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Academic Ethos

“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.”- Galileo Galilei

This famous quote sums up the spirit behind the methodology of teaching at Suchitra Academy. We believe that children need to be guided to develop the necessary skills required for life and the concepts being taught are the mere tools that facilitate this process. For children to develop and sharpen their skills, it is important to provide them with various experiences vis-à-vis classroom learning. A multitude of experiences is given in various academic and non-academic areas at Suchitra Academy. The learning experience thus becomes multi-dimensional- a cognitive, sensory and emotional process. The level of engagement pushes them onto the next stage wherein they can reflect and internally process the experience. This helps them develop a ‘real understanding’ of how the world works.

We adults grew up in the midst of textbooks where they were the only aid in that teaching-learning process. But we now know the textbooks offer limited scope to explore the ‘known’ and hardly the ‘unknown’, hence an immediate need exists to consider other ways of providing better learning experiences to the children. Therefore, with the vision of a community where children would begin observing their surroundings and raise meaningful questions and pursue them, we adopted a new approach. It became imperative to provide children a lot of real-life situations to deal with, situations to ponder upon… those which will trigger the right questions to begin the journey of learning through ENQUIRY. This spirit of inquiry is initiated in all subjects and merged intricately with the interdisciplinary approach.

Pre-Primary School

We, at Suchitra believe that the pre-primary stage is the most defining period of an individual’s life and hence the introduction to education must be gradual and kept as simple as possible – non-formal and learner-friendly. The children at this stage are very active, creative, and filled with curiosity; hence the learning activities are designed to create interest and hold their attention from the beginning to the end of the class.

Audio-visual aids, models, pictorial materials are used as tools that help the imagination thrive and grow. These methods not only develop the ability to listen, but also helps children understand the concepts better. Kids are encouraged to come up with different ideas and are given the freedom to explore.

QCT (Quality Circle Time) in the pre-primary gives an opportunity for brainstorming sessions. Children sit in a facilitated circle and engage in circle time games and discussion sessions. These sessions involve every child. This is a great platform for students to voice their thoughts without having to worry about right or wrong. In the Pre-primary, the day begins with a QCT session with the children being the decision makers about how they want to spend the day. This is a slight variation from the original QCT model. They decide when they want to spend time on literacy or numeracy or environmental science. We do this to encourage ownership of the time that they spend on formal subjects. This takes about twenty minutes and is done every day. In addition, teachers also conduct QCT sessions twice a week on the theme of the month and behavioral targets. These are longer sessions and every child gets an opportunity to voice his opinion.

Show and Tell sessions are held to help kids develop their self-confidence and motivate them to speak in front of a group.

Teaching through role play is a great way to make children step out of their comfort zone and develop interpersonal skills. Not only students, teachers too enact various characters to make learning fun and effective. The topics are kept simple enough to capture the children’s limited attention span.

Story reading is an integral part of our curriculum. Visually stimulating activity ensures that even complex ideas are easily put across to students. Students are also encouraged to tell a story in pictures using their imagination.

A well-done up, fun and engaging classroom environment helps stimulate students’ minds and helps them think out of the box and learn better. Such a creative and stimulating environment helps them explore and discover.

Some lessons are best learned, when they are taught outside of the classroom. Field trips that are relevant to the lessons are organized or kids are simply taken for a walk in the campus. Kids find this exciting and learn and remember things better. We are blessed to have a vast green campus where children are encouraged to explore, have fun, and learn.

Learning is fun when puzzles and games are part of education. Our activity room is well equipped with educational toys. Puzzles and games help children think creatively and face challenges.

Each month starts with a new theme and a ‘wow’ factor created through a visual and audio display of the theme. A single theme runs through the different grade levels albeit varying in content and extent of coverage. This theme remains an integral part of all the learning that happens through the month. Stage presentations are a very important part of learning in the pre-primary. Each theme ends with a ‘Theme-end’ presentation where each and every child comes on stage to showcase what he or she has learned during the month. Putting such young kids on stage is done with a methodical approach rather than a disciplined approach. Parents are invited to these Theme-end presentations.

There is no formal testing in Pre-primary classes. Children are observed and assessed continuously. Rubrics are set for each theme and based on the child’s performance and reactions in the class, the gradings are done. Term end Reports contain detailed Pen Pictures of the students giving a clear overview of his or her abilities and strengths.

