Curriculum

Scholastic Programme

Scholastic Programme

NPS International (NPSI) Chennai follows the Indian School Certificate curriculum, preparing students for the ICSE (Class X) & ISC (Class XII) Examinations. Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are drafted and implemented to meet the ever changing needs of the modern child. With the holistic development of our students as a guiding focus, equal importance is given to academics, physical activity, and the creative arts.

At NPS, scholastic instruction emphasises questioning, enquiry and investigation and the development of a scientific temper. Independent study and exploration are encouraged, and learning is a joyful and active process right from the early learning level. Our approach aids integrated learning, where students pick up life skills while excelling in academics. Establishing a work ethic characterised by persistence, independence, time management and an appreciation of the value of learning is a core facet of the schooling process at NPSI.

The ISC curriculum mandates the study of a second language till Grade 10, and a third language from Grade 5 to Grade 8. Students can choose from Tamil, Hindi, Sanskrit and French for their second language, and Tamil, Sanskrit and Hindi as a third language.

Assessment
Assessments at NPS International Chennai (NPSI Chennai) for grades 1 to 12 are conducted through homework, projects, oral presentations, individual and group assignments, regular tests, laboratory work or worksheets. Continuous Assessment is vital part of the academic structure of the school, ensuring periodic review and retention of the concepts learnt. Whether it is a daily assessment, a term-long project or a unit to be worked on and submitted in a week or fortnight, guidelines and expectations are first discussed by the teacher with the class. The academic year is divided into two terms. A well-planned test schedule is shared in advance with the students to make sure only one test is scheduled for a particular day. This also ensures that the child finds enough time to prepare in advance, review portions a day before and give the assessment with confidence.

In today's world every child is considered an individual ready to accept and willing to shoulder responsibilities. It therefore becomes imperative that an environment suitable for such growth is provided right from the start. At NPSI, every need of the child is recognised and respected, and free rein is given to their expressions. Children can enact stories and play games while they enjoy reading and writing. Students are encouraged to explore to find answers so they are better equipped to face whatever awaits them in the years to come.

The Montessori and Kindergarten programmes are offered at the early childhood level - ages 3 to 6.

Assessment
Kindergarten is a two year programme, comprising Literacy, Numeracy, EVS, Art & Craft, Physical Development, and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Evaluating a child’s progress is an ongoing process which is not formalised. A report giving details of progress of each child in all areas of learning is produced at the end of the year.

Montessori is a three year programme, consisting of the following key learning areas –Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Math. These areas are explored through activities which are open-ended and encourage children to explore and think critically. Daily observations of each child’s activity form the basis of assessment. This is an ongoing process that takes place in all areas of learning. A detailed report is generated for each student at the end of the year, describing the progress and skills developed by the child.

At the primary level, it is our constant endeavour to provide a productive learning process through activity-oriented lessons, stimulating hands-on work and extensive co-curricular activities. Children work on projects, multimedia presentations, group work and collaborative learning, with circle time and worksheets specially designed to encourage lateral thinking.

Students are introduced to the study of computers, appreciating that computer literacy is essential in a modern world. Children start using the Math Lab and Language Lab from Grade 1, sharpening their analytical and communication skills.

E-learning is implemented in Grades 1-4 for EVS, SS and GS to improve the speed and efficiency of information transfer. Lessons are taught using e-books in class, and relevant content and assessment materials are disseminated to students through e-mail. The use of the Intelligent Interactive Panels for specific content which is curated and created by the faculty greatly supplements learning.

Specific non-scholastic activities are built into the curriculum, providing children with an extra creative element in their schooling. Physical activities like Physical Education, Dance and Yoga are complemented by Music, Keyboard and Art classes. Story-telling is a key element for students from Grades 1 to 3, deepening their imagination and understanding of the world.

Extra-curricular activities conducted every week provide a platform for the children of Grades 4 and 5 to nurture a variety of skills including photography, cookery and chess to make schooling in the primary years more vibrant and dynamic. Scholastic pursuits in conjunction with co-curricular and extra-curricular activities lay the foundation for all-round development at an early stage.

