Junior School curriculum
The core subjects in the Junior School are English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. These subjects, along with Religious Education, are taught by regular classroom teachers. The other subjects, including Hindi, Library Skills, Computer Skills, Music, Art and Physical Education are taught by specialists. The computer skills acquired in the Quad School computer lab are used in assignments given in other subjects. The core subject areas inform the computer classes, with an overall focus on developing the ethical use of information and communications technology together with literary skills. Students in Grade 2 and above have their own email accounts.
Art education develops visual perception, practical skills, and imagination. Techniques include drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, papier-mache, needlecraft, batik, and clay work. Click here to view our Junior School art blog.
The English programme builds reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. Through a strong literary base, students increase their vocabulary and comprehension skills and identify elements and techniques of writing and grammar. They learn to interpret literature through discussion, drama, composition, and reading aloud. Students are introduced to and expected to read a wide variety of books. They are also expected to keep building up their own writing anthologies.
The various courses develop fluency in oral and written Hindi. Hindi is taught at two levels in each grade-Hindi as a mother tongue and Hindi as a second language-to cater to the needs of individual students. Conversational Hindi is introduced and used in practical situations. In addition to a wide range of storybooks, the curriculum of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in New Delhi is followed, and NCERT textbooks are used. Students also explore Indian festivals, costumes, food, music, history, great leaders, monuments, religions, and lifestyles of India's diverse population.
Students explore the world around them and become familiar with locating books and using print and electronic reference materials. Their teachers read to them both in their classrooms and in the library, and students are encouraged to read, write book reviews, and give book talks. They participate in various library activities for academic achievement, higher levels of literacy, problem-solving, communication technology and research skills, writing skills, and lifelong learning, as organized by the teachers and Quad Library staff.
The sequential mathematics curriculum is geared towards developing the students' capacity to move from concrete to abstract ways of conceptualizing mathematical ideas. The programme develops the children's skills, curiosity, and interest in numbers, measurement, money, logical thought, spatial sense, and estimation. Students are taught through activities and experiences that incorporate investigation, problem solving, cooperative group work, and the practical application of mathematics.
Western: lessons are offered in piano and orchestral strings from Grade 5. Please consult the school regarding availability. Indian: lessons are offered in sitar, santoor, Indian classical guitar, tabla, harmonium and voice. Instruction for some Indian instruments begins in Grade 5, while other instruments are not available until Grade 6. Please consult the school regarding availability.
This ensemble uses group instructional methods for beginner students interested in learning violin, viola, cello or double bass. The course includes fundamentals in strings technique and development of reading skills. Interested students are selected through auditions. This ensemble is open to students from Grade 3 onwards.
This string ensemble is a step above the Beginning Strings level. Students should be fairly well grounded in fundamental string technique in order to be successful with an easy repertoire for string ensembles. Students are eligible if they have shown sufficient achievement in the Beginner Strings, or through auditions.
Junior School Choir
This choir performs a variety of sacred and secular music of a level that provides excitement for the audience and performers. The Junior School Choir is open to students from Grade 2 onwards.
Drum Circle/Recorder Ensemble/Orff Instrument Ensemble
These group experiences go beyond the instruction offered in General Music and prepares the students further for involvement in Individual lessons at the middle school level, and provide interested students the opportunity to be more involved in music at Woodstock School.
Elementary Music introduces the basic concepts of rhythm, melody and harmony, as well as various instruments and styles of music. Class work includes group singing, drama, and creating music with voice, percussion and other instruments. There are many opportunities for solo and group performance. General Music begins in Grade 1 for all students, and is designed to prepare students for Instrumental Music in Middle School.
PE develops a positive self image in students by raising their fitness levels and improving their skills and attitudes. Students learn to participate safely and competently in a variety of sports. Fair play and leadership are emphasized. Basic skills for games such as football, volleyball, hockey, basketball, and badminton are introduced. Students have the opportunity to represent the school at interschool games and tournaments.
Awareness, knowledge, and understanding of key Christian teachings are the focus of Religious Education. Students are encouraged to relate the Bible to everyday life. In upper elementary grades, there is an introduction to the main beliefs and festivals of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.
Through the study of life, physical, and earth sciences, children in Junior School develop their knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes, and skills. They are encouraged to relate these to everyday experiences. Students learn about ways of thinking as they discover and communicate new ideas. They also explore values and attitudes through science.
Social studies analyses the world's social and physical environment, covering topics such as social organization, geography, cultural identity, early civilizations, European and Asian history.
Outside the Classroom
As a complement to the Junior School curriculum, students engage in a wide range of local educational and/or service-oriented experiences. One such co-curricular programme is C.A.R.E. (Community Service and Restoration of the Environment). During the year, Junior School students may take field trips with their classes to visit local government-aided primary schools. These visits serve as opportunities to learn and share, combining service and experiential learning with events such as talent shows, sports, and games.
Junior School students enjoy a number of field trips throughout the year. Of these, the highlight is certainly Activity Week in late October, five days of field trips and new experiences that serve as a fun-filled extension of learning in the classroom.