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Multi-Aged Classrooms & Individual Mastery

Common Grounds uses a Multi-Age System in most of our classes, which means that two or more standards are taught in one classroom to encourage older and younger student mentoring and interaction. Read more about Multi-Age Classrooms here. In this cooperative, group learning environment, students learn to collaborate, form questions, listen to others, problem-solve, practice public-speaking, and teach themselves to learn, in small groups.

Exam Process

At the start of each school year we evaluate our students reading levels and phonetic understanding (UKG & 1st) in order to place them in the appropriate reading group for term one.  A reading specialist will regularly test the students’ reading progress.  We value ongoing assessment of our students in all subjects to monitor their progress throughout the year. For instance, weekly spelling tests and unit exams in math, science, social and grammar are given.  These scores are used in combination with the end of term assessments to form a cumulative mark in each subject, which reflects the overall student achievement.

If students qualify for special education services, they will receive appropriate modifications during their assessments.  Additionally they may be assessed in additional areas to help them reach their individualized goals.

Play Class

Our Play Class program has been designed to help your child reveal his/her talents and to guide him/her in cognitive development as well as furthering his/her gross and fine motor skills. The initial days of childhood play a vital role in determining the future of an individual. At such a tender age, children learn much from the things which they see around them. Thus we meet parents’ hopes and expectations by providing a caring, creative, and colorful environment filled with the best equipment for brain development. The syllabus is based on a child-centered approach and on the belief that children learn best through activity. That is direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. Children are encouraged to “construct’ their own knowledge by pursuing their personal interests, guided by trained adults who understand the important learning areas for children in the preschool years. Active learning is central to all the activities in the program, whether planned by adults or initiated by children. Play Classes are open to children 2 years 6 months by June.

LKG

This year-long learning adventure is 28 weeks of hands-on thematic units. Each unit focuses on an alphabet letter that is linked to an object in God’s wonderful creation as well as a character trait. Some of these traits include: Obedience and Decisions, Sharing and Service, Trust and Confidence, and Honesty. Science activities and hands on projects reinforce each character trait. We also explore many varying World Around Us themes during the LKG academic year such as: the Earth, the Body, Individual Confidence and Uniqueness, and Family Security, Identity and Pride. Finally, our holistic program also includes reading, math, creative thinking, children’s literature and art as well as plenty of free choice and outdoor play.

UKG

As the stepping stone into primary school, UKG is a valuable time to foster the joy of learning in a child. Our welcoming classroom and compassionate staff create a safe environment where students can learn key skills through doing hands-on activities and interactive lessons. Through our developmentally appropriate curriculum, students are equipped with a foundational knowledge of maths, phonics, beginning reading skills, handwriting and a better understanding of the world around them. Students begin to develop the vital skills of critical thinking, problem solving and friendship through free and guided play times with peers and teachers. The Hindi and Malayalam alphabets are introduced to prepare students for further study. Young students also interact with older students during the various special classes and clubs that are offered, such as PE, Art, and Music. Overall the UKG program at CGIA provides your child with an engaging and well-balanced introduction to their primary education.

Primary

Our primary program starts in 1st standard and, in the 2016-2017 academic year, goes through 7th standard. Our curriculum is the CIPP syllabus Cambridge International Primary Program. www.cambridgeindia.org

Enhanced by the culture of our multi-age classrooms, our students are able to progress at their own pace while being encouraged by their peers. These pupils interact with students of additional grade levels during the many special classes we offer each week. See details about specials here. Hindi and Malayalam classes are offered daily for beginners, intermediate and advanced (at grade level) learners.

Special Education

At CGIA we value every child and believe that every individual is capable of learning and reaching his or her full potential. Therefore we accept a designated number of students with mild to moderate special needs in each classroom. These students will be assessed to determine their needs, sometimes with the help of Tara Clinic, Calicut. Then a plan for how to support the student will be developed, implemented and regularly assessed. One option that is available for children with special needs and international students is to opt out of a language class(es). This is decided in coordination with the parents and child.

Testimonials

“I enrolled my son Avyukt in CGIA at age 2 years and 2 months. My first (and until today) impression was the warmth that exuded from the faculty as well as the older children. In these 2 years, Avy has grown to be a bubbly, confident and a very inquisitive child. He has overall developed and learnt new things without any pressure on him. Thank you CGIA teachers and staff, for doing such a wonderful job.”
Praseeda Praveen

“I have my daughter, Shezan, studying in CGIA. It’s her second year with the school. I find the school very good and my child is doing well. When it comes to safety and monitoring I think the school is one of the best. CGIA monitors childrens activites very closly and provides support for their over all development. So far we have no complaints. CGIA is one of the best school in Calicut.”
Sanam

“I am more than satisfied and very thankful for your excellent support of my child. I recently had my first Parent Teacher Interaction at CGIA and I came out of the meeting without desperation but with lot of hope.”
Parent of a special needs child

Philosophy

Common Grounds uses a Multi-Age System in most of our classes, which means that two or more standards are taught in one classroom to encourage older and younger student mentoring and interaction. Read more about Multi-Age Classrooms here. In this cooperative, group learning environment, students learn to collaborate, form questions, listen to others, problem-solve, practice public-speaking, and teach themselves to learn, in small groups.

