Capstone High School, Secondary section pledges to build on our core values- Curiosity, Conviction and Compassion. The curriculum focuses on intra and interdisciplinary learning, which allows students to develop subject competency and life skills to get ready not only for the board and competitive examinations but also for a challenging world.
We encourage every learner to be original by setting their standards and working hard to achieve their academic goals. Our students learn at their pace. We arrange a goal setting and review the process to monitor their progress through assessments and strategise their Individual Education Plan (IEP).
This unprecedented situation during the Pandemic required new responses and teaching strategies in academics. We, in Capstone High, took this not as a challenge but an opportunity to learn, lead and grow by adapting to new approaches and strategies to teaching-learning.
Areas of Knowledge
Fostering competence in language and literacy is an essential tool for achieving the Grade level objectives and ultimately leads to student success as all subjects have a language component.
We, at Capstone High, strive to integrate 21st-century skills with language development in our classrooms through our three language policy. It is essential to encourage full respect for the use of vernacular in teaching and learning, to promote linguistic diversity. Inclusive language education policies not only lead to higher learning achievements, but contribute to tolerance, social cohesion, and peace.
The English language plays an important role in an individual’s life as literacy is a skill that enables one to gain independence, develop confidence and autonomy. English as an International language is important for students as it broadens their mind, develops emotional skills and helps in communication.
English language skills are developed through four core skills:
- Listening Skills: It improves the imagination and vocabulary of a learner. While listening, a student is encouraged to visualize the scene and express their thoughts using different mediums of expression.
- Speaking Skills: When speaking, a learner can identify his mistakes and improvise his language skills further.
- Reading Skills: It helps in building vocabulary and improves the concentration of the learner.
- Writing Skills: It helps learners to express their feelings, thoughts and ideas lucidly.
Mastering these four skills, make a student a better communicator.
Keeping in mind our ongoing work on education innovation, we had moved to online teaching and used various tools in our English classes which kept the students engaged and learning through the year. Google Jamboard, Padlet, Google Docs and Slides were used not only to impart knowledge but these tools were also used as platforms for students to express themselves through the different modes.
Apart from Communication skills, Collaboration and Creative Thinking are two of the most sought 21st century skills developed through English Language.
The Project Based Learning or PBLs in English not only initiated the process to inculcate these 21st century skills but also helped the students to go for subject integration with SST, Science and Math. Projects on BIODiversity, Black Lives Matter Movement, Teenage Stress Management, Budding Entrepreneur (Start-up), Creative Advertisement are some of the projects which transformed a language class into a discussion room where everyone could share and communicate their ideas. It enhanced their communication skills, vocabulary and skills in Group Discussions (GD).
Numeracy helps individuals to develop logical thinking and reasoning strategies in their everyday activities. It is needed to solve day to day problems including strategies in the sports field. At Capstone High, we believe that when students are encouraged to take agency of their learning and teachers facilitate students to change the way they think about mathematics, they become genuinely engaged and understand the place of mathematics in the modern world.
We help students to identify real world problems across subjects. They are encouraged to innovate solutions for themselves by applying mathematical concepts through experiential and problem based learning.
Hands-on activities are a comprehensive solution that builds an appealing world full of colour, touch and exploration around the subject of Mathematics. It allows,
- seamless integration of creativity,
- connectivity and problem solving for contextual learning and
- aims at enabling students to learn to
- connect ideas and
- think logically.
It ensures that the student gets a thorough grasp on the subject thus laying a foundation to train students to think, analyse and articulate logically.
Science is what we see all around us. A deep understanding of scientific concepts related to their familiar environment encourages students to come up with innovative ideas. STEAM learning and use of Technology through Design Thinking Process is what helps students ideate and come up with effective situational solutions.
Teaching/learning Science also involves a lot of communication with other people and develops patience and perseverance in children. Problem based learning encourages students to be adaptive and promote the essential 21st-century skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.
WHY? HOW? WHAT?
These questions push children to develop an inquiring mind, to carry out research and form their own opinions to strengthen their scientific concepts. Numerous scientific and technological contributions of recent times have helped us reach out to students even virtually.
Our students make the best use of study skills and share the concepts learnt with their peers through flip class using different strategies and edtech tools like PPT, Journal, Mind map etc.
Social studies help students to develop an understanding of the world around them, appreciate diversity, respect different perspectives and make informed and value-based decisions. With this goal in mind, the social science curriculum is designed in such a way that the students think critically, express their thoughts and views confidently, propose creative solutions to the problems in their environment and work in collaboration with their peers.
The students are encouraged to read and analyse case studies on social issues from across the world and understand their relevance in their environment. They are encouraged to engage in project-based learning where they work in small groups to research various topics or think of out of the box solutions to problems they face in everyday life. The students are always encouraged to hone their communication skills and confidence by presenting their learning through Show and Tell or online Webinars.
Teaching Hindi as a second/third Language to children is important from the point of view of developing Hindi as a link language for India as an official language. To make Hindi learning interesting and engaging, students are encouraged to express their thoughts and ideas around everyday situations through various Art forms (including story- telling, creative writing , theatre, music, dance and visual art) which enhances their comprehension skills, language competencies and ability to participate in everyday communication .
Activities done in class help achieve the following purposes
1. Developing focus and clarity of thought
2. Developing vocabulary
3. Ability to communicate in the language
ಭಾರತವು ವಿವಿಧತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಏಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿರುವ ಹಾಗು ಬಹುಭಾಷೆಗಳನ್ನುಳ್ಳ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರ. ಭಾಷೆಯು ಕೇವಲ ಸಂವಹನ ಮಾಧ್ಯಮವಾಗಿರದೆ, ಸಮಾಜದಲ್ಲಿ ಎಲ್ಲರ ನಡುವೆ ಉತ್ತಮ ಬಾಂಧವ್ಯವನ್ನು ಬೆಸೆಯುವಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಷೆಯು ಪ್ರಧಾನ ಪಾತ್ರವನ್ನುವಹಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಭಾಷಾ ಬೋಧನೆಯು ಒಂದು ಕಲೆ. ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ಶಾಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡವನ್ನು ದ್ವಿತೀಯ ಮತ್ತು ತೃತೀಯ ಭಾಷೆಯನ್ನಾಗಿ ಬೋಧಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.
೨೧ನೇ ಶತಮಾನದ (ಕಮ್ಯುನಿಕೇಷನ್,ಕೊಲಾಬರೇಷನ್, ಕ್ರಿಯೇಟಿವಿಟಿ, ಕ್ರಿಟಿಕಲ್ ತಿಂಕಿಂಗ್ ) ಕೌಶಲಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ, ಭಾಷಾಕೌಶಲಗಳಾದ ಆಲಿಸುವಿಕೆ, ಮಾತುಗಾರಿಕೆ,ಓದುಗಾರಿಕೆ,ಬರವಣಿಗೆ ಕೌಶಲಗಳನ್ನು ಕಥೆ, ಹಾಡುಗಾರಿಕೆ, ನಾಟಕಾಭಿನಯ,ಚರ್ಚಾಪದ್ಧತಿ, ಗುಂಪು ಚರ್ಚೆ, ಆಶುಭಾಷಣ, ಮುಂತಾದ ವಿವಿಧ ಸೃಜನಶೀಲ ಚಟುವಟಿಕೆಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ಆನಂದದಾಯಕ ಕಲಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗಿಯಾಗುವಂತ ಪೂರಕ ವಾತಾವರಣವನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.