Pre-Primary Mentors are chosen with a lot of care, keeping in mind their temperaments and attitudes.

Primary School ( Grades I to V)

The aim of the primary school methodology is to create the joy of learning and to foster innate curiosity in children through concrete hands-on learning experiences. At this level, a healthy balance is maintained between Academics and Activities, with the focus moving a bit more to Academics.

Grade I and II study English, Math, EVS and 2nd Language (Hindi or Telugu)

Grade III and IV study English, Math, Science, Social Science and 2nd Language (Hindi or Telugu)

Grade V study English, Math, Science, Social Science, 2nd Language (Hindi or Telugu), 3rd Language (Hindi/ Telugu/ Sanskrit/ French). Besides this Telugu is taught to all the students, ever since the State Government’s decree making it compulsory from Grade I.

Languages

The teaching strategy is basically to focus on communication- both oral as well as written. Listening, speaking, reading and writing, using both formal and informal methods, such as story-telling, appointing book warriors from higher sections who encourage students to read through character representations, creative writing, oratory and theatre programs in addition to giving access to books in the library are methods used to make the child proficient in the languages. Each class maintains its own Library too, created from the pooling in of books by the class children. Those who finish their work faster get the privilege to read these books. Children are allowed to borrow these books too.

Mathematics

Mathematics is taught in such a way that children are trained to think logically and get rid of the Math phobia that most grow up with over the years. It is, therefore, imperative that children are given a lot of hands-on activities to understand concepts of Math in a real situation. Examples taken are chosen with a lot of care in order to make them realistic. Jodo Gyan Kits make the learning more concrete than abstract and much more fun too.

Environmental Science

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see’ is the paradigm on which we base our environmental studies programme. Creative tools like experimentation, audio-visual aids, infusion of real-world experiences into instructions, brainstorming and nature walks are part and parcel of EVS studies.

QCT as mentioned earlier is conducted on a specific day of the week. It has proved successful in promoting better relationships and positive behavior management among the students.

Middle and Senior School

Languages

Language curriculum caters to all the skills required for the holistic development of the language ability of a child. The classes are well designed to train children in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The regular well designed Spell Bees help children to develop a good hold on the spellings of both common and not so common words which further gives them a whole range of vocabulary to use. A well-structured intra and inter school competition are held every year lasting a week with the objective of celebrating the possibilities of the language in various dimensions.

Some of the outcomes of various literary activities of our children are –

Book Warriors-To encourage students to read and to start them young, we have undertaken a CHILDREN-TO-CHILDREN initiative by engaging older children to tempt children from Grades I-III to read. They dress up as characters from books, recite poems that they have written/ mouth dialogues from books and ask the audience to guess who it is. They are received with great enthusiasm by the younger children who fall all over themselves to answer!

The Orators– Teachers are always looking for ingenious ways to make students speak. Panel discussions, role-play, debates, recitation, extempore are the different methods used in the language classes as well as the oratory and theatre classes.. Every child is given the opportunity to speak/perform in front of the whole class/school in various settings.

Theatre – They say a teacher is 25% content and 75% theatre. Here we bring theatre to all the students as a compulsory activity. The benefits are tremendous. Creativity, lateral thinking, confidence, poise, voice modulation are some of the skills that are a natural by products of theatre activity in school.

Mathematics

The Mathematics curriculum is constructed to support understanding of abstract concepts more through real-life situations and materials. Lots of hands-on activities are used to develop the concepts. The materials are chosen from Jodo Gyan (a not-for-profit, non-funded organization, working to improve quality of education).

Keeping the Realistic Mathematics Education (RME) as the foundation, each concept is introduced through realistic context so that the learners can become problem solvers, can develop effective mathematical tools and can re-invent strategies to solve multi-dimensional problems.

Math program also takes care of the Mental Math component in order to help children with strategies to solve long and difficult problems in fractions of seconds. There is a dedicated period and a well-designed plan to make it an effective practice in the school.

As learners move to Senior school, Mathematics becomes more abstract in nature and practice of previously learned concepts and management of time become more crucial.

