Our belief is that learning at this stage deeply influences the ability to learn at later school stages. The teaching methodology is built around the premise that a concept is better understood through a variety of experiences and exploration of the environment. The rate of learning is high at this stage, resonating with the playfulness, joy and curiosity in each child. We work with students to holistically connect their practical experiences with academic growth and influence learning in the later classes.
KG to Grade 2:
THE SHIFT FROM LEARNING TO READ TO READING TO LEARN:
Kindergarten has an exciting, multi-sensorial phonics programme integrated with art, music, story telling, math and movement. Everyday is a new exploration to develop higher-order literacy skills through language arts and mathematics.
This programme builds confidence and capability in multiple areas. It lays a solid foundation in listening, speaking, reading, writing and thinking skills with the expectation that students will shift from learning to read to reading to learn by the time they enter second grade. There is a heavy emphasis on having a good time, teaching the most important lesson of all–that learning is really, really fun
Continuous monitoring and assessment, one-on-one support ensures that no child is left behind. Language and comprehension skills are built through exposure and dialogue in different contexts and situations. Social, emotional, and academic skills are learnt in a nurturing and comfortable community that has music and movement, exploring and creating in art – all playing an integral part in learning of letters and beginning to read short books. Tackling mathematical concepts lays the foundations of STEM.
Grades 3 & 4:
Third graders are beginning to develop a sense of themselves as scholars. As readers, they’re developing the mastery that leads to enjoyment and learning. As writers, they find that they can inform, persuade, and entertain. As mathematicians, they discover that they can handle larger and more complex operations than ever before. They have a multitude of ways to discover that school is fun.
Learning how to enjoy and create different kinds of writing, how to give and receive constructive feedback, how to revise for clarity and power, or explore two and three-dimensional geometry and how shapes relate to numbers – Interdisciplinary study units bring together art, science, writing, math and drama to help children develop an understanding of ecosystems, and more.
Developmentally, fourth graders are beginning to discover their own areas of knowledge and leadership, and can both help and learn from their peers. They discover that they have informed opinions about things.
Fifth graders are the leaders of the Junior school.
As writers, they are constantly generating and revising new work. As readers, they tackle more complex, longer works of literature.
They use their observational powers, deductive reasoning, and knowledge of scientific principles to apply and solve.
As mathematicians, they advance beyond whole-number calculations to perform operations with fractions and decimals, and to convert seamlessly between the two.
As learners of history they look at the basis of today being the past.
Different children need varied amounts of time to connect their practical experience with academic lessons.
At this stage of their lives, students are coming into their own as preteens, and attitudes to the world around them are being formed. Fittingly, our students are encouraged to go deeper into social and intellectual issues and life in the time of Social Media, and evaluate where they stand as individuals. This is done to pave the way to their very crucial teenage years.
6th Grade – the big change
Sixth grade at Amber Valley becomes residential for all students. This is the Junior most class of the Boarding School. Still tied to parents over weekend outings, they quickly learn that they are capable of far more than they ever dreamed and through it all, building powerful, lasting relationships with caring adults and classmates, engendering a sense of community that lasts a lifetime.
Understanding, making inferences, appropriately organizing thoughts and writing, expressing saliently, forming opinions and participating in teams characterizes Middle School life
Continuing the process of learning to communicate with clarity and precision, sufficient care is taken to prepare students for the ICSE/ISC exams with a well laid-out routine of unit tests, end-term exams and practice exams. The Teaching Methodology at Senior School focuses on rigor in writing and thinking. But it also goes beyond that, and seeks to raise the level of consciousness to lead students towards being self-aware and discerning young adults, who are ready to take on interpersonal challenges, and can thrive as they impact society positively.
10th Grade – The first Public exam is ensured success through the efforts of teachers to push and pull individual students to seriously put in effort – effort that they are capable, and the attitude to put in serious work.
11th Grade – The school has an array of Science, Humanities and Commerce subjects to choose from that can be taken along with stand alone Elective English, Art, and Physical Education. The small class size successfully navigates the students through troubled emotional growth giving good performance for preferred college admissions coupled with the development of Leadership skills and responsibility under a safety net that a home or college environment cannot match. The logical continuation is 11th Grade after 10th Grade.
