TCIS is utilizing the most widely used international curriculum by Cambridge – IGCSE from London. The Cambridge Primary Program (CPP) curriculum is being established at TCIS and has entered the Cambridge Secondary 1 and will gradually establish the Cambridge IGCSE and Advance (A & AS) programs in coming years. Our School Concept for all grades emphasizes strong academics coupled with programs and strategies that meet the needs of the whole child. Along-with more advanced international curriculum of Cambridge IGCSE for their formal education, the student of TCIS will learn scriptural languages like Sanskrit or Arabic or Hebrew or Greek etc depending on their choice at the level of IGCSE. This will help them study and understand their respective divine scriptures for their moral and ethical developments.
The Cambridge framework provides curricula for the key subjects of English, Mathematics and Science in Primary (5 – 11years) and Secondary 1 (11 – 14 years). As a second language, Arabic or Sanskrit is part of a curriculum at TCIS offered by Cambridge IGCSE. In the IGCSE (14 – 16 year), apart from languages, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and student can opt to have subjects like History, Geography, Global perspective, computer science, business studies, enterprise and many more.
Students in all divisions benefit from strong academic programs in International Math, International science, languages, Arts & Crafts, Social studies (humanities), Sanskrit or Arabic etc., visual and dramatic arts, technology, Health awareness and Physical Education. World class Laboratories for Science are developed as per the Cambridge IGCSE recommendations to teach everything practically right from Primary school. There will be separate laboratories for Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Math, Languages, Social Studies and Art & Craft for true learning experiences through learning by doing and experimentation. Specialist teachers are provided for Sanskrit, Arabic and also for Technology and ECEC (Early Childhood Education Center) . The school has a strong commitment to professional development and to providing leadership opportunities for all of our educators. A climate of collegiality, collaboration, and professionalism permeate all three of our divisions.
We believe that a well-designed and supported curriculum is necessary for the school to achieve its educational vision and aims. The curriculum at TCIS is based upon the programmes of the University of Cambridge, starting with Cambridge Primary and moving through Cambridge Secondary 1 to IGCSE, AS and A Level in the senior years. Ultimately, the qualifications which can be obtained by our senior students can open the doors to universities all over the world. From the UK to Germany, Australia to the USA, and here in India; Cambridge qualifications are universally recognized and most popular worldwide.
TCIS follows Cambridge endorsed books published by world-class international publishers (Cambridge, Nelson, Oxford, Harper Collin, and McMillan) on learning, activities, workbooks and textbook books. These study materials prepared by the topmost and most experienced international authors after decades of educational research are most suitable for students all around the world. For the main subjects of English, Science and Mathematics we use
- Nelson Students book, Work book, Grammar book and Spelling book.
- Harper Colin English story books
- Nelson International Mathematics pupils book and work book
- Cambridge Learners Books, activity books, Skill builder and Challenge for Science and Mathematics.
- Cambridge Leaners book, activity book and Incredible English (Oxford) for English language.
Sanskrit from Cambridge IGCSE
Sanskrit literature offers an expansive view of human nature and its role in creation. In this era of unprecedented change and uncertainty, it can be a valuable tool to assess and look afresh at society.
Sanskrit literature embodies a comprehensive map of the human makeup: spiritual, emotional, mental and physical. Its philosophical literature presents a clearly structured way of understanding our relationship to the rest of creation and lays out guidelines on how to live life well. Playwrights and poets have skilfully crafted the language to offer timeless insights into the human mind.
Due to the way in which its grammar was fixed by grammarians like Pāṇini, Sanskrit has one of the most extensive literatures of all languages. It introduces students to vast epics, profound scripture, subtle philosophy, voluminous mythology, exquisite poetry and much else. Study of these works offers a student a wider perspective to enable a better understanding of their own tradition, but also shows them which questions and insights are shared across cultures.
We are the first school in country teaching Sanskrit under Cambridge International Examination (CIE) right from Pre-school.
