At Alpha, the aim is to develop global citizens who are self-conﬁdent, responsible, and aware of their duties towards the community. Students are encouraged to cultivate skills that help them face the challenges of the dynamic global village.
The curriculum at Alpha International School supports a developmental, student-centric approach, engaging them in classroom activities. Constructive feedback is given to students to encourage and motivate them.
Alpha International School aims to make learning relevant and meaningful to students by adopting an inquiry based, integrated curriculum, which focuses on the child as a highly inquisitive learner. At Alpha, children are recognised to be individuals with unique experiences, backgrounds, abilities, and interests. Teachers, at Alpha, promote a curriculum framed to meet students’ varying needs, abilities, and learning styles. A balanced education programme within a safe, stimulating environment is maintained so that every child learns and grows to its greatest potential.
The school adopts a holistic approach to develop students’ personality, which includes Sports and Performing Arts (SPA), integrated into the curriculum. Some of the methods followed, at Alpha to ensure all-round development of children are:
The curriculum is designed to have a two-term structure with the syllabus split to ensure that all subjects and topics are delivered in the right chronological order.
While the major objective of assessment is to measure progress and achievement of learners that reﬂect the eﬀectiveness of the classroom transaction, it also serves as a feedback mechanism for the learner. The assessment pattern helps highlight areas where performance can be improved, in concurrence with the concept of holistic development of the learner.
At Alpha, the methods of assessment diﬀer based on the choice of board and the learner’s grade.
Kindergarten follows a non-formal, continuous and comprehensive assessment pattern based on the worksheet system.
The Primary level (Grade I to V) has a series of Formative Assessments (FA) aimed at measuring progress and achievements of students through practical assessing activities, subject-speciﬁc skills. Pen and paper assessments spread over the academic year are conducted informally for the understanding of learning levels achieved. The skill gaps are observed and the necessary remediation is undertaken. The Summative Assessment (SA) is a formal written test, which is conducted at the end of each term. The student is graded based on the sum total of FA and SA conducted over the two terms.
The Cambridge Primary Progression tests and Checkpoint examinations are standardised assessments that provide clear insight to learners’ strengths and areas of improvement.
At the end of Grade V, the students appear for the Cambridge Primary Checkpoint exam.
A child’s ﬁrst school experience is very important in laying the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Alpha’s Childhood Programmes are an amalgamation of play, culture and the roots of structured learning.
At Alpha, Kindergarten level adopts a structured thematic curriculum based on International Early Years curriculum that focuses on the learning of literacy, communication and language, mathematics, understanding the world, expressive art and design, personal social and emotional development, physical development along with Lego Learning. This frame of education is set for children of 2.5 – 5.5 years of age. The curriculum helps in developing progressive learning that serves as a smooth transition into the Cambridge Primary at Grade I, mapping global standards.
Highlights of the kindergarten programme include educational ﬁeld trips linked to the curriculum, a structured in-door and out-door playtime in the Kids Fun-Zone and the Sandpit area respectively. While it is all fun and play for the students, the choice of equipment will ensure muscle and motor skills development and enhancement in their coordination. Students are treated to a nutritious and hygienic pre-packed pre-planned healthy snackduring the day’s of learning and playing.
The class strength is limited to 30 and the teacher to student ratio in kindergarten is maintained as 1:15, ensuring personalised attention to every student’s needs.
Alpha International School aims to make learning relevant and meaningful to students by adopting an inquiry based, integrated curriculum, which focuses on the child as a learner. At Alpha, children are recognised to be individuals with unique experiences, backgrounds, abilities, and interests. Teachers, at Alpha, promote a curriculum framed to meet students’ varying needs, abilities, and learning styles. A balanced education programme within a safe, stimulating environment is maintained so that every child learns and grows to its greatest potential.
As the learners progress into Primary level of Grades I and II, pertaining to the Cambridge curriculum, Alpha offers English, Maths and Science as core subjects, along with II language (Tamil or Hindi) and ICT.
Students of Grades III ,IV& V are offered core subjects like English, Maths,Science and II language (Tamil or Hindi). In addition they are also offered Social Science, ICT and III language (Tamil or Hindi) with the medium of instruction being English.
By adopting the Cambridge Curriculum till Grade V the school seeks to empower children with a strong foundation in core discipline areas, with a rich amalgamation of national and international themes, interdisciplinary learning, global awareness, health literacy, financial literacy, environment literacy, government & civic literacy and ICT.
At Alpha International, the aim is to develop lifelong learners, who are highly inquisitive. The school adopts a holistic approach to develop students’ personality, which includes Sports and Performing Arts (SPA), integrated into the curriculum. Following are some of the methods followed, at Alpha to ensure all-round development of children;
Students of Grade VI are offered the CBSE-i curriculum. This gives them an advantage of blending the Cambridge International curriculum and the National curriculum with an international approach.
Though the affiliation is same for both CBSE and CBSE-i patterns, there is a major difference in the curriculum. The syllabus is based on the guidelines provided by the National Curriculum Framework and the National Council for Education Research and Training.
