The secondary school curriculum acknowledges the fact that subjects like Language, Mathematics, Science and Social studies help the cognitive development of the child and, therefore require a greater academic emphasis at Secondary level. The teaching learning pedagogy at this level in Xavier’s is in alignment with the constructivist approach recommended by National Curriculum Framework 2005 and CBSE board. We at Xavier’s understand that the education at this level occupies a very important role in student’s life as it is the link between primary education and higher discipline based education. A child’s interest in a particular subject needs to be fostered well in this stage as this is the time when he/she decides the stream to pursue for higher studies.The school provides an opportunity to each and every individual for their holistic development in their scholastic and co-scholastic areas. A systematic and integrated approach to the overall development of a child,which focuses on the experiential learning and better understanding of the conceptsis adopted. The curriculum encompasses seven major learning areas, from scholastic and co scholastic point of view.
Health and Physical Education
The school curriculum is planned as per the guidelines and the scheme of studies in the CBSE curriculum.The Scholastic domain deals with the academic progression of the child from the middle school to secondary school. The subjects taught include Languages, Science, Mathematics, Social Science and IT. It is our constant endeavour to create conducive environment that facilitates effective learning in the classrooms. For this,we equip our teachers with required skills and competencies ofthe teaching- learning process by holding various workshops in the school.
Languages:The language is a medium which allows one to express the outburst of emotions. It is also a medium which allows communication to happen. Language is the most powerful weapon as it also serves the base of language to the other respective subjects. The concept development of the language is stressed upon. The language is allowed to be the carrier of communication, thus the students are allowed to apply various permutations and combinations to express the lesson learned in a chapter. Breaking the barriers of old school teaching methodology the chapter is taught in various ways- reading aloud in class, dramatization, discussion, debating, précis writing.
Science: Science at this level is taught to clear the concepts andhelp in skill development of a child by touching all the learning domains of a child. The learning domains include Psychomotor, Cognitive and Sensory. Students are given hands on experience with the help of wide array of activities and experiments held in the classes and the laboratories. The Students are encouraged to share and discuss science-based issues. Various techniques are designed to improve thinking skills around science that ultimately have long term attainment. Field trips, Space Club, Exploration camps, Hands on activities and experiments are conducted on timely basis to generate interest in the subject.
Mathematics:Mathematics trains us to think rationally and rigorously. One of the most important features of mathematics is the language in which it is written. One of the difficulties in learning mathematics is the discrepancy between the formal definitions and the representations that one can have in his mind. Students are explained various concepts while connecting them to day to day life. The learning domain in Mathematics include analytical thinking, critical thinking, Arithmetic conclusion and logical reasoning. Students are encouraged to visualize the question, relate it to the topic and then solve it. Various creative class activities on geometry, models on trigonometry and lab manual activities are conducted on timely basis to inculcate interest of the students.
Social Science: The Social Studies curriculum builds the following capacities in young people:
- Disciplinary knowledge & inquiry
- Interpersonal, and critical thinking skills
- Respect for the underlying values of a diverse democratic society
- Interest in public affairs and competencies of self-government.
Each capacity contributes uniquely to responsible citizenship.In the classroom, we encourage reading newspaper, discussing current national and international news as well as business news.Survey related activities for geography and economics for collecting information are undertaken.Debates are encouraged in the classroom to inculcate critical thinking.
Co-Scholastic domain is an integral part of the curriculum for secondary classes,all students participate in the domains of art, music, dance, theatre and physical education. Through these activities self–confidence, cultural appreciation and skills of team work and leadership qualities are enhanced. Inter house and Inter School competitions are held on regular basis to provide platform to the students. The students are also exposed to various clubs namely Swimming, Heritage, Russian Language Club, Health and Nutrition Club, Home Science Club, Mathematics Club, Photography, Debate and Nature Club.
Art Education- Art education is provided in classes IX-X as a compulsory subject as per the CBSE guidelines. The streams covered by the term arts education are music, dance, visual arts and theatre, with a special emphasis on Indian traditional arts and crafts. The school ensures that the subject is given significance in the curriculum and not just restricted to being so-called entertaining or prestige-earning activities.
Health and Physical Education- The aim of mainstreaming Health and Physical Education is to enable the student to attain an optimum state of health, by incorporating each of the aforementioned aspects. Health and physical education is an important part of the curriculum for secondary classes. The new format of HPE according to CBSE, envisions that each student will undertake activities categorized under four strands.