4 Indian Schools Outperforming in Maths, Science

Although your child's school might not be rated Outstanding or Very Good this inspection cycle, it might still have exceedingly good maths and science provision...
4 Indian Schools Outperforming in Maths, Science
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Which Acceptable and Good rated Indian and Pakistani schools are outperforming when it comes to maths and science provision. WhichSchoolAdvsir.com finds out...

Indian High School Branch

Overall Rating: Good

Maths Rating: Outstanding in KG and Very Good in Primary

What the KHDA says: A large majority of students attain levels that are above the curriculum standards. External assessments show that students attain higher levels than Dubai and international schools. Students make very good progress in the primary phase, however, their spatial awareness and geometry needs developing.

Children in the Kindergarten demonstrate Outstanding attainment and progress over time in relation to their starting points. In lessons, younger children select and order numbers accurately up to 10. Older children confidently name and sequence numbers to 50.

Science Rating: Good in KG and Very Good in Primary

What the KHDA says: Students' attainment in science is strongest in the primary phase, where an investigative, enquiry based approach. This enables students to make very good progress in acquiring knowledge and developing their skills. Limited links with other subjects in the Kindergarten means that the benefits of learning science are diminished.

Our Own Indian High School

Overall Rating: Good

Maths Rating: Good in KG, Very Good in Primary, Secondary and Post-16

What the KHDA says: Attainment and progress in mathematics, is good in the KG and very good in other phases. Students in the higher grades attain well above curriculum standards, as they are provided with opportunities to deepen their mathematical vocabulary and apply mathematical thinking in a range of contexts.

Science Rating: Good in KG, Very Good in Primary and Secondary and Outstanding in Post-16

What the KHDA says: In the KG, children develop a range of age appropriate enquiry skills. In the secondary phase, attainment is very stronger because students undertake more scientific investigation and exploration and develop very effective enquiry skills. In the secondary phase students acquire and apply extensive scientific knowledge.

The strength in science in the upper phases, is the development of investigative skills which enable students to access concepts at a very deep level. The development of scientific vocabulary is less strong in the lower phases.

The analysis of results from external benchmark tests and examinations in the primary and middle phases are informing improvements in all aspects of science. This includes the application of knowledge, scientific enquiry and interpreting evidence.

Ambassador School

Overall Rating: Good

Maths Rating: Very Good throughout

What the KHDA says: The large majority of students continue to attain above the relevant curriculum standards across all three phases and they make better than expected progress. International benchmarking shows some slight variations in student outcomes across each of the three phases.

Students are able to successfully apply their knowledge and understanding of number, algebra and logic to the problems which are presented to them routinely in their lessons. Their enjoyment of these activities makes a strong contribution to their learning.

Science Rating: Very good throughout

What the KHDA says: A common provision in all classes is the use of practical experiments to predict, observe, and investigate scientific principles. This has impacted positively on students’ outcomes in all phases.

An effective Individual Tracking System (ITS) is used to record how well students perform on individual assignments. The progress tracking system is used to compare the internal and external test scores of students and to plan for appropriate interventions.

 Effective strategies used to broaden students’ experience of science includes online global experiments. These are incorporated into classes to allow students to compare their results with other students all over the world.

New Indian Model School

Overall Rating: Acceptable

Maths Rating: Good to Very Good

What the KHDA says: The majority of students’ attainments are above the relevant curriculum standards in the primary, middle and secondary phases. They make better than expected progress in these phases. Children’s achievements in KG, are stronger due to more opportunities to use mathematical language.

Science Rating: Acceptable to Very Good

What the KHDA says: Across the school, students’ attainment and progress in science varies from Very Good in the Secondary phase to acceptable in the Primary phase. It is strongest in the Secondary phases where there is a focus on investigative skills

In all phases, students have strengths in knowledge acquisition and recall. In the higher phases, scientific skills, such as predicting, testing, observing, recording, analysing, synthesising and communicating, are more strongly developed, As a result, there is stronger student achievement.

However, inspectors do note, International Benchmark results from Grades 3 to 10 indicate significant weaknesses in scientific knowledge and understanding. Students’ results in Grade 10 CBSE and Kerala examinations are strong, but Grade 12 CBSE and Kerala examination results are more inconsistent.

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