Heritage Xperiential Learning School is affiliated with the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) up to the Senior Secondary level (Grade 12). Its curriculum is based on the recommended curriculum set by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and it takes into account the recommendations made by NCERT in the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005. It is designed by our own teachers under the guidance of experts from all around the world, providing enough scope for children to explore, inquire and experience themselves and the world around them. You can visit the NCERT website at www.ncert.nic.in to familiarise yourself with their recommendations.
The International Baccalaureate’s Diploma Programme is a demanding pre-university course of study that leads to external examinations and is designed for highly motivated students aged between 16 and 19. Through the DP, schools are able to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge and flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. Heritage Xperiential Learning School started with the first cohort of IB Diploma students in July 2015 and the year bears testimony to our students' achievement. The Diploma Programme has given varied opportunities to our students with an on-going enquiry into local, national and global challenges. Working within the framework of the Approaches to Teaching and Learning (ATLs), the students developed both disciplinary and interdisciplinary skills within the curriculum. Through their pursuit of knowledge, they also continued to develop life-long skills which will help them become compassionate, caring and knowledgeable global citizens. A vibrant Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme made experiential learning possible and contributed to an enriching experience; be it creative pursuits, sports or community service. The Extended Essay, introduced in the second semester, presented students with another opportunity to research a topic or area of their interest.
The Heritage Xperiential Learning School introduced the IB program for its students in July 2015.
Over the last two years, teachers have worked relentlessly with our students to prepare a community of learners who are prepared to engage with global challenges through inquiry, action and reflection. Additionally, the programme offers opportunities to develop both disciplinary and interdisciplinary understanding that meet rigorous international standards.
This two-year long journey culminated in the declaration of our first set of IB results in July 2017. We are proud to share that our students have performed brilliantly – Class average score of 36 points – clearly placing us as one of the top IB schools in India. Entry into Top Ivy League colleges are generally at 36 points, so to achieve this as an average is a cause for celebration indeed!
The IGCSE curriculum at Heritage Xperiential Learning School, aligning with the school’s own vision, helps our students- ‘the 21st century citizens’ think globally and act locally. The curriculum develops learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills and sets clear goals for students and teachers. The classroom support and guidance helps teachers and students perform to their maximum ability. The qualifications provide students with a global passport to success.
The biggest strength of the school for running any curriculum is its faculty. The IGCSE programme is being run by a team of 12 dedicated faculty. All of them are CIE-trained and some with varied experience in teaching the curriculum for several years. The faculty does not only teach the subject-content in class, but also facilitates the application of values both within and outside the classroom, in real life situations.
When we applied to be a part of the Cambridge community in Nov 2015, we were visited by the CIE team to validate our excellence in several fields. We went through an extensive authorization process; a preparation for about 6 months. A team work and collaboration of all departments across programmes, with the help of an excellent and dedicated team of faculty, helped the school receive Cambridge authorization with ‘no’ recommendations. Presently we are a Cambridge IGCSE affiliated school with 40 IGCSE students in its first batch. The programme is now committed to helping our diverse student-body increase competence and expand academic horizon.
CAS- Creativity, activity, service is one of the three essential elements that every student must complete as part of the Diploma Programme (DP). It is studied throughout the Diploma Programme, CAS involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies.CAS requires students to take part in a range of activities and projects. These should always involve:
Our students participated in a range of activities from the Student Council Election to the Art Fest and Inter school events like Resonance and Bizfest 2015.An interesting conference on ‘Soul-an illusion or reality?’ saw our six participants take part in a panel discussion. Our children were right on the forefront of community service where they worked closely in Project Bagiya with an NGO run school. Fund raisers, informative talks and school visits were the highlights of the project. The Bizfest saw them win the first prize amongst the top schools in NCR through their business initiative of a dog walker business; Tommy Walker’.They were involved in the MUN 2015 as organisers and also the TEDx organised in Aug 2016 .
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum sets out the requirements for study of the DP. The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups.
Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.
The three core elements are:
The six subject groups are:
• Studies in language and literature
• Language acquisition
• Individuals and societies
• The arts.
There are different courses within each subject group.
Students choose courses from the following subject groups: studies in language and literature; language acquisition; individuals and societies; sciences; mathematics; and the arts.
Students may opt to study an additional science, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.
Students will take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level.
Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level. Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours. Higher level comprises 240 teaching hours
The Cambridge IGCSE curriculum offers a variety of routes for learners with a wide range of abilities, including those whose first language is not English.
Our school has build a curriculum around our specific needs. Starting from a foundation of core subjects, we have added breadth and cross-curricular perspectives. Encouraging learners to engage with a variety of subjects, and make connections between them, is fundamental to our approach. For learners, Cambridge IGCSE helps improve performance by developing skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving. It is the perfect springboard to advanced study.There are over 70 subjects available at Cambridge IGCSE, including 30 languages, and schools can offer them in any combination. Cambridge IGCSE develops learner knowledge, understanding and skills in:
Approaches to Teaching
There are six key pedagogical principles that underpin all IB and IGCSE programmes. Teaching in IB/IGCSE programmes is:
1. based on inquiry
2. focused on conceptual understanding
3. developed in local and global contexts
4. focused on effective teamwork and collaboration
5. differentiated to meet the needs of all learners
6. informed by assessment (formative and summative).
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