About Indus

Indus Methodology

The Indus way-of-learning centers around the child. The child's participation, experience, voice and opinion are what matter to us the most. Our mission as parents and mentors is to enable our children realize their potential and make their dreams come true.

We believe that children learn differently at different stages of life. Our curriculum is tailor made to fit the learning needs of children at varying stages of growth.

An Indus child passes through three distinct phases of learning, which we at Indus have termed - Ananda, Jigyasa and Sadhana.

''I hear - I forget, I see - I remember, I do - I understand."
Learning by doing or experiential learning is the methodology followed at IWS.
Central to the approach is the creation of active experiences that encouraging and facilitating the asking and answering of questions and lead to the beginning of understanding.

    The VKVN four step approach is used to impart learning.

  •   Vastu (Object) : An object or idea is presented to fuel a child's curiosity
  •   Kriya (Task): A task is presented to explore the concept being explored
  •   Vishleshan (Analysis): Analyses of what was, observed and done follows. Questioning, sharing and reflection, are done in individually and in groups.
  •   Naamakaran (classification or naming): Making sense of new information, names are finally attached to phenomenon that was observed and experienced.

The 3 stages of learning at IWS

  •   Stage-1: Ananda: (Nursery - Grade II). Ananda: is about learning through joy
  •  Stage-2: Jigyasa: (Grades III - VIII ). Jigyasa: is about learning through experimentation
  •  Stage-3: Sadhana: (Grades IX - XII). Sadhana is about practicing to perfection

Ananda

At IWS the pre-primary sections are called the Ananda phase. During the Ananda phase our teachers pay a lot of attention to ensure that children fall in love with the school environment. At IWS Children learn in an environment where each child is respected for the way and pace at which she or he learns.

Jigyasa

When children do not fear the school or their teachers, they feel free to ask questions and are not afraid to make mistakes. This creates the spirit of inquiry (Jigyasa) in them, which makes them confident learners who truly understand what they learn. Our assessment systems are designed to test understanding and not reproduce facts.

Sadhana

IWS believes in making our children ready to face the world through scientific career guidance and stringent test preparation from Grade IX onwards. This is called the Sadhana phase, which focuses on disciplined effort towards a goal.

Learning Stages in Indus

The IWS Curriculum is designed to make learning very joyful and without burden for all children. At IWS the pre-primary sections are called the Ananda phase. During the Ananda phase our teachers pay a lot of attention to ensure that children fall in love with the school environment. At IWS Children learn in an environment where each child is respected for the way and pace at which she or he learns. When children do not fear the school or their teachers, they feel free to ask questions and are not afraid to make mistakes. This creates the spirit of inquiry (Jigyasa) in them, which makes them confident learners who truly understand what they learn. Our assessment systems are designed to test understanding and not reproduce facts. IWS believes in making our children ready to face the world through scientific career guidance and stringent test preparation from Grade IX onwards. This is called the Sadhana phase, which focuses on disciplined effort towards a goal.

Our View of 21st Century Needs of Education

Our children are growing up in changing landscapes of the 21st century workplace which is going to place very different demands on them

We are at a cusp; the of end of an era, at the end of Information Age

  •   Where society and schools rewarded people who knew the most "facts
  •   Students who performed in "fact based" tests got into the "fact based" university systems
  •   Getting up the career ladder was also "fact" driven

Computers and the Internet have changed the workplace equation dramatically

  •   Closely held resources are now open to public and knowledge has become truly democratized
  •   Highly paid fact based jobs are being taken over by a combination of computers/less educated people. The BPO, LPO, KPO industry is evidence of this shift

Factual knowledge is no longer the differentiator between success and failure. Today everybody has equal access to facts. At Indus we believe what you do with the facts is more important than merely knowing them.

"The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of mind - persons who could crank code, craft contracts, or analyze numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands."
Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind

The learning environment at IWS seeks to set benchmarks for futuristic education with a vast array of skills including-

  •   Learning and Innovation skills [Creativity, Collaboration, etc]
  •   Life skills [Self-Directedness, Inter-personal skills, etc]
  •   Media and Technology skills

Technology in Learning

Technology is widely used in our schools by students, parents and teachers in their daily interactions.

At Indus we strongly believe in making students develop their thinking process by engaging with technology rather than consuming techinology.

An example of the above is when 8 year olds start to write their computer programs using child friendly programming environments. Thus from a very early age children are used to algebraic thinking, algorithmic problem solving, iterative processes and higher order epistemological constructs which are all established benefits of introduction of compter science to children at an early age.

In senior classes students engage in Robotics, Web Development and other projects where they build upon these foundations of logical thinking.