ATS Valley’s curriculum for primary years’ program aims at developing confidence and an understanding of children’s own strengths. Our curriculum is firmly grounded in our commitment to developing the full range of every student’s inherent aptitudes like moral, spiritual, linguistic, logical, personal, social, cultural and physical. We nurture the students in such an environment where they develop their own creative knowledge. We also help them in developing skills and competencies such as educational, technological, problem-solving to lead successful lives in today’s highly globalized world.
The primary year’s program is deliberately designed to help children develop independence and respect as they learn so that they are prepared to embrace the opportunities that are present. And as the child grows and moves through higher levels of education, it is these learning skills that will be critical to their success. At a very young age, our children are immersed in thrilling adventures, where, with every rush of adrenaline, their confidence grows. There are various strategies we use to shape our children into confident young adults. It starts with an assembly roster. Every child from Grade 1 onwards has to, by design, speak in the assembly- a poem, a story, a Doha or anything relevant to the occasion. Research says that the most common fear in the world is that of public speaking. It is our commitment to help every student overcome that fear and the results of our efforts are all too evident.
We also have a Theatre programme. Children from the Theatre group perform in front of the school on a regular basis and of course on the Annual Day. Children from Grade 1 onwards prepare small plays, which are then presented during lunch breaks.
We have adopted a child-centric approach and our curriculum is based on the theory of Multiple Intelligences. Therefore we promote different areas of learning to keep in mind the fact that every child learns in a different way and at his/her own pace. In order to achieve this aim, we have introduced the “EDUCATION LAB” or “THE LEAPFROG PROGRAMME” for our students in Grades 1,2 and 3.
At the end of each month, a monthly academic update (MAU) which lists the learning outcomes that a child has acquired by the end of a particular month is handed over to the parents in writing. The knowledge, understanding, and skills attained by a student on each topic are evaluated in an ongoing and regular process. The assessment of student’s learning is made through regular teacher-student interaction and on the basis of activities that take place both in and out of the classroom.
Dated: 16 January, 2020
In maths, Chapter- fractions was taught to children of Grade 1 by using biscuits and origami sheets in different fractions to make them understand the concept of whole, half and quarter.
Dated: 16 January, 2020
In EVS, children of Grade 1 made small windmills using waste paper to make them understand how moving air helps different things to move. They had fun while learning the chapter air.
How clouds are formed & different types of clouds
Dated: 14 January, 2020
To enhance more knowledge, students of Grade 2 used their IT corner
and saw a very interesting video related to the English poem-"The
shape of things" . The video showed that "How clouds are formed?".It
also showed that their are different types and names of clouds. The
students learnt that the shape of the clouds tells us about the
weather of the day.
Reading the expiry date by students of Grade 4
Dated: 24 December,2019
Reading the expiry date and the manufacturing dates on medicines and other edible food items was taught to the students of grade 4A and B. Along with this they were also made clear what the green, red and brown dots in a square signify on the food items. Students were explained that green signifies hundred percent vegetarian, red depicts the non vegetarian and brown tells that it contains egg only. Students themselves read the dates and checked the food items such as coke, vinegar and baking soda for veg or non veg. To enhance their knowledge they were also given a briefing on how to dispose of the expired medicines.
Pot making activity
Dated : 16 December, 2019
Students of grade 3 learned about precious soil and the various types of soil. To enlighten the young brains, a pottery activity was done by the students. They learnt to make pots on potter wheel. Pottery objects are made from clayey soil.They are then fired in a special oven called a kiln. Firing makes the clay hard. Understanding the chapters this way makes learning fun.
Dated : 2 December, 2019
The students visited the CMP room and watched a documentary on 'Mission Mangal', which was telecasted on National Geographic channel. Through this, they got to know about, 'How the satellite was launched what all problems they encountered and how India was able to launch the satellite successfully'.
