Curriculum is more than just the subjects taught at school. It is one of the main pillars on which a child’s education and his future is based upon. Hence, parents need to understand the curriculum choices before they can make an informed decision.
Being parents means having to take informed decisions on your child’s behalf. Choosing the right school, choosing the right extra-curricular activities, choosing the right parenting style etc. are all well thought of and adequately researched by the modern parents. Surprisingly though, not enough attention is paid to the curriculum that the child is exposed to.
However, the fact remains that curriculum is one of the main pillars on which a child’s educational future is based upon. It not only affects the child’s current educational experience, but is also indicative of the future educational path that he or she would take.
So, how do you choose the right curriculum for your child?
* The first step is to know more about the available choices.
* Next is to find a curriculum that matches not only your educational aspirations for your child, but also takes in to consideration, your child’s learning style.
Here’s an overview of the popular options available.
- CBSE: Central Board of Secondary Education
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is the board of education for the Union Government of India, and it carries out final exams in Years 10 and 12. Assessment for CBSE is based on a Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation system. It follows a structured approach, with focus on Math and Science, and is a preferred board for those hoping to apply to Tertiary Colleges in India (and abroad). It is also a preferred board for Indian parents who are on transferable jobs, and wish to ensure continuity in their child’s learning.
- IB: International Baccalaureate
IB provides an international education, and focuses on producing world citizens who can think independently. It is a good choice for a family that is looking for a global education. IB addresses students’ academics, emotional and social well-being needs.
The IB offers four programmes
- The Primary Years Program (PYP) for students aged, 3-12.
- The Middle Years Program (MYP) for students aged, 11-16.
- The Diploma Program (IDBP) for students aged, 16-19.
- The Career-related Programme (CP) for students aged, 16-19.
Primary Education: PYP
The PYP is the first stage of the IB programme, and is the relevant programme for primary students. However, PYP is not a requirement for entry in to MYP Programme. The subjects include Math, Science, Technology, Arts, language (including a second language), Social Studies, and Physical Education. Students learn trans-disciplinary themes, such as ‘who we are’ and ‘how the world works’.
3) IGCSE: International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Cambridge University
IGCSE is internationally adapted certificate courses for high school students. Originally based on the UK GCE O Level examinations, the content is adapted to suit the needs of international students. It is considered a good preparation for A Levels and IBDP subject courses.
Curriculum Choices at a Glance
|Structured approach with well defined learning outcomes||Inquiry based learning with open-ended outcomes||Encourages students to look at the world beyond the lens of traditional subject boundaries||Encourages learners to engage with a variety of subjects, and make connections between them|
|Uses standardised textbooks and at secondary level, focuses on 7 learning areas.||There are no standardised textbooks. Along with the usual subject choices, the curriculum includes Creativity, Action, Service (CAS), Extended Essay (EE) and Theory of Knowledge (TOK)||It has a trans-disciplinary framework. Subjects include Math, Science, Technology, Arts, language (including second language), Humanities and Physical Education||Cambridge Primary programme develops skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Cambridge Global Perspectives and ICT Starters. The curriculum is flexible with clear learning objectives.|
|Structured and traditional learning methods are implemented.||Focuses on understanding, skill development, knowledge & application||It challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues, in real-life contexts.||Understanding, skill development, knowledge & its application|
|Preset combination of subjects are available in 3 streams||Students can choose 1 subject each from 6 groups||The programme is student-centred and the 6 subjects offered are, language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Arts and Personal, Social and Physical Education||The Programme includes 9 IGCSE examination subjects. The subject options have no fixed combinations.|
What does GIG offer?
G I G International School has independently developed a curriculum that integrates the best practices and philosophies from each educational system.
Thus, the GIGIS curriculum incorporates the popular CBSE style of set learning and defined outcomes to its programme. However, instead of CBSE’s usual rigid and traditional approach, it adopts the IB-PYP’s inquiry-based and flexible route to reach these outcomes. Additionally, as the students move to the upper primary levels, the curriculum adapts the learning style that is a suitable to the secondary Cambridge curriculum. In this way, the students gets the best of each syllabus.
GIGIS Curriculum at a Glance
A right curriculum is the one that encourages your child to grasp to the best of his or her capacity, while ensuring that it matches the future aspirations. And the only way to know what works for you and your child is to know enough about each curriculum. After all, the best decisions are the informed ones.