We offer a robust and holistic curriculum for learning at Harvest that is curated around the CBSE syllabus.
International Schools in Whitefield
Our Training Structure for Foundation Stage
The gist of NEP for ECCE:
3 years in Anganwadi/ Balvatika/ Pre-School from age group 3 to 6 years. 2 years in class 1st and 2nd from age group 6 to 8 years. The foundation stage at International Schools in Whitefield comprises of multilevel, play/ activity-based learning.
ECCE ideally consists of flexible, multi-faceted, multi-level, play-based, activity-based, and inquiry-based learning concepts which comprise of alphabets, languages, numbers, counting, colours, shapes, indoor and outdoor play. Puzzles, logical thinking, problem-solving, drawing, painting and other visual art, craft, drama and puppetry, music and movement are also an integral part of the concepts. It also includes a focus on developing social capacities, sensitivity, good behaviour, courtesy, ethics, personal and public cleanliness, teamwork and cooperation.
The major aim of ECCE is to attain optimal outcomes in the domains of: physical and motor development, cognitive development, socio-emotional-ethical development,
cultural/artistic development, and the development of communication and early language, literacy, and numeracy. The attempt to hone a child from the foundational age of 3 years instead of 6 years brings our new education policy at par with the global developed nations, but it’s the focus on education technology that takes it ahead of them by leaps. The best part is that the Policy aims to include each child, irrespective of the location, who is particularly socio-economically disadvantaged.
On the curriculum side of International Schools in Whitefield, there will be an increased focus on foundational literacy and numeracy – and generally, on reading, writing, speaking, counting, arithmetic, and mathematical thinking – throughout the preparatory phase.
The greater focus is on experiential learning – a key element in international education and curriculum options. This means more projects, better real-life training, more interactions and better skills. With these developments, one is left with options that are on similar levels of quality, flexibility and exposure. The National Education Policy has really tried well to address the needs of the 21 st century and tries to create a student-friendly environment in schools and colleges, for their holistic development. All in all, it is a progressive and visionary policy and its success will be directly proportional to its implementation and execution, practically.
NEP aligned along with Montessori Principles:
Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the highly trained teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process. Children work in groups and individually to discover and explore knowledge of the world and to develop their maximum potential.
Montessori classrooms and schools near whitefield are beautifully crafted environments designed to meet the needs of children in a specific age range. Dr Montessori discovered that experiential learning in this type of classroom led to a deeper understanding of language, mathematics, science, music, social interactions and much more.
Every material in a Montessori classroom supports an aspect of child development, creating a match between the child’s natural interests and the available activities. Children can learn through their own experience and at their own pace. They can respond at any moment to the natural curiosities that exist in all humans and build a solid foundation for life-long learning.
For children ages three to six years:
- foster the growth of functional independence, task persistence and self-regulation.
- promote social development through respectful, clear communication and safe, natural consequences.
- contain a large variety of materials for the refinement of sensory perception and the development of literacy and mathematical understanding
- offer opportunities for imaginative exploration leading to confident, creative self-expression.
They contain many places for children to learn and play, in many different ways: by themselves, in pairs, in small groups, in large groups, inside, outside, at tables, on the floor. All items in the environment are scaled to the child’s size, including furniture, shelves, utensils, dishware, cleaning implements and the Montessori materials themselves. There is no focal center to the classroom; this reflects that the teacher is not the focus of the children’s attention, but that they are all one community together. Bright and attractive colours, natural materials, fascinating cultural objects and interesting pictures on the wall all offer the children complex sensory and intellectual experiences. When children first enter a Montessori environment, there is an immediate and touching moment when they realize that this place is for them.
In International Schools in Whitefield, children are taught how to regulate their own social interactions. Through fun role-playing activities and appropriate modelling, the teacher demonstrates the best way to respond to arguments or new situations, giving the child the ability to act confidently and pro-socially when the actual problem arises. The result is a self-regulating classroom, in which natural social tensions are resolved mostly by the children themselves.
Children move freely throughout the environment, choosing activities that interest them, or working with the teacher, individually, or in small groups. Their movement is unrestricted by the teacher unless it endangers themselves, other people, or their surroundings. Outdoor environments are important in Montessori schools and offer opportunities to engage with the natural world.
Guiding Principles: The guiding principles of Montessori education are the same across all age levels, and are grounded in over one hundred years of work with children around the world.
