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Foundation Stage

‘Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child open up himself to life.’ Children develop quickly in the early years, a blend of mirth and experiences marking the foundational years between birth and age five as fundamentally important. At Mayoor, the Foundational Stage is an amalgamation of a secure and safe environment, development of self-esteem with exceptional quality learning, laying down the building blocks for a child’s happy future.

 

Mayoor Upvan-Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Kindergarten

MAYOOR UPVAN is an innovative educational approach to learning through exploration and outdoor play. Nestled amidst the plush greens and far from the hustle-bustle of the city, our gates open to a secure, warm, enriching and welcoming environment. We at Mayoor believe that nature creates its own playground, allowing children to explore and give wings to their imagination while having limitless fun in their ‘living classroom’, stimulating their senses by the natural environment around them. Here our little ones take guided steps from the protected environment of the home to their first exposure of the outside world. Belonging for young inquisitive minds is being in a place where they feel comfortable enough to play without having to look over their shoulders seeking approval, or dodging disapproval. Vibrant, inviting and well-designed, Mayoor Upvan is every child’s dream come true.

Mayoor Upvan is built upon the philosophy that a child, with an inherent ability to learn and express himself, is the center of the universe. From letting them explore without fear, redefining their space and using the materials found around them to create for themselves a sense of structure, pattern and order, each child at Mayoor learns in his own way and at his own pace. We aim to provide a fostering environment which respects individual differences and promotes creativity.

 

TEACHING METHODOLOGY

MY HOURS AT UPVAN

Young children learn best by doing or experiencing – through discovery and play. Our tiny Mayoorians are brought into the folds of nature to develop their imagination and sensitivity towards the environment while honing age-appropriate skills amongst them. This less structured preschool setup helps in embracing tactile learning and encouraging curiosity and exploration with all of the senses.

Our Typical Day is a manifestation of our beliefs and includes a plethora of activities, namely:

  • Welcome Time
  • Upvan Nature Trail
  • Pretend Play
  • Gardening – Vegetable/ Herb Patch
  • Rhymes, Songs and Dances
  • Exploring Thematic Learning Corners
  • Making Music
  • Snack time
  • Scribble time
  • Circle Time
  • Fun with Language, Literacy and Numeracy
  • Outdoor Play
  • Making Friends
  • Creative Art Projects and Clay modeling

 

UPVAN  Early Years Framework

Upvan Early Years Framework has been developed on the adage ‘Play is the work of child’ and has nine areas of learning and development, which includes 3 Prime Areas supported by 6 Specific Areas. Children develop all the necessary attributes that are indispensable to succeed in the world of compulsory academics.

 

3 Prime Areas

1. Communication and Language: We are committed to create a communication-rich environment where linguistic learning is blended with interpersonal learning. Children are encouraged to communicate with both adults and peers, engaging in meaningful experiences that promote development through a range of daily activities, thereby improving their soft skills and interpersonal relationships.

2. Physical Development: Our indoor and outdoor play areas provide opportunities to develop and practice fine and gross motor skills. Through play children develop confidence, eye-hand coordination and motor control, all of which are essential for a well-defined personality.

3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development:  Through warm and nurturing interactions, each child feels valued, leading to strong self-esteem and self-confidence. We provide opportunities and activities for the children to build positive friendships and manage their emotions.

 

6 Specific Areas

1. Literacy: Literacy development involves a love of books and an opportunity for shared reading. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials- books, poems, and other material to ignite their interest. They are encouraged to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.

2. Mathematics: We provide opportunities to investigate and develop their understanding of numbers, measurements, patterns, shapes and calculations which they can explore, enjoy, learn and practice.

3. Understanding the World: The children are encouraged to be independent, to explore and be aware of their environment, discuss daily events and experiences, solve problems, make decisions, experiment, plan and question.

4. Expressive Arts and Design: Through a wide range of stimulating resources the children are encouraged to explore, appreciate and express through music, dance, dramatics, art and craft.

5. Thinking Skills: We encourage children to reflect and be inquisitive. We develop their core thinking skills (acquiring, storing and using information) 

6. Problem Solving Skills: Through creating real and make belief situations, we encourage children to search for solutions for small day to day problems, encouraging them to think independently and strategically by reflecting, applying and solving problems

 

CLASS I AND II

‘It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.’ Albert Einstein

Keeping the same ideology in view, Mentors at Mayoor inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning in all the mentees.

 

Curriculum and Teaching Methodology

There is no doubt that primary education is an incubator for the next generation of leaders, thinkers and innovators. To compete in the fast-changing world, children need to start preparing from an early phase of their lives. Through effective preprimary education, students get the chance to develop their social, cognitive, cultural, emotional, and physical skills and enhance them to the best of their abilities. 

We, at Mayoor, are focused on providing our students with an education that goes above and beyond academia, wherein we focus on their holistic development. We adopt a unique child-centered programme that

  • Inculcates desirable social attitudes and manners and encourages healthy group participation, making the children sensitive to the rights and privileges of others.
  • Develops emotional maturity by guiding them to express, understand, accept and control their feelings and emotions
  • Stimulates the beginning of intellectual curiosity concerning the environment and to help them understand the world in which they live; and fosters new interests through opportunities to explore investigate and experiments.
  • Encourages independence and creativity by providing them with sufficient opportunities for self-expression.
  • Promotes their ability to express their thoughts and feelings in fluent, correct and clear speech.
  • We use a set of workbooks created in-house by our teachers.  This compilation of worksheets  helps in engaging our students in various interactive activities while challenging them to think, develop their creativity as well as problem solving skills.

ABL-Activity Based Learning

 To foster self-learning and allow a child to study according to his or her aptitude and skill, Activity Based Learning methodology has been adopted that emphasizes on independent investigation and analysis. By asking students to work on their own or in small groups, this teaching method encourages them to be independently inquisitive, think critically, and learn from their own experience. It not only encourages them to take responsibility for their own learning experience, group-based activity work also helps them develop teamwork and social skills. Young children don’t always understand the relevance of learning material when simply putting pen to paper. Activity-based learning, on the other hand, enables them understand the ‘real-life’ relevance of learning material by encouraging them to explore and solve realistic problems and scenarios.

 

ASSESSMENTS

To guide teaching and measure learning, the school has opted performance-based formative and summative assessments using standardized rubrics and tools.  while summative assessments are organised periodically to assess learners’ achievements, Formative assessment is designed to provide necessary feedback to make minor ‘course corrections’ along the way.