Curriculum and Pedagogy

Ensuring our students succeed as the innovators of the future.

Choice of curriculum: two paths to one goal

Every student has the same goal: to learn, to grow, and to succeed. However, it is not necessary that every student choose the same path to achieving that goal. At IHS, we offer students the choice of learning in a way best suited to their individual needs, objectives, and learning preferences.

From preschool to Class 10, we offer the curriculum prescribed by the Indian Council for Secondary Education (ICSE).

From Class 6 onwards, students may opt for the the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) curriculum prescribed by Cambridge Assessment International Education.

Our Affiliations

IHS has been affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) since the year 1987.

CISCE is India’s premier educational board, committed to serving the nation’s children through high quality educational endeavours, empowering them to contribute towards a humane, just and pluralistic society and promoting introspective living by creating exciting learning opportunities with a commitment to excellence.

IHS has been affiliated to the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) board since 2012.

CAIE prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. CAIE’s world-class qualifications, and education programmes give learners the confidence to demonstrate and fulfil their potential.

IHS believes in skills-based education, empowering students with the tools they need to learn effectively. We hold that knowing how to learn is just as important as learning itself.

For many decades, education has focused on teaching students the 3R’s–reading, writing, and arithmetic, with an added layer of knowledge-based subjects like social studies and economics. Globally, there is a shift towards a greater emphasis on the 4C’s–communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking–in order to prepare students to thrive in the volatile, unpredictable, and fast-paced Information Age. We at IHS wholeheartedly believe in the 4C’s model.

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    Communication skills enable students to share their thoughts and ideas in a clear and succinct manner.
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    Collaboration enables them to work together towards a common goal, identifying individual strengths and applying them towards achieving desired outcomes.

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    Critical thinking skills give students the ability to absorb, analyze, sift, and apply information in order to make sense of the world.
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    Creativity encourages students to think laterally, finding innovative and inventive ways to solve real-life problems.

Our pedagogy is systematic and streamlined. We  follow the principle of “learning by doing,” implementing educational tools such as audio-visual aids, talks, internships, field trips, projects and art to bring learning alive and help our students acquire 21st-century skills.

The integrity of any structure depends primarily on the strength of its foundation. The Preschool program at IHS, designed for children between the ages of 3 to 6, comprises Pre-nursery, Nursery and Preparatory Classes.

We are dedicated to creating a stress-free atmosphere that is conducive to physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development. Students are encouraged to learn through their own experience, and at their own pace. The Preschool environment at IHS is joyful, purposeful, and engaging.

In the Pre-nursery year, we work towards developing spatial awareness, gross and fine motor skills, and personal and social skills while introducing young learners to phonics and math concepts through games. In our Nursery and Preparatory Classes, we expand on the Pre-nursery foundations as students learn to write, read, and develop basic mathematical skills through hands-on activities.

Core subjects include:
  • English
  • Number Work
  • General Awareness
  • Hindi
Activities:
  • Montessori
  • Music
  • Art and Craft
  • Cultural and Literary Activities
  • Story Telling with Puppets
  • Physical Education
  • Technology
  • Library/Reading
  • Life Skills
  • Circle Time
  • Themed Assembly

The Primary school years, from Classes 1 to 4, are a launchpad from which students can build on their Preschool foundation and embark on their individual learning journeys. This is where we aim to ignite a love of learning.

The program aims to broaden their knowledge on core subjects, while striking a healthy balance between a a warm, friendly environment and a structured, formal curriculum. We follow a student-centric, hands-on approach to learning, which, when paired with a no-homework policy, makes learning meaningful, joyful and stress-free. 

We focus on introducing our young learners to the 4C’s (critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration), essential 21st century skills that we blend seamlessly into the curriculum. Fun, interactive, and immersive lesson plans are designed to satiate curious minds and encourage exploration of new ideas. We offer customized, supported learning programs for students who need additional guidance to succeed.

