The Early Years (EY) programme at Delhi International School comprises of:
We at DIS Pre-School follow a blend of the Play way, Montessori Method, Waldorf, and The Reggio Emilia Approach. It is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning, and collaborative play. The classroom environment with the teacher as facilitator offers age-related activities to guide learning. Our curriculum includes cognitive, fine and gross motor skills developing activities. We use a variety of play-based and structured activities striking a fine balance between both teacher-led and student-initiated play.In the DIS frame work of curriculum, there are three main and four specialized areas of learning.
In the main area of learning we have:
1. Communication And Language Development
Listening and attention.
Speaking are taken care.
2. Physical Development
Moving and handling.
Health and self-care.
3. Personal, Social, Emotional Development
Self-confidence and self-awareness.
Managing feelings and behaviors.
In the more specialized areas of learning we have:
Language developing stories, rhymes, phonics are some of the highly effective methods of teaching that are used at DIS.
Shape, space and measures.
Pre-mathematics (logical reasoning, matching; object, size and colour recognition.) also forms an important part of our curriculum.
3. Understanding the World
People and communities.
We emphasize a lot on General Knowledge for the child's social and environmental development.
4. Expressive Arts and Design
Exploring and using media and materials.
Our curriculum focuses on making the child a globally competent 'Human Being' by bringing out the best in him through coordinated dance, music and art & craft.
Don't tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon." This is what our tiny tots are ingrained with from the time they step into the portals of DIS Pre-Primary section
The environment in DIS is extremely child-friendly and the infrastructure has been developed keeping in mind the needs and comfort of a toddler. Fully equipped classrooms with child sized furniture, indoor and outdoor play area and toys have all been developed in such a way so as to bring about the child's cognitive and physical development in the most comfortable manner. A specially designed Pre-school library is our strength.
Pre-School Daily Routine
Our main objective is to make sure that the child has had a productive day in school. We plan our daily routine in such a manner which helps us achieve this objective. The day starts with the Morning Prayer at the Assembly followed by child development activities ranging from knowledge enhancing worksheets to dancing, singing, drawing and painting. Songs and rhymes according to the monthly curriculum are also intricately woven into our daily planner. Encouraging children to eat healthy food in the company of their friends also forms a part of their day. The day ends with thanking God once again.The progress of each student is monitored through observations, work samples, photographs, e-portfolios and meetings with parents. We want the students in the early years to be confident, successful and have a sense of self and develop their independence. We recognize that each child is special and unique with their own individual needs, abilities, and talents. This caring holistic environment is where the staff foster a warm nurturing learning atmosphere in partnership with parents. In doing so, we highlight and celebrate each child's abilities, talent and success.Under the respectful supervision of our teachers, your child will be taught the simple, yet important aspects of life. That includes thinking, creativity, making meaningful choices, taking responsibility, interacting and working effectively with others and along with this, they acquire the capability to give wings to imagination, to think in the abstract, acquire language skills, build social skills, solve problems, understand someone else’s perspective, learn essential life skills from adults, discover leadership skills, safely explore the world beyond and acquire confidence and a sense of self.
The greatest development is achieved during the first years of life, and therefore it is then that the greatest care should be taken.- Maria Montessori
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.
The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.
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 the 21st 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.
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.
Tell Me and I Forget, Show Me and I May Remember, Involve Me and I Will Understand.
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.
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.
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.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity is the seed of Creativity.” - Albert Einstein