Greetings from the NewAge team!
Our young NewAgeans have had an eventful first month of the academic year. They learnt valuable lessons during World Environment Day and the very interesting and colourful Nutrition Week. They displayed their skills, knowledge and talents in Assembly activities, projects, competitions and talks. We request you to continue to encourage them to take part in all School activities.
They elected their new leaders for the academic year in a well organised and paperless voting process where we used Google forms. Contestants for various leadership posts canvassed and spoke with confidence and enthusiasm. The entire exercise was an effective learning time for all students wherein they understood the democratic process and learnt to compete in a dignified manner and accept winning or failure in a sportive manner. We are proud to say that our students stood up to the values and principles we stand by at NewAge.
The month of July will see our senior students prepare for the first Unit Assessments. Students of Grades 1 to 4 will not be having Unit Assessments (which will begin only from Grade 5). They will have only two (summative) assessments in the form of revision worksheets in Mid Sem and End Sem. Throughout the year, they will have assessments for learning (formative assessments) which happen during the teaching-learning process. This provides teachers and children important information about children’s learning gaps, strengths, weaknesses and difficulties so that timely action can be taken and corrective measures adopted by teachers. The value of assessment lies in ensuring that the process is continuous, comprehensive and not a one-time affair, so that it helps teacher plan better and in an on-going manner for improving children’s learning, performance and contributing to their holistic all round development. The process focuses on collecting information on all aspects of the child’s development and not only subject or text-book based tests. These assessments are undertaken in multiple ways. It may include oral/aural/written forms or teacher’s observation or child centred classroom activities such as discussion/dialogue, project work, model making/posters/charts, experimentation, group and individual activities, games/quizzes and maintaining every child’s portfolio etc.
Evaluation is a process of finding out the extent to which a child has attained what they should have within a specified period and against expected learning outcomes. It is therefore important that it is based on reliable and valid evidences so as to arrive at precise conclusion about children’s achievement and performance. We believe in every child’s holistic growth and not only their attainment/achievement in various subjects.
Evaluation should also not only be based on knowledge/information based questions, but extend much beyond this. It is broader and more comprehensive taking into account different aspects of the child’s total behaviour- knowledge, skills, interests, attitudes and values. It should therefore not be based only on written work but also include different forms of assessment keeping in view how children learn. As the motto of our school is ‘to set the child free’, we have taken appropriate measures to make the entire process stress free and ensure that our students find joy in learning. For the parents who are obviously brought up in an examination oriented education system, it may take some effort in understanding our process of assessments and evaluations. Feel free to discuss with us your doubts and fears. You can also go through full details of the work done when you come to Open House on 10th August, 2019.
Our earnest appeal to all parents is to give due support to our students in the process of their learning, particularly the English language. Do encourage general reading and related activities to improve because proficiency in the language is a pre-requisite for effective communication and knowledge acquisition. The learning of English transcends over a wide domain, spread across the curriculum of different subjects and forms an indispensable and integral part of children’s intellectual, social and emotional growth. In our curriculum ample opportunities are provided to nurture life skills such as communication skills, critical thinking, sharing, caring, self-awareness, concern for others etc.
At the primary level, children’s process of learning normally moves from hearing to listening, from speech to reading and finally writing. The stress on the development of skills in a language programme is not to be viewed as a mechanical activity devoid of life but as the cornerstone of experience, appreciation and creative expression. Feeling, expression and its application all move together, so when a child acquires proficiency in reading and writing, the door to future learning is opened. Let us take the required supportive roles in the efforts made by our little learners.
We look forward to your active participation in all aspects of your child’s learning.