Sanskrit is offered in our school as a second language from Cambridge IGCSE board as a part of curriculum which also includes teaching of Bhagvad Gita. The text books, workbooks and video based syllabus for Cambridge Sanskrit are prepared by the St. James Institute, London, UK to prepare students to read, write and speak Sanskrit at Primary level. Our students memorize Bhagvad Gita from pre-school and translate Sanskrit to English in primary classes. There are special high quality videos for primary students to speak and learn conversation in Sanskrit. Every week there are competitions in Bhagvad Gita shloka recitation and Sanskrit poetry for student among primary classes.
Sanskrit @ St James is a charity that promotes and supports the teaching of Sanskrit in schools, both at junior and senior school levels world-wide. Based on more than 35 years experience in teaching Sanskrit at the St James Schools in London, Sanskrit @ St James is uniquely well placed to assist other interested schools, educational institutions and individuals.
For Sanskrit as well the series of books recommended by Cambridge International Sanskrit examination
- James Institute, London. (http://www.sanskritexams.org.uk/)
- Sanskrit Vyakran (Viva Publication)
- Amritam: Sanskrit Pathshahala (Viva Publication)
- Sanskrit Pragyanam
Arabic language from Cambridge IGCSE
Arabic is offered in our school as a second language from Cambridge IGCSE board as a part of curriculum. The text books, workbooks and video based syllabus for Cambridge Arabic, Madinah Reader Books series, are prepared by Professor Abdur Rahim, Director of the Translation Centre of the King Fahd Quran Printing Complex and former Professor of Arabic at the Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia. He has authored texts designed to impart a knowledge of classical Arabic through applied grammar. Each lesson, based on a conversation, illustrates distinctive language patterns. These patterns are elucidated by a variety of helpful exercises. The vocabulary ranges from classical and Quranic Arabic to modern Arabic. This series of books is currently being utilized at various schools to prepare students for the University of London (UK), IGCSE O-Level and A-Level examinations.
Our students memorize Quran from pre-school and translate Arabic to English in primary classes. There are special high quality videos for primary students to speak and learn conversation in Arabic. Every week there are competitions in Quranic surah recitation and for student among primary and secondary classes.
For Arabic TCIS uses :
- Tallam ul Arabia (ICO publication, KSA)
- Arabic Madina Reader Series ( 1 – 6) (Nurul Islam Academy, USA)
- Arabic Writing Workbook – (Taqwa Prints, USA)
- First Hundred words in Arabic (Heather Amery & Stephen Cartwright, Usborne)
Purpose of teaching languages is to develop reading, writing and speaking abilities. Weekly speeches, story telling and poem competitions among students of different age-group are organized in both the languages for oral and speaking skills.
DVDS, videos shows and interactive videos as a part of regular syllabus for teaching and practicing phonics, phonetics and ascent reduction right from Primary classes.
At TCIS, online LMS is operational right from standard III (stage 4). Our teacher selects the topic or videos for students. This can be same or different for different students depending on the students understanding of the topic/subject. After watching the 6 minute video the students is asked 6 question in each difficulty level (Total 3 level and 18 questions). After each question the student is offered option of watching the video again or recording the answer. The student can watch the video again and again till s/he gets the concept clear and solves the question by himself. Once he/she solves the six questions of level 1, the student is given another 6 questions of little higher in difficulty in level 2 and then 6 questions of level 3. Once students are done with all three levels his complete report with analysis is sent through email to the teacher. The student is awarded some points on each attempt and question so his point keeps on increasing as he solves more questions.
Our school has provide high speed Wi-Fi facility to students where they can use online learning managements systems to develop their concepts and application of knowledge by solving problems on every aspect of the subject or topic given in the syllabus.
Each student has been registered on the portal with his/her account (associated with teachers account) and all the activities on the portal are recorded and sent to the teacher. The teacher can easily understand the difficulty areas and issues with the students and hence can solve effectively.