Curriculum Overview

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) – IB PYP is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12 (Nursery – Grade 5) by the International Baccalaureate Organization. It prepares students for the intellectual challenges of further education and their future careers, focusing on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. In this program, emphasis is placed on trans-disciplinary and inquiry-based learning.

SNIS MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM – Grades 6 – 8  – The SNIS Middle School Programme (SMSP) from Grade 6 to 8 offers an innovative curriculum designed with interconnected disciplines which ensures smooth progression from the PYP to the IGCSE and IBDP. Language Arts, Literature in English, Integrated Sciences, and II Languages (Hindi/French), Math and ICT form the compulsory components of SMSP. Design Thinking and TED Ed scaffold the curriculum prompting learners to be thinkers, inquirers and effective communicators. Acceleration replaces traditional remedial classes as they jump start the concepts of the approaching week. To give the programme a holistic approach, community service initiatives are included in the framework. In addition, to focus on Sports, Arts, Music, Dance, Robotics, various club activities like STEAM, Reading & Debate, MUN and many more are facilitated by trained teachers and experts.

Cambridge IGCSE – The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) curriculum is conducted by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). This programme is offered for grades 9 and 10 and culminates in an examination for IGCSE Certification, on par with any secondary school certificate.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) a 2-year course of study for Grades 11 & 12 is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and life beyond.

The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups with several coursed in each subject group. Made up of the three required components- Theory of knowledge, Extended Essay, and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)- the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills. Based on their interests, students can choose subjects from the below six subject groups:

  • Studies in Language and Literature
  • Language Acquisition
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The Art

Children learn by doing, using their senses, exploring their environment of people, things, places and events. Children do not learn as effectively when they are passive. Active engagement with things and ideas promotes mental activity that helps students retain new learning and integrate it with what they already know.

-The Multigrade Teacher’s Handbook, published by the Bureau of Elementary Education, Department of Education, Culture, and Sports, the Philippines, in cooperation with UNICEF, 1994.

SNIS uses techniques of teaching (pedagogy) that promote self-learning through a multi-skill, learner-centered, and activity based approach.As a Thinking School, we help our students to explore concepts, ideas, and issues that are of local and global significance. Our teachers emphasize research and encourage students to learn from their peers, with students actively critiquing one another’s work.

Our teaching and learning is rooted in questioning. Students question to investigate and teachers provoke the students to stimulate learning and elicit understanding. We avoid interfering with the student learning process by directly answering their questions. Instead, we encourage them to Inquire, Think, Act, and Reflect in order to develop an enduring understanding and subsequently take meaningful action.In this process students learn to investigate, communicate, collaborate, consider different perspectives, make decisions and solve problems effectively which are essential 21st century skills.

Our objective is to achieve the educational goal of helping children gain control over the process of thinking. Therefore, the emphasis is on how to learn rather than what to learn, which will serve them throughout their lives.Education at SNIS makes students independent learners with the ability to express themselves confidently and creatively.

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