Academic Content Areas

Our content area benchmarks, scope and sequence are meaningfully drawn from the CBSE/ICSE/SSC benchmarks.The content areas that are covered in the curriculum are –

Language Arts

Other than the required skills of reading, writing, listening, language, and literature, the curriculum serves the higher purpose of –

  • expressing ideas,
  • extracting meaning,
  • enhancing critical thinking, and
  • connecting with others.

This process is designed to teach children to think independently and to use their growing intellects to face the challenges of the digital age.

Children are able to interpret the messages and values contained within many popular forms of media. They also learn to understand the agendas behind them.

As they move through the grades, they develop more sophisticated mastery of literacy. Our differentiated instructions ensure that each child learns and contributes in the areas of his strengths and gets ample (liberal/ sufficient) time to work on the deficits, if any.

Expressive Arts

Teachers identify ways that children learn through specific media, and they scaffold each student’s development of multiple competencies.

Later in the student’s learning, as children become more analytical, they explore responses and able to deconstruct work as well as create it.

Expressive Arts provide children the opportunity to communicate their thoughts, ideas and feelings. It encompass music, movement, visual arts, studio art, dramatic art and play.

 

 

Mathematics

Aurinko attempts to develop a mathematical mind in its children.

  • Patterns/ Rhythms of the human body can be applied to the world around us. Concepts of left-right/ me-you, build strong concept understanding.
  • Application – Children’s mathematical understanding is applied to the world around them. This enables them to express not only objects and their absence, but also to represent forms and equations aligned with rules and ideas.
  • Maths as a discipline Math concepts provide domains for children to reach an understanding on deeper level with geometry and algebra, while learning the tools and applications that activate these ideas. Applying these mathematical domains to projects, problem-solving, and planning on an experiential level supports multiple ways of learning and embeds skill development.

Math at Aurinko starts with asking daily life questions, trying various methods to meet that need and understanding the existing solutions like graphs, calendars, surveys, temperatures, quantities, time.

Scientific Inquiry

The content areas of scientific inquiry get children to engage their natural curiosity and are challenged to seek answers and explore the world around them.

This process begins with a question, follows the path of inquiry. Together teachers and children explore, document, reflect, and record findings as they ask questions, conduct research, make observations, and formulate and test hypotheses.

As the children move from grade to grade, fundamental scientific topics with increasing complexity are introduced and developed, building upon the skills and knowledge they have learned.

 

Social and Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning are key elements of our work at Aurinko Academy sometimes more than academic skillsets. It strongly affects the cognitive growth. When children have the skills to self-regulate and solve problems on their own, they are better prepared as learners and collaborators.

Social skills and competencies enable children to be more successful in school and in life. Social-emotional skills are the common threads that tie our entire curriculum together, since we learn together as a community.

The social negotiation, discussion, and conflict found in peer relationships help children learn to understand the thoughts, emotions, motives, and intentions of others. As they develop and extend their ability to see or understand someone else’s point of view, they identify strategies that can be used to address difficult situations.

Children support each others social and emotional skills as they make these adjustments using negotiation, collaboration, cooperation, turn-taking, and sharing. In turn, they develop greater self-confidence, self-esteem, and the willingness to take risks.

Teachers and parents, as appropriate, facilitate social emotional learning processes. The skills developed in this content area influence cognitive skills and are directly related to academic achievement and learning. Cognitive and social-emotional developments are complementary, mutually supportive areas of growth and learning.

Physical Awareness, Health and Play

At Aurinko, teachers constantly look for creative ways to incorporate physical activity and health into all other areas of the curriculum and into emerging threads of interest so that children experience their bodies as powerful agents of exploration and expression.

Physical Awareness and play

During play, children are free to risk doing things that they are not yet confident they can do well.

By practicing skills or trying out ideas within a play situation, children become better able to handle real situations. The children participate in activities and games designed to support exercise that is enjoyable and develops physical skills.

While exploring this content area, teachers and children take advantage of multiple spaces including soft spaces, indoor spaces, playground, local community spaces, and the surrounding neighbourhood.

Our curriculum encourages complex forms of play, which research shows helps children develop language skills, empathy, and a subtle capacity to know the needs of others.

Health

Children explore the relationship between food and physical and mental health. With teacher and parent collaboration, meals and snack times become perfect opportunities to expose children to healthy and satisfying eating experiences and habits.

       Social Sciences

Teachers look for and contrive opportunities for relating social sciences to real life. This study plays a critical role in deepening children’s understanding of how their world works. Children get to explore their identity and their relationships. This is extended to exploring characteristics and experiences, past and present, of diverse cultures and populations of the world.