Dear Parents,

Welcome to the new academic year. Given below is an overview of different subjects and how they will be dealt with in the classroom. In the Walnut system, our planned academic approach allows us to teach not just the textbook matter, but also provide extra input to the student.

The syllabus is planned such that it teaches all the required skills of the class and then some more! For some subjects the textbooks are being used as reference books, for some they are used directly in the classroom. In some,the order of lessons is tweaked. You will also see some topics being taught that are over and above the textbook. In some topics, greater depth is sought too. Our weekly emails inform you as to which topic is being taught in class and what year it is a part of.

Students will not be writing answers on the printed sheets. They will get separate plain sheets for that in the class. Therefore, one printed sheet may be used across multiple periods. So, students have to keep bringing that printed sheet back to class in the folder till it is completely solved. Once that is done, they can keep the sheet at home and file it. Answers to questions are sent on a separate sheet after the chapter is over.

The focus of the classroom time is for teaching and discussion. Whatever time is left will be used for worksheet solving. Since all the important questions are already discussed, students are expected to be able to handle worksheet exercises on their own. So, the remainder of the worksheet allotted for that day has to be completed at home (as homework) and brought back to class the next day and handed over to the teacher. Bringing back homework regularly helps the children stay tuned to the teaching.

This comprises of History, Geography, Political Science and Business Studies. The approach is to focus on the big picture and concepts, rather than rote learning. Teachers use presentations to discuss important points and important questions in these subjects. The worksheet has a summary of the content and the questions that students have to answer. Those questions have to be completed (as CW / HW) and handed in the next day.

On the worksheet you may find some questions with the icon “What’s your take?” These are personal response questions which the students will have to answer with their own views. Some lessons have only descriptive questions from the worksheet. There are no MCQs.

Business Studies is an additional subject that they do across 5th and 6th.

Teachers use presentations to explain concepts in the classroom and show the stepwise approach to solving problems. Students are given adult sized square lined sheets to write on to encourage neatness and systematic solving. Students who are not confident, will be using a pencil to solve, not a pen.

Answers to all the questions on the worksheet are sent at the end of the lesson on a separate sheet. Step – wise solutions are available on PPTs which will be shared with the parents. On the worksheet you will find different icons which mark different levels of questions.

The “Remember” icon stands for very short notes which will help students to remember the key points of the concept. The detailed explanation is already given in the class and can be seen on the presentation too.

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The “Take it easy” icon stands for the very basic level questions. These are all to be done as homework. Students should be able to solve them on their own as they will have dealt with a higher level of difficulty in the classroom.

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The “Go for it” icon stands for the medium level questions. These are discussed in the classroom. Students start solving these in the class and the remainder have to be done at home. These are at the difficulty level that the students are expected to deal with.

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The “Think a bit” questions are harder than what the students are expected to deal with. Students who are very fast at Mathematics can take these on as a challenge. These are not compulsory to be solved as homework either. This section is completely optional.

Think a Bit

The “Genius strike” questions are the trickiest. These are at a higher difficulty level than the Think a bit questions. Again, no compulsion to solve them as they are quite challenging. The adventurous minds are welcome to take them on!

Genius strike

Questions from the “Take it easy” and “Go for it” sections ONLY will be considered for the examination. Students will also have access to Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in addition to the worksheet.

For these subjects, students will refer to the lessons of the textbook for content matter. Lesson based questions will be solved on the worksheet itself and creative writing will be done on the printed sheet. All incomplete classwork is to be finished at home as homework and handed in the next day.

Teachers teach concepts in class according to the curriculum plan. They use presentations to show the relevant pictures / videos etc. These are converted into self-running presentations and uploaded so that you can access them from home as well. Along with the teaching, important questions from the worksheet are also discussed. The worksheet has a summary of the content and the questions that students have to answer. Those questions have to be completed (as CW / HW) and the worksheets should be submitted to the teacher, the next day. At the end of each chapter, students will have to come prepared to answer questions orally in a rapid fire round. This is designed to inculcate the habit of regular studying and the confidence to stand up and speak out. Teachers will be maintaining a record of the performance in these revision periods. Students will also be solving Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in the computer lab in addition to the worksheet.

Students will refer to the lessons of the textbook for content matter. The worksheets will focus on lesson comprehension, personal response questions, discussion topics, grammar and creative writing skills. Students will be encouraged to think and express their thoughts on each lesson’s underlying message or skill.