Creative writing - Grade 5
Dated : 27 November, 2019
The students of grade 5 were doing a lesson,'The Land of Snow' in S.st, so a creative writing was done related to the topic.Each child wrote about a typical day in their lives imagining themselves as an Inuit(original inhabitant of Greenland). They wrote about what they would eat,do to earn,about the activities they can perform.
Readers of the month- Grades 1 to 5
Our children are not only encouraged to read, but, at the same time we ensure that they are reading well and regularly. And, to motivate them, they are rewarded too. Every month, we choose a 'Reader of the month' from each class and their respective sections. The class teachers and the librarian collaboratively do the selection on the basis of different criteria. On Monday(25-11-19), the following students from Grades 1 to 5 were rewarded:
1 A- Ishmeet Kaur
1 B- Samarpreet Kaur
2 A- Sarvagya Shukla
2 B- Pradyuman Bhardwaj
3 A- Akshara
3 B- Randeep Kumar
4 A- Jhanvi Balra
4 B- Utkarsh
5 A- Bhavik Kaushik
5 B- Tasmia Parveen
Well Done Champs! & Keep Reading.
Briefing on Biodegradable and Non-Biodegradable waste - Grade 4
Dated: 15th November, 2019
The students of grade 4 were taken to A-V room where they were shown a video related to Biodegradable and Non-Biodegradable waste, how they should be segregated in separate bins. They were also shown how plastic is recycled in a plastic factory based in Nagpur. They were also shown how jumbo-sized poly bags are made. After the videos, the students saw the ISO certified poly bag which is being used in Chandigarh and the other cities. They learnt that the ISO certified poly bag is completely reusable and eco-friendly and does not cause any air, water and land pollution. It was a part of the life skill activity which students learn apart from the regular course every month.
Activity - Culture of Kerala
Dated: 12th November, 2019
The students of grade 4 A & B worked in a team of 4 each and made flash-cards on the culture of Kerala. They mentioned about the capital, folk dance, language spoken and the crops grown in Kerala. The activity made them learn the important things about the 'Land of Spices' in a fun and creative way.
Theatre act on Chaalak chuze
Dated: 8 November, 2019
A theatre act was done by the teachers on the story - Chaalak chuze. The story is based on "Trust" - a trait of True North. Grade 2 students learnt that they should not trust strangers and should obey elders, through the act.
Activity to teach adjectives
Dated: 8 November, 2019
Students of Grade 2 did an activity to learn adjectives. They were asked to stand in a circle. A dice was given to them which they were asked to pass. On whomsoever the dice was stopped, he/she had to say few adjectives about their friend, describing good qualities about them.
Use of Internet for self learning by Grade 4
Dated: 6 November, 2019
The class was divided into two African tribes Bantus and pygmies and they had to search from Internet why were they named so, vegetation, clothing etc. and then they made posters on the same. This included their research, curiosity, IT skills, and the drawing skills too.
Dated: 1st November, 2019
The students of grade 4 (A & B) had gift wrapping as a part of their life skill activity. They were taught how to wrap boxes of different shapes and sizes by using newspaper. As Diwali was approaching, so the students were encouraged to wrap the gifts themselves and be a helping hand to their parents during Diwali.They also decorated their gifts after wrapping them and enjoyed while doing the activity.
Poster making on Save water
Dated: 24 October, 2019
The students of grade 4 (A & B) did a poster making activity on Save Water. The activity was done in order to make the students realize the value of water and how to conserve it.The students brought their own ideas and used their own creativity in making the posters.
Save Trees, Save Earth
Dated: 23 October, 2019
The students of grade 2 (A and B) did an art activity in which they made posters on "Save Trees,Save Earth" related to the chapters 'The earth' in E.V.S and 'The trees for all' in English. They had fun while doing the activity.
Workshop on First Aid
Dated: 23 October, 2019
The students of grade 4 had a first aid workshop in which a nurse told the students about first aid that is the immediate help given to someone when medical aid arrives. She mentioned about the various things which are required in first aid kit like Dettol, Savlon, Bandage, Betadine, Volini,etc.She also gave a demonstration on nosebleeding.
