“Sloka - where the colours of the mind take wing.”
Journeying from Feeling to Thought

In their first years of adolescence, children are led by a greater interest in the world around them, and are ready for greater academic challenges and social experiences. Formal Sciences are introduced in middle school – often by Specialist Teachers in addition to the Class Teacher who is with the students since Grade 1.

In middle school, the learning takes on a cyclical, interconnected quality. By observing phenomena around them, students trace scientific laws and mathematical principles in action. In Math, as they move up the grades with fractions and decimals to Business Math, Geometry and Algebra, practical applications help students see how various aspects of the world are linked.

The Literature and Language curriculum also grows more intricate, permeating all the subjects. Writing, research, classroom presentations, science reports and the creation of main lesson notebooks increasingly demand initiative and focussed thinking. Beginning with Grade 6, Block and Term exams conducted through the middle school years help students self-evaluate and prepare them for the school leaving (Board) exams.

Middle School grade information

(Ages 11 – 13)

Students begin their study of Physics, exploring sound, heat, electricity, and magnetism, complemented by the arts — music acquaints them with acoustics, and the study of colour with optics. Lessons in formal History begin, as they journey from Greek to Roman history as well as Ancient Indian history. The study of Geography advances, covering the continent of Asia. The understanding of Geography is supplemented by the study of Mineralogy and Astronomy beginning in Grade 6.
Biology and Chemistry are introduced in the curriculum, to be continued until the end of the school years. In World History, the focus turns to Europe, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and the Age of Exploration. Students simultaneously study Medieval Indian History up to the Mughal empire. The study of Geography increases in radius, expanding out to all the continents of the world. The subjects of Mineralogy and Astronomy continue to engross them in contemplating the earth as well as the skies.
Through the main lesson block in Nutrition, students discover what sustains and balances them, working their way into Anatomy and Physiology. Experiments in the laboratory commence with the chemistry of acids and bases, moving into Organic Chemistry later. In History, they begin studying revolutions around the world — from the Indian Freedom Movement to the Russian, French, and American Revolutions, as well as the Industrial Revolution. Eighth graders also gain an enhanced understanding of Geography with their study of weather phenomena in Meteorology. The Grade 8 Play staged toward the end of the year is a culmination of many years of skill developed in music, speech, and movement, while learning to work together as a class.
Co-curricular activities in Middle School:
  • Students continue to immerse in painting, craft, and woodwork projects.
  • In Grades 5 and 6, they also explore a new medium – clay.
  • In Grades 7 and 8, children try their hands at cooking – learning to make healthy and delicious meals to supplement their Biology and Chemistry blocks.
  • Team games and strategy-based games hone their form and presence in the playground.
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