Assessment
The Early Primary (Grades 1 and 2) curriculum includes English, Mathematics, EVS and Language (Tamil or Hindi). The curriculum for Grades 3 to 5 comprises English, Mathematics, SS, GS and Language (Tamil or Hindi). Students begin the Third Language programme in Grade 5, with a choice of Hindi, Tamil, Sanskrit or French.

Assessments in Primary School include tests, worksheets, projects and assignments. English and Languages are evaluated on written work, grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, and creative writing. Mastery of concepts and mental math skills are included for evaluation in Maths. In the Sciences, activities, experiments and written tests form the bases for evaluation.

The academic year has 3 Monthly Reviews in each term. At the end of a term, marks from the monthly reviews are aggregated out of 100 and grades awarded accordingly. Report cards are issued at the end of each term.

The Middle School students of Grades 6-8 are ready to tackle deeper and more discrete subjects with an array of specialist teachers, including the challenge of additional languages. This is an ideal time to develop the discipline and skills required for tests and examinations. Students are tested on topics covered through the semester, gradually training them to appear for the Board Examinations in senior classes.

The middle year curriculum is broad-based with emphasis on core subjects. Students are engaged in experiential learning through a variety of resources in order to develop appropriate knowledge and skill levels. A targeted STEM curriculum, covering a blend of 4 disciplines – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, is integrated into the curriculum to give students exposure to a cohesive learning approach based on real-world applications. Art, Music, Drama, Yoga and Physical Education are incorporated into the Middle School curriculum. All students go through Physical Training classes to develop agility and fitness. Extra-curricular activities including photography, needle work, and flute are offered to students as optional weekend classes. Students in these grades have the opportunity to judge their skills and abilities against students from other schools, through multiple inter-school fests and competitions.

Assessment
The Middle School Curriculum for Grades 6 to 8 includes the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History and Civics, Geography, Computer Applications and Language II and III. Assessments for Middle School consist of two Unit Tests and one Term End Examination each term. A project is to be completed and submitted in each subject. Students receive report cards at the end of each term.

Grades 9 to 12 comprise the Senior School. During these years, students are trained, encouraged and expected to become independent learners and set their own academic goals. They go through rigorous academic activity balanced by creative work and social interaction. Topics are explored beyond books through projects, multimedia presentations, group work and collaborative learning. Choices made during this crucial time can direct the future course of a child’s academic career. Students are counselled and guided on possible career options based on their areas of interest and personal aptitude.

Grade 10 and 12 are significant years as they culminate in the ICSE and ISC Board Examinations respectively. Students are given individual attention to ensure they are well prepared to face these milestones.

While the primary focus of NPSI is academic excellence, there is never a compromise in ensuring the development of creative, social and emotional facets of every student. The senior school learning programme incorporates a variety of activities including inter-house competitions, visits to orphanages and old age homes, guest lectures on various health and environmental issues, career counselling, and overseas opportunities. These challenges and experiences give them much-needed exposure to the real world in a controlled and safe environment.

Assessment
The subjects offered for Grades 9 and 10 are English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History and Civics, Geography, Computer Applications and Language II and III. The course of study for Grades 11 and 12 is a combination of compulsory and optional subjects. Besides English and SUPW, the following clusters are offered at NPSI (one subject per cluster can be chosen):

  • Cluster 1 – Math, Psychology, Accounts
  • Cluster 2 – Physics, History, Commerce
  • Cluster 3 – Chemistry, Economics
  • Cluster 4 – Computer Science, Biology, Business Studies

Assessments for Grades 10 and 12 are designed towards their ICSE and ISC Examinations. Alongside Unit Tests and Term Examinations, Preparatory Examinations are built into the Assessment Calendar. Assessments for Grades 9 and 11 consist of two Unit Tests and one Term End Examination each term.

Students of Grades 9 and 10 are required to submit a project for each subject. Students of Grades 11 and 12 submit a project for all subjects apart from English and Mathematics.

Students receive report cards at the end of each term.