Plantation drive at ATS Valley School
Dated: 18th September, 2019
“We owe a lot to mother nature.” To imbibe this value, we are constantly encouraging our children to help in plantation drive. Students of Grade 1 & 2 of ATS Valley School, Dera Bassi planted carrot and spinach in the kitchen garden of the school. They also learned identifying the types of plants (carrot & spinach) are underground plants), right soil for right plants, giving manures and fertilizer and how to water them.
Creative painting - Grade 4
Dated: 22 August, 2019
The students of grade 4 A & B learnt how to paint using an old toothbrush. Firstly, they cut out the stencils of different figures they wanted to paint and then sprayed the paints using a toothbrush onto their drawing sheets.The students had a great time in doing the activity.
Science activity - designing a menu card of a restaurant
Dated: 7 August, 2019
The students of grade 4 designed a menu card of a restaurant serving only and only healthy and nutritious food. Their food items were highly rich in nutrients containing carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. All the students worked in a team and made beautiful menu cards. Also, they got to know about the food dishes which are very nutritious.
Activity on cleanliness
Dated: 1 August, 2019
The students of Grade 2 A and B arranged the corners of their classroom to learn how to keep cleanliness in class.They helped each other in arranging and how to take care of their belongings in the class.
Science activity along with the use of I.T
Dated: July 17, 2019
Apart from learning from books, we encourage the students to use the I.T corners in their classes. Earlier the students were able to use kiddle to search the meaning of the new words they come across but now we are linking their subjects' lessons with use of I.T corner. In Science, the students of grade 4 were given a project to find an animal which camouflages and how. Since in their book limited examples were given,the students utilized their I.T corner very efficiently. They googled the names themselves and wrote some interesting facts about the same. In this way, they learnt more than what is being given in their course book.
Making of paper bags
Dated: July 29, 2019
The students of Grade 2 A and B made paper bags using newspapers in the art corner. The students made the bags to relate to the topic of E.V.S,'My neighbourhood' to signify the importance of cleanliness and also to enhance the use of paper bags to save the environment. All the students enjoyed a lot in doing the same.
Boxing- in activity Grade 5
Dated: 25 July, 2019
The activity involved all the students to help them to think critically and out of the box. The chapter was divided into three sections and some information about the same from each section was written on the slips. Each student was supposed to pick one slip, read it and then put it under the correct section. It served a dual purpose of learning and fun.
Dated: 22 July 2019
Grade 4 A & B did an activity on how to do the divisions quickly in their minds.The students were made to sit in groups and a spin o wheel along with a dice was given. Each student had to spin the wheel on which the different numbers were written followed by rolling the dice. The pointer pointing the number on wheel denoted dividend and the number on dice as divisor. So, by doing the divisions quickly in their minds they had to tell the quotient and remainder. Once the student stated the answer, the rest of the students had to check whether the answer was correct or not. This way the game continued till all the students were given a chance.
Mask Making Activity
Dated: 17 July 2019
The students of Grade 3 made a tiger mask by using a white paper plate. The activity was related to their science chapter 'Food and Feeding Habits of animals'.They made the paper plates orange by mixing the red and yellow paint colours together.
Thank you Cards by Grade 2
Dated: 15 July 2019
The students of Class 2 A and B made a "Thank you " card for didis and bhaiyas related to the topic "Dressing up day" in which, the students learnt about community helpers and their importance. So, for appreciating and showing gratitude, the students made a thank you card for them in the art corner.
Houses of recycled paper
Dated : 12 July, 2019
Students of grade 2 made houses made up of recycled paper in groups. The activity was related to the E.V.S topic 'We need shelter'.
Uniform coloring activity
Dated : 8 July 2019
Grade 2A and 2B did an activity related to the topic 'I love my school' in E.V.S. They were asked to imagine that how their school uniform should be according to them. A set of uniform drawn on a sheet was given to each student.They coloured it and made patterns on the uniform(shirt, skirt/pant) in a very creative way in the art corner.