A Career Guidance program exposing students to different careers, the requirements for college entry, application process, entrance exam preparation, evaluating abilities and interests helps students to get a feel of the options and their preferences.
Here, we seek to raise the level of consciousness to lead students towards becoming self-aware and discerning young adults
Student to faculty ratio
Activities & Opportunities
Keeping in mind that every child is unique, we offer a range of activities aimed at enriching and nurturing their innate interests and talents. From the sports field to the music and art rooms, it is a joy to see students immerse themselves in the co-curricular activities available. A House system with student leadership gives opportunity to build team spirit and healthy competition. The Student Council and Leadership program is a platform to understand responsible behavior, accountability, and the power to influence.
Overlooking the hills, ponds and open skies, our playgrounds invite students to stretch their limbs, challenging and enjoying themselves in fresh and open surroundings. For those who show talent and interest in pursuing a particular sport, special coaching is provided.
Cricket ground and Net Facilities
Swimming Pool (25 mts)
Athletic track (400 mts)
Rifle Shooting Range
Students learn martial arts such as Karate, and physical training and long distance running in the mornings to start their day with an infusion of positive energy. They gather around their Sensei or Coach to listen, talk, practice moves and imbibe the philosophy behind them.
Art, Craft, Pottery
With sunlight streaming into the Art Rooms from the hills facing the school in the East, students get their hands dirty exploring different media – painting, printmaking, pottery and recyclable materials among others. Nature walks are often organized so that students can observe and be inspired directly from their natural surroundings.
As a healthy counter to the bustle, excitement and activity among the student community, our yoga instructor helps them learn to breathe deeply, relax and create an inner balance with yogasanas, pranayama and asthachal on a regular basis.
From listening to Bach, to delving into the subtle notes of a raaga, our music facilities draw out students to immerse themselves in music – both Indian and Western. Dedicated music teachers and well designed music rooms and the presence of music instruments such as the guitar, violin, harmonium, flute, drums, mridangam, tabla and other string instruments, are an inspiration to students. You can find students walking around campus humming to themselves or you may hear the strains of their guitar strumming!
Another much loved area of student life on campus, the drama room or amphi-theatre is where smiling, laughter and a relaxed interaction take place as students and teachers collaborate and rehearse for short plays, skits and full-length plays in English, Hindi and regional languages.
Be it Bharatanatyam, folk dance or modern dance, students are exposed to a variety of genres –both Indian and international. Through dance students learn to learn movement and the physical extension as a way to explore themselves and participate in performances. All the while learning under the guidance of well-trained instructors. The dance room, equipped with wall-to-wall mirrors, is often buzzing with activity, and is one of the most high-energy hubs on campus, from where students often emerge singing and dancing.
Context is everything. Classroom knowledge and seeing its applications at work or in models are possible through well planned field trips to Bangalore and nearby places. Exposure to exhibits and real working situations gives the students a wider canvass and deeper learning for their minds. They visit Science & Art Museums, the Milk Dairy, Coffee Museum, the Satellite Tracking Centre, Coffee Plantations, Planetariums, historical sites, Camping programs and many more. While building mental bridges between the theoretical and the practical, these also serve as exercises in cooperating with peers and teachers, and looking out for one another.
The World Around Us
Cherishing and celebrating Nature’s bounty is important to all in the Amber Valley community. The Craft classes and the Reap Benefit Workshops enable thinking and executing projects through recycling and reusing material and resources, reduce carbon footprint, and conserve water and electricity. Motivated by the idea of each individual doing their bit, students like to champion these causes through activities like tree planting, composting, prototype building for problem solving, trekking, and camping.
Student Committees, Clubs, House Competitions
To add to the sense of involvement and excitement on campus, and the fostering of leadership
School Newsletter & Editorial Committee
NCC (Air Wing)
Scouts & Guides
At Amber Valley, our focused program develops questioning and independent thinkers – individuals who learn from and interact with the world around them through inquiry and an openness to explore and discover.