Academic Programme

The Curriculum

The Shriram Millennium School offers a broad and balanced curriculum designed to match the educational needs of the children within the requirements of the ICSE, ISC and, Cambridge Secondary 1 and IGCSE Boards. Our objective is to equip the students with knowledge, skills and values which will enable them to take their school leaving examinations with responsibility and effectiveness, gain life skills for their personal and professional development and grow into young adults who are socially aware of their responsibilities.

A carefully planned academic syllabus ensures that the child enjoys the years spent in learning and discovery and acquires a sound understanding of concepts in Mathematics, Science and Technology, languages, Social Studies, Environmental Education, arts, social and physical education. The syllabus is enriched by teacher designed worksheets and subject integrated projects. Emphasis is placed on learning by asking questions, problem solving and through application. This is reinforced through curriculum related trips, workshops, seminars and films.

Pre Primary

In the Pre-Primary years we follow a non-formal, yet structured approach to learning. The Class teachers provide a challenging academic program that includes languages, Mathematics and project work. Children are encouraged to explore the environment around them and their place in it, through projects which integrate art, craft, technology, music and dance.

Activities are designed to develop their fine motor skills and encourage sensorial development. In a nurturing environment, they develop an awareness of themselves as responsible, capable learners. In short, they begin the process of learning by loving it

Primary

The Primary School builds on the spirit of exploration and emphasis is placed on acquiring sound language skills, clarity of mathematical concepts and the discovery and understanding of scientific principles.

Through extensive project work, students are given an awareness of the richness of diverse peoples' history and culture. The children acquire all the building blocks of scholarship, along with good study habits and a love for learning.

In the Pre-Primary and Primary School there are no examinations and teacher evaluations and assessments are continuous and ongoing.

Middle & Senior School

Middle School - Classes VI to VIII: Academically, the challenges increase with the inclusion of a third language - Sanskrit or French, the detailing of History and Geography as separate subjects and all the excitement of their weekly/Cluster tests and Checkpoint Exam for the Cambridge Secondary 1 students, at the end of Grade VIII.

Guidance and support through the transitional adolescent years is provided through an innovative, formalised mentoring programme. The school will have full-time counsellors overseeing the emotional needs of children and adolescents through individual case work, group sessions, workshops, family counselling, referrals and networking with professionals. The school works closely with parents to help young adolescents come to terms with all the joys and pains of these growing years. In the middle school, the curriculum includes annual projects; Dimensions of Learning (DOL) study techniques and programme to develop strong communication skills through debates, elocution, extempore speaking and drama (DEED).

The curriculum in the Senior School consolidates and builds on the students' academic and social growth. The emphasis is on investigation, analysis and application of concepts as they begin their first phase of preparation for the ICSE, ISC and IGCSE Examinations.

Exam Board

Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) -

The school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), which is one of the two recognised and approved All India Boards of Secondary Education. The school offers the two public examinations administered by the Council – The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) at the end of Class X and subsequently the Indian School Certificate (ISC) at the end of Class XII.

Cambridge International Examination (CIE) -

The school is also affiliated to the Cambridge International Examination (CIE) which is a part of Cambridge Assessment - a department of the University of Cambridge. The CIE international qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career and its mission is to deliver world-class international education though the provision of high-quality curricula, assessments and services.

In academic areas, in order to achieve our objectives, besides intensive inputs, students are encouraged to appear for the NSTSE (National Science Talent Search Examination), Science Olympiad, National Cyber Olympiad and the Regional Mathematical Olympiad held by the National Board for Higher Mathematics, Dept. of Atomic Energy, Government of India.

Perspectives on careers, through seminars, counselling, career placements and a mentoring scheme form an integral part of the curriculum.

ICSE

The curriculum for the ICSE is broadly divided into three groups. Each student entering Class IX opts for seven subjects from these three groups for a two year period of study till class X. At the end of class X, the student has to appear for an examination in the subjects he or she has studied.

Group I subjects are compulsory, and students have to choose TWO from Group II and ONE from Group III.

Assessment

External Examination

Internal Assessment

Duration of Paper

1. English

     

Language

80%

20%

2 hrs

Literature

80%

20%

2 hrs

2. Second Language

     

Hindi /French /Sanskrit (Language + Literature)

80%

20%

3 hrs

3. Social Studies

     

History / Civics

80%

20%

2 hrs

Geography

80%

20%

2 hrs

Group II – The combination that the school offers is  

Mathematics / Commercial Studies & Science/Economics

Science comprises Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Each subject is taught and assessed separately.
However, the final assessment is reflected as a single grade.

Assessment

External Examination

Internal Assessment

Duration of Paper

5. Mathematics/ Commercial Studies

80%

20%

2 ½ hrs

6. Science/Economics

     

Physics

80%

20%

2 hrs

Chemistry

80%

20%

2 hrs

Biology

80%

20%

2 hrs

Economics

80%

20%

2 hrs

Group III – Only ONE Subject is to be offered from a choice of three subjects:

Assessment

External Examination

Internal Assessment

Duration of Paper

Art

50%

50%

2 hrs

Computer Applications

50%

50%

2 hrs

Physical Education

50%

50%

2 hrs

Marked subjects are as per feasibility survey.

ISC

The Indian School Certificate (ISC) Examination is a school leaving examination of the CISCE. Students clearing Class X can apply for admission to this course under Council eligibility rules. The ISC examination is recognized by the Inter Universities Board for entry into a 3-year college system leading to a Bachelor’s degree.

Three streams of study are offered. In each of these streams English is a compulsory subject; students need to choose four additional subjects. The school varies the subjects it offers as well as which subject combinations it can allot based on a feasibility study and this varies from year to year.

