Subjects taught at the primary school level include English, Mathematics, General Awareness,and a second language (Tamil, Hindi or Malayalam). All languages are taught with a balanced emphasis on both the written as well as the spoken aspects. General Awareness is a combination of Science, Social Studies and Environmental Studies and encompasses what we believe a child should be aware of at every age. We have formulated our own syllabus for General Awareness with an emphasis on activity-based learning. The activities include the use of audio-visual aids, art, craft work, map work, experiments, field trips, projects and group discussions. These activities are followed by extensive written work. At the primary level, in addition to the course work, time has been allocated for Life Skills, General Knowledge, Reading and Spoken English. Also, once a week, children have a substantial amount of time allocated for various school related activities. Junior day includes singing, (western and Indian) dancing (classical and western ) recitation ( English, Tamil, Hindi) and quiz. The Junior Annual day includes Dramatics, Dancing (western and Indian) singing ( classical and western ) and yoga
Integrated Information Technology
All students, starting from Class I, have practical lessons on using the computer. The aim is to ensure that by the time the child graduates from the primary section, they will have a working knowledge of how to operate a computer, and learn the basics of word processing, multimedia and graphics. All exercises on the computer are correlated with the lessons taught in class in order to enhance the childs understanding of the various subjects.
Homework and Remedial Work
Only limited homework in English and Mathematics is assigned on a daily basis. For all other subjects, periods are assigned where revision work is assigned under the supervision of the respective subject teachers. These children, are coached free of cost. After school hours, all children are encouraged to spend their free time reading and improving their language skills. We also have in place, for those children who need additional help a Personal attention Program (PAP). This program is optional.
After every topic, a review is conducted and the performance of the student is noted at this time. The aim is to ensure that the students have understood the course work and do not resort to rote learning. Thus, the students are continuously assessed and all subject teachers give a detailed report at the end of every term. The class teacher, co-coordinator of the section and the principal, continuously monitor each childs performance. Commendations are issued on a weekly basis to encourage the children to excel in academics. Certificates are awarded at the end of the year to the most promising students. Merit badges are issued to the top three students, periodically.
Lower Middle School Co-ordinator
Excellence is not being the best, it is doing your best.
With this moto in mind, I have walked down the corridors of this beautiful institution for 13 yrs. We are constantly inspired to learn and share virtues that go beyond a classroom. I am greatly thankful and honoured to be a part of the Riverside family as it is my home away from home.