Questions with the icon “Let’s Talk” are discussed in class. They may be discussed in pairs or with the whole class as a group. Students will have to answer these with their own views. It may also require students to create lists or write paragraphs. Those questions have to be completed (as CW / HW) and handed in the next day.

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Students will also be solving Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in the computer lab in addition to the worksheet.

मराठी:

प्रिय पालक,

वेगवेगळे विषय आणि शाळेत ते कशाप्रकारे शिकवले जाता याचा आढावा खाली दिलेला आहे. वॉलनट संकल्पनेत मुलांना फक्त पुस्तकी ज्ञानच नाही तर अधिक माहिती देखील दिली जाते.
आपला अभ्यासक्रम अशा प्रकारे तयार केला आहे की त्यामध्ये मुलांना लागणारी सर्व कौशल्ये शिकवली जातात. काही विषयांसाठी पाठ्यपुस्तके फक्त संदर्भासाठी वापरली जातात तर काही विषय थेट पाठ्यपुस्तकातून वर्गात शिकवले जातात. काही विषयांमध्ये धड्यांची रचना शिकवताना बदलली आहे. तसेच काही धडे पाठ्यपुस्तकाच्या व्यतिरिक्त शिकवले आहेत.

आता मुले वर्कशीट वर उत्तरे लिहिणार नाहीत. त्यांना वर्गात स्वतंत्र शीट दिली जाईल. त्यामुळे कदाचित एक वर्कशीट अनेक दिवस शिकवली जाईल. त्यामुळे जोपर्यंत ती वर्कशीट पूर्ण सोडवून होत नाही तोपर्यंत मुलांनी ती शाळेत आणायची आहे. एकदा ती शीट पूर्ण झाली की मुले ती घरी फाईलमध्ये लावून ठेऊ शकतात. एखादा धडा शाळेत शिकवून झाल्यानंतर त्याची उत्तरपत्रिका पाठवली जाईल.

तासाचे मुख्य ध्येय शिकवणे आणि त्यावर चर्चा करणे हे आहे. जितका वेळ उरेल त्या वेळात मुले वर्कशीट सोडवणार आहेत. सर्व महत्त्वाचे प्रश्न शाळेत तोंडी सोडवले जातील त्यामुळे मुलांनी प्रश्न स्वतःचे स्वतः सोडवणे अपेक्षित आहे. वर्कशीट वरील जे प्रश्न राहिले असतील ते मुलांनी घरी सोडवावे आणि दुसऱ्या दिवशी शाळेत शिक्षकांना तपासण्यासाठी द्यावे.

यामध्ये इतिहास, भूगोल, अर्थशास्त्र आणि नागरिकशास्त्र याचा समावेश होतो. यामध्ये आपण पाठांतरापेक्षा मूळ संकल्पनेवर भर देत आहोत. महत्वाच्या संकल्पना शिकवण्यासाठी तसेच प्रश्नांवर चर्चा करण्यासाठी शिक्षक प्रेझेंटेशन्सचा वापर करतात. वर्कशीट वर संकल्पनेचा सारांश आणि त्यावरील प्रश्न असतात. हे प्रश्न मुलांनी (वर्गात/घरी) सोडवावेत आणि दुसऱ्या दिवशी शिक्षकांना तपासण्यासाठी द्यावेत. काही वर्कशीट्स वर तुम्हाला “What’s your take?” असे प्रश्न दिसतील. हे प्रश्न मुलांनी त्यांच्या दृष्टीकोनातून लिहायचे आहेत. या विषयासाठी बहुपर्यायी प्रश्न (MCQs) नाहीत.

व्यवसाय शास्त्र हा एक अतिरिक्त विषय आहे जो मुलांना इयत्ता पाचवी आणि सहावीत शिकवला जाईल.

संकल्पना शिकवण्यासाठी तसेच सोडवलेली गणिते दाखवण्यासाठी शिक्षक वर्गात प्रेझेंटेशन्स दाखवतात. ज्या मुलांना गणिते सोडवण्याचा विश्वास नाही ती मुले गणिते सोडवण्यासाठी पेन्सिल वापरतील. धडा शाळेत शिकवून झाल्यानंतर त्याची उत्तरपत्रिका पाठवली जाईल. वर्कशीट वर तुम्हाला वेगवेगळी चिन्हे दिसतील.