Core subjects:
  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
Activities:
  • Music
  • Art and Craft
  • Cultural and Literary Activities
  • Physical Education
  • Technology
  • Library/Reading
  • Life Skills
  • Circle Time
  • Themed Assembly
  • Creativity in Science
  • Newspaper In Education (NIE)
  • Mindfulness classes
  • Mindspark online math lab

Students of Classes 5-7 may opt for the ICSE program. The curriculum is best suited to students who thrive in a  structured, teacher-led learning environment.

The well-structured curriculum takes a systematic, pre-planned path to specific learning outcomes. Students are encouraged to take a fact-based approach, learning and excelling under the guidance of well-trained faculty. Predefined conceptual units ensure that a clear understanding of basic concepts is achieved before moving on to each higher-level.

Core subjects:
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
  • Social Studies (Class 5)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
Activities:
  • Art and Craft
  • Library
  • Leapstart (sports program)
  • SaPa (music program)
  • Newspapers In Education (NIE)
  • Themed Assembly
  • Circle Time
  • Creativity in Science
  • Mindspark Math Lab

The IGCSE curriculum is offered to Middle School students in Classes 6 and 7. This curriculum is best suited to students who love to learn independently through research and an inquiry-based approach, without being restricted in what and how much to learn.

The IGCSE curriculum is based on the idea that teachers are facilitators, while  students are not just learners but active participants, observers, and researchers who take charge of their own learning. Initially, the teacher leads the learning process, which is later taken over by the learner. Students not only learn independently, but also from their peers through discussion, dialogue and sharing of information and ideas.

Core subjects:
  • English (as a First Language)
  • Hindi (as a Second Language)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Global Perspectives  
Activities:
  • Art and Craft
  • Library
  • Leapstart (sports program)
  • SaPa (music program)
  • Newspapers In Education (NIE)
  • Themed Assembly
  • Circle Time
  • Creativity in Science

Students in Classes 8-10 build on the foundational concepts learnt in Middle school, bolstering their academic journey with essential skills like time management and planning.

High-schoolers are encouraged to be self-reliant. Under the supervision of faculty, they are expected to take responsibility for their own learning by independently managing timely submission of assignments and completion of allotted work. Periodic tests and examinations require a planned pattern of study that helps students learn how to be systematic. Collaboration skills are inculcated through peer learning, project-based learning, group discussions and presentation.

Core subjects:
  • English (as a First language)
  • Hindi/Kannada/Sanskrit (as a Second language)
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Elective subject (Computer Applications/Economics Applications/Physical Education/Home Science)
Activities:
  • Art and Craft
  • Library
  • Leapstart (sports program)
  • Newspapers In Education (NIE)
  • Circle Time

The participative approach of the Middle school years paves the way for self-driven, inquiry-based learning in Classes 8-10. Further emphasis is placed on the 4Cs — communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.

As an international curriculum, the IGCSE program exposes students to varied cultures and schools of thought via clearly defined learning outcomes and content. Independent study is facilitated via research, presentations, assignments, and collaborative activities.

Core subjects:
  • English (as a First Language)
  • Hindi (as a Second Language)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Economics
Activities:
  • Art and Craft
  • Library
  • Leapstart (sports program)
  • Newspapers In Education (NIE)
  • Circle Time

Preschool

The integrity of any structure depends primarily on the strength of its foundation. The Preschool program at IHS, designed for children between the ages of 3 to 6, comprises Pre-nursery, Nursery and Preparatory Classes.

We are dedicated to creating a stress-free atmosphere that is conducive to physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development. Students are encouraged to learn through their own experience, and at their own pace. The Preschool environment at IHS is joyful, purposeful, and engaging.

In the Pre-nursery year, we work towards developing spatial awareness, gross and fine motor skills, and personal and social skills while introducing young learners to phonics and math concepts through games. In our Nursery and Preparatory Classes, we expand on the Pre-nursery foundations as students learn to write, read, and develop basic mathematical skills through hands-on activities.

Core subjects include:
  • English
  • Number Work
  • General Awareness
  • Hindi
Activities:
  • Montessori
  • Music
  • Art and Craft
  • Cultural and Literary Activities
  • Story Telling with Puppets
  • Physical Education
  • Technology
  • Library/Reading
  • Life Skills
  • Circle Time
  • Themed Assembly
Primary School

The Primary school years, from Classes 1 to 4, are a launchpad from which students can build on their Preschool foundation and embark on their individual learning journeys. This is where we aim to ignite a love of learning.

