The Curriculum Design, both innovative and comprehensive, provides for three major domains with opportunities for every learner to actively participate in each of the three with choices of subjects and activities built therein.
Education today is far more and far beyond just the academic achievement. It is about evolving physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, culturally with well-developed personal and social skills coupled with linguistic, numerical, logical & analytical competencies.
Art Education - Developing aesthetics and connecting with joyful existence. Students shall opt for at least one skill in each of the following:
Citizenship Studies - Sensitizing to their society and environments – making them good and responsible individuals and citizens.
Clubs & Societies - Development of whole persona of the student – they blossoms and blooms in all manners and through all seasons.
Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Education – Getting future ready
School Health Program
1. Physical Education & Sports
2. SEE Learning [Socio, Emotional & Ethical Learning] are the personal skill sets that every individual must have so as to connect with cohorts. In world rife with conflict, disease and poverty, SEE skills and competencies become an essential attribute of every DPSG Student.
Goal Setting – Fostering a culture of ownership of learning by students; students set and monitor their goals supported by teachers.
Value Added Preparatory Programs: these may be provided to students preparing to appear for specialized entrance tests, Olympiads or other competitions like NTSE & KVPY.
The School follows an integrated curriculum which comprises of the Scholastic and Foundational Domains that develop the six competencies that are essential to a 21st century learner. The academic structure of the school is designed to support young learners to develop the essential skills in the following areas that we call The 6 Cs
The pre-primary and primary classes follow the IBPYP-Primary Years Program, based on inquiry and concepts that help develop IB Learner Profile. Grades 6 to 12 follow an integrated CBSE curriculum, wherein the academic plan is covered through Units of Inquiry, which have concepts, skills and technology embedded in them to create a body of knowledge that is contextual in the real world.. Students are encouraged to drive their own learning through Community Connect programs and project-based learning modules. Co-scholastic areas of sports, performance and visual arts are developed by specialists.
DPSG Palam Vihar is a candidate school for IB PYP. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12.The PYP transdisciplinary framework focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both at school and beyond. Informed by research into how students learn, how educators teach, and the principles and practice of effective assessment, the programme places a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning. It aims to develop students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values. The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning. It provides schools with a curriculum framework of essential elements — the knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action that young students need to equip them for successful lives, both now and in the future.Schools work with the five elements to construct a rigorous and challenging primary curriculum for international education. The programme incorporates local and global issues into the curriculum, asking students to look at six related, transdisciplinary themes and to consider the links between them. The themes are-
These themes are selected for their relevance to the real world. They are described as transdisciplinary because they focus on issues that go across subject areas.The transdisciplinary themes help teachers to develop a programme of inquiry. Teachers work together to develop investigations into important ideas, which require a substantial and high level of involvement on the part of students.
The PYP is committed to structured, purposeful inquiry that engages students actively in their own learning. The programme supports students’ efforts to construct meaning from the world around them by:
This approach respects students’ developing ideas about how the world works. It encourages them to question, consider and refine their understanding of the social and natural world and connect it to real life situations that they face in their life.
The Middle School comprises of grades 6 to 10 and prepares the students to appear for CBSE exams at the end of grade 10 successfully. The School offers a prudent mix of Scholastic and Foundational Domains that are not mutually exclusive. On the contrary, there is a seamless integration between the two to ensure that the students are acquiring the concepts, skills and application along with art appreciation, sports, fitness and tech mastery to become good citizens who are aware of their rights, responsibilities, laws and governance to contribute meaningfully to the community . The students are encouraged to strengthen their attributes, values and beliefs to develop their Learner Profile further.
Every student is expected to study the following subjects:
The Foundational Domains are also an integral part of academic framework and comprise of:
The Senior School comprises of grades 11 and 12. After successful completion of grade 10, the students choose their stream of studies and deepen their understanding of the chosen subjects to prepare themselves for entrance examinations and various other pathways to university.
At this stage, the guiding principles of NCF are strictly adhered to. In empirical terms this refers to
The choices available to students are-
English is a compulsory subject for all students, besides which the students study four more subjects of their choice. Every student is provided professional counselling to make the best subject choices to guide them on their future aspirations.
One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our hearts. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.- Carl Jung.
Our Teachers are equipped not just with academic competency but also with the skills that enable them to create learning environments that are inquiry-based, collaborative, technology integrated and goal-driven. Empathy and acceptance are the hallmark of a DPSG faculty .
Every faculty member engages in research and discussions in PLCs- Professional Learning Communities twice a month and are empowered to take initiatives, shoulder additional responsibilities and develop the leader within. Besides these, they are engaged in intense trainings that are planned , conducted and attended by them to ensure the relevance of professional development.
Our team (comprises of 110 faculty members) embodies 21st century skills and are lifelong learners in the quest of the best educational pedagogies and practices to create student(nearly 1645) lead classrooms where learning is a two way process and interconnectedness of knowledge is the goal.
Professional Learning Community
All teachers of DPSGS schools across the country are a part of a PLC, which are further divided subject wise. This is a platform for teachers to explore their present understanding, share their thoughts, seek peer advice and work on their personal effectiveness as a facilitator and mentor. The shared knowledge of the group transcends into an enriched personal knowledge .
The members meet twice a month on a digital platform to share their expertise towards creating an enriched curriculum through research on pedagogy and practices. The group works to create shared resource bank and assessments.As teachers, each member is expected to research in a focussed manner on areas that have a bearing on their students and range from positive engagement in classroom to inquiry based learning to assessments. Each session is carefully designed with pre-shared agenda and recorded minutes that are accessible to all.
Innovative Pedogogical Tools
7.Project Based Learning
DPSG, Palam Vihar is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**
*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org
**Mission Statement from the IB The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.