Remember : यामध्ये संकल्पनेचा सारांश दिलेला आहे. याची सविस्तर माहिती वर्गात सांगितली जाईल तसेच प्रेझेंटेशन मध्ये देखील असेल.

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Take it easy : यामध्ये अतिशय सोपे प्रश्न आहेत. हे सर्व प्रश्न मुले घरी सोडवतील.

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Go for it :  हे प्रश्न मध्यम स्वरूपाचे असतात. यातील प्रश्न वर्गात सोडवले जातील. जे प्रश्न राहतील ते मुले घरी सोडवतील. या स्वरूपाचे प्रश्न मुलांना सोडवता आलेच पाहिजेत.

Go for it

Think a bit :  हे प्रश्न थोडे अवघड स्वरूपाचे आहेत. जी मुले गणिते भरभर सोडवतात, ते हे प्रश्न सोडवू शकतात. हे प्रश्न मुलांनी सोडवावेच असे नाही. हा विभाग पर्यायी आहे.

Think a Bit

Genius strike : हे सर्वात अवघड स्वरूपाचे प्रश्न आहेत. हे प्रश्न मुलांनी सोडवावेच असे नाही. हा विभाग पर्यायी आहे.

Genius strike

Take it easy आणि Go for it या दोन विभागांतील प्रश्न परीक्षेत विचारले जातील. याशिवाय मुले कॉम्प्युटर लॅब मध्ये बहुपर्यायी प्रश्न (MCQs) देखील सोडवणार आहेत.

वर्कशीट सोडवण्यासाठी मुले पाठ्यपुस्तकाचा आधार घेतील. धड्यावरील प्रश्न वर्कशीट वरच सोडवले जातील. लेखन कौशल्याचे प्रश्न स्वतंत्र शीट वर सोडवले जातील. अपूर्ण वर्कशीट मुले घरी सोडवतील व दुसऱ्या दिवशी शाळेत तपासण्यासाठी आणतील.

शिक्षक वर्गात धड्यातील संकल्पना शिकवतात. फोटो आणि विडीओ दाखवण्यासाठी ते प्रेझेंटेशन्स वापरतात. हे विडीओ अपलोड केले जातात ज्यामुळे तुम्ही ते घरी देखील पाहू शकता. वर्कशीट वरील कठीण आणि महत्वाचे प्रश्न वर्गात तोंडी सोडवले जातात. वर्कशीट वर संकल्पनेचा सारांश आणि त्यावरील प्रश्न असतात. हे प्रश्न मुलांनी (वर्गात/घरी) सोडवावेत आणि दुसऱ्या दिवशी शिक्षकांना तपासण्यासाठी द्यावेत. प्रत्येक धड्याच्या शेवटी मुलांनी प्रश्न उत्तरांसाठी तयार राहायचे आहे. शिक्षक त्या धड्याची एक छोटी तोंडी परीक्षा घेतील. यामुळे मुलांना रोज अभ्यास करण्याची सवय लागेल तसेच वर्गात उभे राहून उत्तर सांगण्याचा आत्मविश्वास येईल. या तासाची शिक्षकांकडे नोंद राहील. याशिवाय मुले कॉम्प्युटर लॅब मध्ये बहुपर्यायी प्रश्न (MCQs) देखील सोडवणार आहेत.

वर्कशीट सोडवण्यासाठी मुले पाठ्यपुस्तकाचा आधार घेतील. वर्कशीट्स मध्ये धड्याचे आकलन, वैयक्तिक प्रतिसाद प्रश्न (Personal response questions), चर्चा, व्याकरण तसेच लेखनकौशल्ये विकसित होतील. मुलांना विचार करण्यास आणि ते विचार मांडण्यास प्रोत्साहित केले जाईल.

“Let’s talk” असे लिहिलेले प्रश्न वर्गात घेतले जातात. यामध्ये मुलांना त्यांचे स्वतःचे विचार मांडावे लागतील. यामध्ये मुलांना परिच्छेद लिहावे लागू शकतात. हे प्रश्न मुलांनी (वर्गात/घरी) सोडवावेत आणि दुसऱ्या दिवशी शिक्षकांना तपासण्यासाठी द्यावेत.

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याशिवाय मुले कॉम्प्युटर लॅब मध्ये बहुपर्यायी प्रश्न (MCQs) देखील सोडवणार आहेत.

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