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360° LEARNING

During the pre-primary years the approach is enquiry based where children question, enquire, brainstorm and understand by doing things. The fun and holistic learning environments in our Pre-Primary classes ensure that our youngest students love coming to school. Through engaging topics and activities thechildren learn about the world around them.An increasing number of activities are taken up so that children understand the concept comprehensively. While the purpose of educational trips is essentially to educate, they can also be a fun bonding experience for everyone involved.Our highly qualified educators too are given ample opportunity to keep themselves updated with the dynamic nature of the profession. Various training seminars aid the teachers to update their knowledge in the ever changing technology and trends.



ACADEMICS

Sapphire plays utmost care to equip the students with a curriculum that is enlaced with the unique integration of the traditional as well as the modern educational practices. We work tirelessly to provide our young minds a proper channel to allow them to carve a niche out of themselves and face the challenges of the world.

The curriculum addresses the developmental needs of each child and caters to the holistic development of child through:

  • Physical and Physiological Development – enhancing gross and fine motor skills – through Montessori activities like beading, folding, buttoning, spooning, etc.
  • Language Development - through Phonetic, Auditory Games and Story Telling Sessions.
  • Pre – writing Skills – established through insets for design, tracing sandpaper letters, making patterns in sand.
  • Specific Activities - have also been designed for enhancement of neuromuscular control, eye–hand co–ordination, development of pincer and dominant finger’s grip for future writing skills.
  • Multiple Intelligence Approach - Teaching important concepts in multiple ways thereby teaching more students effectively.


Montessori Approach

It is an educational approach characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits and respect for child’s natural psychological development, as well as technological advancements in society.

It succeeds because it draws its principles from the natural development of the child and guides him towards wholesome growth and integrated personality. This uniquely designed curriculum content gives thorough understanding of Montessori Method of education through:

  • Practical Life Exercises
  • Sensorial Development
  • Mathematical Development
  • Language Development
  • Cultural Development


Multiple Intelligence Approach

Sapphire follows the philosophy of Multiple Intelligence given by Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University, who believes that intelligence is a pluralistic phenomenon, rather than a static structure.


Gardner has presented eight intelligences, namely :

  • Visual/Spatial - Involves visual perception of the environment, the ability to create and manipulate mental images, and the orientation of the body in space.
  • Verbal/Linguistic - Involves reading, writing, speaking, and conversing in one's own or foreign languages.
  • Logical/Mathematical - Involves number and computing skills, recognizing patterns and relationships, timeliness and order, and the ability to solve different kinds of problems through logic.
  • Bodily/Kinesthetic - Involves physical coordination and dexterity, using fine and gross motor skills, and expressing oneself or learning through physical activities.
  • Musical - Involves understanding and expressing oneself through music and rhythmic movements or dance, or composing, playing, or conducting music.
  • Interpersonal - Involves understanding how to communicate with and understand other people and how to work collaboratively.
  • Intrapersonal - Involves understanding one's inner world of emotions and thoughts, and growing in the ability to control them and work with them consciously.
  • Naturalist - Involves understanding the natural world of plants and animals, noticing their characteristics, and categorizing them; it generally involves keen observation and the ability to classify other things as well.

OTHER INTERESTING ACTIVITIES

Sapphire has scope for numerous activities to entertain as well as work towards the holistic development of the students. Activities like art and craft, splash pool, music, dance and drama, role play, clay work, visits and excursions, movie time, skating, taekwondo and gymnastics are conducted for the students regularly.




SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Enquiry Based Learning

The curiosity of the children is a naturalquality, it is Sapphire’s utmost endeavor to positively tap this inherent curiosity of the little ones. The present era calls for thinking ‘outside the box’. How can we expect our inquisitive generation to follow the same if we ourselves put them in one ? It is a herculean task to develop independent and divergent thinkers inside the walls of a classroom with the same, obsolete education forms which have been followed for years. Thus, we stress on the ‘Enquiry based learning’ wherein the students learn through the development of hands-on and minds-on activities.This fosters deep understanding which in turn ensures long term retention.


Community Service

“The best way to find your self is to lose yourself in the service of others.” - Mahatma Gandhi
Community service is the foundation of societies and cultures.It is the heart of human experience of human relations. We as mentors ensure to stress on the importance of selfless endeavors which foster a sense of responsibility as members of the society. We inspire the young adults to follow the mantra of “be the change you wish to see in the world.” As responsible citizens, students must develop character and integrity through voluntary actions to help the community with magnanimity.

Excursions And Expeditions

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” – St. Augustine
Travelling unfolds layers of cherishing experiences. Memories of school trips of the formative years remain deeply embossed in the minds of the students as well as teachers. Taking students into a new environment gives them the experience of traveling in a group and teaches them to be respectful of the locations they visit.All our excursions are meticulously planned keeping in mind the interests and the development of the scholars.

Theatre

"I regard the theatre as the greatest gift of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another sense of what it is to be a human being"- Oscar Wilde
The thrill of being on stage or performing in any capacity in front of an audience is a magical experience. The adrenaline rush before the performance which contributes to its success is the main reason why our students strive to participate in theatre. Theatre aids the students to give up on their inhibitions and learn to express themselves at ease. Students becoming vocally strong, develop proper enunciation and skillful articulation.




Faculty Development

Education is a dynamic field. The trends are ever-changing according to the changing times. The best professional development is ongoing, experiential, collaborative, and connected to and derived from working with students and understanding their culture. Thusit is ensured that a dedicated team of professionals is involved in research work to bring the best learning practices in the school. The school follows the best learning practices in the school. The school has also collaborated with educationists across the globe for the same. They get ample opportunities to keep themselves up-to-date on new research on how children learn, emerging technology tools for the classroom, new curriculum resources, and more.




E-Learning

Children are very different and it is difficult to find a versatile tool that will be interesting to all. The students should learn in a manner that is natural and interesting for them. The current generation is highly tech savvy, thus, we equip our young adults with the cutting edge teaching modules where the use of smart boards ensure long retention due to the use of the audio-visual aids . The aid of animation, music, short stories et al stir the interest in the minds of the little ones.The use of such modern technologies quench the desire of the students for a fun, interactive and interesting classroom sessions where their senses have the freedom to explore and breaks the barriers of the monotonous classroom practices.


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