Learning Approach

Ridge Valley School offers a wide and varied experience of learning that has been tailored to the specific needs of children. Our model of teaching and learning has at its core, the tenets of integration and differentiation.

We promote learning through a Multiple Intelligences outcome system including Verbal-Linguistic, Mathematical-Logical, Visual-Spatial, Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Naturalistic, and Musical Intelligences. We also follow other instructional models, like project-based learning, learning through problem-solving, and integrated and collaborative learning.

The Curriculum

Academics

We acknowledge and understand that students learn at a differing pace; and possess varying degrees of skills and abilities. Accordingly, our curriculum, developed by Universal Learn Today (the learning division of the India Today Group), focusses on enhancing the individual skills of children and ensuring their holistic development, comprising:

  • Spiritual development: Connect with nature and the self; and inculcate essential values.
  • Physical development: Physical activities, personal health and hygiene, confidence about one’s body and gender.
  • Emotional development: Instill in children self-belief, self-worth, and self-confidence.
  • Cerebral development: Learn through experiences and hands-on activities.
  • Social development: Children are encouraged to interact with the community through various outreach programmes.

 

Equal emphasis is given on developing and maintaining a progressive, challenging, and steady-paced learning environment.

The Early Years Curriculum is based on active learning. Through practical activities, purposeful play and talk, children develop an understanding of the world and the basic concepts, which enable them on their journey towards becoming learners for life.

The curriculum for the Junior School follows the broad direction set by the CBSE within the following key learning areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Understanding our World/Social Science
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Physical Education

 

In the Primary School, a variety of approaches encourage children to feel, explore, create, think, and solve problems.

Learning by Doing:

  • The curriculum lays strong emphasis on the constructivist approach, where a child is the architect of her/his own knowledge. Underlying every learning topic is a concept base, which encourages children to see clearly the connections among different subject areas. In every subject area, there is a strong emphasis on equipment and materials, which promotes the spirit of self-investigation.
  • Storytelling, staging plays, learning musical instruments, dance and drama are important tools for learning. In the week’s timetable, therefore, each of these areas finds a place.
  • Maths, Languages, Understanding Our World are the main areas of learning.
  • Circle Time, Show and Tell, and activity-based learning enrich the teaching learning process.
  • As part of their social development, students learn how to share and accept responsibilities, such as cleaning up their area after eating, solving problems by working together, finding new ways to cross the rope bridge in the play area, and so on. Here, even the simplest of activities are designed in a way that they support the development of relevant competences which enable the children to be self-reliant.
  • Student-Teacher Ratio: 20-25 : 2 (Nursery to Grade I) 20 : 1 (Grade II onwards).

 

The Secondary School curriculum at Ridge Valley School works towards :

  • Helping students develop optimum competences in all subjects, including English, the Sciences, Mathematics, and Foreign languages, along with Sanskrit.
  • Strengthening their creative and expressive skills through our Art, Music, and Public speaking programmes.
  • Using technology to support and broaden learning.
  • Equipping learners with personal learning, 21st century skills critical thinking, and other skills necessary to succeed in higher education and all this while working within the framework provided by the affiliating CBSE board.