Some of the Jodo Gyan kits in use in the classrooms

Science

Science helps in developing the skill of inquiry to better understand the role of Science in our day-to-day lives. The science classroom in Suchitra gives a lot of liberty to children to develop these skills. To do so, the ‘Sciencing Cycle’ is followed by most of the teachers when a concept is taken up.

In Senior school, laboratories become much more a part of a student’s life, wherein designing experiments and drawing conclusions are important aspects of Science teaching and learning.

Social Science

In order to respond well to the world around, children must grow in awareness as well as in sensitivity to their world: to the politics and culture that distinguish countries from each other, the invasions that happened in earlier times that determine the architecture, the climate which influences the cuisine, clothes, and building materials used in a place. The objective of the Social Science curriculum is to ensure all of these. A Social Science classroom motivates the learners to put forth their perspective on any issue and also helps the learners to become tolerant toward another’s viewpoint. Classes are majorly student-driven, but carefully designed by the teachers. Lots of activities: video clippings, narratives, role plays are used to facilitate the students’ learning. Peer teaching is one of the key features of the Social Science classroom. For example when ‘The Physical Features of India’ is taught, the class is divided into groups wherein each group of students handles one physical feature—one group speaks about mountains—another about the coastal plains. They do it using video clippings, Power Point presentations; and end it with a quiz to ensure complete learning. Sometimes, a debate is conducted, for example in Economics – ‘Personal goals should match the goals of the country for overall development’ is debated in the classroom.

Resource Room

Is a place to hand-hold and help students change small steps into strides.

We have a resource team with a trained Psychologist and a support teachers. First and foremost, parents and students are helped to shun apprehensions about approaching a psychologist. Sessions in class with students help the psychologist understand the students and vice-versa. Students with learning issues are first identified by the teacher who in turn asks the counsellor or psychologist to observe the child. A series of tests are conducted in-house or with external help to understand if the child has learning issues. Once diagnosed, the remedial procedure follows.

Teachers are sensitized towards children with learning issues. Students are given individual attention to overcome learning difficulties. This starts as early as Grade 1 level. The student is guided patiently in the Resource room over a period of time till he or she is able to come up to the respective grade level standards and can be back in the regular mainstream classroom.

In case of older kids with learning issues, the CBSE gives many concessions. Students are helped in choosing alternate subjects in case of learning difficulty.

Project Based Learning

An important life skill to be taught is to deal with problems in a holistic manner and not to compartmentalize into subject domains. So, in Suchitra, we believe that children should be exposed to PBL much early in life so that they start looking at the world holistically and not in small disconnected compartments. The experience of thousands of teachers across the globe, backed by research, confirms that PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn—and develop deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career, and civic life.

We started PBL in classrooms in 2016 across all grades. On the concluding day, our children present their learning through PBL to their parents. Though physically, it gets concluded in the classroom, its outcomes have a long-lasting impression in the minds of children. This year, 2018- for Grade IV, the entire Science, Math and Social Science curriculum has been designed to be taught using PBL.

One of the examples of PBL in Grade VI was about understanding where the garbage goes from the classroom dustbins. The inquiry led children to interact with all the people involved in the process and making a visit to a landfill. Through ‘many system’ thinking activities, children could understand the bigger picture and our role in suffocating the planet in turn making life difficult for our own selves.

Co-Curricular Activities

The importance of co-curricular activities to shape young children into well-rounded personalities cannot be too stressed. In Suchitra, Music, Art and Craft are dynamic – the curriculum is revised and improved upon every year.

Music

Music is not just singing; many of our students learn to play instruments during their extra-curricular periods. These children are encouraged to play their chosen instruments during events and assemblies. And what is the meaning of music if we do not know the maestros who contributed to the world of music? So, learning about musicians from different parts of the world is integral to the study of music as early as Grade I. The school song with the school motto ‘Scientia Potentia Est’ echoes in the school corridors as the children practise singing. Poems according to assembly themes are put to music for all the classes in line with our promise of making learning multi-sensorial and interdisciplinary. The Suchitra school song and the sports anthem, written and composed by the Music Mentors instill a sense of pride and belonging in the students and mentors alike.

Art and Craft

Drawing, Painting, Sculpting and Craft Making using different mediums are taught to the children. These mediums include real clay, metal waste and wood! Collage work fires the imagination as waste turns into beautiful pieces of art!!! A kiln to bake the clay masterpieces is next in line.