Multi-Age Classroom Benefits

  • Students can be grouped by ability even if they are in different standards
  • Students learn to relate to children of all ages
  • Inter-Generational Mentoring (peer-teaching and receiving)
  • Senior and Junior students learn the value of giving and serving each other
  • Senior students gain leadership experience, responsibility and confidence
  • Junior students also gain confidence when they can share what they know with older children and are affirmed by them
  • Junior students gain mentors in relationship with their seniors

Exam Process

At the start of each school year we evaluate our students reading levels and phonetic understanding (UKG & 1st) in order to place them in the appropriate reading group for term one. A reading specialist will regularly test the students’ reading progress. We value ongoing assessment of our students in all subjects to monitor their progress throughout the year. For instance, weekly spelling tests and unit exams in math, science, social and grammar are given. These scores are used in combination with the end of term assessments to form a cumulative mark in each subject, which reflects the overall student achievement.

If students qualify for special education services, they will receive appropriate modifications during their assessments. Additionally they may be assessed in additional areas to help them reach their individualized goals.

Curriculum

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Play Class

Our Play Class program has been designed to help your child reveal his/her talents and to guide him/her in cognitive development as well as furthering his/her gross and fine motor skills. The initial days of childhood play a vital role in determining the future of an individual. At such a tender age, children learn much from the things which they see around them. Thus we meet parents’ hopes and expectations by providing a caring, creative, and colorful environment filled with the best equipment for brain development. The syllabus is based on a child-centered approach and on the belief that children learn best through activity. That is direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. Children are encouraged to “construct’ their own knowledge by pursuing their personal interests, guided by trained adults who understand the important learning areas for children in the preschool years. Active learning is central to all the activities in the program, whether planned by adults or initiated by children. Play Classes are open to children 2 years 6 months by June.

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LKG

This year-long learning adventure is 28 weeks of hands-on thematic units. Each unit focuses on an alphabet letter that is linked to an object in God’s wonderful creation as well as a character trait. Some of these traits include: Obedience and Decisions, Sharing and Service, Trust and Confidence, and Honesty. Science activities and hands on projects reinforce each character trait. We also explore many varying World Around Us themes during the LKG academic year such as: the Earth, the Body, Individual Confidence and Uniqueness, and Family Security, Identity and Pride. Finally, our holistic program also includes reading, math, creative thinking, children’s literature and art as well as plenty of free choice and outdoor play.

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UKG

As the stepping stone into primary school, UKG is a valuable time to foster the joy of learning in a child. Our welcoming classroom and compassionate staff create a safe environment where students can learn key skills through doing hands-on activities and interactive lessons. Through our developmentally appropriate curriculum, students are equipped with a foundational knowledge of maths, phonics, beginning reading skills, handwriting and a better understanding of the world around them. Students begin to develop the vital skills of critical thinking, problem solving and friendship through free and guided play times with peers and teachers. The Hindi and Malayalam alphabets are introduced to prepare students for further study. Young students also interact with older students during the various special classes and clubs that are offered, such as PE, Art, and Music. Overall the UKG program at CGIA provides your child with an engaging and well-balanced introduction to their primary education.

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Primary

Our primary program starts in 1st standard and, in the 2016-2017 academic year, goes through 7th standard. Our curriculum is the CIPP syllabus Cambridge International Primary Program. www.cambridgeindia.org

Enhanced by the culture of our multi-age classrooms, our students are able to progress at their own pace while being encouraged by their peers. These pupils interact with students of additional grade levels during the many special classes we offer each week. See details about specials here. Hindi and Malayalam classes are offered daily for beginners, intermediate and advanced (at grade level) learners.

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Special Education

At CGIA we value every child and believe that every individual is capable of learning and reaching his or her full potential. Therefore we accept a designated number of students with mild to moderate special needs in each classroom. These students will be assessed to determine their needs, sometimes with the help of Tara Clinic, Calicut. Then a plan for how to support the student will be developed, implemented and regularly assessed. One option that is available for children with special needs and international students is to opt out of a language class(es). This is decided in coordination with the parents and child.

cam iconOur curriculum is the CIPP syllabus Cambridge International Primary Program.
www.cambridgeindia.org