Maria Montessori profoundly respected children and the developmental powers that drive them to seek certain experiences. Montessori education reframes the adult/child relationship to place the child at the center of his own learning. In Montessori classrooms, teachers respect children as separate and unique individuals. They guide children to respect the people and objects in their environment, and as the child grows older, to respect and understand the connectedness between all living and non-living things, leading to the adolescent’s profound awareness of the complex web of human existence.
Children’s needs change as they move through stages of development. At each level of Montessori education, this difference is honored through the preparation of the classroom environment. The environment is prepared in every way for optimal development: physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. By aligning the activities in the environment with what each child needs at any moment, Montessori-prepared environments liberate children’s energy for growth and learning.
Montessori classrooms are interactive environments in which hands-on exploration is not only encouraged, it is necessary. By using the mind, the body, and the senses, learning becomes an activity that engages the whole self. Any parent will agree that children do; Montessori environments follow this natural inclination of children towards activity by offering an appropriate variety of objects and activities for meaningful engagement.
One of the most profound differences between Montessori education and conventional education is that, in Montessori, children are given the experience of discovering the answer for themselves. This leads to a much deeper learning experience, and creates a lifelong love of learning as a self-directed process of problem-solving and discovery.
The trained Montessori teacher links the child to activities and experiences in the prepared environment. Specialized training results in a deep knowledge of child development, the purposes and use of each activity, and an understanding of how to foster and maintain social harmony in the classroom.
Montessori classrooms support the development of imagination and creativity at every stage of learning. The open-ended activities allow children to explore new ideas and relationships, providing a foundation for self-expression and innovation. In the early years, the building blocks of imagination are firmly established through sensory exploration of the world, launching both imagination and creative self-expression.
Maria Montessori recognized that when allowed freedom of choice within clear, firm and reasonable boundaries, children act in positive ways that further their development. Freedom is frequently misunderstood, and many people take it to mean that children can do whatever they want. Montessori believed that freedom without boundaries was abandonment. In Montessori classrooms, expectations are clear, and children experience the natural and logical consequences of their choices. This freedom within limits allows for the natural development of self-regulation within the society of the classroom, as well as mirroring behaviours expected by society in general.
From the moment of birth onwards, humans strive towards independence. Children feel this need very strongly; they want to do things for themselves, and to participate in the world around them. In Montessori classrooms, this natural drive towards independence is fostered through practical, social and intellectual experiences. The child becomes an active agent in her own education, saying, “Help me to do it myself”. We honour this by helping children move to increasingly higher levels of independence and self-reliance.
Our school’s vision is embedded in our curriculum. We strive for excellence all through and are constantly upgrading with new and innovative pedagogy to make learning more exciting. We want everyone at Harvest to discover how learning changes lives.
Our foundation curriculum in International Schools in Whitefield, Grades I & II supported by our values is created by our skillful curriculum team. This makes Harvest learners inquisitive and independent. All children are entitled to a stimulating and challenging curriculum. This will equip them with the futuristic skills to succeed in life.
Each year mindful planning builds upon previous learning. There is a clear progression, which leads to high-quality outcomes. While based on the National Curriculum, all subjects are mapped out with NEP guidelines. We associate learning across all subjects. Engaging topics engulf our forte in the STEM and STEAM curriculum making the learning fun and holistic.
Subject specialists teach the sport, Dance, Art, Yoga, and music. All classes have weekly SPA lessons with subject teachers, who have a wealth of teaching expertise.
Every child has access to award-winning digital resources that enhance their reading and writing skills. Storytelling is used to learn about concepts in Mathematics, Environmental Sciences, and Languages.
The International Schools in Whitefield revels in providing a highly inclusive environment, where students of all abilities exhibit high levels of enjoyment in their learning and most make very good progress in most areas of learning.
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WHY HARVEST INTERNATIONAL
WHAT OUR COMMUNITIES ARE SAYING
Mr. Rakesh Radhakrishnan
Father of Ishika Mangatt (2B) and Yash Mangatt (11A)
“We all want to choose only the best for our kids and I believe I have taken the right decision by choosing Harvest International School for both my kids. Have been associated with the school since 2014 and feel proud watching my son grow from a 4th grader to a fine young man through these years. When it came to our younger daughter, we never thought about any other option. The management has left no stones unturned to ensure that quality education is provided to the kids. The science exhibitions, sports days, cultural activities, club activities, external competitions and many more events like that are moments my kids cherish. The faculties are highly competent and approachable. Under the recent changes forced upon us by the pandemic, HIS has adapted exceptionally well and put all the required technology in place and made the transition very smooth for the kids. Thank you Team Harvest and keep up the good work!”