The program aims to broaden their knowledge on core subjects, while striking a healthy balance between a a warm, friendly environment and a structured, formal curriculum. We follow a student-centric, hands-on approach to learning, which, when paired with a no-homework policy, makes learning meaningful, joyful and stress-free. 

We focus on introducing our young learners to the 4C’s (critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration), essential 21st century skills that we blend seamlessly into the curriculum. Fun, interactive, and immersive lesson plans are designed to satiate curious minds and encourage exploration of new ideas. We offer customized, supported learning programs for students who need additional guidance to succeed.

Core subjects:
  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
Activities:
  • Music
  • Art and Craft
  • Cultural and Literary Activities
  • Physical Education
  • Technology
  • Library/Reading
  • Life Skills
  • Circle Time
  • Themed Assembly
  • Creativity in Science
  • Newspaper In Education (NIE)
  • Mindfulness classes
  • Mindspark online math lab
Middle School (ICSE)

Students of Classes 5-7 may opt for the ICSE program. The curriculum is best suited to students who thrive in a  structured, teacher-led learning environment.

The well-structured curriculum takes a systematic, pre-planned path to specific learning outcomes. Students are encouraged to take a fact-based approach, learning and excelling under the guidance of well-trained faculty. Predefined conceptual units ensure that a clear understanding of basic concepts is achieved before moving on to each higher-level.

Core subjects:
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
  • Social Studies (Class 5)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
Activities:
  • Art and Craft
  • Library
  • Leapstart (sports program)
  • SaPa (music program)
  • Newspapers In Education (NIE)
  • Themed Assembly
  • Circle Time
  • Creativity in Science
  • Mindspark Math Lab
Middle School (IGCSE)

The IGCSE curriculum is offered to Middle School students in Classes 6 and 7. This curriculum is best suited to students who love to learn independently through research and an inquiry-based approach, without being restricted in what and how much to learn.

The IGCSE curriculum is based on the idea that teachers are facilitators, while  students are not just learners but active participants, observers, and researchers who take charge of their own learning. Initially, the teacher leads the learning process, which is later taken over by the learner. Students not only learn independently, but also from their peers through discussion, dialogue and sharing of information and ideas.

Core subjects:
  • English (as a First Language)
  • Hindi (as a Second Language)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Global Perspectives  
Activities:
  • Art and Craft
  • Library
  • Leapstart (sports program)
  • SaPa (music program)
  • Newspapers In Education (NIE)
  • Themed Assembly
  • Circle Time
  • Creativity in Science
High School (ICSE)

Students in Classes 8-10 build on the foundational concepts learnt in Middle school, bolstering their academic journey with essential skills like time management and planning.

High-schoolers are encouraged to be self-reliant. Under the supervision of faculty, they are expected to take responsibility for their own learning by independently managing timely submission of assignments and completion of allotted work. Periodic tests and examinations require a planned pattern of study that helps students learn how to be systematic. Collaboration skills are inculcated through peer learning, project-based learning, group discussions and presentation.

Core subjects:
  • English (as a First language)
  • Hindi/Kannada/Sanskrit (as a Second language)
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Elective subject (Computer Applications/Economics Applications/Physical Education/Home Science)
Activities:
  • Art and Craft
  • Library
  • Leapstart (sports program)
  • Newspapers In Education (NIE)
  • Circle Time

High School (IGCSE)

The participative approach of the Middle school years paves the way for self-driven, inquiry-based learning in Classes 8-10. Further emphasis is placed on the 4Cs — communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.

As an international curriculum, the IGCSE program exposes students to varied cultures and schools of thought via clearly defined learning outcomes and content. Independent study is facilitated via research, presentations, assignments, and collaborative activities.

Core subjects:
  • English (as a First Language)
  • Hindi (as a Second Language)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Economics
Activities:
  • Art and Craft
  • Library
  • Leapstart (sports program)
  • Newspapers In Education (NIE)
  • Circle Time