CBSE curriculum comprises English,II languages(Hindi, Tamil, French), science ,mathematics social science,ICT& III Language(Hindi, Tamil , French).CBSE is a skill-based curriculum wherein the board aims to promote critical and creative thinking skills, effective communication skills, interpersonal and collaborative skills and information and media skills. Through CBSEcurriculum we will provide opportunities for extended learning and help develop perspectives, with emphasis on research orientation and social empowerment. An appropriate extension of the Cambridge Curriculum from Grade V and VI will be facilitated for smooth transition.
A gateway to direct learning - Alpha aims at creating a curriculum, which is not solely focused on classroom learning. The school believes in providing opportunities that help children deal with tough situations, better. The Life Skill Programme at Alpha sensitises students from a young age to accept social needs, handle relationships by overcoming anger and fear and nurtures to hone their problem solving skills, empowering them to scale new heights.
Students at Alpha are trained to undertake the Cambridge YLE tests (Young Learners test in English) from Grades III and IV and progress to Lower Main suite exams (ESOL) -KET in Grade V.
The ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) exams help learners in developing English Language skills, preparing them for a future full of opportunities, through world-class education standard.
Excelling in this training enables learners to acquire language proficiency of C1 Grade in English, which is equivalent to an IELTS band 9, as per the CEFR-Common European Framework, which is the entry requirement for immigration to foreign universities for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Students with a C1 qualification hold a good chance of having excellent career prospects.
Students are encouraged to participate in International Olympiads to master English, Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education. The school sponsors the cost of these examinations. Competitive examinations on a National and International scale don’t just serve as a certification of competency, but also instil a sense of self confidence, promote healthy competition and create global awareness.
The framework of 21st century skills demands that learners be empowered with communication skills – written, oral and multimedia skills that help instil conﬁdence in them. Alpha ensures that these skills are developed from the very start of a student’s learning ladder through reading programmes across all grades conducted by linguistic experts that is reviewed and monitored periodically. The reading tree books and other phonics materials for different grades adequately support the programme.
Creativity and artistic skill development is another focus area at Alpha. Students are taught, trained and exposed to Indian and western music, vocal and instrumental, by qualified teachers.
Experts from the field of theatre and dance deliver lessons in accordance to Alpha’s structured curriculum that is progressive at each grade. Students are encouraged to express themselves through theatre and to improve their self-conﬁdence, self-esteem and proﬁciency in language and presentation skills.
ARTS AND CRAFT
Learners are given an opportunity to cultivate the creativity in them. They are exposed to different genres of art and a wide variety of craftwork.
THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMME
The school adopts a structured curriculum for Physical Education as laid down by the norms of International Primary Curriculum that is interwoven with the framework of curricular learning. A host of indoor and outdoor games and activities enhance interdisciplinary learning leading to a sound mind in a sound body.
Alpha International School offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor sports activities such as Yoga, Basketball, Football, Hand Ball, Skating, and Athletics. The colourful multi play equipment exclusively for the tiny tots is a source of attraction to all the preschool learners. The colourfully structured playpen located by the school entrance serves to provide physical training to children. Installed in a secure zone and designed to ensure safety, the play area is indeed the most engaging spot of school life at Alpha.
Special sports facilities like a spot to practice skating, basketball court, multi-court along with the required equipment and professional coaches for each sport are available at Alpha. Students are continuously graded on multiple parameters. A term end report is provided to the parents to see the progression and development of the child.
At Alpha, the philosophy of experiential learning is put into practice in the form of outdoor and on-site learning activities that are interfaced with the curriculum. Field trips with clear objectives in mind give the students a chance to immerse in real world experiences and connect varied real life situations to classroom learning.
At Alpha International School, camps are arranged annually to help enhance children’s learning process and to remain connected with their path of interest.
Children need to be engaged in activities beyond academics, which help enhance their personality and develop their skills, which in the later years manifest as Career and Life Skill. At Alpha, grade I & II students enjoy being a part of the Young Fiddler’s Club every first and fourth Saturday. The various clubs for grades III –V include music, cookery, writing, speaking, drawing, painting and crafts.
The club aims to encourage students to bring out the hidden chef within them. It allows them to explore the art of cooking, to learn the importance of food presentation and helps develop students’ knowledge on intake of balanced meals, and basic food hygiene, which are skills that come in handy for a lifetime.
WRITER’S CLUB & ORATOR'S CLUBS
Writer’s and Orator’s clubs are a platform for students to cultivate innovative writing in a variety of topics and to open up and cultivate public speaking. These clubs also help inculcate a habit of reading newspapers and watching educational programmes on the television that contribute to developing a repertoire of general knowledge. These clubs also enable students to respond spontaneously and actively contribute to any discussion.
While being up to date with technology and modern education, children today need to learn to appreciate culture and traditional values. The Heritage Club gives scope to gain knowledge about cultural values, as an effort to sensitise students to respect the differences in culture.
Children from an early age (Grade I) onwards are taught to serve the community selflessly, as a part of their curriculum in the form of Social Empowerment through Work and Action (SEWA). Opportunities are created to sensitise children about people who are less privileged and create awareness of every individual’s duties and responsibilities towards society, country, and environment.
Students are encouraged to make meaningful contributions to the local and global issues and do community service, in accordance to their age; making them responsible global citizens of tomorrow.