Hallmark of Childhood
Birla Open Minds firmly reiterates and restores what Tagore famously referred to as the hallmark of childhood — the 'joy of learning' and 'creative spirit'. BOM believes in the uniqueness of each child, thereby fostering holistic development through integrated learning opportunities. Our philosophy is based on the constructivist approach where the learners are actively involved in their learning in a self-governing environment. Learning experiences are interactive, student-centred and knowledge acquisition progresses from the known to the unknown, from the concrete to the abstract, and from all things local to those global.
The teachers are aware of each student's emotional, social, psychological, and physical development as well as their cognitive growth. They provide a motivational framework for each learning opportunity. A learner at Birla Open Minds develops global perspective and life skills to help and excel in his or her desired field and becomes a lifelong learner.
The focus of the curriculum is to connect what is taught and learned in various subjects to life outside the classroom.
At BOM, the curriculum is designed and developed to fit the necessities, interests, capabilities and learning styles of each child. BOMISites are at the centre of our educational processes and systems. The curriculum, through each of its parameters, focuses on boosting the social, emotional, spiritual, physical, motor and cognitive development of each child.
The Primary Years curriculum is carefully designed to nurture the child in all dimensions of his/her life, to bring out the essence of a holistic being. The curriculum aims to foster the development of key skills in communication, problem-solving, citizenship, critical thinking, inquiry, investigation, analysis, social awareness, personal awareness and collaboration.
In the Birla Open Minds, the scholastic and co-scholastic subjects go hand in hand, assisting the BOMISites in achieving excellence. Our Primary Years curriculum is age-appropriate. It is based on learning outcomes and progressive teaching, integrating concepts, processes and ways of thinking drawn from the diverse disciplines of subject areas.
We begin the journey with the following subjects:
- English Language Arts
- Third Language
- Environmental Studies
- Information and Communication Technology
The co-scholastic subjects are :
- Performing Arts
- Visual Arts
- Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education
- Physical Education, Yoga, and Sports (SPEED)
- Soul Science
Six integrated themes help the learners in Grade I-IV to make meaningful connections through the immersive process where a thematic focus straddles all areas of learning; the duration of each theme being 4-6 weeks.
At Birla Open Minds, we conduct 'Filler Weeks' and 'Subject Weeks' to further develop various skills — reading, writing, listening, speaking, mathematical and scientific skills. Research on how the brain learns best, developmental appropriateness, the theory of Multiple Intelligences and the National Curricular Framework have guided our curriculum, while the curricula for Grades 1-4 have been thoughtfully planned to ensure that each child enjoys these years in learning, discovery and creativity.
Our learning environment is an affirmative and enabling one. Bright, airy, learning spaces, creative learning centres, well-stocked libraries, integrated laboratories, ICT laboratories, and exciting, interactive display boards, create an environment that catalyses the teaching-learning process.
Assessment is an ongoing process. It guides the learners in their pursuit of excellence. Theme End Assessments and Term End Assessments ensure timely feedback on the degree of achievement of a child as well as his/her grade-level outcomes. Such assessments are meant to guide teachers and parents in providing the required support in a timely and effective manner. The progress of each child is shared through detailed report books along with a portfolio of documented work, making learning visible to all.
All these thoughtful processes ensure the fulfilment of our ultimate goal of teaching in a manner in which all students learn and develop skills such as reading, writing, listening, speaking, communication, problem-solving, citizenship, collaboration, leadership, and creative and critical thinking skills.