New ideas about learning spaces in schools makes learners—and learning—more successful. Since education is the core mission, learning and the space in which it takes place are of the utmost importance.
At Prometheus we have looked at Learning Spaces through the prism of Learning Reimagined.
The notion of the classroom has both expanded and evolved to meet the needs of the new Net Gen students. They are social and team oriented, comfortable with multitasking, and generally positive in their outlook, they tend to thrive when they are given the opportunity to have a fully immersive educational experience and they even enjoy the challenges of being a part of it. For instance, 51% of surveyed students said they learn best by doing while only 12% said they learn through listening. These same students also mentioned they tend to enjoy class discussions and interactive classroom environments over the traditional dissemination teaching method.
At Prometheus our class rooms are equipped with Technology that works best with the age group of children. For instance, in Primary class rooms you would see cameras and increasing use of iPad and lap tops provided by school. The furniture is mixed to give an opportunity to students who learn best in groups and those who prefer personal learning spaces. The class rooms are vibrant to support children’s natural curiosity through exploration and reflection.
By middle school the focus shifts to intensified learning subject wise and through on line engagements with the experts and information. The class rooms are enriched with digital learning equipment and all students carry their own lap tops to school. The furniture is so arranged to give them more opportunity for group projects and discussions.
In the spirit of Learning Reimagined, we have our corridors equipped for physical engagements and learning beyond the classroom walls. Proper board games, floor games, reading dens, work stations and some exercising equipment so necessary for students to engage with and experience the world of physical fitness! They start to value the rush of endorphins post long sitting schedules as demanded out of their virtual world. Hang out spaces provide them with an opportunity to develop social skills as they get to work in collaboration with students from different year groups.
Sports help children develop better ways to cope with the highs and lows of life. They primarily play to win and are not always best at losing but when they sport, children learn to lose. Being a good loser takes maturity and practice. Losing teaches children to bounce back from disappointment, cope with unpleasant experiences and is an important part of becoming resilient.
It also helps children to develop patience and understand that it can take a lot of practice to improve both their physical skills and what they do in school. They develop grit to succeed. They naturally appreciate and complement good shots and good players and ape their strategies to win.
No wonder, from time immemorial the importance of sports is recognized in all curriculums. IB looks at it with a very holistic view of remaining mentally, physically and emotionally healthy.
At Prometheus it holds a special place. At Prometheus we have qualified instructors who have a wealth of experience in Sports.
We offer the following
Sports: Soccer, Basket Ball, Tennis, Swimming, Badminton, Table Tennis, Gymnastics, Golf, Shooting, Cricket, Horse Riding
Fitness: Yoga, Aerobics, Folk Fitness
Yoga and mindfulness is the start of everyday.
Spaces which are designed with academic subjects and its practical link, very essential for all middle and high school students as the net gen children learn through doing.
The Engineers Lab: Students use this area to develop from digital design to product. It’s a room for students and experts to work together to create something that they have identified as a solution to problem in their areas of work. It’s a readying stage for the Personal project that is essential for all students of MYP. The teacher(facilitator) would invite carpenter, metal work smith or electricians or any other expert who can support students to materialize their product.
Science Lab: So essential to explore the natural laws of the world. Traditionally an integrated Physics, Chemistry and Biology Lab for Middle school and Upper Primary Students
Apple Lab: Prometheus believes engagement with technology has become a way of life for most of the world. To equip our children with the appropriate skills, we have an Apple laboratory which we are very proud of. Through it, we offer our students a cutting edge learning experience and teach them skills which will hold them in good stead in any field in any part of the world.
Prometheus town is a place for holistic development made for primary children. It is an amalgamation of fun, inspiration and learning through realistic role play. The space is themed as a child sized replica of real-life spaces such as grocery store, police station, restaurant, etc. Children are often seen collaborating with their peers and constructing their own knowledge through hands-on learning experiences.
The homelike quality of our school contributes to a relaxed, focused experience for the child. Our indoor classroom activities are placed on open shelves for selection as interest and readiness inspires the child. Our outdoor environment offers a beautiful developed playground with manipulatives, tricycles, pets, and gardens.
Maker’s Den: A space in the vicinity of the visual Arts Room, where students can gather to invent, create, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of fun tools and materials. They learn to create 3 D objects from clay, they junk sculpture or work with beads and trinkets to design jewelry. They take up projects of putting together carpentry work to create storage solutions or seating solutions for their class rooms or corridors.
Thumka: Students experience the fun of dancing here. They also explore with the teachers traditional and folk art forms. They have mirrors here which facilitate students to see themselves and others and improve their own style of dancing, as they learn to express themselves through this interesting art form.
Notes: This is where students explore and start to find their own musical inclinations as they play on wind, string and percussion instruments. Teachers here are selected with good experience to encourage, identify and upskill students who have a natural flair for music and develop in all, the ear to good music. Music is an essential part of our curriculum that aims to balance the whole spectrum of the child’s intelligence as it involves learning in the major domains of knowledge, skills, attitudes and feelings, and the senses.
Stage: A drama and performance studio. Drama allows the students to explore and develop feelings and ideas in a way that it contributes significantly to personal, social and physical development. Students use this room to explore their oratory skills and look at improving their voice, diction and empathy towards characters as they begin to role play here.