Primary (Classes 1 to 5, Ages 5.6 years to 10 years)
The CHIREC Primary Years programme has been designed to creatively prepare students to be adaptable for the later stages of their education, while allowing them to enjoy the many wonderful experiences of their childhood.
The programme has no formal examination. Assessment is formative, continuous, and comprehensive. Our curriculum focuses on activity-based learning, and an emphasis on understanding and appreciating core concepts by going beyond textbooks to relate to real-life experiences. Students also have the opportunity to choose one indoor and one outdoor activity to encourage healthy living habits and to cultivate their physical development.
A day`s journey at CHIREC involves acquiring, analyzing and applying knowledge in different aspects. A home away from home, any day in CHIREC is full of enthusiasm, creativity, noise and enjoyment. Each session is planned in accordance with the 21st century skills, and After-School Clubs help learners develop their passions.
CHIREC believes in the holistic development of each student. Our programme provides equal opportunity to excel in both academics as well as co-curricular activities. A few important activities include creative work through chart paper projects, clay modeling, small skits, presentations, public speaking, etc. Daily activity updates are put up on a website for the parents to see their child`s creativity and knowledge come alive. Project-Based Learning helps learners mix disciplines, apply academics in real time and develop skills that would help them overcome obstacles and gain new perspectives.
Topic of the Week
Students can explore their creative and cultural skills in skits, songs and dances performed every week in the assembly. Every student gets a chance to be on the stage. Students have a platform to showcase their talents in a variety of fields, overcome stage fear and become confident speakers. Language and sports assemblies enrich the learners and provide opportunities for learning beyond academics.
“Drop Everything and Read” or D.E.A.R. Period, for short, has been initiated with the motive to inculcate reading habits in students. Every Wednesday, a “Read with Me” session is conducted, and a parent is invited to read and share a story with the students of the class, giving the students an opportunity to interact with others, enjoy different stories and stimulate their imaginations. Parents have a wonderful experience with their child, reading and exploring books of various genres together.
Coffee with Class Teacher
Parental involvement allows teachers to focus more on the task of teaching children. During the Coffee with Class Teacher sessions, parents are invited to school every Saturday to discuss the overall development of their child at school. The teacher-student-parent bond is strengthened, and parents develop a greater confidence in and appreciation for the important role they play in their children`s education.
Know My Parent
An informative session where parents interact with the students about their professions and their aspirations. This opens up a child`s mind to the different opportunities they have in the future. The students learn about the vocations of different parents` during this interactive session, which also includes a segment for parents to answer the students` queries.
Sports are an integral part of a student`s life at CHIREC. CHIREC encourages students to participate in both indoor and outdoor sports to stimulate physical and mental health. CHIREC`s Sports programmes help students inculcate tolerance, patience, obedience, discipline, willpower and a determination to win. Along with learning the critical value of team spirit, students also learn how to share victory and defeat.
Educational field trips facilitate fast and efficient learning, bridge gaps and provide rich experiences related to concepts taught in class. They provide unique opportunities for learning that extend beyond the walls of the classroom. Field trips are planned to enable students to connect to the real world through different experiences.
Educational trips provide an informal learning setting for students to associate with classmates, experience new environments and enjoy a day or two away from their normal routines. Students learn to understand their community and develop an openness to differences in others. CHIREC`s outbound trips encourage students to take part in overnight trips to connect to nature and places of knowledge, gain a perspective of being independent, and acclimatize to new situations.
In a constantly changing environment, life skills equip students with essential social and interpersonal skills to cope with the demands of everyday life. The Life Skills programme builds confidence and encourages students to think critically, foster independence and to communicate effectively. It also focuses on skills such as self-awareness, problem solving, decision making, empathy, and dealing with emotions.
CHIREC houses a Pet Corner to provide students with opportunities to take on more responsibility, inculcate a sense of gratitude, and help build character.
Students learn best through exploration and hands-on experiences. Co-Curricular Activities are blended with academics for effective learning. They help develop various facets of a student’s personality, such as social skills, intellectual skills, personality progress, character appeal, leadership skills, team integrity, and co-ordination skills. Activities include: Chart Competition, Diya Decoration, Rakhi Making, Spell Bee, Mask Making, Lantern Making, Origami, Gift Wrapping ,Rangoli making
Counselling - Parents – Students – Teachers CHIREC has an inhouse team of expert counselors to handle students with diverse learning needs and behavioral concerns. The school also takes support from professional counsellors in Hyderabad.
As students move from PP II to Grade I, their reading skills are nurtured through the reading programme. The counsellor works with the class teacher to understand the students and their skills in the mainstream classroom. Learning to read in a fun way by addressing individual needs of the students is the main objective of this Programme. A variety of learning material and fun games are used during these sessions. Students who face learning difficulties during their initial stages are identified for the ‘Early intervention programme’. Teachers work closely with parents to ensure that any difficulties are effectively addressed and remedied early on.
Remedial support is a complete scientific approach through which individual student’s difficulties are addressed using specific remedies. Support is given to students who are identified with mild and moderate level of difficulties in reading, writing and cognition areas. The tenure of remedial support varies from child to child based on specific needs, and students are gradually weaned off from the remedial support programme.
Teacher workshops are conducted to understand the reasons for learning disabilities and behavioral concerns, and to enable teachers to address the needs of each individual student more effectively. Sessions are also conducted for teachers to help them identify a child requiring remedial or behavioral support.
Parent workshops are conducted to help parents connect with their children. These sessions emphasize the need for the parent-child bond, different ways to communicate with children, effectively handling children with behavioral issues, etc. The workshops thoroughly address the growing needs of child care.
Keeping in mind that students need support in developing emotional balance, several sessions are conducted for students, depending on their age and level of maturity. Group sessions are conducted to make students aware of the issues they may face during different phases of their lives. These sessions are conducted in an age-appropriate manner, and with prior intimation to the parents.
Group sessions are conducted based on the needs of individual classrooms. Activities such as ‘Art therapy’ are conducted by the counsellors to understand the emotional phase of the students.
Individual sessions are conducted for students who are struggling with the demands of the school environment. These individual sessions help students communicate any difficulties they may be facing and to find a holistic solution which will benefit them emotionally and enhance their academic and behavioral performance in school.