The curriculum across the Pre-Primary, Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary Sections is interconnected and designed to ensure the holistic development of students. This integrated curriculum is supplemented by numerous activities, field trips and class projects.
Aga Khan School, Sidhpur (AKSS) follows a learner-centred pedagogy using Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences. This integrated learning approach caters to every child's learning style and strengths. AKSS is affiliated with the Gujarat State Education Board, offering the Gujarat Secondary School Certificate (GSEB) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Programmes to students from Grades 1 to 12.
The school aligns with the seven Aga Khan Education Services Global Quality Standards for Schools, which are School Leadership, Teaching, Curriculum, School Ethos and Values, Family and Community Engagement, Human Resources and Operation and Infrastructure.
AKSS is a tech enabled school. We use technology in diverse ways, including supporting differentiated instruction, providing easy access to information and for the continuous professional development of teachers.
Research shows that high-quality experiences in the early years are linked to positive outcomes associated with health, social and economic wellbeing as adults and that 90% of brain development occurs during the first five years of a child's life. AKSS' Pre-Primary Programme provides ongoing training and support for teachers to facilitate the provision of safe, stimulating and nurturing early learning environments for young children.
AKSS' Pre-Primary Programme promotes holistic learning through a progressive, well-researched methodology of Shishu Pahel Padhati (SPP). SPP is a child-centred pedagogy and means ‘child first'. It encourages children to plan and construct their own learning thus retaining their natural self-confidence, and to develop knowledge, skills, values and attitudes for their current and future needs. SPP focuses on experiential learning through hands-on activities that include opportunities to explore, experience, practise, reflect and share learnings. Our teachers plan and implement an engaging curriculum based on this theory to meet meaningful goals, while also being mindful of differentiation and diversity. The preschool follows a teacher-student ratio of 1:15. Our qualified and experienced multi-lingual staff nurture and provide care to the students.
AKSS' Primary Section provides a high-quality curriculum that embraces intellectual, social, physical, artistic and emotional learning, underpinned by moral values and at an affordable fee. The natural curiosity and creativity of a child is nurtured through application-based learning methods. The syllabus is planned to facilitate learning where each child is given the best learning experience. Our teachers plan and design Curriculum Webs to ensure that every topic in the curriculum is integrated with other subjects.
At the Secondary level, the Gujarat State curriculum is taught using innovative methods and activities. Lessons are supplemented with a variety of extra-curricular activities, field trips and class projects. Students also participate in a number of interschool activities such as elocution competitions, debates, science exhibitions, creative writing and the arts. Our students learn through collective reflections shared with peers and facilitators, as well as group discussions.
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AKSS provides HSC education for students who wish to pursue advanced education in Commerce.
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To support student engagement and holistic development, the school offers a wide range of co-curricular activities. AKSS ensures that all students are able to utilise the available resources to help them to achieve their academic potential, desires and aspirations.
Indoor activities include science exhibitions, language and debate competitions, dance, drama and arts and crafts. Outdoor activities include karate, skating, visual and performing arts, yoga and student parades. These co-curricular activities help students to develop skills such as problem-solving, reasoning, critical thinking, creative thinking, communication and collaboration.
Atal Tinkering Lab
AKSS has an Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL), a Central Government of India initiative to encourage scientific thinking, innovation and creativity among students. In the ATL, students explore and experiment with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) concepts through electronic equipment and coding. Students are given hands-on experience working with basic electronics, such as Arduino boards and electronic circuits, 3D printers, laser engravers and fundamental mechanical tools and kits. AKSS students have created several prototype electronic circuits using sensors, as well as touch sensor alarms, touch sensor water dispensers and mobile controlled robots, to name just a few.
The annual Carnival offers a technology-driven platform for students to demonstrate and showcase their technical know-how and modern science projects. The ATL lab has proved to be a focal point of imparting balanced and advanced curriculum education to students to enable their educational development and skillsets.
The Physical Education (PE) department works all year round to provide opportunities for students to practise sports and participate in competitions. Our students have regular Games and PE periods throughout the week where they practice yoga, sport and other exercises. Students also learn about the rules of various sports. Sports include throwball, football, volleyball, kho-kho, kabaddi, table tennis and badminton. Students also enhance their cognitive skills through playing carom and chess. AKSS students have participated and won at the state level at Khel Mahakumb.
Students are introduced to music from an early age at AKSS. Our students enjoy their music corners in the Pre-Primary Section and dedicated music classes in the Primary Section. They learn to sing and appreciate different genres of music during this time.
Students participate in aerobics and Zumba and various national and international dance forms.
Art is taught in conjunction with other subjects such as Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics. Our students are encouraged to compete in the interschool art competitions. They are also guided to take elementary and intermediate art exams.
Drama and Theatre
Drama is introduced from Grade 1 with the help of hands-on activities and games. Students learn the art of observation, body language, expression, gestures and voice modulation.
Our students eagerly look forward to annual days based on particular themes from Empowering Women to Unity in Diversity. The performances and presentations are scripted and adapted by our teachers and every part of the production is managed by our talented teachers, parents and students.
This event invites thousands of people from the neighbouring villages. The exhibitions focus on specific themes such as India Routes to Root and The Climate Emergency.
This daily event brings Primary and Secondary students together, promoting a sense of oneness and family.
AKSS seeks to boost our students' knowledge by learning about and celebrating special days. Navratri, Eid, Christmas and World Environment Day are some of the days we celebrate. Days such as Hindi Divas are celebrated with plays and inter-house competitions, with the aim of appreciating our national languages.
Students are introduced to various mathematical puzzles and games such as Pallankuzhi, Pagadai, Ner Kodu and Dara to develop their logical and mathematical thinking.
Educational field trips are organised for middle and high school students to help them to contextualise their classroom learning and develop a deeper understanding of the curriculum.
Science exhibitions are organised to encourage students' knowledge and inquiry skills, while language and debate competitions are held to develop students' communication, creativity and teamwork skills. Students are encouraged and coached to participate in local, zonal, district, state and national competitions, as well as interschool events to build on their competitive and leadership skills.
The Student Council provides a platform for students to gain an understanding of democracy, the right to vote and fair practice in polling and leadership.
At AKSS, we have various clubs to help the students develop different life skills, for example:
AKSS' qualified and experienced multi-lingual staff nurture and care for students. Our school has spacious classrooms with abundant natural light, outdoor play areas, a well-stocked library and a large indoor gym area. A happy, safe and an engaging learning space has been designed to provide an enriching environment for all learners, which has:
For pre-primary students AKSS has the following: