The Designing of School Curricula requires a conceptual foresight and imagination. Exhaustive evaluation and improvements are made year after year to keep the curriculum dynamic. All out efforts are made to devise the most effective method for the implementation of the requirements of the curriculum. While selecting textbooks we generally keep in mind the student learning outcomes given in the National Curriculum 2006. The Schools are affiliated with the respective Board of intermediate and Secondary Education. The Curriculum for different classes is discussed below.
Nursery and Prep
The First Educational step that a child takes at an impressionable age of four is in Nursery and then on to Prep. Bearing in mind that the foundation of a child personality is laid and two third of his/her intellect formed at this age, we have created an environment and system of teaching which is entirely Child friendly. The students of these Classes are housed in a separate Block with their own work area, play-area and well equipped activity room. Formal learning of the three R’s is introduced in Nursery. It finds a more prominent place in the Prep Curriculum, when the child is five. Recognition, reading and writing of Urdu and English alphabet and small words are then introduced. Basic arithmetic concepts are also introduced here.
Class I to V
The basic concepts that a child was introduced to the Preschool take a more firm footing here and the syllabus becomes more Broad-based. The Young learner is gradually exposed to subjects like Urdu, English, Mathematics, General science and Social Studies besides teaching of Islamiyat & Naazra Quran. Efforts are made to make teaching communicative and Interactive to encourage student’s participation.
Class VI to VIII
The Curriculum, for Classes VI to VIII is designed to develop the all round personality of students. It includes Academics as well as a variety of co-curricular activities. The academic subjects include Urdu, English, Mathematics, Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology,) Social Studies Computer Education, Islamiyat and Naazra Quran.
Class XI to X
Our Schools are affiliated with the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Lahore and Gujranwala. The Curriculum prescribed by the Board is followed. We generally offer Science Group with Biology or Computer Science as an elective subject. However, choice of Humanities Group is also available.
The Teaching Faculty comprises professionally qualified, experienced and devoted Teachers. Majority of the Teachers Posses Master’s Degree in their Respective disciplines. Professional training experience in teaching mental alertness self-confidence commitment, general bearing and traits of balanced personality are given due weight while recruiting the staff. Even for Nursery classes the same criterion is observed and twenty eight Montessori teachers, trained from the University of the Punjab, have been employed keeping in view the mental level and the age group of the students.
Staff Development Centre
Professional development plays a very significant role in the effective staff development that focuses on the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for teachers, administrators and other school employees to improve the performance of students at all levels. The Punjab School has its own training centre for professional development of the teachers. In service training workshops are arranged throughout the year. These workshops are conducted not only by the professional trainers from different reputed institution but also by the teachers of the Punjab School.
Computer Education is a compulsory subject for all the classes’ upto 8th grade. Elaborate and adequate arrangements have been made for its Teaching at all School Campuses. Two periods have been allocated for the same in the school weekly timetable for each class. There are 17 fully networked, computer laboratories with over 337 Pentium PC Workstation. The schools continually upgrade and enhance their state- of-the- art Computing Facilities.
The curriculum includes: Tajveed-ul- Quran, knowledge of fundamentals of Islam, learning of Namaz with translation, Hifz of selected Surahs and Ayaat from the Holy Quran, inculcation of social virtues, study of life of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) and that of early caliphs and heroes of Islam. The school utilizes the services of qualified and dedicated teachers for Islamic education.
A large Mosque has been built in the Township Campus where all the members of the staff and the senior Boys of the Boys High School offer their ‘Zuhr’ prayer in congregation. The facility for offering ‘Zuhr’ prayer is also ensured in other campuses where specific places have been reserved and maintained for this purpose. Separate rooms have been earmarked in each girl’s school for offering prayers by the lady teachers and girls Students.
HIFZ E QURAN PROGRAMME
The School launched Hifz e Quran programme for boys in 2004. This is an optional programme offered presently in Township Campus only. The students after passing class IV can opt this stream. Preference is given to those students who secure at least 75% marks in annual examination of class IV with at least 90% marks in Quran as a subject. The duration of this programme is 3 years. After the completion of the Hifz, the students join the regular stream in class VII.
So far 287 students have completed the Hifz, and presently 71 students are passing through the Hifz process.
We believe that Homework is an extension of the School activity and a crucial part of children’s education. This helps them to:
develop independent study skills,
acquire disciplined work attitudes and to meet deadlines,
practice skills learnt at school,
make rapid individual progress, whenever appropriate
prepare for future lessons, and
show that they have understood the lesson.
In the early classes, the Homework requires very little time to be completed but as children progress through the School, this span of time increases considerably. Active involvement and encouragement of Students by parents along with guidance at home for completing homework is in the great interest of the child.
Students’ diary is a ready and convenient source for parents to interact with the Teachers about the Academic activities of their child. Students / teachers are supposed to record all that is taught in the classes each day along with the Homework given to reinforce classroom learning.
The record of student’s performance in class test is also maintained in the diaries which are supposed to be signed by the parents regularly.
The School prepares and prints, every year, its own workbooks/worksheets for different Classes to bridge gaps within the curriculum for better utilization of academic Learning time. These workbooks and students diaries are provided to students at the start of each academic session. The School also publishes its magazine “The Futurist” every year and Newsletters that reflect the literacy skills of the faculty and the students.