Complete education is impossible without sensorial learning and encouraging various forms of expression. In Junior school, students learn a wide variety of skills to express themselves creatively. In the later years, students opt for activities which include art, weaving, clay work, carpentry, home-craft and dance.
The purpose of ‘Activity’ in the school curriculum is to give the students the opportunity to engage in a learning different from academic learning, to work with their hands and to explore different forms of expression and creativity. Activity is part of the weekly timetabled events in Junior and Middle School.
The Junior School classes engag in Art, Craft and Clay Modelling.
In Middle School, a class of students is divided into three groups and they participate in different activities like Craft, Weaving, Clay Modelling, Theatre and Cooking once a week for a whole term. The groups are rotated every term so that every student gets to do three different activities every year.
For classes 8 and 9, in Senior School, exposure to activities is kept up through specific sessions and, sometimes, through workshops held roughly once a month on Saturdays. These activities and workshops have included Art, Music, Theatre, Pottery, Design, and Poetry.
SOCIALLY USEFUL PRODUCTIVE WORK (SUPW)
Socially Useful Productive Work (SUPW) is a subject where students can choose from a number of vocational education activities. It was introduced by the Ministry of Education to promote Ghandian Values. The following vocations are offered in our school depending on the availability of resource personnel. They also function on Saturdays.
WORK EDUCATION FOR CLASSES IX-XII
“Those who do not train their hands, who go through the ordinary rut of education lack MUSIC in their life” – Mahatma Gandhi
The most important goal of education is to prepare children for life as adults and to impart knowledge, skills, qualities and attitudes which make them self supportive individuals and productive citizens.
Towards this goal Work Education is introduced to provide the basis for building up proper attitudes towards work, developing favorable work values and habits , imparting necessary knowledge related to work and developing appropriate work skills which can help the children to become productive and self reliant in meeting their day to day needs and those of their families and communities.
Courses offered by professionals in their respective field are as follows and these periods are within the school timing.
It aims at making students use the computer both as a productive tool and as a means of creativity and self-expression. The curriculum encompasses technological skills based on themes that are current and meaningful. The program helps children build a solid foundation of fundamental learning skills and prepares them for the fast changing technology of today and the future.
Drawing & Painting:
The techniques of sketching, still-life, water colour, painting and oil painting are taught. Creativity is emphasized in these activities.
This is divided into essential and elective areas. Essential area covers community service and campus cleanliness. Elective area offers a wide range of activities to cater to the creativity of the students and to enable them to appreciate dignity of labour. Computer Literacy which is offered right from Std. I is part of the elective area in Work Experience.
As the children grow, their roles, responsibilities, aspirations and environmental context changes. This brings about the need for developing new insights in life skills.
Project work is an integral part of the school curriculum. The Annual Educational Project, which is thematic, is a unique feature of the school.
E.V.S. Project is the main focus of the Primary Science and Social Science syllabi.
Notation, sight reading, chords and lead playing in Western Classical light music as well as familiar tunes are focused on.
Rudimentary lessons like Sarali Varisai, Alankaram, Krithis of many famous composers are introduced.
Bharatanatyam’s theoretical foundations trace to the ancient Sanskrit text Natya Shastra, its existence by 2nd century CE is noted in the ancient Tamil epic Silappatikaram, while temple sculptures of 6th to 9th century CE suggest it was a well refined performance art by mid 1st millennium CE. Bharatanatyam is quite possibly the oldest classical dance tradition of India are introduced to the students
Exercises and postures that benefit different parts of the body are demonstrated and performed. Asanas are graded according to the age and experience of the student.
Recitation and repetition of slokas in Sanskrit enhance pronunciation and vocabulary.
Creative Drama is incorporated into the primary school curriculum and it proves to be an enjoyable learning experience for the students.
This nurtures creativity and paves the way for strengthening problem-solving techniques. The inventive faculty coupled with divergent thinking make children, visionaries.
The general assembly is a daily feature offering varied activities and serves as a stage for students, aspiring to compete at higher levels.
After School Activities Programme
The After School Activities Programme at The SKVV School forms a part of an enrichment programme to give students the opportunity to participate in activities that extend their learning. This programme is aimed at imparting new skills, enhancing existing talent and affording students the opportunity to work with specialists outside of the mainstream curriculum.
Societies & Clubs
At SKV Vidhayashram, there are a number of societies and clubs to help the students explore their interests and develop their latent talents and leadership promise under expert guidance. Many of these are student initiatives, where students take charge and teachers are only facilitators. Here is just a brief selection of the various kinds of co-curricular activities SKV Vidhyaashram has to offer its students:
At SKV Vidhyaashram sports are taken very seriously. All SKV Vidhyaashram campuses hold early morning and after school coaching sessions for students in Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Soccer and Swimming. Inter-house competitions in the various sports are held round the year, and help to hone their skills; the battle for supremacy has its climax on Sports Day at each campus.
The schools have representative school-teams in various categories which participate in inter-school, district level and national level tournaments (grade 6 upwards for the latter two). In recent years our soccer and basketball teams have participated in international tournaments. Many of our students have been admitted to various colleges under the sports quota.
SKV Vidhyaashram has brought about a change in the attitude and mindset of students, the community and the city at large. The schools have equipped the students to make well informed choices, and recognise the links between degrading environment, poverty and unsustainable development.
We lead the students through the FOUR C’s – CURIOSITY, CREATIVITY, COMPETENCE & COMPASSION. Whatever the age, our attempt is to encourage active learning and direct participation.