The courses of study being offered are as follows:

Humanities

Psychology, Economics, History, Hindi*, Art, Mathematics, Sociology, Political Science, Geography [Any Four]

Commerce

Accounts, Economics, Commerce [Compulsory]

Fourth Subject: Mathematics, Psychology, Art [Any One]

Science

Physics, Chemistry, [Compulsory]

Fourth Subject: Mathematics , Psychology*, Biology, Economics, Computer Science, Geography or Art [Any One] English (Core) is the compulsory subject.

*These subjects will be offered only after carrying out a feasibility survey.

In academic areas, in order to achieve our objectives, besides intensive inputs, students are encouraged to appear for the NSTSE (National Science Talent Search Examination), Science Olympiad, National Cyber Olympiad , ASSET examination and the Regional Mathematical Olympiad held by the National Board for Higher Mathematics, Dept. of Atomic Energy, Government of India

 

Perspectives on careers, through seminars, counselling, career placements and a mentoring scheme form an integral part of the curriculum.

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CI – Cambridge Assessment International Education

The school is affiliated to CI and offers the following Programmes:

  • Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme for Grades VI to VIII
  • Cambridge IGCSE for Grades IX and X.

The mission of CI is to deliver world-class international education though the provision of high-quality curricula, assessments and services. Together with schools, it aims to develop Cambridge learners who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged – equipped for success in the fast-changing modern world.

  • confident in working with information and ideas – their own and those of others
  • responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others
  • reflective as learners, developing their ability to learn
  • innovative and equipped for new and future challenges
  • engaged intellectually and socially, ready to make a difference

It is an academically rigorous, internationally recognised, curriculum.

Cambridge Lower Secondary

 

is typically for learners aged 11 to 14 years (classes 6-8). It gives schools a flexible framework for developing skills and understanding in English, Mathematics and Science. Other Subjects studied by the students are Hindi; French/Sanskrit; History, Geography.

Cambridge IGCSE

is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year old students (classes 9-10). It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progression and success. Developed over 25 years ago, it is tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide.

For learners, Cambridge IGCSE helps improve performance by developing skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving. It is the perfect springboard to advanced study.

The following subjects are offered in the IGCSE Programme

IGCSE SUBJECT CHOICES

BAND SUBJECTS

COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

ENGLISH LANGUAGE, ENGLISH LITERATURE, ADDITIONAL MATH

GROUP 2 – 2nd Language/Foreign Language (Any 1)

 

HINDI / FRENCH

GROUP 3 – HUMANITIES (Any 1)

HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, ECONOMICS, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

GROUP 4 – SCIENCE (Any 1)

PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, BIOLOGY

GROUP 5 – OTHER OPTIONS (Any 1)

BUSINESS STUDIES, GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES, ART AND DESIGN, COMPUTER SCIENCE

+ 2 MORE SUBJECTS FROM GROUPS 3 TO 5

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Homework

Homework is considered to be an integral part of the learning process, encouraging independent study. In Primary School, (Classes II to V) homework is planned for each day of the week except Wednesdays. The time varies from 20 minutes in Class II to 40 minutes in Class V.

In Senior School, the time students are expected to devote to their homework increases from 6 hours a week in Class VI to 14 hours per week in Class X. In later years students preparing for Board examinations are expected to spend considerably longer hours.

Assessment

The regular assessment of students' work is considered crucial to the educational process. Progress is discussed with both parents and students. Each term students' work in all subjects is reviewed and a result analysis is prepared to decide on future strategies for different achievement levels.

Formal examinations begin in class VIII. There are two reporting terms for middle and senior school and for the Board year ( ICSE& ISC) two reporting terms along with a School Final Examination.

For the Cambridge Secondary 1 and IGCSE students the formal assessments are conducted through Cluster Tests and/or Checkpoint Exams at the end of Grade VIII for Secondary I and end of Grade X for IGCSE.

IT

 At TSMS, we believe in starting young. Children are introduced to computers right from Pre-Primary and from then onwards, the process of discovering the power of IT as a learning tool is not restricted to the curriculum alone. Students use designated computer labs to conduct research on the internet and create projects. We impart computer skills beyond the scope of the curriculum - skills such as Graphic Design, Animation and Multimedia are taught to help broaden horizons in addition to the standard productivity software. 

TSMS uses multimedia projectors in classrooms, computer labs and in specially designated A/V Rooms where teachers showcase presentations and courseware to students. Our teachers consistently create their own content and Teacher's Resource Rooms exist, with broadband access provided, enabling them to research, download and create their own presentations, worksheets, lesson plans and more. 

Every department uses IT in various ways to enhance the learning process - from sports teachers using training videos to music teachers using digital sequences. Art departments are equipped with computers, printers and scanners and all libraries are fully automated. The Science labs are also IT enabled with access to the internet. Staff-training workshops are held periodically, in basic skills and use of advanced software. 

All staff rooms are equipped with computers for improved accessibility to the Internet.

Teaching Methodology/ Pedagogy

The School is emphatic about providing child-centric education, and keeping this in mind, we offer learning that is both interactive and experiential. The teaching methodology is a diverse mix of the most recent innovations in education and is based on the latest findings in tutoring research.

We realise that a single method cannot suit everyone. Our teachers select the best combination of various approaches according to the learning styles and needs of their students. They act as facilitators and guide the students in their learning using activities, audio-visual stimuli, projects and presentations. The focus remains on creating awareness in the students and providing them with experiences that they can apply to real-life situations.