - Albert Einstein
A scientific temper and a curious mind is what we expect to nurture in our students with the science curriculum. The focus of the curriculum is on skills such as collecting information, handling data, creating hypothesis and experimenting on them. Creating global perspectives based on our heritage and value systems help our students to grow up with international ideas and Indian values.
Hands on experiences help students develop the following skills:
- Inquisitive & Listening, observing, Inquiring, Investigating, gathering data, and Researching
- Organizational: Recording, Comparing, Contrasting, Classifying, Organizing, Evaluating and Analysing
- Creative: Planning, Designing, Inventing and Synthesizing
- Manipulative: Using and caring for scientific instruments, Demonstrating, Experimenting, Constructing and calibrating instruments.
Physical development Curriculum:
“Physical Fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of a dynamic and creative intellectual activity” - John F. Kennedy
At DIS, sports and games curriculum is an integral and compulsory part of the education process. Sports help to build character and teach the importance of discipline in life. It inculcates a respect for rules and allows the participants to learn the value to self-control.
The Physical Education Programme at DIS aims to develop the Psychomotor or the Kinaesthetic Domain (Physical, reflex actions and interpretive movements) DIS has sports facilities which are enumerated as below:
Track& Field :
- Table Tennis
- Martial Arts
- Carrom and Chess
Inside the classroom
- With a maximum of 30 students in a class, every child receives the personal attention that he/she deserves and needs.
- A broad range of subject areas are taught to provide children with sufficient flexibility when choosing their area of specialization.
- Special emphasis is placed on learning of Indian and Foreign Languages.
- Exposures to national and international issues to increase students awareness.
- Innovative problem-solving techniques, questioning, and active participation in discussions are strongly encouraged to build curiosity and confidence.
- Unique teaching methods are used to make learning a fun, interactive and engaging process.
- A practical, or project-based approach to learning complements traditional and theoretical forms of knowledge building.
- Teachers are approachable and friendly, forming a parent-like association with every child. They encourage children to think, question and freely express themselves during lessons.
Home Assignments establish a link between school and home. We view this as a positive step towards developing good working habits in later years. It is an extension and review of what we do in the class. Assignments are given to children to keep them abreast with what is being learnt at school. A systematic home work schedule is designed with written work given in only two subjects so that children are not burdened .During weekends they write an essay in English and Hindi/Telugu that is graded only on the ideas expressed in the essay
Academics Plus – Beyond the Benches
Apart from this general routine, there is always something happening at Delhi International School, Inter-house Competitions, festival celebrations, Grandparents Day, talks by eminent personalities and many more. Children are periodically taken out on field trips and tours to build a connect with the real world.
Co-curricular activities are encouraged for all round development of the students.
- Yoga, Meditation and Prayer form an integral part of the school curriculum so that students have a calm and unburdened mind.
- A mandatory co-curricular programme ensures that children step out of their comfort zones and get into the effort zone to learn new skills.
- Celebrations of cultural festivals and historic occasions, both national and international, foster a spirit of togetherness amongst children.
- Inter-house and school-wide events are organized to inculcate a spirit of loyalty and healthy competition in the children and to showcase their talents.
- Eminent guests/personalities frequently visit the campus to hold meaningful interactions with students.
- Children are encouraged to initiate and manage student-run Clubs to bring together those with similar interests across academics, sports, arts and other areas
- Excursions, Field trips and off-campus activities are organized frequently to explore varied areas of interest.
Playing and practice grounds for cricket and football
- Courts for badminton, basketball, tennis and volleyball
- Multi-lane running track for athletics training.
- Games Halls for table tennis, chess, Carroms, martial arts and other indoor games.
- Mini Olympic-standard swimming pool.
- Suite of rooms for music and dance, equipped with superior sound and light systems.
Atal Tinkering Lab
“Come in !Tinker ; Test ; Play ; Create ; Deconstruct ,Rebuild ….
The objective of Atal Tinkering Lab is to foster curiosity, creativity, and imagination in young minds and inculcate skills such as design mindset, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing etc. Children at DIS get a chance to work with tools like 3D printer and other tinkering equipment to understand the what, why and how aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). DIS firmly believes in giving a strong foundation to nurture young minds to become innovators of tomorrow. DIS offers Robotics as an integrated subject for grades VI to X. STEM education is essential in preparing students for today’s world of non-stop innovation. Through the integrated Robotics curriculum, students will learn more than just programming. They will cultivate skills such as leadership, team work and interacting with different technological platforms. The practical sessions will focus on understanding simple machines, microcontrollers, sensor interfacing, programming and the mechanical Design of a robot.
Students are engaged into the learning process using hands-on robotics activities platforms to instill scientific temperament and foster innovation & creativity. The hands-on activity designed are in-line with NCERT National Curriculum Framework. The Tinkering lab at DIS teaches students essential 21st-century skills which help them develop their professional and personal skills.
Value Based Education
All DIS Schools provide a solid academic foundation and a rich co-scholastic program that is guided by four core values.
- 01 World Citizenship
- Empowering students with a global and local perspective.
- 02Leadership Qualities
- Developing each student’s individuality and discovering their potential.
- 03Universal Values
- Accepting that we are all different, recognizing that we are all the same.
- 04Forward Thinking
- Developing skills for the future.