Circular (Std. 6, 7, 8 only) : Academics, Worksheets and More..
Welcome to the new academic year. Given below is an overview of different subjects and how they will be dealt with in the classroom. In the Walnut system, our planned academic approach allows us to teach not just the textbook matter, but also provide extra input to the student.
The syllabus is planned such that it teaches all the required skills of the class and then some more! For some subjects the textbooks are being used as reference books, for some they are used directly in the classroom. In some,the order of lessons is tweaked. You will also see some topics being taught that are over and above the textbook. In some topics, greater depth is sought too. Our weekly emails inform you as to which topic is being taught in class and what year it is a part of.
Students will not be writing answers on the printed sheets. They will get separate plain sheets for that in the class. Therefore, one printed sheet may be used across multiple periods. So, students have to keep bringing that printed sheet back to class in the folder till it is completely solved. Once that is done, they can keep the sheet at home and file it. Answers to questions are sent on a separate sheet after the chapter is over.
The focus of the classroom time is for teaching and discussion. Whatever time is left will be used for worksheet solving. Since all the important questions are already discussed, students are expected to be able to handle worksheet exercises on their own. So, the remainder of the worksheet allotted for that day has to be completed at home (as homework) and brought back to class the next day and handed over to the teacher. Bringing back homework regularly helps the children stay tuned to the teaching.
This comprises of History, Geography, Political Science and Business Studies. The approach is to focus on the big picture and concepts, rather than rote learning. Teachers use presentations to discuss important points and important questions in these subjects. The worksheet has a summary of the content and the questions that students have to answer. Those questions have to be completed (as CW / HW) and handed in the next day.
On the worksheet you may find some questions with the icon “What’s your take?” These are personal response questions which the students will have to answer with their own views. Some lessons have only descriptive questions from the worksheet. There are no MCQs.
Business Studies is an additional subject that they do across 5th and 6th.
Teachers use presentations to explain concepts in the classroom and show the stepwise approach to solving problems. Students are given adult sized square lined sheets to write on to encourage neatness and systematic solving. Students who are not confident, will be using a pencil to solve, not a pen.
Answers to all the questions on the worksheet are sent at the end of the lesson on a separate sheet. Step – wise solutions are available on PPTs which will be shared with the parents. On the worksheet you will find different icons which mark different levels of questions.
The “Remember” icon stands for very short notes which will help students to remember the key points of the concept. The detailed explanation is already given in the class and can be seen on the presentation too.
The “Take it easy” icon stands for the very basic level questions. These are all to be done as homework. Students should be able to solve them on their own as they will have dealt with a higher level of difficulty in the classroom.
The “Go for it” icon stands for the medium level questions. These are discussed in the classroom. Students start solving these in the class and the remainder have to be done at home. These are at the difficulty level that the students are expected to deal with.
The “Think a bit” questions are harder than what the students are expected to deal with. Students who are very fast at Mathematics can take these on as a challenge. These are not compulsory to be solved as homework either. This section is completely optional.
The “Genius strike” questions are the trickiest. These are at a higher difficulty level than the Think a bit questions. Again, no compulsion to solve them as they are quite challenging. The adventurous minds are welcome to take them on!
Questions from the “Take it easy” and “Go for it” sections ONLY will be considered for the examination. Students will also have access to Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in addition to the worksheet.
For these subjects, students will refer to the lessons of the textbook for content matter. Lesson based questions will be solved on the worksheet itself and creative writing will be done on the printed sheet. All incomplete classwork is to be finished at home as homework and handed in the next day.
Teachers teach concepts in class according to the curriculum plan. They use presentations to show the relevant pictures / videos etc. These are converted into self-running presentations and uploaded so that you can access them from home as well. Along with the teaching, important questions from the worksheet are also discussed. The worksheet has a summary of the content and the questions that students have to answer. Those questions have to be completed (as CW / HW) and the worksheets should be submitted to the teacher, the next day. At the end of each chapter, students will have to come prepared to answer questions orally in a rapid fire round. This is designed to inculcate the habit of regular studying and the confidence to stand up and speak out. Teachers will be maintaining a record of the performance in these revision periods. Students will also be solving Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in the computer lab in addition to the worksheet.
Students will refer to the lessons of the textbook for content matter. The worksheets will focus on lesson comprehension, personal response questions, discussion topics, grammar and creative writing skills. Students will be encouraged to think and express their thoughts on each lesson’s underlying message or skill.
Questions with the icon “Let’s Talk” are discussed in class. They may be discussed in pairs or with the whole class as a group. Students will have to answer these with their own views. It may also require students to create lists or write paragraphs. Those questions have to be completed (as CW / HW) and handed in the next day.
Students will also be solving Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in the computer lab in addition to the worksheet.