Activity on Multiplication
Dated : 2 July 2019
Students of grade 4 stood in a circle, one child in the center. They were supposed to say a number from 1 to 10, for example 4 while passing the ball to each student. As the student caught the ball he/she was supposed to say the double of the number called by the student in the center, that is 8. This game was continued till all the 10 numbers were called. Next the child called out in 10s, numbers from 10 to 100 and continued the game till students have learnt about the doubles. In this way students had fun along with learning of multiplication in a quick way.
Visit to Infirmary
Dated : 12 April 2019
The students of Grade 2 A and B visited Infirmary. Under the guidance of the nurse and their class teachers, all the children enjoyed listening to their own heart beats. This was related to their E.V.S Chapter-Our wonderful body. They also visited school's Science laboratory where they were excited to see and observe internal organs of our body such as-stomach,heart,lungs,brain and skull etc.
Best Use of Waste
Dated: 7 February 2019
Students of Grade 1 did an art and craft activity related to the topic in E.V.S- Up in the sky. They collected used home foil of their lunch box. They made a rocket with colourful paper cutting.They also cut a picture of astronaut ,stars and moon with used home foil and pasted on a hand made sheet to show the picture of space.
Teaching Measurement at ATS Valley School, Dera Bassi
Dated : 13 December 2018
Students of ATS Valley School, Dera Bassi were taught the concept of measurement in a fun way. Teachers used innovative props such as weighing machine and balance to make students understand the concept well.
Making paper bags using old newspapers
Dated: October 29, 2018
While learning the lesson on environment, Grade 3 learnt different ways of protecting the environment too.They learnt about recycling the paper, making useful things out of waste; and old articles. So, a fun activity that was done in the class on 29.10.18 was making the paper bags. Students used old newspapers and fevicol to make bags and then decorated their bags to make them attractive. They learnt that just by using two simple things they can create such beautiful bags. Also they came up with the idea of putting gifts in those bags and gifting it on Diwali rather than buying the bags from the market.
Dated: October 25, 2018
Students of Class 1 did one activity on People at Work. They made envelopes and wrote their address on it and learnt how the postman used to go door to door to deliver letters. This way they have learnt how the messages were sent in traditional way earlier before this modern era, where we are dependent on electronic medium.
Dated: October 23, 2018
The students of Grade 4 were taught about the paper weaving for the chapter 'The right clothes to wear'. Weaving is a method of textile production in which two distinct sets of yarns or threads are spin together at right angles to form a fabric or clot.We tried basic paper weaving with bold colored paper. All the students participated actively in the activity.
Seed Sowing Activity
Trees are our friends and we should not cut them down. The importance of trees is well known to all of us. Tree plantation is a lifelong investment.It is one of the ways to save our environment. With this thought in mind, the students of Grade 2 did the plantation activity. They planted the seeds of coriander in school's kitchen garden. They are eagerly waiting now for their plants to grow.Such activities will inculcate the habit of care and love in the students not only for plants, but also for other living things.
Waste Management Activity
Students of Grade 2 of ATS Valley School, Dera Bassi did an activity on waste management. They reused pencil shavings for creative work. They made a beautiful scene of a duck in a pond by using these pencil shavings. Students were very happy to participate in the activity.Students learned that this way they can help in eliminating the waste and protect the environment.
How to deal with Emergency Situation
Class 1 of ATS Valley School, Dera Bassi has done Ambulance making activity in the class where the kids have learnt about the “I want to be' their ongoing topic of English. Children made this by paper cutting and pasting, they made tyres, windows and sign of cross and learnt the importance of emergency situations and when and how to call ambulance. The focus was on doing the things practically as they leave an impact on their mind as there is a well known saying that "I hear and i forget, i see and i remember, i do and i understand".
