Besides developing basic concepts in each area, the focus of the CBSE curriculum in this critical preparatory phase is to develop the child’s attitude and aptitude to be a life-long learner. The challenge is to sharpen the learner’s ability to apply the acquired theoretical knowledge to day-to-day life situations. In short, to be able to put what she/he has learnt to good use.Projects and activities are an integral part of this curriculum. CBSE has introduced practical-learning in Social Science and Mathematics with a Weightage of 20%, while the Weightage for practicals in Science and Technology has been increased to 40%.Learning areas include two Languages- Communicative English, Second language (Hindi, French, German, Spanish, Sanskrit), Mathematics, Science & Technology, Social Science, Work Experience, Art Education, Physical and Health Education. Teaching is done through lectures, projects, presentation, group discussion, workshops and seminars. Testing and examination are regular, rigorous in accordance with the CBSE pattern.
In today’s world of globalization, the primary aim of education is to empower and equip students with relevant skills to step out confidently into the world that both beckons and challenges. The CBSE curriculum is designed towards achieving this goal and is on par with international standards. This is the time that the interest and aptitude of the students crystallises into a desire for learning that is in tandem with their inclinations and preferences.
The options open to them are varies and diverse:
One Language ( English) and four Electives can be selected from the list of subjects given below. Students also have the option of selecting a sixth subject. The Subject offered are: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Political Science, Economics, Psychology, Business Studies, Accountancy, Commercial Art, Home Science, Fashion Studies, Legal Studies, Computer Science, Physical Education, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Entrepreneurship
However a minimum of eight students have to opt for a subject to make it feasible to offer the course.
Emphasis is also given to Work Experience, Physical and Health Education and General Studies which includes social issues of national and international interest.
Assessment Of Speaking And Listening (ASL) :
Keeping up with the changing times, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) initiated a new drive to enhance the use of English Communicative Language in 2013-14 that includes a specific section of ‘Assessment in Speaking and Listening Skills’ for Grades 9-11 so as to facilitate a better and confident use of the language, especially for Public.