Doing well requires much more than rote learning. As COVID-19 has shown us, it is not just survival of the fittest – you also need to be fast. You need to be able to adapt quickly, assess the situation, take a decision and move ahead. With the multitude of activities that we invest time in, these skills develop well at an early age.
Here, the students get to prove or disprove different theories. They check for themselves how the tongue map of tasting is wrong. They check and see – with real experiments and data – if the saying ‘practice makes perfect’ is indeed true. They try experiments in science and estimation. They even try out challenges and play board games. This is a room where the environment is very dynamic. Challenges make them think fast and out of the box. Board games have a constantly changing scenario. You have to think, take calculated risks and see how they play out. Experiments can go wrong – you have to figure out what and try and get back on track. Math activities give a good visual feel to the theory that they come across in the classroom. So, we invest a lot of time in working on these skills so that they become quick thinkers and grasp things well as they grow older.
This is a skill that nobody formally works on and yet it is perhaps the most important skill that kids need to have as they grow older. Being able to go through information and make sense of it, convert it from one form to another, separate the actual information from the rubbish, spot contradictions, get the main points, convert huge chunks of information into charts, graphs, mind maps, figuring out patterns etc – these are the things that they figure out in this room! As they grow older big fat textbooks don’t scare them and they are all set to take on those years on their own. Extra tuitions not necessarily required!
All students right from Std 1 learn French here. It’s a fun subject to learn and students don’t have the pressure of exams. More than 300 million people speak French. Our students will have an advantage for higher education and international jobs. It’s the language of sophistication – cooking, fashion, theatre, arts and architecture. It’s a good base for learning other European languages.
In Walnut Radio the students need to make an interesting presentation using only audio! They can change their tone, create sound effects and they have to think differently to make it attractive in the audio format only. In a world of audio-visuals this is a challenge for them to handle! Keeps the brain active and those synapses forming!
We even have a separate YouTube channel with recordings of Walnut Radio!
General knowledge of the world around them helps them get a better understanding of things that happen and it also helps them form an opinion or pass judgement on events. How do bees make honey? What was the chipko movement? How do elephants live? What are the different famous places around the world? Our students know!
All adults feel that they should have learnt about money and business while in school. Well, Walnut School students have a head start on this too!
Grade 6 onwards they also learn about Business studies – what is money, how does it get its value? What are the different kinds of bank accounts and transactions, taxation, income and expenses, how does a business work? Ask our kids. They know!
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This is a break every few weeks to get totally out of the box. Senior kids get exposed to activities like carpentry, plumbing, basic electric work, cycle repair etc. The juniors do many strategy based challenges. They also try to visualise the concepts that they come across in their curriculum and there are more games to play. Kids learn a lot in a different scenario in these breaks!