The Fine Arts curriculum is designed to give students not just drawing, painting, and coloring skills but also an eye for art appreciation. Developing an aesthetic sense in the children is done through various exercises and also through maintaining a beautiful environment all around.

The great artists of the past and present come alive in the classroom during presentations from the Mentors about them and their famous works.

Work done by the students are displayed both in the art room as well as the craft room. These displays are an essential part of the teaching strategy because we believe that this will stimulate even more interest in the visual arts.

Sports

The Games period is an integral part of every class and needless to say, a class that every child looks forward to. We have trained teachers who take up team-building games for lower classes and switch to team sports in higher classes. Suchitrans have successfully participated in inter-school basketball, swimming, and athletic events in addition to figure-skating at international meets! ‘Structured sports’ in school helps children deal with conflicts and builds stronger socio-emotional ties among children. Sports also builds character in children as the emphasis is on fair play, inclusion, and acceptance.

Life Skills

BUILDING CONFIDENCE-

Schools and teachers play an important role in nurturing a child’s self-esteem which in turn builds confidence in the child. We have a number of programs designed to create an environment to allow even children with low confidence to bloom. We provide them with opportunities to push them out of their immediate comfort zone and learn skills which will help them thrive as they walk out of the gates of Suchitra Academy into the world outside.

Assembly

In accordance with our ‘No Child Left Behind’ policy, the special assembly presentations are a joy to behold with every child in a class participating. The teacher’s creativity comes to the fore when she plans for themes like Water, The Army, Music, Books and many more. Students speak, dance, act and mime for a presentation. Planning and practice begins more than a month ahead of the D-day. Parents are invited to witness the presentations and invariably, one sees proud, ecstatic parents going back!

QCT

Quality Circle Time is a compulsory part of the curriculum for Grades I-V. It is the right blend of structure, enjoyment and learning. It has helped in improving listening, communication, social skills, problem-solving and other social and emotional competencies. The basic idea is to implement a positive approach towards learning as well as behaviour and activities are designed to enhance self-esteem in children leading to a positive school ethos.

Special activities

Life will be boring if there is no fun and the fun can be constructive, teaching learners skills that are needed for lifelong learning. Every Thursday, we have activities especially designed to meet the needs of 21st-century learners. These activities are well-designed to cater to building a plethora of skills like team building, problem-solving, alternate / lateral thinking and so on.

Mentioned below are some activities and their benefits:

-Debate on Gender Bias
This helps build a healthy and modern outlook and rise above negative influences.

-Reflective dialogue on leadership skills using clippings
This helps build debating skills and communication skills along with making them good listeners too.

-How to be safe – teachers conduct a well – researched presentation
This is very important in increasing their safety quotient and also stays with them throughout life.

Life Skills

Life skill classes enable the students to translate knowledge, attitudes and values into actual abilities. Life skills include psychosocial competencies and interpersonal skills that help people make informed decisions, solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, build healthy relationships, empathize with others, and cope with managing a stressful situation.

At Suchitra Academy, we do a lot of planning in conducting each activity in line with the above skills. Students are given an opportunity to discuss, debate and think out of the box. We also make the students generate positive and negative examples of each skill. Life skill classes are conducted through class discussions, brainstorming sessions, role plays, group activities, and storytelling sessions.

Extracurricular Activities

The school believes in developing holistic skills in children. We offer a plethora of Extracurricular Activities (ECA) for students. Children get to choose one activity from the list of indoor activities and one from the list of outdoor activities. Students get one hour of ECA time twice a week. Children know the days and time of the activity through the timetable given on the 1st day of school.

A lot of focus is on ‘how’ and ‘what’ children learn in the ECA. The activities are monitored by the Activity-in-Charges to ensure sincerity and commitment on part of the coaches or the students toward the activity. Special Activity Coordinator and Physical Director monitor the learning outcomes and level of engagement.