Paper Dance Activity
The Students of Grade 4 participated in the Paper Dance Activity. Following the age-old tradition of Paper Dance, the students were taught about the concept of Fractions. Where one fold of a paper made one-half, two folds of the half made one-fourth. Along with elucidating how fractions were made, the students also learned about the addition and subtraction of the fractions. The activity made clear the concept of fractions for the students. The paper dance made learning of fractions fun & Interesting.
Science- Activity : Digestion of Food
The students of Grade 4 of ATS Valley School, Dera Bassi were taught about the digestion of food in a human body via live visual representation of the process. Some food items (solids and liquids) were mixed and mashed in a polythene bag to give them an idea of food digestion that takes place inside a human stomach. Along with that, they were also taught about the length of small intestine and large intestine and further the whole process of digestion & excretion of human waste. The kids had a great learning experience by this visual representation of the digestion process.
On the occasion of Rakhi , students of Grade 1 of ATS Valley School, Dera Bassi made their own rakhi with paper cutting,wool and coloured cotton balls.They were taught the importance of Rakhi celebration by the teachers.Students were very excited while making their own Rakhi and carry it to home. They made face of a Kitty in the class with the help of paper plate and paper cut outs.They were taught a poem on Little Kitty in the class.To make the teaching more effective the art work was done in the class to make the lesson interesting and clear to the students.
The students of Grade 4 of ATS Valley School, Dera Bassi did an activity on teeth in the class. The activity involved cutting papers in shape of a tooth on which students pasted slips of information appertaining to teeth. It included answers to questions like – What foods are good for our teeth? , What foods are bad for our teeth? , How are teeth useful to us and How can we keep our teeth healthy? It was a very insightful & informative experience for the kids along with a little creativity.
Boating in Monsoon
Instead of confining them to their classrooms, the students of Grade 3 were brought out in open by their teachers with their paper boats to enjoy the playful rainy weather when it was raining cats and dogs.
Visit to the Zoo
Date: September 24, 2018
Zoo is a great attraction for children. Students of grade 1 and 2 of ATS Valley School, Dera Bassi visited Chhatbir Zoo, which is one of the main attractions near Chandigarh. The students were very excited and eagerly waiting to see the different kinds of animals. They saw Bengal Tiger, Elephants, Panthers, Monkeys, Hippos, Zebra and many more. They also went to the snake house. Various kinds of snakes were kept inside glass enclosures along with different species of cobra, python and many other snakes. They were frightened to see the crocodiles. The huge crocodile was lying on the sand beside a pond. They also saw Crane, peacocks and many other birds. Finally, they returned back to school with a joyful heart.
Field trip to a Museum
The students of grade 3 and 4 went to a field trip on 19.7.2018 to the Government Art Museum and Natural History (science) Museum in sector 10, Chandigarh. The school believes in imparting practical knowledge, knowing that children learn more by seeing and observing things around. So the excursion trips help them a lot. In that visit, the students learned about the evolution of man, fossils and saw different types of dinosaurs their preserved teeth, bones and eggs too. They also saw the currency of ancient India and the sculptures from the 1st and 2nd century. Overall it was a great experience for the students and they learned a lot from that visit.
Visit to the Post Office
As we all know that in today’s time, everybody uses phone and internet to contact and to send messages to their near and dear ones, thereby reducing the use of postal services. In order to teach our students about age-old postal services, we planned an educational trip to post office for Grade 2 students of ATS Valley School, Dera Bassi. Before going there, the school provided the students with postcards to write messages to their parents. All the Students were very excited about that trip.Mr.Ashwin Kumar (Postal Assistant) guided the students inside the post office and informed them about the process of sorting the letters, parcels and various duties of the postman. In the end, the students dropped their postcards in the letterbox. It was a delightful experience for the students.
Life skill and Attributes
Life skill - learning how to use dictionary
Dated : 14th January, 2020
Apart from academics,students also learn different life skills in our school. Students of grade 2 learnt to find meaning of the different words from the dictionary in their reading corner during their life skill period. They found out difficult words from their Pearls book. They enjoyed while learning a new skill.
