Curriculum

Overview

Delhi Cambridge School is on CBSE and IB platform and English is the medium of instruction.

Some basic features:

  • Rather than following the system of streaming the students according to their performance, they are randomly divided into sections.
  • DCS follows a five and a half day week consisting of 40 periods (each period is referred to as a 'school' of 40 minutes each).
  • The overall student/teacher ratio is 10:1, and the average strength of a class is around 30 students. Sometimes we have as few as 4-5 students, in some subjects.
  • The five minute break between the first and second bell refreshes their minds, stretches their limbs and gives them an opportunity to reflect on what has been taught or just chat with their friends en route.
  • Yoga, Music, Art, Design and Technology classes are also conducted for students after school. Apart from English, Hindi & French compulsory languages they can also opt for Punjabi as an additional language. Our well-equipped school library subscribes to a variety of newspapers and magazines and also has computers with internet connections. Being informed on current affairs is a vital link to the outside world.
  • Individualized Learning Services (ILS) at DCS provides a system of support for students with mild learning and/or behavioral needs, using a multi-tiered approach. Students targeted for this programing are those who, through multiple data points, have shown consistent challenges in working towards or meeting grade level expectations in one or more performance areas.

Early Years Curriculum

Our Early Years Programme covers the Toddlers, Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Reception stages of your child's education. Discover how we instil a lifelong love of learning in our students right from the very start.

Here at DCS, we want your child to have fun and be happy, safe and secure at all times. We want to inspire them to become purposeful and lifelong learners. We have programmes such as MOM&I in our play-way in which the mother and child both take part into learning activities making the child feel secure at his very first time at school. This happens twice a week.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework in our school, which covers children's development from Toddlers to Reception (1 to 5 years old).

There are four themes within the EYFS Curriculum:

  • A Unique Child - Every child is a competent learner from birth and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Positive Relationships - Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and carers.
  • Enabling Environments - The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending a child's development and learning.
  • Learning and Developing - Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. All areas of learning and development are equally important.

These themes are used to underpin the learning and development that your child will take part in during their time in the EYFS.

How your child learns in preschool

Children learn in a variety of ways: by watching others, talking, asking questions, listening, exploring and investigating.

During play, children are supported and encouraged to find out more and explore; to play with what they know, and be willing to 'have a go'; to be involved, concentrate, keep trying, and enjoy achieving what they set out to do; and to have their own ideas, make links and choose different ways to do things.

Areas of our kindergarten curriculum

The EYFS curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning and development:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Mathematical Development
  • Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • EAD - Expressive Arts and Design
  • Literacy Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We provide children with experiences and support which help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others, as well as respect for others, social skills and a positive disposition to learn.

Communication and Language

Children's learning and competence in communicating, speaking and listening is constantly supported and extended.

Mathematical Development

We develop children's understanding of Maths in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding.

Understanding the World

We support children in helping them to make sense of the world by offering opportunities for them to use a range of tools safely; to encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments; to undertake practical experiments, and to work with a range of materials.

Physical Development

The physical development of students is encouraged by giving them opportunities to be active and interact and to improve their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement. They are always supported in developing an understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children's creativity is encouraged by supporting their curiosity, exploration and play. Our pupils are provided with opportunities to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play activities, design and technology.

Literacy Development

Children's learning and competence in beginning to read and write is constantly supported and extended.

The Early Years programme at our kindergarten in Guangzhou enables your child to develop their personalities, talents and abilities. This enables them to develop a strong sense of self, to feel positive about their abilities as a learner, to form constructive relationships and become confident communicators.

Primary School Curriculum

Our primary school curriculum at DCS encourages children to be academically inquisitive and to take responsibility and initiative as they move into this more structured phase of their schooling.

Our primary school is made up of two Key Stages:

  • Key Stage One (KS1) - Students are in Year 1 and Year 2, ranging from 5 to 7 years old.
  • Key Stage Two (KS2) - Students are in Years 3 to 6, ranging from 7 to 11 years old.

Learning goals for primary school students

Our curriculum promotes four aspects of achievement:

  • The ability to express oneself in oral and written form and, where appropriate, to remember facts accurately and use them constructively.
  • The ability to apply knowledge through practical tasks, problem solving, investigation skills, and the use of oral and written language.
  • The development of personal and social skills, such as the ability to work with others and take on a leadership role within a group.
  • The development of confidence that comes through self-discipline and the commitment to learn and persevere even when tasks seem difficult.

Our major subjects and areas of learning are as follows:

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Music
  • History
  • Geography
  • ICT (Information and Computer Technology)
  • PE (Physical Education)
  • Art
  • PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
  • (Punjabi/French as an Additional Language)

How we assess and track progress at the primary school level

All Key Stage One and Two students have a baseline assessment at the start of the academic year.

Using this information, staff predict a child's attainment for the end of the year and help the child set their own targets for English and numeracy.

These targets are shared with parents and the children work towards them in class. Gifted and Talented students can also be identified at this point, as can those children who need to join one of our support programmes.

As the year progresses, we assess your child in the following ways:

  • Observing them working in their ability groups
  • Asking them questions or giving them complex problems or tasks to solve
  • Looking at their completed work
  • End of unit assessments - i.e., after finishing a science unit of work on light
  • Summative assessments at the end of each year
  • Regular online assessments using a formative assessment program
At regular intervals throughout the term, teachers are asked to review each child's attainment. This is where patterns and trends are identified. Teachers will then create individual support systems for each child, based on this information, to ensure each child makes the optimal progress.

Secondary School Curriculum

The Secondary curriculum is a skills-focused programme that provides students with a broad and balanced knowledge of key subjects, as well as effective critical thinking and communication skills. Explore how we equip our students for further academic studies.

Our middle and high school curriculum is also based according to international schools through IB platfrom to prepare students for the demands of university.

Based on CBSE system, the secondary curriculum at DCS is designed to provide our middle and high school students with a broad and balanced programme of study in the following subjects:

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Maths
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
  • Languages (French or Punjabi as an Additional Language)
  • Physical Education
  • Computer Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Art

These essential courses will develop student's critical thinking and analytical skills and their ability to communicate ideas effectively. Students can develop certain key skills that will allow them to be successful across all subject areas, and will assist with future challenges at university and in the workplace.