  1. GYMNASTICS,
  2. DANCE (FREE STYLE)
  3. KEYBOARD
  4. BASKETBALL
  5. GUITAR
  6. FINE ARTS
  7. CRICKET
  8. DRUMS
  9. BADMINTON
  10. TABLE TENNIS
  11. LAWN TENNIS
  12. SWIMMING
  13. FOOTBALL
  14. LEGO/ROBOTICS
  15. ABACUS
  16. YOGA/ MEDITATION
  17. CLASSICAL DANCE
  18. SCRABBLE
  19. MIT (APP DEVELOPMENT)

Rubrics are chalked out defining the learning outcome of each activity and mailed to the parents for reference too.

Excursions & Night Camps

We at Suchitra believe that excursions are a perfect way to expand one’s horizons. Every year, we plan excursions for the students in October and May. Trips are no doubt fun for the children, a time to bond not only with each other but also with the teachers accompanying them; in addition to developing a sense of appreciation for the wonders of nature. Another aspect is the exposure one gets to a wide variety of cultural differences in India and abroad. These excursions are planned within and outside India. In the past years, children have been to Mysore, Bangalore, Rajasthan, Amritsar, Dalhousie, Kullu, Manali and Shimla. The trip to Jim Corbett National Park in Nainital needs a special mention. Students have also explored NASA in USA! Other foreign tours include Europe as well as Singapore. The thrill they experience when they see the pages of History and Geography coming alive during these excursions is simply priceless!

COLD AIR, DARK NIGHT, WARM FIRE, BRIGHT STARS – THE NIGHT CAMP!

The experience of a night camp goes far beyond enjoying the fun activities usually associated with camping – the games, the talent show, the campfire, the music and the dance. The reason underlying the organization of night camps is basically to hone character-building skills, develop greater self-confidence, and infuse leadership and team-building skills in our students. Spending the night at camp is the ultimate memory cherished by the students. Being away from home gives kids a taste of freedom and independence while providing the parent with the comfort of knowing that they are under the watchful eye of responsible adults. And a further upside is that sometimes, children make friendships that last a lifetime!

Founder’s Day

Suchitra Academy celebrates Annual Founder’s Day on 16th November; honoring the school founder – Mr. Krishnam Raju. Last year, a mesmerizing musical masterpiece: ‘Ateet Ke Rang, Vartman Ke Sang’ (India through the ages) was presented. The chief guest for the day was Major General N Srinivas Rao, GOC, Telangana and Andhra Sub area. In addition to being an action-packed entertainer with children from Grades IV-IX participating, the musical drama took us through the most defining moments of our history, the dramatic revolutions that influenced and shaped us, and our politics, culture and lifestyle.

Alumni

Student Speak

Student Council

The purpose of having a student council is to give students an opportunity to develop leadership by organizing and carrying out school activities. It is the voice of the student body.

In the past few years, we have been nominating student council members based on academic performance and conduct. This year- 2018, since we had a sizable number, we held elections for the post of the school captain. The nominated students rose to the challenge and canvassed for votes among their peers with a confidence that would have put politicians to shame! The computerized voting and the thrill of victory for those elected caused an environment of thrill and excitement!

Introducing Grade XI

Suchitra Academy, a school young at heart and in years, is happy to announce the commencement of its first batch of Grade XI under the CBSE Board with Science, Commerce, and Humanities streams; offering a wide range of subject options and flexible combinations.

Suchitra Academy, with an acknowledged success record (Ranked 9th among CBSE schools in Hyderabad as per Education World), believes in the same philosophy and ‘makes magic happen’ in its 10-acre lush green campus adorned with more than 600 trees! With best-in-class mentors, a state-of-the-art infrastructure, career counseling and its unique Researched Teaching Methodology, it makes for the perfect learning environment.

Subjects:

  1. English
  2. Physics
  3. Chemistry
  4. Biology
  5. Economics
  6. History
  7. Political Science
  8. Accountancy
  9. Fashion Studies
  10. Painting
  11. Information Practices
  12. Physical Education
  13. Psychology
  14. Business Studies
  15. Mathematics

Badminton is a key focus area for Suchitra Academy. We are hoping to create world-class players at our Centre. We have players playing from different parts of India and also have athletes coming from different parts of the world to play at Suchitra. Many of our students have won National and International medals.

Contact Us

Suchitra Junction,
Qutubullapur (M), RR(Dist),
Hyderabad – 67.

Phone: +91-91772 99900 / 91773 99900
Email: info@suchitra.in
Accounts: accounts@suchitra.in

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