Life skill - learing how to make bed
Dated : 13 December, 2019
The life skills help you to be organised and happier. Life is made of small steps that build upon each other and when you start the day right, you set the tone for a good day. Students of Grade 3 learnt making of bed during their life skills period. By making your bed you quickly make the space more organised . The students felt an immediate sense of accomplishment.
Dated : 5 November, 2019
Students of Grade 2 were taught how to wash their hands properly after every use. The teacher showed them the correct way to wash hands and also the need to wash hands before and after every meal. They were also taught to save water while washing hands.
Washing a handkerchief
Dated : 3 September, 2019
The students of grade 4 A and B did a life skill activity of washing a handkerchief and a pair of socks using soap and water. Each child carried his/her own handkerchief and a pair of socks. A demonstration was given to the students and by following the instructions, they themselves washed their socks and handkerchiefs and left them in the garden for air drying. The children had a lot of fun in doing the activity.
Washing a shirt
Dated : 26 August, 2019
Confidence is knowing what you are good at.Once you are confident, you look good, you feel good. The students of grade 5 performed a life skill activity, ‘Washing a Shirt’ on 20th Aug,2019. Fine-motor development and water play cometogether in this activity. The students of grade 5 had a great time washing their shirts, squeezing the water out and hanging them up to dry.The students were excited and enjoyed practicing the real-life task. The purpose behind the activity was to help the children become more independent in the taking care of their environment.
Dated : 16 August, 2019
Students of Grade 1A & 1B learning an important life skill of knowing how to fold their clothes neatly.
Date - 3 August, 2019
The students of Grade 2 A and B practiced cycling without support as a part of their life skills.All the students enjoyed doing the same under the guidance of their P.E teacher and the class teachers.
Dated: 24 July, 2019
Life skill is an essential part of the school curriculum. The theme for this month's life skill activity for grade 4 was 'table manners'. Under this theme,the students of grade 4 were taught about the basic dining etiquettes using utensils, that is knife and fork. All the students were very curious to learn and enjoyed the activity a lot.
Notebook and Book covering
Notebook and book covering is a very important skill that a school student must know. It can help him in being independent and responsible, as he learns to take care of the books and notebooks and keep them neat and clean. So, the students of Grade 3 were taught how to cover the same with the help of a newspaper. The students learnt the skill with a lot of excitement; they covered their school diary and their busy bee notebook with the newspaper. This activity created a sense of responsibility among them.
Gift Wrapping Activity
Nothing says love and care like something created with your own two hands.And especially, when the same is done by our little ones. The Students of Grade 2 of ATS Valley School, Dera Bassi , learnt the life skill - wrapping a gift. They learnt how to wrap a gift neatly. They wrapped the gift boxes themselves and surprised each other. Such life skills helps in the overall development of the child by making them more smart and confident.
Nail clipping being a very important life skill was taken up in Grade 3, as this age being apt to learn this skill. It was made more interesting by asking the students to wash their hands before clipping the nails off,thereafter explaining them that the nails become soft after washing hands, hence it becomes easy to cut them. Also it is generally recommended to trim the nails after taking a shower because at that time the nails become extremely soft. The students enjoyed the activity and they learnt the skill along the way.
Skill development activity (Washing clothes) is successfully completed for grade 4th on 18th May,(Friday). All students participated very actively and shown interest in this, activity performed using washing surf and Handkerchief. It's guided how to dry & fold clothes along with guidance on hygiene part for our body health.
Special assembly on Hindi Diwas
ATS Valley School, Dera Bassi conducted a special assembly on the occasion of Hindi Diwas. Students participated in the cultural programme which included recitation of poetry, Hindi speech, Dohas, Oath, Thought of the day and a Skit in Hindi.
Masti ki Paathshala
Students of grade 2 performed Masti ki Pathshala with great enthusiasm. They were very excited and worked very hard with their efforts. The topic was – we need shelter.