Parent of Chirag, Class of 2018
"My son Chirag studied at Harvest for 6 years and through this time I have witnessed his transformation from a young boy into a wonderful young adult. The school has a strong scholastic and co-scholastic curriculum that truly helped Chirag in discovering his strengths and areas of improvement. I sincerely believe that Harvest International School truly lives up to their philosophy- “Education beyond Classrooms”; I found that Chirag has substantial knowledge into subject areas out of his academic syllabus which I discovered to be a product of Harvest’s unique way of teaching. I’m very grateful to the teaching staff for creating a wonderful learning environment for my son."
Student, Class of 2018
"My school has had a great impact on my life, it provided me with multiple opportunities to grow and discover my own potential. The academic infrastructure was well equipped, teachers were very patient and supportive with me. They encouraged me to pursue knowledge and passion, lessons I will cherish forever. Each and every day at school was intriguing and a lot of fun."
Student, Class of 2017
"The small cohort at Harvest International allowed me to get more facetime with my teachers and also helped in developing better relationships with my peers. I found the support provided to me by my teachers to be incredible, they helped me pick out my next area of study and guided me with college options and future opportunities. High School at Harvest will always be the most memorable experiences of my life."
Father of Dheeraj (Class of 2016)
“ My son had the complete schooling experience that I hoped he would receive when we took his admission in 2011. We have been part of the Harvest Family ever since its inception and we have never had any problem with the school. Harvest International gives a lot of importance to values and ethics alongside education, the school has great extra-curricular activities and workshops which my son found to be very inspiring and educational. The staff and admin were very accommodative to our needs and queries and I would definitely recommend Harvest International School for all students.”
Mr. K.S Nathan
Father of Shruthi Nathan (Class of 2019) and Sai Shyaam ( XB, Class of 2021)
“In 2014, we were truly blessed when both our kids got the opportunity to be a part of the Harvest International School, Bangalore. The guidance and support from the management as well as staff are just incredible. During the last seven years, we have come across teachers who are welcoming, informative and dedicated to the students. Harvest not only focuses on academics but also encourages students to be creative thinkers. Today they have both the CBSE and IB curriculums that can cater to a student’s needs and choices. I would recommend this school to everyone for it is the best school in Bangalore.”
Both my kids went to Cherubs Montessori and My kids were always eager to go to school and excited about doing something new every day. Kind of attention that all teachers, including the Principal Mrs. Vijaya, give to each and every kid in class should be applauded. They are very friendly and courteous. I also have enjoyed doing activities with my kids on Parents day/Father's day in their school. Overall I am very happy that my kids went to Cherubs Montessori.
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Harvest is a K12 school. We have classes from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Harvest is affiliated to the CBSE board and has the IB- PYP accreditation.
We have CCTV cameras fitted across the school and a team for surveillance. The perimeters of the school are guarded by well-trained guards. As for the wellbeing of our students and staff, we have a fully equipped infirmary with qualified nurses.
We pride ourselves in having a low student teacher ratio. The current ratio is 10:1.
We believe in students having a comfortable uniform which doesn’t required too much maintenance. It is the same uniform for both girls and boys.
Our Montessori to Grade 3 classes will not have more than 28 students per class and classes upwards will not have more than 30 students per class.
Extracurricular activities are given equal importance. We offer a variety of Sports, Music, Dance, Cubs & Bubuls and after school club activities.
We offer Hindi and Kannada only.
We have 2 PTMs in a year. However, parents can take an appointment to meet with the respective teacher during the course of the year.
We have our own inhouse transport team. The bus fleet is fully owned and run by us. The service is optional and offered to all students within 15km radius of the school.
The buses are fitted with a CCTV camera, GPS tracker and speed governor. We also have a lady attendant who accompanies the students in the bus. Some of our teachers also commute by the school bus.
Harvest Farmscape is a farmland attached to our Attibele campus. It is developed by us to help students understand the process of growing crops, interacting with domestic animals and finally to get their hands dirty in the process of learning farming.
We use Google Classrooms and Microsoft teams to conduct our online classes.